MBBS, MD - Dermatology, Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL)
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Nail polish can help treat fungal nail infections
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It s true, nail polish can be used not only to dress up your nails but can also treat nail fungus. Antifungal nail polish should be painted on the nails and the surrounding skin once every day. Do not remove the layer of nail polish that was painted on earlier. After a week, remove all the layers of nail polish with alcohol and start afresh. Antifungal nail polish can be used for up to a year.
If you have a fungal nail infection on your feet you should
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Moisture promotes fungal growth. Hence, if you suffer from a fungal nail infection on your feet you should do your best to keep your feet dry. Cotton socks are ideal in such cases. These allow your feet to breathe and keep moisture out. You should also consider replacing any old footwear that may have triggered the infection. Do not share socks with anyone and wash them regularly.
Treatment for fungal nail infections is not always required
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Fungal nail infections do not always need medical treatment. Antifungal medication is usually required only in case of severe or troublesome fungal infections. Treatment is usually slow and can take a very long time. It may also cause side effects. Hence, though fungal nail infections will not go away without treatment, unless it bothers you, you can treat your condition with just simple home remedies. Rinse your nails with apple cider vinegar to balance pH levels and keep the infection from spreading.
Baking soda can be used to treat fungal nail infections as it is
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Baking soda is a great home remedy for fungal infections. The alkaline nature of baking soda keeps the fungal infection from spreading and flourishing. This is because fungus thrives in an acidic environment. It also neutralizes odor caused by fungus. The best way to benefit from baking soda for fungal infections is to soak the affected part in a bucket of water with a little baking soda. You can also make a paste with baking soda and water and apply it on the infected nail.
In some cases, surgery may be required
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In severe cases of nail fungal infections, medication is necessary. Sometimes applying the medication over the nail may not be enough. In such cases, your doctor may need to surgically remove part of the nail or the entire nail. This may be done with local anesthesia in your doctor s office. Removing the nail allows him to apply the anti-fungal medication directly on the infected area. In some cases, the doctor may also advise permanent nail removal if the infection is painful. This can also help prevent future fungal infections.