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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|Records indicate that amputations and other forms of surgery due to infections of the feet, many brought about by diabetes, have been significantly reduced in recent years because of early diagnosis and treatment. Further reduction in this area is a goal of Healthy People 2010, a US Department of Health and Human Services campaign endorsed by podiatric physicians, to encourage understanding and application of preventive medical practices.|