Natural Anti-Fungal Nail Treatments

You probably thought thick and discolored nails were a symptom of old age. And at times, it is. The reason the elderly tend to suffer from nail fungus more often than most people is because of their weakened immune systems. But anyone can get an infection in their nails. If your nails have become unsightly do to infection, you should probably consider nail antifungal treatments to clear up the problem.

One option you have for obtaining a nail antifungal is to pay your doctor a visit. Your doctor can examine your nails to determine if you are indeed suffering from nail fungus. If you are, then it is likely that your doctor will discuss with you the options for eliminating the fungus from your nails. The three most common choices are:

Nail Removal

This is where the doctor will surgically remove the infected nail. This is usually a simple outpatient procedure involving only mild discomfort. While it is almost guaranteed to clear the infection, there is still likelihood that your other nails have contracted the nail fungus. This would require additional nail removal or another form of nail antifungal. Nail removal is permanent, so keep that in mind when considering this option.

Oral prescription

Your doctor may elect to prescribe oral medication for your nail fungus.

The most popular oral prescriptions for nail fungus are Itraconazole, Terbinafine, and Fluconazole. All of these medications require at least 3 months of treatment before you will begin to notice results. Many times a patient will have to continue treatment for as long as a year before the infection clears. There is also a risk for liver damage, skin rash, and other potentially dangerous side effects with all three of these medicines. Most patients continue therapy with these drugs due to the high cost of the prescriptions.

Topical Prescription

There is only one available topical prescription medication effective for treating nail fungus, and that is r ciclopirox at 8% solution. This medicine should be applied daily, according to your doctor’s directions. Although it is less expensive than oral prescriptions for nail infections, it is also somewhat less effective. Some doctors advise their patients to use both oral and topical prescription medications due to the stubbornness of nail fungus.