Nail Fungus Treatments: Side Effects, Effectiveness
Will you be avoiding the beach or pool this year because of embarrassing toenail fungus? Yes ladies, you can dab on a dark nail polish for a quick fix and get by, but guys probably don't want to wear dark red polish on their toenails. Women would much rather know they had the option of showing off bare buffed pink nails. Nails that look healthy do so because they are healthy. Nail fungus is difficult to get rid of. OTC topical treatments are often disappointing,and oral medication can have serious side effects. But with time, patience, persistence and money toenail and nail fungus can be eliminated.
Toe Nail Fungus
Toe nail fungus (Onychomycosis) is quite common. It causes embarrassment and is often uncomfortable or even painful. The nail will be thick, heavy and sore. Trimming nails will be a challenge.
Nail fungus can occur in all nails, but it is more common in toe nails than finger nails.That's because shoes provide a dark and damp environment for the microorganisms to grow .Less blood flows into the toenails than the fingernails making it more difficult for the immune system to detect and attack. Infection begins most commonly in the big toe. It may stay in the big toenail or spread to the other toenails. It is especially hard to get rid of.
Toenail fungus is a condition that may affect your overall health. It can be a serious threat to anyone who has diabetes or any other condition that suppresses the immune system such as HIV.
O-T-C Nail Fungus Treatments
There have been several over-the-counter topical treatments introduced and marketed. Currently the general consensus is that they really don't seem to be very effective. All over-the-counter nail fungus treatments are topical. Currently topical nail fungus treatments only have an eight percent rate of effectiveness.
The two most common OTC treatments for nail fungus are undeneclemic acid and tolnaftate.
undeneclemic acid: Undecenoic acid 10 is a common name. It is an organic unsaturated fatty acid. It is FDA approved for OTC sales.
tolnafate: This anti-fungal agent is available as a cream, powder,spray or liquid.
Both of these anti-fungal agents are effective for skin infections such as athletics feet, jock itch, ringworm and psoriasis. Topically applied agents of this nature currently have only an eight percent effectiveness rate for getting rid of nail fungus.
Side effects: The side effects for both of these topical agents include the risk of allergic reaction. Those who are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breast feeding can not use these products.
Avoid Diflucan If Allergic To These Drugs
Oral Nail Fungus Treatments
The most common oral treatment for nail fungus is terbinafine, commonly sold under the brand name Lamisil and can only be prescribed by a doctor. It is quite expensive and can present mild to serious side effects. It can be taxing to the liver. A liver test will be required before the doctor prescribes terbinafine.
Depending on the severity of the nail fungus, terbinafine will need to be taken over a period of weeks. This oral method is much more effective than topical treatments with currently an 85 percent effectiveness rate.
Diflucan is less commonly prescribed for nail fungus. It is used to treat fungal infections in any part of the body. Patients taking diflucan for other reasons that happen to have nail fungus report it as being effective in clearing nail fungus. Diflucan has side effects for people that are allergic to the drugs listed above
Turbafine And Drug Interactions
The drug interaction list is quite extensive for terbenafine. All prescribed and OTC medicines, herbs and vitamins will need to be listed for the doctor to evaluate.
Drugs To Avoid When Using Lamosil
Risk Of Side Effects Increased
May Decrease Lamosil's Effectiveness
selective serotonic reuptake inhibitors
cyclsporine or tamoxifen
Serious Side Effects Of Turbinafine
- persistent upset stomach
- loss of appetite
- extreme tiredness
- dark urine
- pale stool
- pain, upper right stomach
- skin rash that worsens
- fever,sore throat
Mild Side Effects Of Terbinafine
- stomach pain
Laser Nail Fungus Treatment
Just as laser surgery has been revolutionary for vision and other problems, so is there laser treatment for nail fungus. It is highly desirable over oral medication for safety and topical applications for effectiveness. Specially designed laser beams go through the toenail to safely reduce infection in the nail bed. Totally safe and with no discomfort the procedure is done in the podiatry office with no anesthesia.
It is the most expensive treatment, between $200-$500. The higher price is what causes nail fungus sufferers to seek other remedies and treatments.
Alternative Nail Fungus Treatments
There are nail fungus treatments on line that claim to be safe and have a money back guarantee. These may be worth trying if laser treatment is not an option. Most importantly, heed the warnings of the drugs to avoid if taking an oral nail fungus treatment.
These are reportedly the 5 top rated alternative treatments for nail fungus with effectiveness rates:
- Fungavir- 97.3%
- Zeta Clear-77.3%
- Nail-Rx- 73.2%
- H-Nail Fungus- 75.1%
- Dermisil- 62.2%
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