Dermatology : Onychomycosis
Management of onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the fingernails
and toenails, usually consists of systemic antifungal medications, topical
therapy (e.g., urea ointment, desiccating solutions, keratolytics, vital
dyes), or surgical intervention (e.g., nail plate avulsion, laser therapy).
Topical prescription antifungal preparations, containing the active ingredient
of your choice, may be less likely to cause the serious systemic side effects
that can occur with oral antifungal therapy and can provide a more economical
alternative, as lower doses are needed when the medication is applied topically
at the site. Penetrant enhancers can be included in the preparation to improve
the effectiveness of topical antifungals.
Trop Med Int Health 1999 Apr;4(4):284-7
Treatment of toenail onychomycosis with 2% butenafine and 5% Melaleuca
alternifolia (tea tree) oil in cream.
Syed TA, Qureshi ZA, Ali SM, Ahmad S, Ahmad SA
Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
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