What Causes Toenail Fungus?

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Our toenails are often tucked out of sight and we tend not to take much attention to how they look. Still, it is a good idea to keep them clean and well-manicured to help prevent problems from occurring. One example of such a problem is a fungal infection, and they can arise in just about anybody.

While toenail fungal infections are the most common, they can also happen in the nails on our hands. It is not usually a serious condition and it is relatively easy to treat, although treatment is advised. Here’s a closer look at what it is, what can cause it, and some of the steps you can take to help prevent it.

1. Tinea Pedis

Toenail fungus infections will often start out as athlete’s foot, which is also known as tinea pedis. This is a fungal infection that mostly affects people in between their toes and elsewhere on their feet. It is so called because it is often spread in locker rooms and other areas where people are likely to be walking bare-footed.

Tinea pedis is in itself not usually harmful, but it can be itchy and it can cause problems in more severe cases. It will not go away by itself and will need to be treated. Treatment is recommended regardless of how mild the symptoms may be, partly because it could develop into a toenail fungus.

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