While nail fungus is fairly common and anyone can catch it, certain things make you more prone to nail fungus than others. In today’s blog post, we will explore some of the risk factors that make you more susceptible to nail fungus.
You may have noticed that just like many other health conditions, nail fungus tends to be very common in older people. While only 10% of the general population have nail fungus, this proportion doubles over the age of 60, and 50% of seniors over 70 have nail fungus! The reason for this is that with old age comes reduced blood flow to the peripheral limbs and lower immunity, and since nail growth slows down as well, these factors combined result in higher susceptibility.
Others are prone to nail fungus due to pre-existing health conditions. If you have diabetes, this also means that you have reduced blood flow in the feet and possible nerve damage. When you have nerve damage, you are not able to notice injuries or wounds on your toes that provide an entry site for nail fungus to infect and thrive. This is why diabetics need to be extra diligent about foot health. If you have a skin condition such as psoriasis that causes constant skin peeling or cuts, this also provides a site of exposure for nail fungus. Others still may have athlete’s foot, which ends up spreading from the skin of the foot to the nail bed and ultimately the nail.
Another risk factor for nail fungus comes from lifestyle. Nail fungus is especially prevalent in athletes due to the fact that they are constantly experiencing trauma to their feet and toes. When this happens, the nail may crack, providing an opening for the nail fungus to grow on the nail bed. This is especially true in soccer players, since they are kicking the ball with their feet. Swimmers are also at risk, since they are around public pools and their feet are wet more often than the average person.
Regardless of why you may have caught nail fungus, your case can be quickly and painlessly treated with the PinPointe laser, which is FDA-approved and the most effective treatment option. Call us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors at one of our over 120 locations.