Is it safe to go swimming with toenail fungus?

When you have an unsightly toenail fungus, baring your toes in public can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. But did you consider if it’s safe to dip those toes into a swimming pool?

First of all, there’s no reason to be embarrassed — studies estimate that as many as 10 percent of adults have toenail infection.

The condition is very common. In fact, experts estimate that as many as 10% of the total adult population is infected at any one time. The infection is more common in toenails than fingernails.

toenail fungusIf you have toenail fungus, is it safe to go swimming or will that put others at risk for catching the infection?

You CAN go swimming in a swimming pool but only if the water has been properly treated with chlorine. The chemicals used to treat swimming pool water will effectively kill any bacteria and prevent other swimmers from catching the same infection you have.

But although the pool water is safe, there are other areas around a pool where you COULD easily infect others — places such as showers, changing rooms, and locker rooms where untreated water and floors can easily harbor the bacteria.

To prevent spreading the infection — and to prevent catching any future infections — always wear flip flops or other shoes in these area.


Nail fungus is more than just unsightly. It  gets progressively worse and can result in losing a toenail or the nail becoming permanently disfigured.

The solution: Get your toenails treated today. Call Clear Toes Clinic at (713) 570-6157 for a free consultation. 


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