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Common Nail Fungus Cures: What works and what does not

  
  
  
  
  

There are so many choices for nail fungus treatment and not all of them work. Even those that do work do not always continue to work when they are stopped. This article explains options and what I believe to be the best choices.

1: Antifungal Pills : Lamasil and Sporanox

These work about 70% of the time. They clear the nail but once they are stopped, the nail fungus can return as the nail is no longer protected. They also can upset or damage the liver and have many side effects. Make sure to check blood work prior to starting and after one month of use. Nail clearing will take about 6 months to one year. Protect the nail after it is clear with a protective nail anti fungal lacquer.

2: Fungus nail laser

fungal laser

This has been shown to work in very small tests. It is very new and very expensive and not covered by insurance. The jury is stil lout on if it works and how well. It seems to require more than one treatment and once it is stopped, the nail is not protected. No side effect associated with laser treatment except for occasional but rare skin irritation if not done properly. Make sure to follow up with a protective nail anti fungal lacquer after treatment to prevent fungus return.

3: Gel or liquid nail treatments

These just don’t work. The gel type is usually vaseline based and smears everywhere. It is hard to keep on the nail and rubs off. If it is not on the nail it cannot treat the fungus. More importantly, if it does not penetrate into the nail, which it can’t, it will not treat the fungus. The liquid kind is worse. It just rolls off the nail and so is really not effective.

4: Home remedies

Most home remedies are one of the ingredients in other forms of fungal treatments. For example, Vick’s Vapo rub is vaseline and menthol based. Menthol has been okay for fungal treatments but again the vaseline is hard to use and messy.Vinegar is a strong anti fungal but needs to used as a soak for hours and can dry the skin badly. In general, home remedies are poor choices as they all lack something andhave side effects or can irritate just as much as they help. The ingredients in home remedies are used in most good nail fungal treatment systems.

5: Nail Lacquers

Nail Lacquers work best in my mind. They are totally safe unless you have an allergy to some ingredient which will resolve when the product is discontinued.The product adheres to the nail and penetrates in most cases. This is essential for proper treatment. Some lacquers leave a thick coating and patients hate the shiny look. The one I find best is PediMD. This leaves a non-greasy non- visible look. It completely penetrates the nail and adheres to the nail bed and nail matrix. It can be used to prevent fungus as a base coat. PediMD has shown excellent clinical test result for treating fungus and can also be used to prevent fungus return after any form of treatment. It invisible and we have not seen any skin reaction from it.

I hope this article clears up some of the nail fungus treatment options for you. Be careful to check what you are getting and be sure to protect the nail after any form of treatment in order to prevent the return of nail fungus infection.

 

 

 

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