One of life’s greatest joys is time spent with and around family. It does, however, increase the likelihood of family members sharing unpleasant things, such as illnesses and infections. As an infectious disease, nail fungus is no exception (and neither are the associated fungal skin infections atheltes’ foot and ringworm). Indeed, we have a lot of patients at Caratin Rx that got their nail fungus from their partner. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your family safe from nail fungus transmission between members.
Stepping back, we know fingernail and toenail fungus is easily spread and difficult-to-treat. Why? It thrives in warm, moist environments such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and even showers - we people have their bare feet exposed. It spreads to other surfaces that touch our feet, items like towels and footwear. It is far better for your family to avoid catching the infection than to try to treat it after the fact.
Here are some precautions you can take to keep the fungus at bay and reduce the risk of transmission:
These precautions can protect your family during an ongoing infection, but treatment is the best long-term prevention strategy. If you ignore your fungal nails, each new day represents a new chance to infect others.
To summarize, nail hygiene is critical in the prevention of nail fungus. Toenail fungus is treatable, but it's far better for your family's toes if you can avoid it entirely. If you are concerned about fungus or if someone in your family already has it, consider Caratin Rx to get it treated before it spreads.