Toenail fungus treatments come in several forms and can be prescribed, over the counter or natural. Which one you need really depends on how bad the infection is first of all. If your toenails have a severe infection then you need to treat fungal nails with medicated options, most likely a prescribed one. Most medicated prescribed treatments come in the form of a pill, meaning they are a systemic treatment. However, Penlac Nail Lacquer is a topical treatment that is prescription only. As it is topical it is more for moderate or even mild conditions that have not responded to over the counter or other treatment methods you may have tried. For people who are also concerned about the serious side effects of the systemic treatments, this may be an alternative you and your doctor can discuss.
How Does It Work?
The key drug in Penlac Nail Lacquer is Ciclopirox which is an anti-fungal medication. It can also be used in a cream to treat foot fungus and yeast infections and in a shampoo for itchy scalp. As with any toenail fungus treatment it can take a while to be effective, and 9 to 12 months for a completely healthy toenail to have come through.
How To Use It?
Using Penlac Nail Lacquer to treat fungal nails is easy. It is similar to a nail varnish, in that its bottle has the lacquer and the lid screw off with a brush applicator attached to it. You just apply it to the infected are to treat fungal nails. You need to take care not to rub of the medication after application and you cannot wear nail varnish over the top of it or false nails. You also need to avoid tight fitting clothing or shoes as it does not allow air to circulate. Wear natural fibers not man-made on the area.
Use a nail file and clippers to remove any crumbling nail, or anywhere that is loose.Using the brush that comes with the treatment apply the lacquer to the infected nails once a day, ideally before bed. Work the lacquer under the nail also and on the skin around the nail.Let it dry before putting on slippers or socks and make sure you leave at least 8 hours until you bath or shower.You do not need to remove the last layer before you apply the next for a week, but once a week use alcohol to clean the nails and again use sterilized clippers or files to remove the damaged nail.You may need a health care professional to remove the unattached infected nail once a month.Who should not use it and side effects
People who should not use this to treat fungal nails include:
- Asthmatics that use steroid inhalers
- Patients with weak immune systems
- If you have epilepsy or seizure
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women
Side effects include:
Itching, burning/tingling, facial swelling, hives, bad rash.