The fact that you are even wondering about what to do if a family member has nail fungus means that you are aware of the fact that nail fungus is an infectious condition that can spread from person to person, and a very contagious one at that. Even preventing the spread of nail fungus in public places can be tricky, and when the infected person lives in your home, it becomes even more difficult.
If your family member catches nail fungus, the first thing you need to do is try to eliminate points of spreading the infection. This means that you should not share nail clippers or such nail tools or socks under any circumstances, which you should not have been sharing in the first place, since these places commonly host a buildup of dirt, debris, bacteria, fungi, and other germs. While it may have been okay to share shoes before, you should no longer do this since their shoes are likely infected with the nail fungus. Any used nail polish should also be discarded. You should avoid sharing a towel, and suggest that the person wear slippers in the home rather than walk barefoot. If the person infected is a parent, children should avoid sleeping with the parent until they have sought treatment, to avoid the children getting infected with nail fungus too.
The best and most important thing you can do when a family member has nail fungus, for them and the rest of the family, is to encourage them to receive treatment early on. They can easily get treated using the FDA-approved PinPointe laser, which typically takes only one treatment to kill all the fungus and has no recovery period after. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors at one of our over 120 locations.