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What is a fungal infection of the nails and how is it treated?

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Nails that are infected with a fungus may become discolored (yellowish-brown or opaque), thick and brittle, and may separate from the rest of the nail. In some cases, the nail may crumble. The dark, moist, and warm environment of shoes can promote fungal growth. And an injury to the nail can put you at risk for a fungal infection. Fungal nail infections are hard to treat. Medications applied directly to the nail are available, but they only help a small number of fungal nail problems. Your doctor may need to prescribe pills. Your treatment also may include removing the damaged nail tissue.

From: Diabetic Foot Problems WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: American Diabetes Association.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 12, 2019

SOURCE: American Diabetes Association.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 12, 2019

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