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Who is most likely to get nail fungus?

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Fungal infections are more common in older people. Seniors tend to have slower-growing nails, reduced blood circulation, and a longer history of exposure to fungi.

Men are also more likely than women to have nail fungus. People with diabetes or other conditions that weaken the immune system also have a higher chance of it.

From: How to Prevent Nail Fungus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Fungal Nail Infections,” “Nail Hygiene.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Toenail Fungus.”

Mayo Clinic: “Nail Fungus: Definition,” “Nail Fungus: Risk Factors.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Toenail Fungus.”

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 11, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Fungal Nail Infections,” “Nail Hygiene.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Toenail Fungus.”

Mayo Clinic: “Nail Fungus: Definition,” “Nail Fungus: Risk Factors.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Toenail Fungus.”

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 11, 2018

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