How to treat fungal nail infections

Written by valencia higuera
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While nail fungus is common among older adults, this problem also affects younger people. There are several ways to become infected with an annoying nail fungus (from a nail salon, walking barefoot or weak immune system). The severity of the condition varies. Some people notice a small black spot on their nail, whereas others experience pain or discomfort. Fortunately, there are ways to treat the condition.

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    Trim the infected nails. Before applying medicine to the infected nail, use a clipper and trim the nail. Next, file down the thick spots.

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    Discard or disinfect the clipper and nail file. Nail infections are contagious. Therefore, it’s best to sterilise or throw away the clipper and file you use to trim the nail. If you don’t cleanse the tools, the nail fungus can spread to other fingers.

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    Apply an anti-fungal nail polish. Use an anti-fungal nail polish at the first sign of infection. Early signs include a small dark spot, yellowing of the nail or a change in nail shape.

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    Use a topical nail fungus cream. Over-the-counter topical creams are effective and generally cure the infection within six weeks. Creams are great for lengthy infections accompanied with pain. Apply the cream as directed.

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    Get an anti-fungal prescription from a doctor. If the nail fungus doesn’t respond to nail polish and topical creams, you may need prescription medicine. Visit your general practitioner or dermatologist and inquire about treatment options. Several prescription medications can treat nail fungus. To prevent harmful side effects, inform your doctor of all medical conditions.

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