Individuals who suffer from athlete's foot and other types of foot fungus can eventually show signs of toenail fungus. Toenail fungus works its way underneath the nail bed and begins to proliferate. This raises the nail and produces the unsightly growth that begins to appear around the edge of the nail bed. Toenail fungus often gets worse over time due to the fact that the foot is inside a shoe for most of the day. The heat and moisture trapped inside the shoe can make the condition worse, causing the fungus to spread to other toes. Toenail fungus can also be associated with both bacterial and yeast infections.
Although not considered a contagious condition, toenail fungus can be shared from person to person. Unlike a cold virus that enters the body through the respiratory tract, the fungus can enter the body through the skin, even if there are no open wounds. Individuals who share shoes and socks often expose one another to toenail fungus. The transmission of the fungus from one person to another is made easier if one of them has an open wound, scratch or lesion. People who keep their feet clean and avoid sharing their shoes and socks with others may be able to prevent various types of fungus that flourish on the feet and toes.
Toenail fungus can be extremely hard to treat, simply for the fact that constantly wearing shoes provides the perfect environment for growth. One of the best ways to help eliminate toenail fungus is to get rid of other types of fungus that may be present on the feet. The presence of athlete's foot, yeast, and bacterial infections may make it extremely difficult for toenail fungus to be brought under control. It is also important to keep the feet clean. Wearing clean socks and using powder on the feet can reduce moisture which will, in turn, keep the fungus from growing and spreading. Antifungal ointments may be applied to the affected area as additional support for controlling the virus.