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Will sweaty shoes cause nail fungal infections?

12 doctors weighed in
4 doctors agree

In brief: It can

Fungus thrives in dark, wet, & warm environments.

In brief: It can

Fungus thrives in dark, wet, & warm environments.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Dr. Alan Ettinger
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3 doctors agree

In brief: It is part

It is part of the cause.

In brief: It is part

It is part of the cause.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Jay Zimmerman
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Sweaty shoes, in themselves, will not cause nail fungus.
However, fungus can contaminate sweaty shoes, making treatment of nail fungus difficult. I often recommend patients undergoing nail fungus treatment also consider buying new shoes to help lower the risk of re-infection from shoes.

In brief: No

Sweaty shoes, in themselves, will not cause nail fungus.
However, fungus can contaminate sweaty shoes, making treatment of nail fungus difficult. I often recommend patients undergoing nail fungus treatment also consider buying new shoes to help lower the risk of re-infection from shoes.
Dr. Jay Zimmerman
Dr. Jay Zimmerman
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

There must be fungus to cause a fungal infection.
Sweat and shoes alone will not cause and infection. Sweaty shoes however may provide the ideal environment for fungal growth.

In brief: No

There must be fungus to cause a fungal infection.
Sweat and shoes alone will not cause and infection. Sweaty shoes however may provide the ideal environment for fungal growth.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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