How do you treat nail infections
When nail infection is mild and affects only a small part of the finger, with few or almost absent symptoms, many people choose to leave the infection untreated. All the more so as medicines can have serious side effects.
In a small number of cases, the infection can resolve itself with time. However, it often worsens or expands and needs to be treated.
If you are going to let the infection heal itself, constantly check its condition, keep your nails cut short and always sterilize the scissors and files you use before you move on to care for the other nails.
Antifungal tablets almost always get rid of the problem, but these should be taken at least 6-12 weeks and are not at all cheap. In addition, it does not prevent the recurrence of the infection.
Always discuss treatment options with your doctor because many drugs have side effects and cannot be taken in combination with other treatments.
Oral antifungal drugs may cause side effects ranging from skin rash to liver damage. You may need occasional blood tests to check on how you’re doing with these types of drugs. Doctors may not recommend them for people with liver disease or congestive heart failure or those taking certain medications.
If you still choose to treat your infection with antifungal medicines, you must follow the treatment carefully. Otherwise, you risk developing resistance to them and a more severe infection.
Your doctor may prescribe an antifungal cream, which you rub into your infected nails after soaking. These creams may work better if you first thin the nails.
This helps the medication get through the hard nail surface to the underlying fungus.
Antifungal nail polish
Antifungal nail polish is particularly useful if the infection is at the tip of the nail. But you will not see effective results if the infection is severe or has spread to the surrounding skin. These nail varnishes should be used for at least six months and exactly as it says on their leaflet.
When your nails are affected by severe infections, your doctor may recommend that you completely eliminate them. The procedure involves a simple operation that only requires local anaesthetic and will be followed by antifungal medication either orally or applied to the wound to prevent the growth of infected nails.
Although nail removal is an extreme treatment, it can often be more effective and faster than other methods.
There are many treatments that you can prepare and use at home for fungal infections. They are good only for cases of mild infection.
Hold your fingertips for 20 minutes each day in a mixture of two litres of water and a cup of apple vinegar plus 10 drops of essential lavender oil. After soaking, dry the nails and skin around them and apply equal parts of lavender oil and tea tree oil.
Follow this treatment not only after bathing in water with vinegar, but also every morning and evening, before bedtime.
Finally, once every two days, apply a thick layer of ointment based on peanut oil and eucalyptus oil and then cover with gloves or a piece of dressing, letting the treatment work overnight.