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How Do You Get Rid Of Nail Fungus Fast? Effective Methods Explained!

Nail fungus also known as onychomycosis is an extremely common infection that mostly affects toenails and fingernails. The condition is characterized by thick and yellowish ...

by James Powel

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Nail fungus also known as onychomycosis is an extremely common infection that mostly affects toenails and fingernails. The condition is characterized by thick and yellowish nails often associated with pain and skin inflammation.

1 in 10 people are infected with nail fungus in the United States. Ignoring your nail fungus infection will lead to complications and loss of nails. Currently, there are various ways to improve toenail fungus infection, antifungal medications, topical treatments, and surgical removal of nails are possible ways to regain younger and healthy-looking feet. This article will explore all the possible ways to get rid of nail fungus fast. 

Understanding nail fungus infection is vital for seeking effective treatments. Having an overview of the symptoms and causes can potentially help to get an awareness about your condition before following treatment strategies. 

What Is A Nail Fungus Infection?

Nail Fungus Infection

As the name suggests, it is a nail infection that can cause damage to several nails as it gets worse. As the fungus infection spreads deeper into the nail bed it will lead to nail discoloration, brittle nails, flaky skin, and other severe symptoms. 

Symptoms Of Nail Fungus Infection

Symptoms of nail infection will vary from person to person depending on the type and severity of the infection. Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Discoloration of the nails, your nails may turn yellow or black as the infection spreads. 
  • The infected nail becomes thicker and brittle
  • The nails will lose their shape and become misshapen and twisted. 
  • As the infection spreads deeper into the skin, the nail will get separated from the nail bed. 
  • It will lead to the emission of foul odor from the nails.
  • Infected nails may cause excruciating pain and discomfort.  

Sometimes trauma to the nails, eczema, or psoriasis can cause similar symptoms. Consulting a healthcare expert will be more helpful in diagnosing your condition. 

Causes Of Nail Fungus Infection

Dermatophyte fungi are the common culprit of nail fungus. However, yeast and other types of fungi can also lead to nail infections. The following are some of the risk factors and causes of nail infections. 

  • Keeping your nails and feet moist and dirty can create a friendly environment for the fungi to thrive. 
  • Spending longer time in warm and moist environments such as public pools and locker rooms.
  • Wearing tight and ill-fitting shoes for a longer period of time. 
  • Having diabetes, psoriasis, or peripheral vascular disease.
  • Having a close family member with a fungal nail infection.
  • If you have autoimmune disorders or HIV/AIDS, you are prone to nail fungus infection. 
  • Frequent microtrauma to the nails.

Maintaining good nail hygiene, wearing proper footwear, trimming your nails in a straight manner, avoiding walking barefoot, especially in public places, and getting proper treatment for nail injuries will reduce the risk of developing nail fungus infections. 

Quick Ways To Treat Nail Fungus 

Living with nail fungus is a challenging experience, getting rid of it poses further challenges because treating fungal infection is a slow and long process. However, the following strategies help to speed up the healing process. 

Prescription Medications

The best way to treat nail infections is to consult an expert. Your doctor will be able to diagnose the type of infection and provide needed guidelines. Taking oral antifungal medications prescribed by your doctor will be more effective than any other technique.

Prescription medications contain properties that can completely destroy the fungus colonies and provide protection against future infections. 

✅ Over The Counter Treatments (OTC)

Topical treatments, nail polishes, and antifungal creams containing properties such as clotrimazole, miconazole, or terbinafine are powerful antifungal treatments. You can buy these products without a doctor’s prescription. These products are easily available in drug stores and routine use will help to improve nail infection. 

✅ Laser Treatment

Laser therapy is a safe and effective method to treat nail fungus. The laser treatment uses concentrated light to kill the fungi and prevent their growth. Laser treatment is one of the fast-acting fungus treatments. Compared to other options it is expensive and requires multiple sittings. If you have diabetes laser therapy is the best safe and healthy option. 

✅ Home Remedies

Some people can find relief from toenail fungus by trying out home remedies. The method is not as effective as other solutions. However, home remedies can successfully combat mild fungus infections. Tea tree oils, vinegar, baking soda, and mouthwash are some of the traditional ways used to treat fungal infections. 

These treatments are not magic bullets, any fungus relief strategies will take a few weeks to offer relief. If the condition doesn’t improve or get worse stop the treatment and consult your doctor. 

Conclusion

Prevention of nail fungus involves patience and adherence to the guidelines. Consistency and practicing good nail hygiene are quintessential parts of preventing severe nail fungal infections. If you need personalized advice or evaluation a professional consultation is the best choice. 

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