Fungal nails refer to any fungal infection that affects the nails on our foot. These infections are often more resistant and harder to treat than Athlete’s Foot, which is another type of fungal infection that affects the skin. Fungal nail infections can affect the whole nail and the surrounding skin, which can result in discomfort and pain.
To prevent this type of infection from recurring, you should take certain measures. You should ensure that you wash and dry your feet properly before going to bed and apply nonprescription antifungal cream to the entire foot from the ankle down before heading to bed. You should also keep your feet dry, wear dry cotton socks, and change them if necessary. Moreover, try not to injure your nail, for instance, by cutting them too short, since trauma to the nail can lead to infections.
Additionally, you should avoid sharing clippers, nail files, shoes, or socks with others, and wear shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet. If you use public showers or pools, wear shower shoes or sandals.
If you have discolored or damaged nails that are not painful, you may use over-the-counter treatments. Early treatment can help prevent the infection from causing permanent damage to the nail. However, it’s essential to note that not every nail change is due to a fungal infection, and you should seek expert opinion from a qualified medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.
Treatment for fungal nail infections is usually through conventional methods such as the use of antifungal pills or creams, lotions, and gels. However, it is essential to consult a qualified physician before taking any medications. Surgical removal of the infected nail may also be necessary e in severe cases.
The only FDA approved treatments for fungal nails are oral antifungal agents. Topical nail treatments, including over the counter products, are rarely effective except in the earliest of cases. Laser treatments are an area of interest in foot care, yet they remain not FDA approved, and there is no clinical evidence to support their effectiveness.
In conclusion, preventing fungal nail infections through proper foot care is important. Seek a qualified medical professional for diagnosis, treatment, and advice, since not every nail change is due to a fungal infection. Toenail fungus can be a distressing problem; however, with proper medical attention and care, you can prevent, treat, and overcome these infections with minimum fuss. For expert advice and treatment, you can consult with Dr. Gilbert Huang DPM.