When you have a nail fungus, fungi affect one or more of your nails. This condition often occurs in people who wear acrylic nails, because fungus causing moisture gets trapped underneath the nails. Since nail fungus can cause pain and look unsightly, you'll want to treat the condition.
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Remove the acrylic nails. Your first step will involve getting rid of your fake nails. If allowed to cover the infection, you can worsen the condition. Ask a reputable nail salon to remove the nails.
Trim the nails. After taking off the fake nails, trim your natural nails short and in a straight line. Leave off nail polish in order to allow the nails to heal properly.
Use an anti-fungal nail lacquer. If you have a nail fungus, you should see a doctor regarding treatment. He may recommend Penlac, a nail polish that treats fungus when painted on infected nails and surrounding skin.
Get a prescription for an oral antifungal medication. Although medications may not always clear up nail fungus right away, they can help prevent the infection from spreading and worsening. Your doctor may suggest you take Diflucan for 6 weeks or more.
Inquire about fingernail removal. If the nail fungus is severe, your doctor may suggest removing your real nail and waiting for the new one to grow back.
Tips and warnings
- You must tell the nail salon you're suffering from a fungus. Nail fungus can easily spread and the salon will want to take the proper precautions.
- Always wash your hands if you come in contact with an infected nail. When you do this, you prevent spreading the fungus to other fingernails.