Monday, 25 September 2017

Nail Fungus Treatment & Prevention

Nail Fungus Treatment

People often develop a fungal infection of the nail at some point in their life. Although it is not usually serious, many people find it unpleasant and sometimes it is difficult to treat.

The nail fungus infection usually develops slowly and it may cause thickening, discolouration and distortion. People often develop infection in the toenails than the fingernails. The medical terms for nail fungus is “Onychomycosis”.

Nail Fungus Treatment
For a mild infection of nail, treatment is not always needed, because it is unlikely to cause any further complications. You should always practise good foot and hand hygiene to stop or prevent the infection. Speak to your pharmacist if you notice any change in the appearance of the nail(s) or experience pain and discomfort.

Antifungal nail paints and nail softening kits such as Canespro Fungal Nail Treatment Set can be useful in treating nail fungus. People with severe nail infection need oral antifungal tablets, which are taken once or twice for a few weeks, depending on the severity of the infection. In more advanced cases, GPs often recommended a procedure to remove the nail completely.

Nail Fungus Prevention
You can reduce the risk of developing a nail fungus by:
  • regularly keeping your hands and feet clean and dry
  • clipping your nails to keep them short – make sure you use your won clippers
  • wearing well-fitted shoes and cleaned cotton socks
  • not walking barefoot in public places
  • treating athlete’s foot as early as possible to avoid infection
Sometimes, nail salon equipment can be the source of fungal nail infection. Make sure any equipment used for nail care in the salon is properly sterilised between uses.

A nail fungus may not cause any peculiar symptoms at first. However, as the infection progresses, you will notice discolouration, thickening and distortion. You may experience pain or discomfort with crumbly nails.

If you notice any changes in your nail, ask your pharmacist at PharmacyOutlet and get effective nail fungus treatment. PharmacyOutlet is an online pharmacy operated by Pharmacentric Limited, which also provides the NHS Electronic Prescription Service for patients who need regular medications.