Factors that can increase your risk of developing nail fungus include:
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- Being older, owing to reduced blood flow, more years of exposure to fungi and slower growing nails
- Perspiring heavily
- Being male, especially if you have a family history of nail fungal infections
- Working in a humid or moist environment or in a job where your hands are often wet, such as bartending or housekeeping
- Wearing socks and shoes that hinder ventilation and don't absorb perspiration
- Living with someone who has nail fungus
- Walking barefoot in damp communal areas, such as swimming pools, gyms and shower rooms
- Having athlete's foot
- Having a minor skin or nail injury or a skin condition, such as psoriasis
- Having diabetes, circulation problems, a weakened immune system or, in children, Down syndrome
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