Finger Fungus

How to Treat Finger Fungus

Finger fungus is not a nice condition to have. People don’t like to look at it and they especially don’t like to talk about it. The last thing most people want to do is go to the doctor to get treatment for a condition that is annoying and embarrassing.

Fingernail and finger fungus can make your hands look horrible and it is not easy to get rid of it. So, while the last thing you want to do is visit a medical professional, it is the best way to get treatment.

Some people think that finger fungus is the result of unsanitary or unclean practices but it is not. That’s why there is no reason to be embarrassed. You are no more likely to acquire fungus in a locker room or community shower than you are by swimming in water or inhaling fungus particles.

The fungus that attacks fingers, toes, and nails is the result of a compromised immune system. That means if you have a disease like AIDS or cancer or if you are malnourished and deficient in vitamins and minerals, you are more likely to develop a finger fungus.

One of the best things you can do immediately is to boost your immune system with foods high in vitamin C, such as oranges or take a vitamin C supplement. There are several natural, holistic remedies you can try or you can visit the drug store to get topical creams and gels. Some of these work and some don’t.

If the finger fungus is under your nail, the chances of curing it with a topical treatment are around zero. External remedies rarely work for fingernail fungus. You can get help though by visiting your doctor and getting a prescription for some oral antifungal medications. These usually take several months overall to successfully treat the problem.

You need to seek treatment for finger fungus because it can spread to other parts of the body and even make you ill. There are a number of things you can do to help the situation. Keep your fingers dry because fingers that are constantly wet are more likely to develop fungus. If you work in a job where your hands are wet all the time you are a prime candidate for finger fungus.

Don’t share such personal items as nail files, clippers, cloths and towels. If you do have a type of fungus, stay away from applying any type of nail polish to fingernails or toenails. If you have a disease which has compromised your immune system, treat the disease and these types of fungus may just disappear.

This obviously won’t be possible with some diseases, like AIDs, where your entire body is compromised and you are open to all types of infections. Always check with your doctor for any advice he or she may have on how to treat fungi. Two drugs that are often used are Lamisil ™ and Diflucan™. They can have some bad side effects so all of the risks will need to be weighed against the positives. Side effects include rashes, headaches, stomach upset and even possible liver damage.

Always use common sense when taking care of anything which may cause further infection. For instance, if your finger should not get wet, wrap it in plastic when taking a shower. Don’t use the compromised finger for your normal tasks. A break in the skin is going to make the problem worse.

There are many herbal treatments for finger fungus. Before using them, talk to a trained herbalist about specific plants--ask which part of the plant is used and what the doses are. Make sure your doctor knows what you are using in case of any interactions which could occur with your prescription medications.