Nail fungus is surprisingly common. Ask around and most people have either experienced it at some stage or they know friends or family who have.
Typically, it’s usually caused as a consequence of nail trauma, such as an ingrown toenail, a stubbed toenail or accident where a heavy object is dropped onto the nail.
This makes anyone who plays sport, works in hospitality or as a tradesperson particularly susceptible to nail fungus due to the increased risk of trauma occurring.
It’s also worth noting there’s a far higher incidence of nail fungus in the older age groups.
Nail fungus can also be contagious, therefore environments such as nail salons/spas, showers, swimming pools, bathrooms etc. are seen as higher risk.
Once a nail fungus infection takes hold it can be extremely stubborn and difficult to successfully overcome due to the fact it’s able to exist in perfect conditions – it’s dark, damp, warm and it’s protected by the nail itself.