If the over-the-counter products and natural remedies did not work, then you may need some effective toenail fungus medicine. Sometimes, the infection goes away but as it’s a temporary solution, it may come back if you don’t take much care.
Here is the list of medications that are considered effective treatments for toenail fungus:
- Itraconazole and terbinafine are effective drugs that remove the infection and replace the infected part gradually too. You are required to take this medicine for 6 to 12 weeks but the treatment does not end until the nail completely grows back. The treatment is effective when combined with topical anti-fungal therapies.
- Use medicated nail polish called Ciclopirox. All you have to do is paint it on the nail that is infected and the surrounding area of your skin once a day. After 7 days clean the surface with alcohol. You must continue this treatment for almost a year to get rid of the infection completely.
- Antifungal cream is also a commonly used medicine for toenail fungus. You just have to rub the cream on the infected nail after soaking it in water. The cream works in a better way if the nail is thinned first. In this way, the medication easily gets into the underlying fungus through the surface of the hard nail.
Before going for any oral medicine, you must think about the type of infection and then move towards the treatment. But that is not enough, you also have to consider the cost of the treatment, any possible side effects and how the pills or treatment could hurt. Other than this, you have to be sure that you change your lifestyle or habits that are a possible cause of the fungus. Whatever treatment you opt for, the goal should be that it provides long term cure without any side effects.