The surface of your nails are tough and they’re supposed to be, but that can make it more difficult when you’re trying to treat a nail fungus infection. Nail fungus treatment should be started right away because the longer you wait, the more the fungi can settle in and the harder it can be to get rid of the infection.
By waiting to treat, it also increases the risk of a rebound fungus. There are many options for treatment. Some are time consuming and expensive. The time involved to treat the fungus and the expense will be determined by how severe the fungal spread is.
Whatever treatment you use, it will take time before you’ll see a difference in the nail, because it takes nails awhile to complete a growth cycle. If you see a doctor, he may prescribe oral medications for you, especially if you have a health condition that limits your ability to fight off the fungus.
These medications work to kill the fungus on the existing nail, while at the same time protecting your new nail from the fungus. This treatment can take from 6 weeks to 3 months before you’re done and the medication does have some pretty serious side effects.
In conjunction with medication, your doctor might tell you to also get an antifungal cream. Some people try using an antifungal cream without oral medications, which can be effective, but only if the fungus is treated when it first begins.
Since it’s not uncommon for a fungus to last for months or even years, your doctor might prescribe a nail coating or polish that kills the nail fungus. This treatment is effective for some people, depending on the spread of the infection.
If the fungus isn’t responding to any other treatment, then you may have to have the nail taken off so that the nail bed can be treated in its raw form. This is either a last resort or a decision made based on how severe the fungus is.
If you have experienced trouble with nail fungus while you were keeping your nails long, then you want to trim them back until the fungus is cured. You’ll need to keep your hands and feet dry and make sure that you wear footwear in areas susceptible to fungal growth.
If possible, wear open shoes such as sandals. If you use acrylic nails, you’ll want to avoid these until the fungus is gone and if you paint your nails, you’ll want to avoid nail polish as well.