Treating Nail Fungus
Nail fungus problems are pesky and ugly. Some people resort to unorthodox remedies that sound strange, while others will pay large sums of money to take risky prescription drugs for months.
Nail fungus can be successfully treated, but often it takes quite a long time to do. This is because in most cases, the treatments must continue regularly until an entire new nail is grown out without any sign of fungal growth in it. New nails can
take over a year to grow for some people, and if the treatments are not kept up consistently that entire time, there is a risk of the new nail growth being infected by the fungus before it's completely gone from the old nail.
As you can imagine, the treatment process for getting rid of nail fungus tends to be quite frustrating for most people. And to make things worse, prescription medications that are used for treating nail fungus tend to be extremely expensive, and not all insurance companies will cover the cost.
Lamisil for instance, is a very popular oral prescription medication which is used specifically for treating nail fungus problems. This medicine costs as much as $1000 a month to take though, and most people need to take it for at least two to three months in order to get the best results. Lamisil is said to keep working after you stop taking it, for approximately nine months to one year. The oral version of this medication can also cause kidney and liver damage too. There is a topical cream version of Lamisil as well, and these are not supposed to have the same side effect risks.
Other oral prescription medications are available for treating nail fungus problems, but in 2001 the United States FDA issued warnings about the potential risks and side effects of these drugs. They're still available for prescription, but some people would rather try alternative options first.
There are nail fungus creams and ointments which can be bought at almost any general pharmacy store, but these vary in how well each one works. Most people seem to feel that the creams and ointments which specifically say they're for treating nail fungus don't actually work well at all. An alternative that many have found though, is in the feminine hygeine area of the store. A cream known as monostat is labeled for use with women's vaginal yeast infections. It is said however, to work really well on nail fungus problems too.
Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.
Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This
article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as
professional medical advice.