The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have approved a new nail fungus treatment called Jublia, and is the first treatment that can be applied directly to the nail. Jublia is a topical treatment specifically for people with the condition onychomycosis, which is a nail infection caused by a fungus that typically occurs under toenails. Made by Canadian company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., Jublia (efinaconazole) comes in a liquid form and is applied directly to the nail. The pharmaceutical company states that the treatment’s FDA approval was based on two studies involving over 1,600 people with onychomycosis. In one study cure rates were about 18 percent for patients, whereas rates were about 15 percent in the other study.
While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, consult with Dr. Bryant A. Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr will attend to all of your podiatric needs.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.
Antibiotics & Treatments
Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.
Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well
There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.
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