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Nail fungus - Treatment

The mycological examination allows accurate diagnosis of nail fungus.

Two forms of treatment: Local and tablets

2 types of treatment may be considered: local and care taken as tablets. These treatments can be taken separately or in combination, depending on the location and extent of the fungal infection.

Long treatment

Treatment of fungal infections of the nail can sometimes be long. To get a faster efficiency, it is advisable to treat the infection as early as possible, as soon as the first signs appear. The treatment may extend 6 to 12 months to completely eliminate the infection.

Local treatments

Local treatments are most appropriate when the fungus settles. They can also complete the treatment taken in the form of tablets. These treatments can penetrate sustainably under the nail.

The products are used in the form of a nail varnish or applied on the nails affected by the fungus. Several antifungal products are available to people who can apply once a week or once a day for 2-6 months.

The treatment should not be interrupted until regrowth of the nail.


The treatment time is about 6 months for the fingernails. It is 9 to 12 months for toenails.
You must then remove residual polish with solvent, file the surface of the nail and clean it.

Tablet's treatments

Treatment in tablet form is often prescribed. These treatments are indicated when the fungus has spread over a large area of the nail.

Terbinafine (Lamisil) is often prescribed. This treatment may be required in each case for a period of six months.

The grisefuline is also sometimes prescribed, especially in children.

Fluconazole and itraconazole are prescribed if other treatments fail.

Local treatment is often prescribed in combination with treatment in tablet form.

Remove nail surgically

It is sometimes necessary to surgically remove the infected nail for example when drug treatment was ineffective.

Gradual replacement by a healthy nail

The appearance of the nail is improving progressively replacing it with a healthy nail. About 6 months for fingernails. Approximately 12 months for toenails. The risk of relapse is common.

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