Greetings Readers! Another short guest article which was found to be an excellent breakdown of the effectiveness of oral medications as a method to kill yellow toenails and eliminate nail fungus infections:
“In my professional opinion, oral medications do not eradicate toenail fungus in everyone, and because the fungus may recur, follow-up treatment is often necessary. One clinical trial reported in Archives of Dermatology, which followed participants for an average of a little more than four years, found that 46% of people who took terbinafine (Lamisil) had their nail fungus clear up without additional treatment, as compared with 13% of those who took itraconazole (Sporanox). And persistence paid off: the same study found that the nail fungus eventually cleared up in 88% of the people who underwent additional treatment with Lamisil.
It’s important to understand, however, that because many of the studies about effectiveness have been funded by the pharmaceutical industry (and thus may be biased), it is difficult to say for sure just how well these medications work. However, a review in Archives of Dermatology concluded that taking Lamisil for three months was the most effective oral medication strategy for nail fungus. However, terbinafine (Lamisil), can cause serious liver damage and, in rare cases, death. If medications do not clear up your fungal infection, even after a second try, permanent surgical removal of the nail may be necessary. This will completely eradicate the infection, but your nail will not grow back afterward. A definite way to cure toenail fungus but at the cost of the nail removed.”
Dr. James Loli [regular contributor to Harvard Health Publications]