Harvard Men's Health Watch

On call: Toenail fungal infections

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Toenail fungal infections

Q. I have two really ugly toenails. I assume I have a fungus. What can I do about it?

A. Fungal infections of nails are unsightly, but not serious. The nail is thickened, irregular, and discolored, but the infection never spreads to other parts of the body. Toenails are infected much more often than fingernails, which is fortunate since toenails are much less visible.

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