If you have fingernails or toenails that are thick, discolored, brittle, distorted or have an awful smell, you likely have a nail fungus problem. Also known as onychomycosis, nail fungus is what happens when fungi have managed to enter a crack through your nails or through the soft tissues of your feet. As the fungi develop in the spot it's found, your nails can start to crumble. And if you have a poor immune system, you can even get other serious infections that can spread beyond your nails.
This condition is tough to get rid of, but don’t worry! There are ways to make sure you can nail your fungal problem for good before it worsens. Read on to learn more!
Treat it quickly with the help of a professional.
To start, avoid treating your nails with paint-on products! Covering the appearance of your nail fungus with medical nail polish might seem appealing, but it is not that effective of treatment. According to the website Consumer Reports, this treatment at its worst will only help 5.5.% of users and at its best, 17.8%. So you’re better off looking elsewhere for help with your fungal infection.
But don’t be discouraged. Medication is still one of the best treatments for nail fungus. You just need the right type, and that usually involves oral antifungal drugs like SPORANOX® (itraconazole). At least 66% of people who use them cure their fungal infections within 12 weeks!
This treatment can still be intimidating when you consider the price of prescriptions in America. However, you can adjust the expense! Simply ship your medication through an international or Canadian pharmacy referral service. This service will allow you to connect to other licensed pharmacies outside the United States so you can get your medication from countries with more affordable prescription prices.
Apply prevention practices to avoid future fungal frustrations.
Medication is only half the battle, however. To make sure you avoid getting nail fungus again in the future, apply these prevention practices:
- Wash your hands and feet frequently.
- Disinfect your nail clippers after each time you use them.
- Put on socks that absorb sweat, or change the socks you wear frequently.
- Wear shoes that have breathable materials.
- Discard old shoes when possible, and disinfect them when not possible.
- Enter pool areas and locker rooms with shoes on.
- Go to nail salons that only use sterilized manicure tools for each customer.
- Avoid applying nail polish or artificial nails.
If you’re diligent enough, you’ll remain fungal free for years to come!
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