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How Does the Doctor Treat Nail Fungus – 5 Tips to Refrain from Fungus Infection

Nail fungus will develop if we don’t properly take good care of our nails. From nail fungus we might develop nail infection. It is very important then to know how doctors treat nail fungus so that we’ll have knowledge of what to do once we experience this problem.

Treat Nail Fungus

Treat Nail Fungus

Tip # 1 – Antifungal Oral Medications

It is most likely that a nail has a fungus in it if it has discoloration, is crumbly or is cracked. The first thing that your doctor will recommend is to undergo oral medications as a line of defense against toenail fungus. He will prescribe drugs like Sporanox (itraconazole) and Lamisil (terbinafine). This is according to Mayo Clinic. Diabetic patients suffering from cellulitis who are experiencing pain in their toes because of the fungal infection also need these antifungal oral medications to treat it. Oral medications may also be prescribed on patients who are experiencing discomfort or pain due to toenail infection, also to patients suffering from infections that are already widespread or if the patient requires a faster treatment because her toenail is not good to look at.

Tip # 2 – Topical Treatment for Toes

According to the Mayo Clinic, antifungal medications can also be applied directly on the toenails to treat fungal infection. Penlac (ciclopirox) is an example of topical medication because this contains an antifungal ingredient. This is used for a mild or moderate case of toenail fungus. This lacquer should be applied as a nail polish to the nail and surrounding skin of the toe every day. Remove the layers once a week and replace it with a fresh lacquer. Typical treatment using penlac lasts for approximately one year.

Tip # 3 – OTC Drugs

The doctor might also prescribe an over-the-counter drug or might prescribe a lotion or cream that can be rubbed to the nail. He might also advice you to file the nail to allow topical medication to penetrate on to the nail surface.

Tip # 4 – Surgery or Photodynamic Therapy

For extremely painful or very severe cases of toenail fungal infections, the doctor will recommend surgical removal of the toenail so that a new, healthy nail that is infection free will grow and replace the old nail. The new nail usually takes up one year to grow in. Penlac is sometimes prescribed during surgery to treat any fungal infection of the nail bed. On the other hand, Photodynamic therapy is sometimes performed. This is one of the nail fungus treatments wherein the toenail is treated with an acid before irradiated with a laser.

Tip # 5 – Prevention

The doctor can give some advice on how to prevent a fungal infection from striking your toenails again. He may require diet changes. A good hygiene is very important. Always keep your feet clean and dry always. Make your toenails short. Wear clean socks that pull moisture from your skin and apply an antifungal product to your feet whether it’s a powder or spray before putting on your socks and shoes. Don’t go barefooted in public places especially in pools.

These are but some things that doctors will prescribe to treat nail fungus. You better ask your doctor’s help when the need arises.

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