Yes, the fungus that causes athlete’s foot is contagious—but there’s no guarantee that someone who touches infected feet will develop the problem. Not everyone exposed to it ends ups with athlete’s foot. If the conditions are right, however, it can easily pass from one person to another. Socks, shoes, sheets, towels, and even floors in warm, damp places can be contaminated and could possibly pass on the fungus. Direct skin contact can also transmit it. The best way to prevent an infection is to avoid direct contact with high-risk surfaces and locations.
Once you’ve developed the condition it can be hard to eliminate it, so don’t wait and hope it just goes away. You’ll need to be proactive to treat the source and prevent its spread. If you are concerned you may have this infection, contact the experts at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information and take care of your feet today. Call (541) 776-3338 or visit the website contact page to reach us.