Over-the-Counter Antifungal Medications
Topical antifungal creams, ointments, or nail lacquers containing ingredients like clotrimazole or terbinafine can be applied directly to the affected nails.
Prescription Oral Antifungal Medications
In severe cases or when topical treatments are ineffective, oral antifungal medications may be prescribed by a healthcare professional.
Antifungal Nail Creams
Specific antifungal creams formulated for treating fungal nail infections can be applied directly to the affected nails.
Regular Trimming and Cleaning
Trim and file the infected nails regularly to reduce their thickness and minimize the spread of the infection
It involves thinning or removing the infected nail material to improve the effectiveness of topical treatments.
Laser treatment can target and destroy the fungal infection in the nails. It may require multiple sessions and is typically performed by a dermatologist or podiatrist.
This treatment combines the use of a photosensitizing agent and light therapy to kill the fungus. It may require multiple sessions and is performed by a healthcare professional.
Avoiding Nail Polish and Artificial Nails
Nail polish and artificial nails can trap moisture and promote fungal growth. It's best to avoid them until the infection has cleared.
Keep your feet clean and dry, especially between the toes. Use antifungal powders or sprays in your shoes to prevent reinfection.
Wear Breathable Shoes and Socks
To prevent fungal development, use moisture-wicking socks and leather or mesh shoes.