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Picture of Onychomycosis (Fungal Nail Infection)
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Onychomycosis is fungal infection of the nails. Fungal nail infection causes nails to become thick, white, opaque, and brittle. Warm, damp conditions create a favorable environment for fungus to flourish. Locker rooms, swimming pool areas, and showers may harbor fungus. Injury to the nails may increase the risk of fungal nail infection. Wearing acrylic nails that trap moisture may promote fungal nail infection.

Medical conditions that impede blood flow or depress immunity may increase the risk of fungal nail infection. Diabetes and circulatory disorders may impair blood flow to the nail beds, increasing the chance of fungal infection.

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Text Reference: "Toenail Fungus." American Podiatric Medical Association.

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