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Types of nail fungus and how to treat

Fungal nail infections can be caused by three different types of fungus, alone or in combination.
Dermatophytes are a type of fungus that can grow on the skin, hair, and nails. The most common dermatophyte, Trichophyton rubrum, causes most cases of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, in turn, can infect the toenails. You can get infected by contact with objects that have dermatophytes on them, such as clothing, shoes, nail clippers, nail files, shower and locker room floors, and carpetYeasts are a type of fungus that grows on the skin and nails. They are normally present on the human body. Things like illness, antibiotic or birth control pill use, and immune system problems may allow an overgrowth of yeast, leading to a yeast infection.You can get a fungal nail infection when you come in contact with the fungus and it begins to grow on or under your nail. Fungi grows best in warm, moist areas, such as the area around the toes. But y…