Exercise enthusiasts are at a higher risk of developing nail fungus than the average person because of the following risk factors:
- Nail trauma associated with exercises such as those listed above can make the nail bed more susceptible to fungal growth.
- Sweaty socks and tight athletic shoes or boots…the type such exercise enthusiasts as those listed above wear…promote a warm, moist environment that contributes to the growth nail fungus.
- Nail fungus is contagious and warm and can thrive in moist environments such as communal showers and gym locker rooms….places where the fungus is often easily contracted.
Nail fungus also known as onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nails that affects approximately 35 million Americans. It occurs when fungi called dermatophytes, usually Trichophyton rubrum, invade the nail. The incidence of nail fungus is higher in men but is found in both men and women and in all ages.
The main symptoms of nail fungus are changes in the color and thickness of the nail. As the disease progresses, the nail thickens and causes pressure,especially when shoes are worn… making it difficult for people with nail fungus to wear shoes.
People suffering with nail fungus often are too embarrassed to participate in any activities that require taking off their shoes and socks because of the appearance of their nails.
A correct diagnosis of a person who has developed a nail fungus infections important so the proper treatment is used.
A medical professional can determine if a nail condition is due to a fungus or something else. And due to the fact the fungus spreads once it has invaded the nail a proper diagnosis is important to stop the invasion before it spreads.
Clearing up an infection of nail fungus takes time it does not happen overnight considering that the nails particularly toenails, grow slowly. No matter how the infection is treated it can take about six months for fingernails to grow out and up to a year or more for toenails.