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What are fungal nail infections?

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Fungi are tiny organisms you can only see through a microscope. There are many different types that can cause a nail infection. Sometimes they live on your skin and don’t make any trouble. But if you have a lot in one area, you might get infected.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Nail Fungal Infections.”

American Family Physician: “ Onychomycosis: Current Trends in Diagnosis and Treatment.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Fungal Nail Infection.”

Mayo Clinic: “Nail Fungus.”

Cleveland Clinic: “How You Can Stop Foot and Toenail Fungus In Its Tracks.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Toenail Fungus.”

CDC: “Fungal Nail Infections.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on July 28, 2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Nail Fungal Infections.”

American Family Physician: “ Onychomycosis: Current Trends in Diagnosis and Treatment.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Fungal Nail Infection.”

Mayo Clinic: “Nail Fungus.”

Cleveland Clinic: “How You Can Stop Foot and Toenail Fungus In Its Tracks.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Toenail Fungus.”

CDC: “Fungal Nail Infections.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on July 28, 2020

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