Do your toenails look dry, thick or ragged? Do you feel too self-conscious to wear open-toed sandals in public? If one or more of your nails is infected with nail fungus, there are a variety of treatment options available, such as topical ointments, and oral anti-fungal medications.
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Symptoms of Nail Fungus
Nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a common infection that is caused by microbes that thrive in warm, moist environments, such as under the toenails, especially when someone is wearing shoes. The infection can be spread in warm, wet environments as well, such as at the gym, at a public shower, or even a nail salon.
You may be suffering from nail infection if you notice that one or more nails have the following symptoms:
- Dull, dry appearance
- Nail separation from the skin
- Brittle, flaky or ragged
- Yellow color
- Bad odor
Nail fungus is particularly common among diabetics, as well as those around the age of 70 and older.
Nail Fungus Treatments
Treating and eliminating nail fungus can be tricky, particularly because the infection can hide under the nail, making it difficult to reach. When treating with topical ointments or oral anti-fungal medications, it is crucial to complete a full treatment, which may take as along as a year, or the infection may return.
What to Expect During a Nail Fungus Treatment Session
A typical nail fungus treatment session can take as little as 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the treatment area and the extent of the infection. Some patients may require a series of three to five sessions, once every two weeks in order to achieve full results. A topical ointment may be prescribed in addition to other treatments to ensure faster, comprehensive results.