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5 Nail Fungus Treatments

Jan 18, 2008
Nail fungus is an embarrassing dilemma which causes humiliating experiences and restriction of wearing open-toed sandals. It is not easy to treat when the fungus is quite hard to reach.

Some people don't realize that they have toe fungus. So how do you exactly know? Here are some symptoms: yellowing of toenails, thickening, and painful separation from the nail bed. Now you know that you have nail fungus, here are five nail fungus treatments which can help you get rid of that horrific problem.

The first treatment is to apply an anti-fungal cream religiously for at least 6 months to ensure that the nail fungus doesn't come back. Most anti-fungal creams are available over the counter and are reasonably priced. Creams are applied directly to the nail and can be used for mild and moderate nail fungus infections. Make sure to read the contents of the creams before buying and follow the instructions carefully to prevent further damage. Make sure to clean your hands and feet before applying anti-fungal creams to prevent more bacteria from spreading.

Second treatment is to orally take medication. Prescription pills are one of the best choices for treatment. However, when taking prescription pills one must monitor the effectiveness since it can cause some dangerous side effects. Liver and kidney functions are most likely to be affected and the heart's ability to contract is also a factor to be considered. Always ask for a prescription from a legitimate doctor to prevent more problems. You can ask them regarding the side effects and what can be done to avert it. If you are still worried about the risks, creams are the best option for you.

Third treatment is a non-surgical nail removal. For this treatment, a cream is used to soften and dissolve the nail which will remove the infected tissue. An anti-fungal cream will be applied once the infected nail is removed. Non-surgical nail removal is a rare procedure but nonetheless painless.

Fourth treatment is a surgical nail removal. This procedure is done if you have a severe or recurring nail fungus infection. Just like the process for non-surgical removal, an anti-fungal cream will also be applied directly once the infected nail is removed.

Fifth treatment is to apply soothing oils that will move down under the nails and reach down to the roots of the fungus. Oils have other purposes which come in handy while you treat your nail fungus. It helps in smoothing and softening your nails during each application and it also penetrates the nail when applied on top of it for protection. Soothing oils must be applied day and night to further improve the chances of nail fungus infection treatment. It also helps to apply oil to other nails with no nail fungus infection to prevent the spread of the nail fungus to the other nails.

Last but not the least, ask for a professional doctor's advice. Creams and treatments can only do so much. Getting advice from a professional will help prevent further infection caused by wrong treatments.
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