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Does toenail fungus have to be treated? What happens if left untreated

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Dr. Gary Kugler
30 years experience in Podiatry
Not necessarily: Toenail fungus or onychomycosis is usually caused by a fungal infection similar to athlete's foot. This is usually not a harmful condition, but is often unsightly and may make the nail thick, brittle and hard to cut. This condition can on occasion cause pain in shoes from pressure on the nail bed. Treatment may include: oral antifugals, topical meds, laser treatment, permanent nail removal.
Answered on Feb 3, 2018
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Unlikely: theoretically possible, practically unlikely. the two are most likely unrelated. you should get your athlete foot treated
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See derm: See dermatologist to have this evaluated by biopsy or culture. It could be something other than fungal infection.
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