One of the great debates in the world of toenail fungus treatments is whether oral or topical solutions are the most effective method. We found this excerpt from a well-respected website and thought we’d share it with our viewers:
Oral medications are available and are often an effective way to combat fungal infections that have been entrenched for some time. However, they are often rather expensive and extremely strong medications that are taken for long periods of time in order to be effective. These medications also have potential side effects to other body organs (especially the liver, skin and/or bone marrow). In order to monitor side effects, your physician should order periodic blood tests (usually monthly) during treatment. Many individuals are not eligible for oral treatments because of the potentially dangerous effects these prescriptions can have on the human body. However, provided you are working in close communication with a medical professional who is conscious of such potential side effects, the risks are somewhat minimized.
We have found that topical solutions are the safest and easiest way to combat nail fungus infections. However, there are many topical products on the market that make false claims and use worthless, cheap ingredients. Be sure to research which products actually have proven anti-fungal agents and natural fungus-fighting elements before making a purchase.
Ingredients such as undecylenic acid, tolnaftate or miconazole are FDA-approved anti-fungals that should be present in an true topical nail fungus solution. When using topical treatments it is essential to get the solution underneath the nail bed and deep into the cuticle in order to fight the fungus where it lives. Topical treatments are sometimes not strong enough to treat a very severe infection. In such cases, we suggest a consultation with a podiatrist in order to review all of the toenail fungus treatments available for more advanced infections.