June 11, 2020 2 min to read
Everything you need to know about toenail fungus cream
Category : Health
Toenail fungus is one of the most common nail problems accounting for about 50 percent of all nail problems. It causes nail discoloration, thickening, as well as crumbling leaving the nail very ugly.
It also causes redness and inflammation of the surrounding skin which could be very painful especially when pressure is applied.
Toenail fungus spreads easily and very fast and could be very challenging to treat – requiring a few months for a complete cure yet with a very high rate of recurrence.
Some of the treatments that have proven very effective and very safe are topical solutions such as toenail fungus cream.
Tablets are considered to be more effective but they have side effects that could be as serious as causing damages to internal organs.
Toenail fungus cream
Toenail fungus creams are one of the topical or external treatments for toenail fungus. Others include antifungal nail polishes and antifungal ointments. Toenail fungus cream usually comes in a set and includes a nail scraper.
To apply toenail fungus cream, first prepare the nail. Trim the nail to cut the most affected part away as much as possible. However, you must be careful not to do this excessively.
After trimming, file the nail down as much as you can. This is to remove more infected parts of the nail and more importantly reduce the surface area of the nail which might have thickened because of the fungus infection.
This is important because this treatment is a topical solution hence the level of absorption matters a lot. Thereafter, wash the affected area properly with warm water and soap to get rid of all debris.
Then soak the foot in warm water for about 10 minutes to soften the nail and the adjacent skin. You can add Epsom salt to the warm water for more effectiveness.
The treatment sets include two creams: one of the creams contains urea which is to soften the nail for removal and the other contains bifonazole loaded with antifungal properties.
After soaking the foot for 10 minutes, apply the cream containing urea to the nail and cover it with an adhesive bandage for a whole day. Then remove the bandage and soak the foot in warm water again.
Use the included nail scraper to scrape off the softened layer of the nail. Repeat this process for at least two weeks after which the infected part of the nail should have been completely scraped off. When this is done, treat the exposed skin with the cream containing…
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