Do you want to know how to get rid of nail fungus? Often nail fungus develops very slowly over time so that by the time you notice the symptoms, it can be very deeply rooted as well as advanced. It may have already spread to adjacent nails and once you notice that you have this sort of infection, you need to seek treatment right away.
There are many ways to get rid of and treat nail fungus, including:
* Nail Removal. Only in very extreme cases, obviously, this may be necessary.
* Oral prescription medications. Theses can have very serious side effects and need close monitoring by a medical professional.
* Homeopathic remedies, such as tea tree oil, crushed garlic, Vic's vapor rub, soaking with Epsom salts.
* Topical ointments and creams - not as effective as oral treatments because they need to be absorbed through an already thickened nail.
* Oral non-prescription medications - can be very effective because they work from the" inside out" without adverse and serious side effects.
Keep a close eye on your nail fungus. If you are not overly concerned with how your nails look, there may be nothing to really worry about; however, if you notice:
* Pus, redness or swelling. Or a distinct line running from your nail up your foot towards your heart.
* Nail separating from the nail bed or surrounding skin.
* You have a high fever.
* There is a lot of pain and you have trouble walking.
These symptoms are a sign of serious infection and must not be ignored. Most people will not let a nail fungal infection get this out of hand, but especially in people who have a pre-existing illness or are elderly, it is not something that they will notice right away.
The sooner you start on a course of treatment the better. The longer an infection or fungal invasion is left untreated, the more chance of it becoming out of control. Once you have an infection such as this, you can be much more susceptible to recurring infections. This is largely due to the fact that the fungus can sit under the nail, almost dormant, and regrow after treatment. This makes it very important for you to have a regular foot care/inspection routine and keep a close eye on your nails.