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Causes of Toenail Fungus

While fungal infections can affect any part of the body, it is especially apparent when it occurs on your fingers or toes. It is normal for certain amounts of fungi to be present in and on your body if it starts to overgrow, it causes an infection.

Toenail fungus also referred to as onychomycosis or tinea unguium affects the fingernails or toenails. It is important to note that these infections typically develop over time, so differences may be too subtle to initially notice.

Why Does Toenail Fungus Develop?

When there is an overgrowth of fungi, an infection develops. If you are in a warm, moist environment, fungi thrive. If you come into contact with someone who has a fungal infection, there’s a chance it can spread to you as well. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) notes that fungal infections are more common in toenails because of the moist environment that socks and shoes produce.

Who is At Risk?

Certain risk factors increase your chances of developing a fungal infection, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Diseases that cause poor circulation
  • People over the age of 65
  • Nail injuries
  • Swimming in public pools
  • A skin injury around the nail
  • A weakened immune system
  • Wearing closed-toe shoes
  • Wearing artificial nails

If you believe that you are suffering from toenail fungus, schedule an appointment with our team to explore your treatment options!

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association