Is toenail fungus contagious?

You've most likely seen unsightly, yellow toenails at the beach, around the public swimming pool, or in public showers, and you’ve probably questioned "Is toenail fungus contagious?" Well, the answer is yes!

If you've developed fungus, it has probably come from one of the areas described above. In order to protect your feet from this bacteria, it is essential to avoid public places while barefoot. If unavoidable, wear protective footwear or socks. Never share shoes and keep your feet as dry as possible. Nail fungus spreads through direct contact, much like the flu. It has a long incubation period, which means that by the time you notice symptoms, it may have been developing for weeks.

If you're worried that you may have toenail fungus, contact Sierra Foot and Ankle in either Carson City or Gardnerville, NV for more information about nail health. Schedule your appointment today by calling (775) 783-8037 or by submitting an online contact form.