When it comes to nail fungus treatment, you have a few different options, and you may be feeling overwhelmed with all the different options. Worry not, because you can use this post as a handy guide to nail fungus treatment!
- Topical treatments: Topical nail fungus treatments include over-the-counter creams such as tolnaftate and clotrimazole. While these are very affordable and good at preventing fungal infections once you have gotten rid of it already, they are not effective at treating an active infection and are less than 10% effective.
- Oral pills: You might have heard of Lamisil (generic name terbinafine), amongst others, when it comes to nail fungus treatment. This is the most common option, despite the fact that it has extreme side effects which include liver toxicity and even possibly liver damage, ultimately leading to death or the necessity of liver transplant. It is so damaging, in fact, that routine testing is required to monitor the health of your liver for the entirety of the 12 weeks that you are on it. While this may be the most common nail fungus treatment option, it is the one with the most drawbacks. And on top of this, the average cure rate for oral pills is only 60%!
- Laser: Laser is the most modern and technologically advanced nail fungus treatment option, with greatest success rate. However, unfortunately there are many different lasers on the market with various success rates which may or may not be FDA-approved. The most effective option by far is the PinPointe laser, which was FDA-approved in 2012 and has an 85% cure rate with no side effects. To add on top of that, it only takes one treatment with no downtime afterward, while other lasers may require up to four sessions.
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