Nail Fungus Medication

Nail Fungus Medication

Fungal nail infections (onychomycosis) affect many people, and they can sometimes be difficult to eradicate. The infections are caused by fungi which burrow under the nails causing them to be brittle, discolored and distorted, often causing embarrassment to the sufferer. If left untreated, the infection could spread to other nails, making the hands and feet look unsightly.

Antifungal pills

If the infection is severe, antifungal pills are the most effective, though they require close monitoring and follow up. Any related fungal skin infection will also be cleared by the medication. The doctor will prescribe the medicine depending on the type of fungus that has caused the nail infection. The most popular oral medications that are known to be effective include Terbinafine and Itraconazole.

Terbinafine tablets are usually taken daily for a period of between 6-12 weeks for fingernails, and 12-24 weeks for toenails. The drug is safe, with few side effects associated with it. Fungal nail infections can be stubborn, and patients should therefore take the tablets for the whole prescribed period.

Itraconazole is administered as pulsed treatment. The tablets are taken twice daily for a week, and the course is repeated after three weeks. Two pulsed courses are usually sufficient for fingernail infections while toenail infections will require 3 pulsed courses or more. Common side effects associated with antifungal tablets include headaches, nausea, itching, poor sense of taste and diarrhea. In 50% of the patients, the infected nail is fully restored to its former appearance, but in a further 20% of patients, the nail may not look as normal as before, even though the fungus has been cleared.

Antifungal nail paint

It is prescribed for those patients who prefer not to take the antifungal tablets. Also known as nail lacquer, it may not be as effective as the oral pills because the application is done onto the infected nail. The nail paint has to reach the infection for it to be effective which can take time. Amorolfine nail lacquer can be bought over the counter or obtained as a prescription. Normally, the doctor will look at the infection first and advise appropriately. The antifungal nail paint may not be very effective if the infection is close to, or involves the skin which is around the nail. Topical medications tend to be work better when used together with oral pills.

Vinegar has been touted as an effective home remedy for fighting nail fungus, though sufficient anecdotal evidence is not available. One part vinegar should be mixed with two parts of warm water and the infected foot soaked in for about twenty minutes daily. Whatever nail fungus medication is chosen, foot hygiene is of utmost importance. The feet should always be kept clean and dry, and socks should be changed daily. Nails should be clipped short, while very tight shoes should be avoided to prevent excessive sweating. Waterproof sandals should be worn while walking at swimming pools or other public areas such as gyms to avoid picking up fungal infections.

If the infection worsens and becomes painful, the nail could be removed surgically. This may be recommended if other medications fail to work. A new nail will eventually grow, though it could take 12 months or more for it to grow back fully.

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Revealed: Toe Fungus Cure- 4 Natural Remedies

Introduction

Variously referred to as Onychomycosis, toenail fungus is characterized by pain, inflammation, and swelling, as well as thickening, yellowing, and crumbling of the nail itself. It is usually the result of continuous exposure to moisture, compromised immune system, abnormal skin PH, weak circulation such as that brought on by diabetes, and poor foot hygiene.

Modern medicine addresses the problem of toenail fungus with oral anti-fungal medicine, topical treatments, and in some instances, surgical nail removal. But the side effects of these medications may rear their ugly head in the form of blisters, rashes, hives, swelling of the face or mouth, breathing problems, diarrhea, fever, heart problems, fatigue, weight gain, liver damage, loss of appetite, nausea, dizziness, headaches, and even more pain- all in an attempt to get rid of toenail fungus. The good news, however, is that traditional herbal medicine performs the same job using fruit juices, natural oils and dry goods from your pantry- most of which have no side effects (as long as you are not allergic to them). Below, therefore, we take a look at 4 natural remedies for toenail fungus as follows:

  1. Olive leaf extract

Olive leaf extract is an excellent choice for combating toenail fungus. When taken daily as a supplement, this powerful natural remedy not only cures fungal infections, but is also anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and can help lower one’s cholesterol. And since olive leaf extract also serves as a powerful detoxifier, users often report experiencing some slight discomfort especially during the initial stages. In such instances, consider lowering your daily dosage whilst the body sheds the bulk of its stored toxins. As soon as you feel revitalized, you can increase your intake to what is recommended.

  1. Apple cider vinegar (ACV)

Arguably one of the best remedies of toenail fungus, apple cider vinegar can be used internally, topically, or both. Begin by mixing one part Epsom salts and one part ACV with six parts of hot water. Then, allow the water to cool so that it is still warm to touch but not so hot as to be damaging to the skin. Proceed to soak your feet at least twice daily and for up to 30 minutes each time in order to kill the fungus.

  1. Tea tree oil

As both a fungicidal and antiseptic remedy, tea tree oil is a fantastic remedy for onychomycosis. For this toe fungus cure to be effective, first clean areas on and around the infection using rubbing alcohol before applying undiluted tea tree oil directly to the affected nail(s) and letting it soak in. After about 15 minutes, gently scrub the nail(s) with a soft bristle toothbrush. Remember, when applying this remedy directly to the skin, consider mixing it with an all-natural carrier such as olive oil. Repeat this daily until new healthy nails grow out completely, then extend treatment for a further two or three weeks to prevent re-growth.

  1. Sodium borate and baking soda

Since fungus requires an acidic environment to flourish, baking soda prevents toenail fungus from spreading by creating an inhospitable environment for it. Further, sodium borate (borax) is a naturally occurring mineral that also doubles up as a powerful fungicide. When these two are combined, they create a remedy that cures nail fungus fast. To accomplish this, mix equal parts of baking soda and borax powder with just enough water to form a paste. Then, wet your feet and gently rub the resultant mixture into the affected nails. Do this at least twice a day and continue for a further two weeks until the fungus has completely cleared up.

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Toe Fungus Treatment Options

When experiencing nail fungus, some self-care strategies and non-prescription medicated ointment may be the best course of action. However, if these products haven’t helped, then the best strategy for toe fungus treatment is a combination of prescription drugs. The recommended treatment may depend on the severity of infection, age, and other factors. However, these are the most common and effective treatments used today.

Oral Antifungal Drugs
Oral drugs actually tend to be one of the first lines of treatment recommended by doctors. The two most effective medications are terbinafine and itraconazole. These medications work by helping new tissue to grow that slowly replaces the infected part. In most cases, the medication is prescribed for 6-12 weeks, but it may take almost this entire time to see a significant results.
The success rate for both oral medications may be lower in people over the age of 65. In the Add Mediase populations, a doctor may recommend combining oral medical along with topical antifungal therapies. Both used in combination can be effective for a fungus infection that is not clearing up.

Medicated Nail Polish
If the fungal infection is located on the nail, then an antifungal nail polish ciclopirox is recommended. The polish is painted on the nails and surrounding skin once a day. After seven days, the polish can be removed and then fresh applications begun again. This treatment is effective, but tends to have a longer period of time to be effective. It may take several months for the infection to clear up completely so this may not be the most desirable treatment option.
Medicated Cream
A doctor may also recommend an antifungal cream. This cream is rubbed into the affected area after the foot has been soaked in warm water. The creams work better on soft skin because they can penetrate to deeper levels. This type of therapy tends to be very effective, but may be difficult to use if the cream is rubbed off prematurely. Medicated creams may be most effective in people who tend to wear close-toed shoes and take care of their feet on a regular basis. This therapy may also be combined with others to increase the effectiveness.

Laser and Light-Based Therapies
These are some of the most recent treatment options available. Many of them are still being studied for their effectiveness but using them alone or with other medications may be a beneficial therapy. One study in particular looked at carbon-dioxide laser therapy that was combined with a topical cream. Most of the people in the study saw significant benefits from the treatment. This type of therapy is not available everywhere and may not be needed in many cases. Unless other treatment options are not effective at removing the fungal infection, then this option will probably not be explored.

These treatment options are the primary ones available today used for toe fungus. When a fungal infection has become serious, it may be necessary to use one of these treatments. All are effective at reducing or removing the infection and returning the toes back to a healthy state.[te_share_buttons]