Over-the-counter fungal creams like clotrimazole (Mycelex) don’t work well for treating toenail fungus. Prescription nail polishes are available, but they take longer to work and aren’t effective for severe cases. That’s because they don’t penetrate the nail very well.
Do topical toenail fungus treatments work?
Topical treatment (polish or cream) isn’t likely to get rid of a fungal nail infection. Treatment with tablets is considerably more effective and takes less time. But some people can’t take tablets because of the very rare, yet serious risks.
Does anything really cure toenail fungus?
Taking antifungal pills for two months can cure an infection under the fingernails. Usually three months of treatment cures a toenail fungal infection. Antifungal pills, however, can cause side effects. Your dermatologist will watch you closely.
What is the most effective topical AntiFungal?
Most fungal infections respond well to these topical agents, which include:
- Clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF) cream or lotion.
- Miconazole (Micaderm) cream.
- Selenium sulfide (Selsun Blue) 1 percent lotion.
- Terbinafine (Lamisil AT) cream or gel.
- Zinc pyrithione soap.
What kills toenail fungus instantly?
Hydrogen peroxide can kill fungus that grows on toenails. You can directly wipe hydrogen peroxide on your infected toes or toenails with a clean cloth or cotton swab. Hydrogen peroxide can also be used in a foot soak.
Does toe fungus ever go away?
But nail fungus doesn’t go away by itself. And if you don’t treat it, there’s a chance it could get worse. It could spread to other nails or through your body. It could cause pain when you walk.
Can I cut off my toenail fungus?
Sometimes nails can become so toughened and thickened by a fungal infection that a standard pair of toenail clippers just won’t, well… cut it.
What is the white hard stuff under my toenails?
Keratin is a protein that promotes the development of the skin and nails. Nail psoriasis sometimes causes too much keratin to grow under the nail. This overgrowth is called subungual hyperkeratosis. People with hyperkeratosis may notice a white, chalky substance under the nail.
What happens if you leave toenail fungus untreated?
Sometimes untreated toenail fungus can spread to the surrounding skin on the foot. This may result in athlete’s foot, a condition marked by itchy, red, cracked skin.
Should I go to dermatologist or podiatrist for toenail fungus?
If your fungus doesn’t clear up at home, you should check in with a dermatologist (a skin, hair, and nail specialist) or podiatrist (a foot doctor.) They may gently scrape under your nail to get rid of some of the fungus or send it to the lab for diagnosis. They can also prescribe stronger medicines.
Can you get a pedicure with toenail fungus?
2. If you suspect you have toenail fungus: if your toenails are thick, yellow, raised, or otherwise not normal looking, you likely have toenail fungus. You absolutely MUST avoid pedicures if you have a skin or nail fungal infection.
What is the fastest way to get rid of skin fungus?
Treatment for skin fungus includes:
- Antifungal creams, many of which are available over-the-counter.
- Stronger prescription medications, which may work faster.
- Oral medicines, if the fungal infection is severe.
How quickly does topical antifungal work?
How long does Antifungal cream take to work? If you are treating something on the skin like ringworm, it may only be around 2-4 weeks of antifungal treatment for the skin fungus to clear.
What is the strongest antifungal over-the-counter?
How it works: The most effective of all OTC treatments, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, terbinafine is an antifungal product that kills the fungus and keeps it from coming back by inhibiting an enzyme it requires to grow.