I tell my patients that “there’s a fungus among us,” because toenail fungus is everywhere in our environment. Onychomycosis, commonly referred to as toenail fungus, can be picked up anytime you travel in bare feet. You can contract it at the pool, in a shower, from the floor, in a hotel room or at the nail salon. It can even be lurking in your sneakers. As seen in the ever popular Lamisil commercials, the little yellow fungus monsters (Dermatophytes) love to invade the nail bed and turn it into a smorgasbord.
They thrive on warm, moist environments and humid conditions; and once they get under the nail, they want to stay for life.