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What are the treatment options for nail disorders?

Many nail disorders will resolve without treatment when the nail grows out, the trauma heals, or the use of medication causing the nail disorder is discontinued. However, if your doctor feels that your disorder requires treatment, options will be limited by what is causing the nail disorder.

Nail disorders caused by infection will require regular trimming of the nail, topical medication may be applied by soaking the finger in a solution. Or medication can be put on in the form of an antifungal or steroid ointment and secured by a bandage. In some cases antibiotics will also be necessary.

If a wart is causing your nail disorder, your doctor may try to treat the wart by injecting it with medication or freezing it off. Clear nail polish with strengthening properties or bitter taste may be recommended to help nail growth or deter biting of the nails. When treating an ingrown toenail, your doctor may prescribe antibiotic ointment for any infection that may have occurred. Sometimes all you will need to do is change your shoes or socks to reduce tightness and the exposure to moist areas that are causing the nail disorder.

Treatment of nail disorders may be a slow process given the leisurely pace at which nails grow. Depending on the thickness of the nail, topical treatments may take awhile to penetrate the layers and begin treating the problem.

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