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    Toenail fungus is ugly but harmless.

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    Toenail fungus is ugly but harmless.

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    Sometimes toenail fungus is just ugly. You don't like the way your yellow, brittle nails look and you want to hide your feet. But if it happens to you, you need to take care of it. If your immune system isn’t in top shape, the toenail fungus could let more serious infections into your body.

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    You can’t get it if you wear nail polish.

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    You can’t get it if you wear nail polish.

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    Nail polish and fake nails trap moisture and create a perfect spot for toe fungus to grow -- it loves warm, wet places. So dry your feet after you get out of the shower. And use foot powder if your tootsies get sweaty.

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    Over-the-counter products will cure it.

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    Over-the-counter products will cure it.

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    You might see lots of products at the store or read about home remedies online. But fungus can be stubborn. Your doctor or a foot specialist can get you started on a treatment. They include pills or liquids you paint on like nail polish. The doctor may also remove some of your nail.

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    You can catch if from other people.

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    You can catch if from other people.

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    You can pick up a fungus from a public shower, pool, hotel room, or locker room floor. So wear shower shoes and don't walk barefoot in those places. You can also get it from a dirty nail salon. Visit a licensed business that uses new, clean tools for each client.

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    Shower shoes are the only weapon against toenail fungus.

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    Shower shoes are the only weapon against toenail fungus.

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    To stop toenail fungus from latching on, keep your feet clean and dry and wear shoes in public places. Change your socks and shoes often. Clip your toenails straight across so the nail doesn't dig into the side of your toe. Wear shoes that fit well and let your feet breathe.

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    Yellow nails are often the first sign.

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    Yellow nails are often the first sign.

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    Fungus makes your nail turn white, yellow, or brown. It also gets thicker and may smell kind of gross. The edges could get uneven and lift up, crumble, or break.

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    Your doctor will give you antibiotics.

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    Your doctor will give you antibiotics.

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    There are pills to help with fungus, but they're not antibiotics. They’re called antifungal drugs. They work, but they pack a wallop: You might feel sick to your stomach or get headaches. The doctor will watch you closely to make sure they don’t hurt your liver. You’ll have to take them for many months.

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    Young people get toe fungus less often.

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    Young people get toe fungus less often.

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    Don't feel bad if you have an icky nail or two. It's very common. And your odds go way up the older you get. As many as 90% of older people have nail fungus. Men are also much more likely to have it than women.

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    Fingernail fungus is just as common.

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    Fingernail fungus is just as common.

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    Your feet are often stuck in hot shoes, and toenail fungus loves to grow in those wet, warm places. Your fingernails usually stay a lot drier. Fungus can grow there too, but it doesn’t happen as often.

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SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Caring for Nail Infections."

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: "Toenail Fungus."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "Toenail Fungus."

Cleveland Clinic: "Toenail Fungus."

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

Medscape: "Onychomycosis Treatment & Management."

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency: "Don't Stand for Unsightly Toes."

Westerberg, D. American Family Physician , Dec. 1, 2013.

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