Often a nail bed infection can continue to grow and spread, unabated and unnoticed by you until you have pain or other symptoms that you can no longer ignore. You may not notice that you have a nail bed infection until it is well advanced and has taken hold deep within the nail bed.
There are plenty of options to treat a nail bed infection. The most important thing is that you begin treatment as soon as you notice that you have a nail bed infection. It might take you some time to see that there is an infection to treat, and by this time, it is probably well established.
Topical treatments can be effective for infections that are around the edges of the nail bed, and these are a lacquer type of substance that is spread on top of the nail. If you have a serious nail bed infection, though, these treatments may not get to the deep root of the problem because the nail may be very thick at this point, making absorption of the treatment slow and ineffective. This kind of treatment is usually used for mild or moderate infections.
This is the main reason why people turn to oral medications or treatments. Oral treatments work from the inside out and can be very effective in attacking the fungus and terminating the spread of the fungus.
Once you have treated your infection effectively, you will want to prevent further infections and the re-occurrence of fungus growth. There are many ways that you can be proactive in prevention and these include:
1. Wearing cotton socks that are dry and if your socks become wet, changing them often.
2. Using shower sandals in public pools, gyms or showers and ensuring they are dry between uses.
3. Not sharing tools that you use on your feet, such as clippers or files.
4. Quitting smoking.
5. Washing and drying your feet and applying powder to them after they have dried.
6. Taking care not to cut your nails too short and avoiding injury to your nails.
Most people do know when they have a nail bed infection, but it is not always obvious at first glance. This is why it becomes important to take a good look at your feet after showering and to take the time to inspect your toes, looking for any signs or indications that there might be an infection.