Can Toenail Fungus Spread to Skin?

When you have toenail fungus, your nail bed can become so infected that the fungi can spread.  This fungus is highly contagious, and it spreads fast not only from person to person but also from toe to toe.  Many people that have it often ask, ‘Can toenail fungus spread to skin?’, and the answer to that is yes if you don’t treat it.

There are different types of toenail fungus.  There are also different symptoms.  Not all toenail fungus looks the same.  Some people have white spots while others have yellowed or discolored nails.  Some people may have nails that start to become thick, while others may not.

It will likely become painful, as the infection gets worse.  If you have the fungi that cause athlete’s foot, it can easily get into the skin under your nail and cause your toenail to get infected.  The same goes for an infected nail.  If your nail is infected, the fungus can easily spread to the surrounding skin.

In this article, we will talk more about how fungus from your toenail can spread to the surrounding skin.  We will also talk about ways to heal your nail before it can spread further.

How Toenail Fungus Grows

When you first get it, there are no visible signs.  After a while, as the fungi start to grow, you will notice that your nail starts to change.  This can either be by thickening or discoloration.  This is because the fungi have started to cause enough damage to eat through your nail.

It is not that common, but it can spread to other toes, as well.  Since fungi thrive in warm, dark, moist places, when you wear shoes and socks a lot it gives it the perfect breeding ground.  It will grow fast and cause even more damage.

Can Toenail Fungus Spread to Skin?

As it grows, it can spread through the skin.  You will know when this is happening because your skin can become red and swollen, or it may start to crack and peel.  It can become painful as well.

Fortunately, there are ways to stop it from growing and heal your skin and nail, or nails.  Treating it can stop it from spreading further, as well as providing you with instant relief from the pain.

There are different ways to treat and effectively kill the fungus.  If it has started to spread through your skin, you may want to use a foot soak.  A good foot soak will be able to kill all of the fungi, whether it is just on your nail, or if it has infected your skin as well.

A highly effective foot soak is the Purely Northwest System.  It was specifically designed to alleviate all of the symptoms and to kill the fungus quickly.  It can make the nail softer, allowing the treatment to soak in the nail and get to the nail bed.  It also softens the skin around the nail, letting the treatment kill the fungi that are in your skin.

It has three parts to it.  First is a soap that includes essential oils.  These oils have natural healing properties and are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and some have the ability to stop the pain.

After that is a nail treatment that will quickly penetrate the nail and skin, killing the fungi and helping the nail to grow.

Last is the foot soak itself.  This will not only further help to eliminate the infection, but many people love foot soaks, especially after a long day on their feet.

Essential Oils for Skin & Nails

There are different oils that you can use to kill the fungus, also.  They are completely safe to use on the skin, and they not only quickly penetrate the skin, but they also penetrate the nail, healing both at the same time.

One of the best is Tea Tree oil.  This can be used alone or combined with other essential oils to make a more powerful treatment.  If used alone, we recommend that you mix what is called a carrier oil with it.  Tea tree oil is very potent, and some people’s skin cannot tolerate it when not diluted with another oil.

Can Toenail Fungus Spread to Skin

One of the most common oils to use with it is olive oil.  If you dilute it with water, it will lessen the healing properties, and you won’t get the fast results you expected.

To learn more about how Tea tree oil works to kill toenail fungus fast, so it doesn’t have the chance to spread to your skin, click the link above.

When you are choosing a fungal treatment, look for one that contains essential oils, as these are very effective at killing fungus and helping nails to become healthy again.  They are also good for the skin, not only protecting it from getting infected but gently killing the fungus if it has already started to spread.

How to Help Treatments Work Faster

There are different things that you can do to allow the treatment that you are using to work even faster.  First, you should disinfect any clippers or nail files that you use as soon as you are done using them.  The fungus will live on anything that it touches, and this way you won’t re-contaminate your nail.

You should keep your nails as trimmed as possible.  This will allow the treatment to work its way into the nail bed faster.

Also, using it after you get out of the shower or bath is best.  This is because your skin and nails will be softer, and it will allow the treatment to soak in faster.

It may take a while to notice a difference, but don’t stop using the treatment.  This fungus is hard to kill.  But keep using a treatment, because the answer to the question ‘Can Toenail Fungus Spread to Skin?’ is a definite yes.