People who have toenail fungus often try to conceal the fact by covering it with nail polish, or by using at-home remedies. However, it is always best to consult with a podiatrist prior to doing either of these. According to Shari Lipner, “Nail fungus is the most common nail disorder …. not every nail problem is caused by fungus, and there are several other conditions that may look similar, including nail psoriasis and nail trauma.” It is crucial that you make sure what you have is what you think it is, so that you are not looking for solutions to a problem you do not have. If you have nail trauma and are treating it as if you have a toenail fungus, it is possible that you could worsen your condition.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.
Antibiotics & Treatments
Lamisil – The most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic: Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean.
Talcum powder – Applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.
There are surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would prefer the immediate and quick removal of toenail fungus through laser surgery. Consult with yOur doctor about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.
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