Are your toe nails brittle and peeling? Maybe they’re ridged and thick? Is there a discoloration to them? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may have a fungal nail infection. “Great, Now what?” Although fungal nail infections can be difficult to treat, there’s still hope! With patience and the right treatment, your feet will be looking good as new!
You’ll want to apply the product to freshly clean feet, preferably after a bath or shower, focusing on the cuticle of the nail and the skin surround it. Although your skin surrounding the nail may look uninfected, it is skin fungus that causes the nails to look the way they do. With the right application, you can see results in as little as 14 days.
Another form of treatment can be taken orally where it helps a new nail grow free of infection, slowly replacing the infected part. Although this treatment may clear infections faster than topical drugs, you’ll need to speak with your Doctor as this treatment has been known to cause side effects ranging from skin rashes to liver damage. This is not recommended for people with liver disease, cognitive heart failure, or those taking certain medications. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may be taking oral medications anywhere from 6-12 weeks.
If you’re not having luck with topical or oral medications, a Doctor may recommend a temporary removal of the nail so that he or she can apply the antifungal drug directly to the infection under the nail but let’s not get to ahead of ourselves!
Everyone is different and not all fungal nail infections respond to most treatments so if you need to seek a Doctor, trust your gut. It can take months to see results and even if the nail condition improves, repeat infections are common. Using products like Tineacide Antifungal Cream can help prevent cross contamination and keep foot fungus from spreading.