Antifungal medicine is standard treatment
fungal nail infection. The goals of treatment are to
have few or no side effects, provide a long-term cure, and reduce treatment
Antifungal pills (oral medicine) offer the best chance
of a cure. But they also require close monitoring for
dangerous side effects. Oral medicines are typically reserved for
moderate-to-severe or hard-to-treat fungal nail infections.
Antifungal topical medicines (creams, lotions, gels,
and lacquers) are applied to the infected nail and surrounding areas of the
skin. But they may not be as effective as oral medicines. Topical medicines may be used for
mild-to-moderate infections and to help prevent an infection from returning or
athlete's foot from spreading to the nails.
What to think about
If you're thinking about using oral medicines, you may want to think about the type of infection you have, the cost of treatment, side effects, and how the pills can help or hurt you.