Nonsurgical nail removal may be used to treat severe or recurring
fungal nail infections. A urea ointment is applied to
the nail, which softens and dissolves it so that it can be easily removed.
After the diseased nail tissue is removed, an antifungal cream can be applied
directly to the infected area. This is likely to work better than using
one of these treatments alone. Nail removal is rarely needed.
Nonsurgical nail removal can be done to remove either the entire nail plate
(avulsion) or part of the nail plate (debridement). This procedure is almost
Some people consider
tea tree oil or cream to be an effective alternative for treating and
athlete's foot and mild fungal nail infections.6 There is little research on how
effective tea tree oil is for fungal nail infections.
have found Vicks VapoRub to be useful for treating fungal nail infections. But
no studies have been done to look at how effective Vicks VapoRub is in treating
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July 20, 2010
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