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May 2, 2011 - Latest Review

Popular Nail Fungus Treatments: Do They Work?
By Heather Stewart, Senior Editor www.HealthConsumerReviews.org 
 

People want to get rid of nail fungus infections because they are painful and embarrassing.

But trying to find the right treatment is confusing! How do you know which treatment is effective and free of side effects?

Out of 20 popular treatments that we have researched and tested, only 2 proved to be very effective and free of side effects!

Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from some degree of nail fungus. It can be very itchy and even painful when left untreated but mostly it's embarrassing for sufferers who are often ashamed to wear sandals in public and don't want anyone to see their feet. Because of nail discoloration, flakiness and foul odor in severe cases, people want to get rid of the infection as fast as possible. 

But trying to find the right nail fungus treatment or a cure for your toenails can be confusing. Should you take oral prescription medications, apply home-prepared formulas or choose a natural remedy? How do you know which treatment is really effective and does not incur the risk of serious side effects?

For our latest report, we decided to do extensive research on the most popular treatments for nail fungus. The results will give you a good idea of which treatments actually work and which don't. Out of 20 treatments that we researched and tested over four months, only 2 proved to be very effective and free of side effect. Read on to find out why so many remedies were discarded and which solutions worked the best for most test subjects.


Symptoms of Toenail and Fingernail Fungus

Symptoms of nail fungus infections, or onychomycosis, are pretty easy to spot:

  • Brown or yellow discoloration in the nail
  • Thickening of nails, causing pain when wearing shoes and walking
  • "Toe jam" under and around the edges of the nail
  • Brittle nails that crumble or break
  • Foul odor coming from nails
Mild Toenail Fungus Moderate Toenail Fungus Severe Toenail Fungus
moderate toenail fungus severe toenail fungus

If left untreated, a fungal nail infection will spread to the entire nail and to other nails. In very severe cases, surgical removal may be the only option. If it hasn't reached that stage, then there are treatments that may eliminate the infection.

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Nail Fungus Treatments – Evaluation Methodology

We studied over 20 different nail fungus treatments that can cure your finger or toenail infection. For the purpose of writing this report and ranking these products, we interviewed dermatologists, homeopaths, naturopaths, herbalists and other industry professionals on the best treatment for nail fungus. We also did extensive research about each product, and recruited many site visitors having nail problems who served as test subjects for those treatments over the course of four months.

The criteria used to study and rank nail fungus treatments included:

  • Effectiveness
  • Safety
  • Longevity
  • Overall success rate
  • Speed of results
  • Ease of use
  • Price
  • Product guarantee
  • Manufacturer's reputation
  • Customer service

The products that were discarded had:

  • More than 25% negative feedback
  • Poor customer service
  • Were priced too high considering their actual results


Our Findings
     
  1. Prescription treatments are potent but they have serious side effects

Oral prescription medications are very potent but they tend to be expensive and have very serious side effects.  These prescriptions include fluconazole (Diflucan®), itraconazole (Sporanox®), and terbinafine (Lamisil®). These treatments tend to be very expensive and may cause serious health problems for people suffering from liver problems or a history of congestive heart failure. In the case of Lamisil, there may be diarrhea, upset stomach and it can potentially damage the liver or cause liver disease.

There are also two topical prescription treatments available called Ciclopirox (Penlac®) and Amorolfine (Loceryl®). These treatments use fungicide ingredients that are very powerful chemicals to kill fungus. Unfortunately, Ciclopirox (Penlac®) can cause uncomfortable burning, stinging and redness, and is also quite costly. Amorolfine (Loceryl®) can also cause skin irritations such as burning, drying, scaling, itching and weeping.

     
  2. Laser Treatment is expensive and has no proven track record

Laser treatment for toenail fungus is a new way to treat a nail infection by focusing laser energy directly on the infected area. The laser light passes through the toenail and is supposed to kill the fungus without causing damage to the nail or surrounding skin.

This new technology looks very promising and has raised great hope among nail fungus sufferers. Unfortunately, a deeper look at toenail fungus laser treatment reveals significant drawbacks that should be considered before selecting this option:
 
  • Clinical trials aimed at testing the effectiveness of laser treatment were done on a very limited scale (e.g. only 39 toenails were tested for Noveon!). These clinical trials are not statistically valid. It is well known in health research that new treatments performing well in small studies fail very frequently when applied in large studies with strict test protocols.
  • The cost of a one-time treatment is typically $1,000. Recurring treatments cost about $500 each. In some cases, a full course of treatment may require 3 to 4 visits so the total cost can reach $3,000. This cost is not covered by health insurance and must be paid in full by the patient!
  • One treatment lasts only 30 minutes but there is no guarantee that the toenail fungus will not recur. Moreover, patients will have to wait 4 to 6 months for a healthy nail to grow out.

Recommendation: Toenail fungus laser treatment is expensive and still immature. We do not recommend risking thousands of dollars on this new and unproven treatment. You would be better off trying cheaper options before (read on to learn more).

     
  3. Applying home prepared formulas is a waste of time

Many of the supposed do-it-yourself remedies are from common household items. Lavender oil, oregano, apple cider vinegar, beer, chlorine bleach and even Vicks Vaporub have been touted as possible treatments for nail fungus. Let's quickly review them before explaining why we found them to be a waste of time.

Chlorine Bleach

Treatment: Soaking the feet for about ˝ hour a day (preferably 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening) for 15-30 days in a solution of one part of chlorine bleach to 10 parts of water (strong solution) or one part of chlorine bleach to 100 parts of water (more diluted solution). For better treatment, it's advised to do it for two months. After each treatment, fully dry the affected area (you can use hairdryer).

Warning: Note that chlorine bleach is hazardous chemical. It is corrosive and it will damage any skin that has been exposed while bleaching the toenail fungus infected area. Do not inhale the fumes that comes out of it and eyes should not come in contact with them. Keep it out of reach of children.

Beer

Preparation: One liter of room temperature dark beer, half sachet of acidophilus and one liter of white vinegar mixed in a container.

Treatment: Soaking your feet or fingers for ˝ hour at least once a day for one month. For better results, it is advised to do it twice a day for two to three months. After each treatment, fully dry the affected area (you can use hairdryer).

Vinegar

Treatment: Apply drops of apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar directly on the infected area three times a day (preferably after taking a shower). Do it every day, for six months at a minimum. Once a week, soak your nails for 20 minutes in a tub with vinegar.

Vicks Vaporub

Background: Vicks Vaporub is a cough suppressant topical analgesic. We found people who use it to treat nail fungus!

Treatment: Rub your infected nails with a generous dose of Vicks two times a day for 6 to 16 months.

Research: A research done by the University of Michigan found it ineffective for over 62% of nail fungus sufferers who participated in this study. According to a consumer survey conducted by HealthConsumerReviews.org, 98% of people who have tried Vicks Vaporub for 3 to 12 months don't recommend it as an effective nail fungus treatment.

Warning: Vicks Vaporub is approved neither by the FDA nor by its manufacturer for use as a nail fungus treatment.  

Essential Oils

Most popular oils: Tea Tree Oil, Oregano Oil, Lavender Oil.

Treatment: We found many receipts for using these oils separately or blended together. What's common to all is that you need to apply it at least twice a day for three to six months.

Listerine

Background: Listerine is an alcohol-based mouthwash. Its active ingredients are menthol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate, and thymol.

Treatment: Fill a small basin with Listerine. Soak the affected nails for 30 minutes. Repeat soaking twice a day. Do it every day, for six months at a minimum.

Warning: Since Listerine is an alcohol-based solution, it can be quite painful if you have any cracks on your feet.

Our study found these home receipts to be a waste of time for the following reasons:

  • These treatments are very time consuming and most people found them extremely difficult to perform when they come as a regular task on a daily basis and for a long period of time. Our test subjects dropped these treatments after 1-2 weeks because they were too busy and found them incompatible with their life!
  • These products may be hazardous and are not necessarily free of side effects. E.g. chlorine bleach is a chemical that can seriously damage your skin and we found many negative feedbacks about tea tree oil causing allergic reactions like rash and blister on feet and dermatitis on hands.
  • After extensive research online and interviews with health professionals we came to the conclusion that people rarely achieve a definite cure of their nail fungus with such do-it-yourself receipts. They may feel a temporary improvement without solving the root of the problem because these natural ingredients are not fully effective when used in non-therapeutic dosage and blending.
  • These products are considered to be cheap but when used daily, several times a day and for 3 to 12 months, they may be quite expensive.

Recommendation: If you are interested in a home remedy to treat your nail fungal infection, you would better turn to natural products in therapeutic dosage. Such treatments were developed and tested by healthcare companies specializing in natural products (read on to learn more).

 
     
  4. Some natural treatments proved to be effective

Some natural treatments proved to be highly effective in treating nail fungus, but certainly not all of them. The best over-the-counter (OTC) treatments that passed our tests have no known side effects and they are more affordable than prescription treatments.

These topical solutions penetrate the nail, strengthen your body's natural ability to fight off fungus and kill the fungal infection. All this is done without the use of potentially harmful chemicals or pharmaceuticals. For these reasons, these natural nail fungus treatments were preferred by most people.

Using these natural treatments for 6 to 12 weeks is enough to stop the infection and get your nails clear and shiny. However, in severe cases (about 15% of people suffering from nail infections), it can take 3 to 6 months. So, if you want clear nails and no more fungal infections, these natural treatments are the best option out there.

However, you should be cautious about which natural treatment you decide to apply on your nail. Not all natural treatments were created equal and popularity isn’t a guarantee of effectiveness! Read on to learn which treatments actually work and which don't.

     
  5. Over 15 OTC treatments on the market didn't pass our test!  

There are many over-the-counter (OTC) nail fungus treatments currently available on the market. These products don't require any prescription and can easily be purchased at your local pharmacy or on the Internet.

Prior to the writing of this consumer report, no unbiased feedback was gathered and no comparative test between nail fungus OTC remedies was conducted. To fill the gap, we collected data sent by test subjects and through an anonymous consumer survey among people who have tried these products. We also conducted extensive online research and interviewed health professionals to validate our findings.

The OTC treatments listed below didn't pass our test because of five combined reasons:

  • These products were found ineffective by over 45% of people who tested it.
  • While mild nail fungus sufferers experienced some results with these products, most people suffering from moderate to severe nail fungus received very poor results.
  • The price was high relatively to the obtained results and these treatments were not found to be cost-effective solutions.
  • Occasional side effects were experienced by our test subjects, including allergic reactions, dry skin and mild to moderate rash around treated nails.
  • Enthusiastic reviews found on the Internet are suspected to be biased due to affiliated relations with manufacturers of these remedies.

Treatments discarded by our consumer research include:

  • Nail Tek / NailTek
  • OPI Fungus Fix
  • Curanail Nail Lacquer
  • Leucatin
  • Barielle Fungus RX
  • Aidance Pedi-Cure
  • FungaSoap
  • Mycocide NS
  • Dermisil for Nail Infection
  • Saprox
  • Deggurcide
  • Amoils Heal Nail Fungus
  • Futspa Toenail Drops
  • AntiNailFungus-RX
  • Nail Fungus No More (Fonoils)
  • Miracle Toes
  • FungiCure

Recommendation: To seriously address your nail fungus problem, we don't recommend the above treatments. We advise choosing natural treatments with a proven track record and higher success rates.

     
  6. ZetaClear is the #1 nail fungus treatment available today  

Quick Facts

Medication Mode: Topical & Homeopathic
Ingredients: Proven Homeopathic Antifungal Ingredients
Cost: $49.95 (quantity based discount)
Results: Excellent
Side Effects: None
Remedy Type: Over-the-counter (no prescription required)
Application: Very easy
Guarantee: 90 day money-back guarantee

Product Website: http://www.zetaclear.com
Company: Health Buy Inc.
Reputation: Excellent
Customer Service: Excellent
Supply: Directly from manufacturer's web site (click here)


Review:

Produced by Health Buy, a company founded in 2002 and listed in the Natural Product Association, ZetaClear is a topical and homeopathic treatment guaranteeing to solve toenail fungus problems.

Our recent study confirmed the value of this product and concluded that ZetaClear is the #1 nail fungus treatment in terms of effectiveness and consumer satisfaction (84%). Over the last three years ZetaClear has won a solid reputation. Today it represents an excellent alternative to OTC products listed above and offers the most effective treatment for getting rid of nail fungus.

To use this treatment, you need to apply a natural formulation that is directly applied to the affected area and a homeopathic blend that is sprayed under the tongue to stimulate the body’s immune system to fight the infection. The combination of topical and homeopathic blend is a very powerful approach that enables to fight the nail fungus without the use of harsh chemicals and any side effects.

>> Click here to see how it works

40% of our test subjects reported some improvement after only one week and 84% reported that their nails were clear and shiny in 6 to 12 weeks. The more severe cases had their nail fungus disappear within 3 to 6 months.

Not only did our test subjects testify that Zetaclear really works, but we also received countless testimonials from consumers that were able to get rid of their fungus once and for all and that had a very positive experience with this company’s customer service.

Recommendation:

You can't go wrong with this treatment for nail fungus. It has an outstanding track record and countless positive feedbacks. Based on past user experience, we recommend a treatment for at least three months to avoid any fungus recurrence. In case of severe nail fungal infection, we recommend a treatment for 5 to 6 months to achieve a complete cure.

>> Click here to visit the ZetaClear web site

     
  7. Funginix is the #2 nail fungus treatment available today  

Quick Facts

Medication Mode: Topical
Ingredients: Undecylenic Acid, USP 10%
Cost: $39.95 (quantity based discount)
Results: Excellent
Side Effects: None
Remedy Type: Over-the-counter (no prescription required)
Application: Very easy
Guarantee: 60 day money-back guarantee

Product Website: http://www.funginix.com
Company: The Sisquoc Healthcare Corporation
Reputation: Excellent
Customer Service: Excellent
Supply: Directly from manufacturer's web site (click here)


Review:

Our comprehensive tests and research conclude that Funginix (formerly called Fungisil) is the #2 nail fungus treatment in terms of effectiveness and consumer satisfaction (81%). It explains why it is growing in popularity.

Funginix topical solution is applied directly to the infected nail and actually penetrates it and attacks the fungus from every angle. The combination of ingredients works to eradicate the fungus and their spores. It works to increase your body's natural anti-inflammatory and anti-infection capabilities, allowing you to fight the nail fungus without the use of harsh chemicals and any side effects.

>> Click here to see how it works

36% of our test subjects reported some improvement after only two weeks and 81% reported that their nails were clear and shiny in 6 to 12 weeks. The more severe cases had their nail fungus disappear within 3 to 6 months.

Our test subjects responded very positively to this natural treatment and we received many success stories from consumers that could solve their nail fungus problem once and for all with Funginix.

Recommendation:

Funginix has an impressive track record and should definitely be used by people looking for an effective solution to their nail fungus problem. Based on past user experience, we recommend a treatment for at least three months to avoid any fungus recurrence. In case of severe nail fungal infection, we recommend a treatment for 5 to 6 months to achieve a complete cure.

>> Click here to visit the Fungisil web site

     
  8. Nail-Rx is the #3 nail fungus treatment available today

Quick Facts

Medication Mode: Topical
Ingredients: Aromatherapy oils in therapeutic dosages
Cost: $47.95 $37.95 for a limited time (quantity based discount)
Results: Very Good
Side Effects: None
Remedy Type: Over-the-counter (no prescription required)
Application: Very easy
Guarantee: One Year Money-Back Guarantee

Product Website: http://www.nativeremedies.com/nail-rx
Company: Native Remedies
Reputation: Excellent
Customer Service: Excellent
Supply: Best retail price from manufacturer's web site (click here)


Review:

Our study ranked Nail-Rx as the #3 natural nail fungus treatment in terms of effectiveness and consumer satisfaction (77%). This natural solution is safe and free of side effects.

Nail-Rx is applied directly to the infected nails two to three times daily. This herbal product uses anti-fungal extracts to kill the bacteria, reduce inflammation and promote healthy cell regeneration. A slight discoloration of the nail may occur during the treatment. This is necessary to achieve the therapeutic effect and will disappear when your nails grow out.

29% of our test subjects reported some improvement after three weeks and 77% reported that their nails were clear and shiny in 6 to 12 weeks. The more severe cases had their nail fungus disappear within 4 to 6 months.

Recommendation:

The overall results and feedbacks that we have received about this product have been very favorable. After ZetaClear and Fungisil, which had the best results, we can definitely recommend Nail-Rx as an effective treatment that comes with a full guarantee and excellent customer service.

Based on past user experience, we recommend a treatment for at least three months to avoid any fungus recurrence. In case of severe nail fungal infection, we recommend a treatment for 5 to 6 months to achieve a complete cure.

>> Click here to visit the Nail-Rx web site

 

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