Nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a condition caused by fungal pathogens such as dermatophytes. It may grow on or in between the nail plate and nail bed causing discoloration of the nail or texture change. Though some fungal infections can be quite infectious and easy to spread, fungi that affect primarily toenails only stay in the region where the nail is. What can happen, however, is that the fungus is prone to spreading to other toenails that surround the infected one due to such close proximity of other nails.
The fungus may also spread to the skin in which case the infection is now considered an athlete’s foot. If you have an infection on your toes, it is important to have socks on in order to prevent the infection from getting on your clothes and or underwear or else you run the risk of passing the infection to your genitals.
The fungal infection is also able to spread to other people, especially people who live in your household. If you or someone does have a toenail fungus, avoid using the same socks and shoes, or using shower sandals to the shower. Though it is less likely for a nail infection to spread to other people, it is important to take simple precautions to keep those around you safe from contracting the fungus as well.
If you have nail fungus or it’s symptoms, don’t let it get worse. Consult with your healthcare provider or your local podiatrist. You may contact us to schedule a free consultation with our doctors.