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Nail Fungus: How to Keep Your Nails Healthy

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Introduction to nail fungus and its causes

Nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is caused by a type of fungi called dermatophytes, which thrive in warm and moist environments. These fungi can easily enter the nails through small cuts or breaks in the skin around the nails. Once inside, they feed on the keratin in the nails, leading to an infection. Nail fungus can affect both toenails and fingernails, but it is more common in the toenails due to the warm and moist environment inside shoes and socks.

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