Conventional Treatment Options

Topicals and Orals are unlikely to be effective

Patients searching for nail fungus treatment options will discover that self-medication probably won't provide an answer:  They learn that nail fungus can be difficult to treat and repeat infections are common.

The Mayo Clinic's explanation: Over-the-counter antifungal nail creams and ointments aren't very effective although some help is possible with prescription medication.  Even with the most effective prescription treatments, terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox), effectiveness is low and there can be side effects. Article

 TopicalsOrals
Typical Protocol1-2x daily application6-12 week prescription
Possible Side effectsSevere blistering, itching, redness, dryness, or irritationLiver damage
Drug interactions
Efficacy10-20%30-50%