Onychomycosis, also known as “Ringworm of the Nail,” is the clinical term for a fungal infection of the nail. While the term can refer to an infection of either the finger or toenails, the toes, in particular, provide a more conducive environment for the fungus to flourish, and thus most infections will be found there.
The dominant symptoms—thickened, yellowing, crumbly and/or brittle nails—can occasionally apply to other conditions, making hard statistics on infection rates difficult to pin down. The prevalence of onychomycosis has been pegged as low as 6% in the adult population, and as high as 12-15%. The percentages escalate dramatically, though, over the age of 50. Infection rates of nail fungus in children are low, almost nonexistent.
Several fungal species can cause onychomycosis. The most common are dermatophytes, simple parasitic fungi that feed on keratin, the dominant protein in the nail. These fungi flourish in warm, moist, and enclosed environments, all traits which leave toenails particularly vulnerable. That is not to say that everyone is equally susceptible. The nails of the young and healthy, for the most part, can usually defend themselves, unless other factors are involved. But with advanced age, the nail becomes weakened and is less able to fight off the fungus on its own. Other risk factors include diabetes and immunodeficiency, poor hygiene, nail trauma (which reduces the nail’s ability to protect itself), athlete’s foot, hyperhydrosis (extreme sweating) or any other overexposure of the nails to wet conditions.
Along with the aforementioned symptoms, severe cases can result in the nail detaching completely, or worse, can lead to dangerous secondary infections. Those with already weakened immune systems or diabetes are particularly vulnerable to these secondary problems.
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