Nail fungus is a frustrating condition that is difficult to cure. Although there are many over-the-counter medications that claim to treat nail fungus infections, often they are ineffective or the fungus returns after the treatment. The problem is nail fungus is under the nail and requires extended treatment to ensure that all the fungus is removed to eliminate the problem permanently. Usually this require medical treatment.
Treating Nail Fungus
Nail fungus is spread from exposure to certain yeasts that can cause an infection under the finger or toenail. Most commonly, nail fungus affects toe nails due to the warm, moist environment within socks and shoes that is perfect for fungal growth. Swimming pools, public showers and nail salons with poor sanitization procedures are all common places where nail fungus can be spread. Once the fungus takes hold under the nail, it can start to yellow and if not treated, the nail can even be lost.
Left untreated, nail fungus can become aesthetically unappealing, creating a dark, ugly nail. In addition, it can be very painful. To permanently remove nail fungus, it may need to be treated with topical creams, oral medications or both. Often the treatment must continue until the nail grows out and the affected area is removed. The treatment can vary depending on the severity of the condition.
To permanently remove nail fungus, a person should seek the medical help of a qualified dermatologist. A treatment plan can be devised to effectively treat the infected nail or nails, and ensure that the fungus is completely removed. It is important to follow-through with the prescribed treatment, even if the nail seems cured, to ensure that the fungal infection will not return.
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Medical Dermatology Specialists
875 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30342