Nail Fungus

It’s easy to get a fungal nail infection. If you have a fungal infection on your foot, the fungus can spread to one or more of your nails.

Early diagnosis and treatment are recommended for everyone who has nail fungus. Caught early and treated, a fungal nail infection is likely to clear and you’ll regrow a healthy nail.

Treatment usually begins with your dermatologist trimming your infected nail(s) — cutting back each infected nail to the place where it attaches to your finger or toe. Your dermatologist may also scrape away debris under the nail. This helps get rid of some fungus.

To completely get rid of the infection, most people also need one or more of the following treatments:

  • Medicine you apply to the nail
  • Medicine you take
  • Nail removal

To clear the fungus, it’s important to:

  • Use the treatment exactly as prescribed
  • Apply (or take) the medicine for as long as prescribed
  • Keep all follow-up appointments with your dermatologist

Adapted from original source: AAD

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