What do you think of when you hear "fungus?" You might think of mushrooms, which grow in warm, moist areas rich with organic matter. That's a pretty good description of nail fungus too.
A fungus is: "a parasitic plant lacking chlorophyll and leaves and true stems and roots and reproducing by spores."
A fungus is a kind of non-green plant which lives off of other things and reproduces by spores instead of by seeds.
We all know what nails are. Of course we're talking about the hard coverings at the ends of our fingers and toes, rather than metal spikes you hammer into wood. But what are our fingernails and toenails made of - bone, cartilage, or something else?
First, a nail is "horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal (upper) surface of the digits (fingers and toes)."
Nails are made of keratin, which is "a tough, insoluble, sulfur-containing protein substance that is the chief structural constituent of hair, nails, horns, and hooves."
People who frequent public swimming pools, gyms, or shower rooms - and people who perspire a great deal - commonly have mold-like infections, because the fungi that cause them thrive in warm, moist areas.
The risk of getting a nail fungus
infection is increased by closed-in footwear, prolonged moist skin, and minor skin or nail injuries. Then it's time for a nail fungus home remedy
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