It should go without saying that the only real way to completely get rid of the pain from a fungal toenail infection is to first get rid of the fungal toenail infection. If you know you are suffering from a fungal toenail infection, make sure that you have taken the proper steps to effectively treat the infection and visit a doctor to get the medical attention or prescription medication that you need. However, in the mean time, it is understandable that you might be looking for fast relief from the pain of the infection. In this post, we will take a look at three different ways to alleviate the pain of your fungal toenail infection while you continue to treat it.
- Over-The-Counter Pain Reliever: This is one of the most basic things you can do for immediate relief from the pain of your fungal toenail infection. Just as you would do if you had aching, sore muscles or a pounding headache, take the appropriate amount of pain relief when the pain from your fungal toenail infection starts to flare up. Obviously, taking pain reliever is not a treatment for the fungal toenail infection and no one should except their infection to go away unless they are treating it correctly. So long as you get the OK from your primary care physician or a podiatry specialist who is tending to your infection, take pain reliever in conjunction with the other prescribed medications that will get rid of both your pain and your infection.
- Don’t “Skip Doses” Or Miss Treatment Steps: While this method isn’t an immediate pain relief option as the aforementioned tip is, it is definitely a part of the long-term pain relief plan. If your doctor has instructed you to take a certain type of oral, anti-fungal medication on a daily basis or apply a topical ointment several times a day, do this until the fungal infection has completely cleared up. When you forget to take your medication, don’t routinely apply medical ointment on the affected area, or don’t do whatever else is necessary to treat the infection, you are merely prolonging the infection and in turn the pain that comes with it.
- Don’t Wear Poorly Fitted Shoes: One of the easiest ways to aggravate the pain of your fungal toenail infection is to wear poorly fitted shoes or footwear that is too tight. For example, if you are in the process of treating a fungal toenail infection and usually wear heels on a daily basis, swap out the fancy footwear for something substantially more comfortable and practical. This reduces much of your pain and prevents the pain from worsening. At the same time, you don’t want to wear footwear that is open enough to expose your infected toenail to bacteria-filled environments. Choose your foot wear wisely (you can ask one of our Great Neck Podiatrists for their recommendations) and don’t go barefoot in public areas such as pools and locker rooms. If you continue to make these bad habits, the infection will persist as will the pain. Additionally, don’t attempt to clip your toenails while your infection is still being treated. Clearly, this will just lead to more unnecessary pain and can make the infection worse.
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