Treat nail fungus

Treatment of nail fungus

Unlike the athlete's foot, which can be treated with appropriate ointments in a relatively short time, nail fungus requires a lot of patience. In any case, the sooner the treatment starts, the quicker the success will be. And vice versa: A nail fungus never heals on its own.

External therapy for nail fungus

As long as the fungal spores have attacked only one to a maximum of three nails and at most 50 percent of the nail surface are affected, the fungus can still be treated from the outside. There are special mushroom nail polishes or sets of ointments and tinctures available. These preparations can prescribe the doctor, but you can also get them over the counter in the pharmacy. It is important to actually choose a preparation for nail fungus, as conventional mushroom ointments do not penetrate the hard nail material to the bottom.

Before the varnish or tincture is applied, the nails should be cut short and roughened with a file, then the antifungal agent can spread well in the nail. So that the fungi do not regrow, it is important to apply the remedy consistently according to the package instructions. Depending on the preparation, for example, every other day, then once or twice a week.

Internal therapy for nail fungus

If the fungal spores have already penetrated into the nail bed, the regrowing nail is infected again and again. In this case, only drug treatment with tablets will help. The fungicidal active ingredient then reaches the spores through the bloodstream and settles in the nail bed. A drug treatment must be prescribed by the doctor. The prescribed medication must be taken until the nails have regrown themselves healthy. And that takes time, as a nail grows slowly.

With at least three months of therapy one must count on taking a tablet. With a mushroom nail polish, the therapy can take about six months, in case of heavy infestation but sometimes for a year or more. On the fingernails healing progresses a little faster and a success is usually after about three months.

Home remedies for nail fungus

Dry your feet thoroughly after swimming or showering - especially the toe spaces. Wear bath or slippers in public places and use socks and shoes made of natural materials. Give your feet plenty of fresh air. Perform alternating foot baths regularly - these promote the circulation of the toes and nails. Then massage your feet and nails once a week with a thyme or tea tree oil - this works against inflammation. Change your towels at least once a week. If you already have a mushroom, use an extra towel for your feet and change it daily.

Source: Guidelines of the German Dermatological Society and the German-speaking Mycological Society

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