For those needing fungal nail treatments you will have, most likely, seen topical solutions both online and in your local pharmacy. But how do they work? … and are they any good?
Topical solutions are designed to work by being applied to your skin and nail, and therefore, work externally. These solutions are great if you do not like taking a concoction of pills to battle this unsightly ailment. However, there are some drawbacks in using topical nail fungus treatments, for example:
Most topical treatments can only be used when less than half of the nail is infected. This is because the solutions can not penetrate the nail plate deep enough to heal severely affected nails.
There are many brands available on the market to choose from and essential each on contains an antifungal like Clotrimazole as well as a nail penetration enhancer to get the antifungal deep into the affected area.
Some of options include:
These treatments are usually prescribed for mild to moderate infections and are applied just like varnish varnish, by painting it onto the affected nail. Without removing the previous coating, you must then coat the affected nail again for several consecutive days. After approximately 1 week you need to remove the coatings with an alcohol solution and start from fresh the following week.
Depending on the severity of your infection you may need to take a couple of weeks up to 1 year. But remember; be consistent when applying the treatment for best results. Success rates do vary from person to person and solution brand to brand. Some of the more popular and most effective brands include Nail-RX and Funginix, which are both made of natural ingredients, so you do not need to worry about applying man-made chemicals to your skin.
If you visit a dermatologist or health care professional you may be prescribed with a medicated cream, which are often preceded with a 40% urea paste to disintegrate the nail. After this you will be prescribed a nail lacquer to treat the remaining fungus.
And One Your Had not Thought Of
Either white or apple cider variations of vinegar can work great for mild fungal infections. The suggested method of using vinegar to treat nail fungus is 50% vinegar, 50% water, alternating between hot and cold baths. You should do this 3 times per day, morning, midday and evening (preferably), 7 days per week and for 30 minutes per session.
Alternative medicine practitioners state that nail fungus infections occur when your Ph Balance is low. The acidity of the vinegar helps to restore the Ph Balance and also helps to reduce the itchiness that often occurs with these infections.
Apple Cider vinegar has been noted to help reduce inflammation and pain that is sometimes associated with more severe cases of nail fungus.
I hope this information has been helpful to you,