Fungal Nail Infections (cont.)
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After your fungal nail infection has been successfully treated, take steps to prevent the infection from recurring.
If you have a mild fungal nail infection or are concerned about the risks of oral antifungal medicine, try an antifungal medicine you put directly on your skin (topical medicine), such as terbinafine (Lamisil) or ciclopirox (Penlac). You can also use a topical antifungal to prevent athlete's foot, which can cause fungal nail infections. But topical medicines may not be as effective as oral medicines in treating fungal nail infections.
Some people consider tea tree oil or cream to be an effective alternative for treating and preventing athlete's foot and mild fungal nail infections.6 There is little research on how effective tea tree oil is for fungal nail infections.
After an infection has cleared up, use daily measures to prevent reinfection.
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