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Getting rid of a toenail fungal infection can be tough and it can take up to a year to achieve completely clear nails. A toenail fungus infection usually begins with swollen skin or pain around your nail, and you may notice dents, ridges or lines in your nails.

Your medical dermatologist will examine your nails and determine a treatment plan to help clear your toenail fungus. Here are five tips you can use to make your treatment plan even more effective:

  1. Keep your nails trimmed and filed to make sure you remove any fungus build up on your toenails. This helps keep the fungus from spreading.
  2. Follow your treatment plan. Missing oral treatments or skipping topical treatments prevent your treatment from working as well as it could.
  3. Ask your dermatologist if a nail lacquer, such as Penlac®, can help keep your toenail fungus infection from spreading. These nail lacquer treatments alone do not always clear infections, but they can aid your treatment plan.
  4. Keep your feet clean and dry to ensure the condition of your feet does not encourage fungal growth.
  5. Take steps to prevent future toenail fungus infections. In cases when patients do not continue to take steps for prevention, the nail fungus can return, according to the National Institute of Health.

If you are concerned you may have a toenail fungus infection, make an appointment with your Water’s Edge medical dermatologist today. He or she will take a culture of your nail and determine the best course of treatment for you. At Water’s Edge Dermatology, we have serious medicine for your skin.

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