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Onychoptosis refers to the shedding or falling off of a toenail. Treatment options for onychoptosis depend on the underlying cause of the condition. Some common treatment approaches include:
- Addressing the underlying cause: Onychoptosis can be caused by various factors such as fungal infections, trauma, or medical conditions like psoriasis or thyroid disorders. Treating the underlying cause is essential to prevent the recurrence of onychoptosis.
- Medications: Antifungal medications are commonly prescribed in cases where onychoptosis is caused by fungal infections. These medications can be in the form of oral tablets, topical creams, or nail lacquers. The choice of medication depends on the severity of the infection and the guidance of a healthcare professional.
- Nail care: Proper nail care is crucial to manage onychoptosis. This includes keeping the nails trimmed and clean, avoiding trauma or injury to the nails, wearing comfortable footwear, and practicing good hygiene.
- Nail protection: In cases where the nails are weak or prone to damage, protecting them with adhesive bandages or specialized nail protectors can help prevent further injury or detachment.
- Surgical intervention: In severe cases or when conservative methods fail, surgical intervention may be considered. This can involve partial or complete removal of the affected nail, or procedures to correct any underlying nail bed deformities.