How common is toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus is very common, especially as people get older. Medical experts estimate that onychomycosis affects 1 in 10 people overall. That number jumps to 1 in 2 (50%) for people older than 70.
Who is likely to get toenail fungus?
Anyone can get toenail fungus. It often affects older adults, especially people over 60.
You may have a higher risk of getting toenail fungus if you have:
• Athlete’s foot.
• Hyperhidrosis (disorder that makes you sweat a lot).
• Nail injury.
• Poor blood circulation due to peripheral vascular disease.
• Weakened immune system, such as from an autoimmune disorder or HIV.