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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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What are the symptoms of onycholysis?
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Onycholysis usually affects several nails at a time. The nail begins to slowly detach starting at th...
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Is onycholysis painful?
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Onycholysis is normally relatively painless. However, infections that cause onycholysis may cause so...
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Can onycholysis be caused by my medications?
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Onycholysis can develop as a reaction toward several different medications. These aggravating medica...
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Who is at risk for onycholoysis (nail lifting)?
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Women are more likely than men to develop onycholysis. This is probably due to the fact that they us...
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