An important part of keeping your feet healthy is also making sure that your toenails are in top health. When you’re dealing with toenail fungus, it can make it difficult to feel comfortable wearing sandals in the summer and it can affect your overall quality of life. You should discuss treating toenail fungus with your doctor so that you can feel comfortable stepping out on the town in your favorite pair of open-toed shoes without any fear of judgment.
Treating Toenail Fungus
If you start noticing that your toenails are slightly discolored and thickened, you might be dealing with toenail fungus. You should visit your podiatrist for diagnosis and discuss the best forms of treatment. Your podiatrist will determine the severity of your issue and may provide more than one form of treatment for the best results.
Some common forms of medications that your podiatrist may recommend include:
- Oral Antifungal Drugs- These drugs tend to help clear up infection more quickly than just a topical cream and can help your new toenail grow free of infection. You may take this for an average of six to twelve weeks, depending on the severity of your condition.
- Medicated Nail Polish- You should paint this nail polish on your infected nail and the surrounding skin once a day. After a week of applying this nail polish, you can remove the built-up layers and start all over again. It’s simple and helps keep your nail protected from further infection.
- Medicated Nail Cream- This antifungal cream should be rubbed into your infected nails after soaking them. It may work better if you thin out the nail with a buffer brush before application.
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