Fungal nail infections are contagious and created by dermatophytes, which are microorganisms that do not require sunlight to survive. These fungi thrive in environments that are moist and warm, like those found on pool decks, locker rooms, and communal shower areas. They enter your skin through microscopic cuts or abrasions.
Given that it is easy to catch this infection, it is important to practice preventative measures. These include keeping your feet dry, not applying moisturizer between your toes, and wearing sandals or shower shoes on surfaces where you could contract the fungus.
Cases of fungal toenails happen. This is not a particularly rare condition, so come see us at either of our Arizona offices if your toenails start to look discolored, become thick and brittle, and especially if they start smelling funky! We will provide the treatment you need to restore your nails to their natural, healthy condition. Simply give Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona a call at (480) 963-9000 for our Chandler location or (480) 981-1800 for our Gilbert Location today.