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I've always had strong, healthy nails, but apparently caught a fungus from my elderly mother (who was infected) while trimming and filing her nails. I did wash hands and brush my nails after, as well as throw those implements away, but several weeks later noticed a slight discoloration and white spots creeping up my nails.
My doctor prescribed the generic lamisil, which I took for 30 days. In the meantime I kept the nails trimmed and the discoloration continued to grow out and seemed to be gone. But after about a month, I noticed it starting again, so did another 30 days of the prescription. Again, it seemed to be nipped in the bud and all looked good. At this point I did my usual manicure and the nail beds were not visible.
Now when I removed the polish and looked, it's starting AGAIN. Plus, I think I see similar signs on my toenails.
Although I threw away all of my emery boards, etc. and started with new, I wonder if I've somehow spread the infection, or reinfected myself by re-using a board or clippers after I THOUGHT the infection was gone.
I've been looking and looking for information on how to make sure this does not happen. How often should nail files be replaced? At what point in treatment could I be sure I'm not re-spreading an infection? Can clippers which have been used on infected nails be thoroughly sterilized, and if so, HOW?
I'm about to start the Lamisil again, and this time want to make sure I'm not making any mistakes. I've also read the posts about the UV driers being effective and am considering purchasing one of these to use in conjunction with the pills.
TIA for advice on exactly how to handle nail hygiene!
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