What is Nail Fungus?
It’s easy to get a fungal nail infection. If you have a fungal infection on your foot, the fungus can spread to one or more of your nails.
If you let a nail fungus infection go for too long, several problems emerge. The infected nail can become misshapen and increasingly separated from your nail bed. Itching and pain are unpleasant side effects; if they’re too severe, you can have trouble wearing shoes or walking.
Early diagnosis and treatment are recommended for everyone who has nail fungus. Caught early and treated, a fungal nail infection is likely to clear and you’ll regrow a healthy nail.
Nail Fungus Treatment
Treatment usually begins with your dermatologist trimming your infected nail(s) — cutting back each infected nail to the place where it attaches to your finger or toe. Your dermatologist may also scrape away debris under the nail. This helps get rid of some fungus.
To completely get rid of the infection, most people also need one or more of the following treatments:
- Medicine you apply to the nail
- Medicine you take
- Nail removal
To clear the fungus, it’s important to:
- Use the treatment exactly as prescribed
- Apply (or take) the medicine for as long as prescribed
- Keep all follow-up appointments with your dermatologist
Adapted from original source: AAD
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