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Can A STD Cause Nail Fungus?

Question:

"Is it possible that nail fungus can be the result of a sexually transmitted disease?"

- Anonymous

Response:

Nail fungus is caused by the fungal organism onychomycosis which can come in contact with your nail or nail bed in a variety of ways. One common way that nail fungus spreads is through communal restrooms, gyms, locker rooms and showers. Another common transmission method is through a pedicure or manicure done with infected tools. Toenail fungus isn't going to be caused by any of the treatable STDs (gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes) but an individual suffering late stage HIV will be susceptible to fungal infections such as a nail infection. If you think you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease you should get tested as soon as possible and you can see your primary healthcare provider about the nail fungus to receive a prescription that should help treat it.


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