Left untreated, fungal nail infections can affect the entire nail and surrounding skin.
Conventional treatment of such infections may include the following:
People with nail infections sometimes treat them using one of these methods or a combination of therapies.
- Anti-fungal pills.
- Anti-fungal creams, lotions, gels.
- Surgical removal of the infected nail.
If you have a nail that is discolored or damaged but not painful, you may opt for simple over-the-counter treatments. Early treatment can stop the infection from causing serious and often permanent damage to the nail.
A small percentage of fungal nail infections affect the surface of the nail, are within the nail itself, or occur in the skin at the base of the nail.
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