There are so many ways to treat toenail fungus infections. Some of the ways that stand out are the use of creams, nail polish, and tablets among others. These methods all have their advantages, and that is why many people would prefer one over the other. In as much as they all have their advantages, it is important to know the one that stands out and is the best option as a course of treatment. To know which one stands out between nail polish, creams, and tablets, a deeper understanding of each is vital.
When using creams to treat toenail fungus infections, many people have explored the use of creams. They have found this way to be moderately satisfactory. Even so, this method of treating toenail infection has not been excellent at delivering long-term recovery. Thus, it has been made out to be undependable.
When using the creams to treat the toenail fungus infection, one can either use a can of cream that only has urea or that has both urea and bifonazole. Bifonazole is an antifungal ingredient. In treating the nail with creams, the infected toenail is usually scrapped away completely. The urea present in the product will typically soften the nail so that it can be easy to remove it.
The procedure involves soaking the infected nail in warm water for around ten minutes. It is then completely dried, and the cream is applied on the nail. The nail is then wrapped up in a clean bandage, and it is left for 24 hours. It is then removed, and the nail is put in some warm water. By this time, the nail is soft and is scraped off with the help of a spatula. The procedure will then be repeated to the time when the infected nail will be completely scrapped off. It will typically take around 14 weeks. After the nail has been completely scrapped off, the nail bed will then be treated using bifonazole cream which is an antifungal product.
This method of treatment eliminates the fungus from the nail, and it is even more effective when the person treats the nail bed after the nail has been scrapped off completely. In carrying out studies on this method, it was found that re-infections occurred to among those who were treated with this method. It did not matter whether the person treated the nail bed with bifonazole cream or not; the results were the same after a few months of treatment.
There are also many others and especially women who have used medicated nail polish to treat toenail fungus infections. This is a preferred option because it helps in covering the embarrassment that a discolored toenail can cause while treating the infection in the background. In using nail polish to treat toenail fungus infection, it is advisable that you clean your nails thoroughly, cut them, and file them down.
Nail polish treatments always contain either amorolfine or ciclopirox that inhibit the growth of the nail and also have antifungal properties. When you are using a nail polish with amorolfine, you should use it twice in a week. When using that with ciclopirox, you should use it daily in the first month, twice a week in the next month, and in the third month use it once a week. When you are using the latest products with ciclopirox, you should know that they are water soluble and may require daily re-application. When using a clear nail polish, you can apply a cosmetic nail polish over it, and it will still be effective.
When comparing amorolfine and ciclopirox, the studies that support ciclopirox are stated while amorolfine does not have a lot of studies to back it up. The studies found ciclopirox to be very effective in eliminating the fungus infection with no traces of fungus being detected after a while which was very impressive. It gives hope of looking great while still dealing with the problem.
What was not so encouraging with this mode of treatment is that even after treatment, the nails of most people did not look healthy is as much as they were infections free. This is disheartening because everyone always wants their beautiful clear nails backs and it is unfortunate that for many of the test subjects did not get this wish granted. Out of 100, only 7 got the perfect results.
Tablets are also another way of dealing with toenail fungus infections. Over the years, the method has been one of the best methods for treating moderate to severe cases. Using tablets, you will require a doctor’s prescription before you can get them. These tablets will typically prevent the growth of fungi and ultimately kill them. They also work from the inside.
The most common tablets used are Terbinafine and Itraconazole. If the infection is as a result of a fungal skin infection, then Terbinafine will be used, but if the infection is as a result of yeast or mold, then Itraconazole will be used.
When you use Itraconazole in continuous treatment, you take two 100mg tablets on a daily basis for three months. When you use the pause treatment method, you will take 200mg in the morning and 200mg in the evening for one week and on a daily basis. This will be followed by a pause that lasts for three weeks.
For Terbinafine, you will take 250mg once a day for 16 weeks in continuous treatment. When using the pause treatment method, you can either take 250mg twice a day for a whole week followed by a pause for three weeks or 250mg daily for four weeks followed by a four weeks pause.
When studies were carried out on these two tablets, they were both found to be very effective and delivered good results. Out of all the test subjects, amazing results were recorded for over 60 test subjects. Either type of treatments, whether continuous or with pauses proved to be highly effective.
When looking at these three methods, we found out that tablets are the most effective method of treating nail fungus infections. They always tackle the problem from the inside which is more often the reason why other methods fail. Uprooting the causative agent is what makes tablets the preferred option.
Dr. Soumya Podduturi is an Aesthetic Dermatologist, Dermatologist, Dermatosurgeon, Trichologist, Pediatric Dermatologist, Cosmetologist with 8 Years Experience