Various Treatment Options for Fungal Nail Infection You Should Know About

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Your nail has changed and you are almost sure that it’s suffering from a fungal nail infection. But you don’t want to take a chance and visit a doctor. What will happen next? Let’s see.

Your doctor will first thoroughly check your nails. He may even scrape debris from beneath your nails or collect some nail clippings and send the samples to a laboratory to find out the kind of fungus that has caused the infection.

Some other conditions e.g. psoriasis may also imitate a nail fungal infection. Nail infections can also be caused by microorganisms like bacteria and yeast.

Knowing the exact cause of your condition helps the doctor determine the best treatment.

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Treatment

If your fungal nail infection is not improving with over-the-counter medications or self-care strategies, consult your doctor.

Treatment will depend on the seriousness of your condition and kind of the causative fungus. Results may take months to occur.

Plus, even though your condition improves, reoccurrence of infection are common.

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Medications

You may be prescribed antifungal medications that are to be applied topically or taken orally. Sometimes both these types are combined.

Oral Medications

These medications are usually preferred in nail fungus treatment at ModPod Podiatry or any other clinic because they cure the infection faster than topical medications.

They also help a new infection-free nail grow.

You have to take these medications typically for 6 to 12 weeks. But the end results of treatment can only be seen after the nail fully grows back.

Complete elimination of infection may take 4 months or even longer. Success rates of these medications are low in people over 65 years of age.

Medicated Nail Polish

You also may be prescribed an antifungal nail polish which you can paint on your infected nails and skin around them once in a day.

You’ll have to wipe all these layers with alcohol after seven days and start applications anew. You may have to use this nail polish for nearly a year.

Medicated Nail Cream

An antifungal cream may also be prescribed to you that you should rub into the infected nails.

These creams are more effective when you thin the nails first so that the medication can pass through the nail to the fungus below.

Nails can be thinned with a nonprescription lotion made from urea. Your doctor too may thin your nail surface with a file or another similar tool.

Surgery

For applying antifungal drug directly to the site of infection, your doctor may recommend temporary removal of your infected nail.

If the infection is severe or painful, your doctor may even recommend permanent removal of nail.

Home Remedies

Fungal nail infections can often be treated at home with:

  • Over-the-counter antifungal nail ointments and creams
  • Trimming and thinning of nails to reduce pain by decreasing pressure on nails and allowing antifungals to reach the deeper layers of nail

Visit your podiatrist to confirm that your nail has a fungal infection and get it treated properly.

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