Foot fungus is one of the most contagious conditions; you can pick it up anywhere and pass it on to others without knowing it. Fungus on one foot can quickly spread to your other foot if you don’t take precautions. Once it invades your toenails, it becomes more stubborn and difficult to treat.
Dr. Maurice Aiken and our team at Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialist in Dunedin, Florida, have seen it all when it comes to fungal nails, and we want you to know what you’re up against.
Here are the facts about toenail fungus and your risk of getting it and spreading it to others.
Fungal nails are among the most common (and most embarrassing) foot problems. Nearly 14% of the population deals with them at some point in their lives.
It occurs when your nails (often your toenails, but your fingernails can be infected, too) come into contact with fungi. The fungi gradually take root under your nail plate, expand, and wreak havoc on your nails.
You know if you’ve been infected if your nails are:
Fungi thrive in damp, dark places, which makes your shoes a perfect breeding ground for fungal nails. The fungus can lurk in communal showers, swimming pools, and locker rooms, so wear shower sandals to protect your feet when walking in these areas.
You may even develop fungal nails due to an overgrowth of fungus in your nails. Sometimes, you’re more at risk for fungal nails. Those who are most susceptible to nail fungus have the following:
You can also get nail fungus from another person.
The truth is that toenail fungus is extremely contagious. You can spread and catch it simply by touching or walking barefoot on infected surfaces. However, you won’t likely contract toenail fungus through direct contact with someone who has toenail fungus unless you have constant, close contact.
If you or someone you live with are at an increased risk for fungal nails, the time is now to take steps to prevent the spreading of this infection. Fungal nails are easily treatable when caught early, but they can take a while to clear up and cause permanent damage if left unchecked.
Fortunately, it’s not hard to fungus-proof your life if you follow these simple strategies:
We also recommend that if you frequent nail salons, you make sure they clean their instruments regularly.
Getting prompt treatment is another excellent way to prevent the spreading of nail fungus. We offer a wide range of treatment options, including topical nail creams that eliminate fungus and bacteria and HyperBlue® laser therapy which uses light energy to neutralize the infection.
Don’t spend another day wondering and worrying about your fungal nails. Call or click to schedule an appointment with our expert today and get the help you need.