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Over-the-Counter Treatments for Nail Fungus


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Treatments for Nail FungusOnychomycosis is a fungal infection of the finger or toe nails that causes thick, brittle, peeling or discolored nails. Over-the-counter treatments are available in the form of liquids, solutions and creams that are applied directly to the nail and surrounding skin. Common topical antifungals include clotrimazole (brand name Lotrimin® AF), miconazole (Micatin®) and terbinafine (Lamisil®). Because they do not penetrate the nail, they work best on infections of the skin or nail surface, such as athlete’s foot. When the fungus has invaded the nail bed, prescription medicines have the best chance of treating the infection.

Sources: Mayo Clinic Family Health Book. William Morrow & Co., 1996. The Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition. Merck & Co., 1997.Griffith's 5-Minute Clinical Consult, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc., 1999.Drug Facts and Comparisons. Facts & Comparisons, 2007.This answer prepared 1/9/2001.This information updated 1/9/2007.

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