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Fungal Nail Infection 101

Fungal infections of the toenails and fingernails are a common problem.

The medical term for this condition is “onychomycosis”.


The same fungi that infect the skin can infect the nail. In fact, untreated Athlete’s Foot can often lead to infected toenails.

Toenails are more likely to become infected than fingernails because shoes and socks trap warmth and moisture that helps the fungi grow.

If left untreated, fungal infections can lead to permanent damage of the nail so that it will always grow abnormally even after the infection is gone.

Fungal infections of the nail can lead to permanent damage to the nail if left untreated
TRUE. If a fungal infection persists for too long, it can change the way the nail grows even after the fungus has been eliminated.

This information is for general educational uses only. It may not apply to you and your personal medical needs. This information should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation with or the advice of your physician or health care professional.

Communicate promptly with your physician or other health care professional with any health-related questions or concerns.

Be sure to follow specific instructions given to you by your physician or health care professional.

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