Nail fungus is a condition that can be contracted a myriad of ways and people struggle finding success with nail fungus treatments on the market. Toenail fungus is not only an eyesore – it also leaves us feeling embarrassed, anxious and sometimes ashamed for allowing our nails to reach this point of cracking, brittleness, and discoloration.
You may want to see a physician if self-care steps haven’t helped. Also see a doctor if you have diabetes and think you’re developing nail fungus.
You’re likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. In some cases when you call to set up an appointment, you may be referred immediately to either a doctor who specializes in skin conditions (dermatologist) or one who specializes in foot conditions (podiatrist).
To make the most of your time with your doctor, it’s good to prepare for your appointment.
What you can do
- List your symptoms,including any that may seem unrelated to nail fungus.
- List key personal information,including any major stresses or recent life changes.
- List all the medications,vitamins and supplements you’re taking.
- List questions to askyour doctor.
For nail fungus, your questions might include:
- What is likely causing my symptoms or condition?
- What are other possible causes for my symptoms or condition?
- What tests do I need?
- What is the best course of action?
- What are the alternatives to the primary approach you’re suggesting?
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
- Is a generic alternative available for the medicine you’re prescribing?
- Do you have any brochures or other printed material that I can take home? Do you recommend any websites on nail fungus?
Don’t hesitate to ask any other questions you have.
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