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A 47-year-old member asked:

what causes toe nail fungus?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Skin fungi: The same dermatophytic fungi that cause athlete's foot and jock itch.
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
Podiatry 23 years experience
See a podiatrist: Fungus is everywhere. The nail plate typically is smooth and adhered to the underlying bed, but if there is any damage that causes the nail plate to lift and/or there is a change in the texture of the nail plate, fungus is very opportunistic. The key for treatment is prevention and getting rid of environments that fungus like. A podiatrist can recommend topical, oral or even laser therapy.

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Can toe nails fungus cause tingling and numbness in my feet? Thanks!

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