Know more about your nail (3)-How Do You Treat Nail Fungus?

February 16, 2008 at 12:18 am (Let's Discuss)

The best treatment of course is prevention.

Keep your nails cut straight across.

If nails are hard to cut, soften by soaking in salt water (use 1 teaspoon per gallon of water and then dry well). Keep feet dry and well ventilated.

Be careful with artificial nails and be selective about choosing your manicurist. Ask about how they sterilize their instruments.

See a podiatrist or your health care provider if you see signs of fungus.

Topical creams applied directly to the infected site are often used for less serious infections. Visit the foot care section of your local drug store chain. Creams include Lotrimin, Monistat, Nizoral, Tinactin, and Lamisil.

If the topical treatments fail, more potent medications can be taken orally if your health care provider thinks it is necessary. Oral medications may have side effects, so tell your health care provider about any other medications, including birth control like the pill or Depo-Provera, if you are prescribed an oral medication for fungus.

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