When feet are open to the elements, for example in a gym, public shower, community pool, or if your feet and toes are in shoes for most of the day, the sweat will cause the exposure to long-term moisture which in turn leads to fungal infections.
Toes are more susceptible to fungus than fingernails, although some hands that are constantly exposed to water may be the source for finger nail fungus.
There are a variety of precautions you can take to treat and cure the nail fungus:
1. Since nail files are cheap, try to use one when you file your nails.
2. Always trim your nails so they are short and less vulnerable to the elements.
3. Wear cotton gloves when you are doing the dishes to protect your fingernails.
4. Take your shoes and socks off after 5 hours so your toes can breathe.
5. Always wear protective plastic sandals in public facilities.
Once you notice fungus on your toe nails go visit your doctor who will confirm and diagnose your nail infection and who will prescribe the proper medication for the disease, if it so happens to be nail fungus. Usually your doctor will prescribe an oral medication along with a cream that is to be put on the nail or nails that have become infected.
There are several over the counter medicines and topical creams that you can purchase, but which may not be as effective as the oral medication and fungal cream combination prescribed to you by a professional. You may want to discuss this with your doctor or podiatrist.
One type of fungal infection medication which is FDA approved is called “Penlac”. It is a nail polish that you can use on your infected nails for nine months on a daily basis, where you would brush on the polish on the nail containing the fungus, and then theoretically you are supposed to strip the varnish off on a weekly basis.
There are two very effective cures for nail fungus; one is called “Sporonox” and the other is “Lamisil.” It is recommended that these oral medications should be taken for a maximum of 3 to 6 months, because some tests show that long term effects of these drugs can and have led to liver failure. As a good practice all medication and drugs should be discussed with your doctor or pharmacist prior to use.
A Safe Alternative:
Personally, I would never risk damaging my liver and would always try natural remedies instead. There are many highly effective alternatives to above chemical treatments by now.
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