Tips to prevent and deal with fungal nail infections

Having a fungal infection on the nails (unha encravada tratamento caseiro) – usually on the feet – can be embarrassing to some people. However, the first thing to do is accept it and not blush when you say it, because it is a fairly common problem.

Many times because of embarrassment people leave these infections unattended, causing them to expand and cause increasing discomfort, said a specialist.

“Nail fungus can be an embarrassing problem, but you should not be embarrassed to talk to a certified dermatologist, who can help you manage the condition” said Dr. Shari Lipner, assistant professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City, United States.

For the specialist, when people believe they have nail fungus, many of them are tempted to hide the problem with nail polish or by treating themselves with over-the-counter products. Instead, she recommends going to the doctor.

“Although nail fungus is the most common nail disorder treated by dermatologists, not all nail problems are caused by fungi, and there are several other conditions that could have a similar appearance, such as psoriasis or traumatizes in the nails”, exposed the expert.

“If you treat something that is not a mushroom like a mushroom, it may not help solve the problem. In fact, it could make the condition worse, “he said.

Also, “if you have a fungal infection and are not examined, the symptoms may get worse, and may cause pain or affect your daily activities. For some patients, nail fungus is not just an aesthetic problem” he said.

Some of the early signs that announce the presence of fungi in the nails include that they separate from the skin and discolor in yellow or white. As the condition worsens, the nails may become thicker, harder to cut and may change color gradually.

“If you suffer bothersome nail symptoms, see a certified dermatologist who can evaluate your condition and recommend the best treatment available to you,” Dr. Lipner recommended.

Some tips to avoid its appearance include:

-Wash and dry your feet very well every day.

-Change socks daily (even twice a day if you think you sweat a lot of your feet).

-Remove nail clippers and files before using them.

-Avoid walking barefoot in damp places.

-Keep hygiene routines with pets, since animals can also promote the environment of fungal infection.

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