The best way to treat a nail fungus infection is to prevent it from happening in the first place. If you follow some precautionary tips you probably will not be affected by a nail fungus infection. This type of infection is contagious and can be spread not only from one nail to another, but also from one person to another. If you have a nail fungus infection you should be aware that you can spread it to others and that it can spread among your own nails.
You should always keep your finger and toenails trimmed, clean and dry. Your nails need to be able to “breathe” so polish on the nails is something that should be avoided. It is easy to fall into the trap of keeping them painted to keep people from noticing you have an infection, but painting them is one of the worst things you can do to your nails while they are infected.
If you have to be someplace that your hands or feet have to be in a damp area then you should change your socks often and wear rubber gloves to keep the moisture off of your hands. Do not let anyone use your nail file or your nail clippers as this is a common breeding ground for the bacteria that causes nail fungus infections. You should also not walk around barefooted in any area that others walk around in; such as a swimming pool, public locker room or shower or public restroom.
If you have been diagnosed by a nail fungus infection you should start a treatment regimen as soon as possible to lower your risk of spreading the infection. Even if you treat your infection the chances are pretty good that it will come back again sometime in the future so it is vital that you continue your good hygiene once the fungus has cleared up.
When choosing a treatment option you should look for a plan that will allow you to treat the fungal infection from the inside out. If you only treat the outer part of the infection it will continue to come back again and again.
Using over the counter medications is one option that you can choose. However, if you do choose one of these make sure that it will treat your infection from the inside out and that you are not just buying a quick band-aide to put on it. Check the side effects and the active ingredients in every product so that you know exactly what it is you are taking.
Using a medication prescribed by your doctor is also an option. Again, be careful to check the side effects and the active ingredients of whatever you have chosen to be treated with. Follow the directions carefully and make sure you are applying the product exactly as it states you should.
You can also choose to use an all natural treatment. There are many products that can be purchased on line or that you can use at home. Generally these will have no side effects, but it is always good to make sure what you have chosen does not.