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Nail Fungus Treatment

Aug 17, 2007
Anti fungal medication is the first option that comes to our minds when a health care provider detects a fungal infection and recommends a nail fungus treatment. Opportune diagnose may help to accelerate the cure after laboratory examination confirms the presence of fungi in toenails or fingernails.

In the United States, the most usually prescribed treatments contain terbinafine as an active ingredient. In fact, Lamisil cream, terbinafine and itraconazole are medications that have proven effectiveness in topical nail fungus treatment. Clotrimazole is another one of the anti fungal medication used to treat these kinds of infections.

Clotrimazole is considered a strong drug for nail fungus treatment, because it can be administered to both humans and animals, but it is also prescribed when other conditions have developed, such as athlete's foot, ringworm and vaginal yeast infections. Otherwise, scientifically unverified medications, natural and home remedies are used as cheap alternative to costly drugs, lotions and creams.

Home remedies claim to be as effective as prescribed medications for nail fungus treatment, such as applying 2 or 3 drops of distilled white vinegar onto the cuticle several times a day to help improve the condition. The same occurs with the application of tea tree oil, lavender essential oil or diluted grapefruit seed extract.

Over-the-counter drugs are another option when it comes to nail fungus treatment, including well-known products, but not elaborated to prevent or cure fungal infections. Two of the most popular products for this purpose are Listerine, the antiseptic mouthwash, and Vicks Vapor Rub, a cough reliever.

Nail fungal infections cause discoloration, chalkiness, thickening, and crumbling of the nails, so the application of creams, lotions and oils may help with improving the condition or relieving the pain and discomfort, but very few of them can cure and get rid of fungi. Something to say in the support of this is that home remedies and over-the-counter products do not cause side effects.

Nail fungus treatment with prescribed oral or topical medications rarely can cause severe side effects, however some of them are costly, particularly when it is necessary for their use or intake for long periods of time that may last over 12 months or up. In addition, some medications may include drugs combined with an antibiotic such as Marbofloxacin that over time may cause liver problems.

All fungal infections are usually slow to clear up, and continuous application of any nail fungus treatment, may cause a certain degree of burning and irritation of the skin ranging from mild to severe.
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