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How is onycholysis related to a fungal infection?

A fungal infection can both cause and aggravate a case of onycholysis. In fact, nearly 50 percent of all nail deformities are caused by a fungal infection. When the fungal infection causes inflammation or swelling, the nail lifts away. The exposed skin, in turn, is at a greater risk for further infection. If your onycholysis is caused by a fungal infection, your doctor will usually prescribe an antifungal to cure the infection so that you can begin to treat the onycholysis.

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