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Can I Get A Pedicure If I Have Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus is not an appealing condition to show off in your open shoes or sandals. As a way of masking the toenail fungus, you may want to get a pedicure to make your toenails look good. Well, if you are wondering if it is okay to get a pedicure while you still have toenail fungus, why not? First and foremost, it is important that you are aware of what toenail fungus is, how it looks like and whether it can be transmitted from one person to another. Unfortunately, fungus is highly contagious, so if you do need a pedicure, you had have to be really honest about your condition with whoever is doing your nails.

Can I Get A Pedicure If I Have Toenail Fungus?

Can I Get A Pedicure If I Have Toenail Fungus?

Is it a good choice to get a pedicure if I have toenail fungus? Many people do get pedicures even if they have toenail fungus. However, in most cases, some of the people do not even know if they have the condition. As a matter of fact, the nail experts bring attention to their clients about their toenails having the fungus. Since the nail experts cannot diagnose them, they refer them to a podiatrist, who can easily diagnose them and offer treatment for the condition. All in all, a pedicure is not a bad choice if you have toenail fungus, but it is wise to let anyone working on your toenails know beforehand your condition. [3]

Toenail fungus is hard to get rid of and a pedicure will not cure the condition. However, it can hide the unpleasant discoloration of your toenails. If you are under medication and there is improvement on your condition, the most responsible thing to do is not get a pedicure. At least, not until your toenails are all well and no fungus left behind. It is believed that one of the main sources of toenail fungus in women is nail salons, due to their lack of hygiene in their establishments. [1]

What If I Get Turned Down?

Well, many people have been turned down from having a toenail fungus pedicure. So, in case you get turned down, do not take it negatively. As a matter of fact, in addition to being turned down, your nail attendant may advice you to seek medical help for further evaluation. If you are wise, you should take the advice and get checked because you may have toenail fungus. Once you are checked out and everything is clear, you can go back for a pedicure, and no one will turn you down then. It is important to understand that the reason you are being turned down is not because they don’t want to clean and decorate your toenails. No, it is because the fungus is highly contagious and they might not have the right sterilization equipment they need to do a pedicure on your toenails.

Toenail fungus is an infection caused by bacteria settling on, or around your nails making them have either a yellow, green or black color appearance. Other than that, your toenails become thick, brittle, and can fall off, and they also emit a foul odor. Since toenail fungus is contagious, if it stars off at one toenail, it can easily spread to the other toenails as well as of those you are living with. [1] Scientifically, toenail fungus is known as onychomycosis or tinea unguium. [2]

You may think that toenail fungus is related to poor hygiene, but truth of the matter is that anyone can get it. Some of the ways you can develop toenail fungus is if you have come into contact with someone who already has the condition through sharing of bedsheets or towel, as well as having circulation problems. Additionally, exposure to bacteria contaminated water, having long toenails and wearing ill-fitting shoes or staying with socks and shoes all day can lead to you getting toenail fungus. [1]


Getting a pedicure if you have toenail fungus is not a crime. You can actually go to any nail salon and get a pedicure regardless of your condition. However, it is advisable that you first visit a doctor before going for the pedicure. In addition to that, you should let the nail specialist know that you got onychomycosis, so that they can figure out a way forward. If you do get turned down though do not worry. If you desperately need a pedicure, visit a spa that specializes in medical pedicures and toe nail fungus cover-ups. [1]


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:February 1, 2022

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