Nail fungus grows in and under nails referred as nail bed. Nail-bed fungal infections are one of the common problems one may encounter; this is according to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Killing a nail-bed fungus helps improve the appearance of the nail. There are some cases that it only hurts the nails which cause discoloration and brittle nails but in most severe cases, the infection can cause pain or other health problems. In this situation, killing the fungus is a must. Here are tips on how to kill a nail bed.
Tip #1: Bear some things in mind when it comes to medications.
What we need is a prescription of anti—fungal medication. If possible, avoid the use of home remedies. Using them is not enough to treat nail-bed fungus because of the odd location of the fungus. What we need is a medication that has strong anti fungal ingredients.
Tip #2: See a doctor.
You must see your doctor once you have a fungal infection under your nails. He can diagnose the exact condition by examining the nail so as to avoid mixing up the cause of the problem with another condition. The doctor will take a sample of your nail such as a nail clipping, and send it to the laboratory for several tests regarding fungal and bacterial infections. After confirming the problem, he can prescribe the right medication.
Tip #3: Look for appropriate medication.
The doctor will then prescribe you the appropriate anti-fungal medication and you should take it as directed. The best medication for fungal infection is oral so that it can kill the fungus from its source. Topical medication is not that effective since because it cannot reach the nail bed. Most of the anti-fungal medications for nail-bed fungus require one month medication or even longer. Some of the common anti-fungal medications include ketoconazole, itraconazole and fluconazole which are known to be effective for not only one type of fungus.
Tip #4: Make a follow-up.
During medications, you should have follow check-ups which is usually done once in every 2 weeks until the medication is stopped. Your doctor will check if there is any spread of infection, if the treatment is effective or not and he will conduct some tests to make sure that the medication has no harmful side effects.
Tip #5: Inform your doctor of any eventualities.
You must inform your doctor if the fungus returns after medication or if there are any side effects that show that the medication is harming your health. The most common side effects usually felt are headaches or stomach upset but liver damage can sometimes occur especially if medication is accompanied with drinking alcohol. You must consult your doctor immediately if there is dizziness, dark urine, fatigue and skin discoloration that occurs because these are signs of liver damage. You must also tell your doctor if the medication is not working so he can determine the reason why.
There are ways on how you can fight the nail bed then eventually kill it. Remember some essentials though. Anti-fungal medications can cause liver damage if taken for a long period of time to some patients. Sometimes allergic reactions may occur while taking anti-fungal medications so you must consult your doctor for medical assistance. Inform your doctor about other medications you are taking because some medications will interact with anti-fungal medicines.
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