Podiatry : 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. email@example.com
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