Nails that are not kept clean or healthy are more susceptible to nail fungus infections. Toenails are especially vulnerable since they often remain in socks and shoes for the majority of the day. Nail fungus infections occur when a dermatophyte (the agents that cause fungal infections) is able to work it’s way into a damaged nail. Nails that are chipped, cracked or dirty have a weaker “immune system” when it comes to fighting off the fungal agents. It’s perfectly OK to wear longer length nails but it is critical to be sure that those nails are healthy in order to be at their strongest. If you want to never have to worry about buying a toenail fungus treatment, we suggest keeping your nails clean and healthy as well as the skin around your hands and feet.