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Amoresse – Thymol Review
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Rating: 75/100

The Amoresse Thymol anti-fungal treatment claims to be able to eliminate fungal infection from the nails and restore the appearance of healthy nails. It works by sanitizing and dehydrating the skin and nails and makes its environment unfeasible for the growth of molds and bacteria. By doing this, the infection will slowly die out thus leaving your body’s own immune system to get rid of the dead microorganisms left on your skin and nails.

The Amoresse Thymol contains only three ingredients to get rid of nail infections. It has alcohol, thymol and PCMX. The mixture of alcohol and thymol is already a proven treatment when it comes to fighting fungal infections. Many dermatologists have utilized this mixture to treat different types of nail infections. Using thymol on its own can also help fight against infections due to its antimicrobial effects. PCMX on the other hand, is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial which can be used to treat infections caused by gram positive and gram negative bacteria as well as fungal infections. It has a bactericidal effect – in contrast to being bacteriostatic – which ensures that these microorganisms die so that the infection may be eliminated faster. The combination of these ingredients ensures that infectious organisms are completely cleared from the nails.

Similar to other anti-fungal treatments, you will need to apply one to two drops of  Amoresse Thymol on your nails twice a day. However, unlike other products wherein you are recommended to use for a few weeks until after the infection disappears, the Amoresse Thymol requires that it be applied 6-12 months after the infection has disappeared. This is quite a long time and you may need to buy several bottles for the whole treatment duration.

As for the reviews on this anti-fungal treatment, it received average reviews from its existing users. Some were able to see great results immediately while it took some time to work for others. At the price of $15.00 per bottle, it is a bit more expensive than other treatments and you may need to buy several bottles for it to last the recommended application period.

Positives:

Its ingredients are already well known to be effective against fungal and bacterial infections

It kills bacteria and other organisms instead of relying on the body’s immune system to kill them for you, which ensures a faster healing process

Negatives:

It is recommended to be used for 6-12 months after the infection has disappeared, which is a very long treatment period

More expensive than other anti fungal treatments

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Barielle Fungus Rx Review Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rating: 72/100

The Barielle Fungus Rx treatment for fungal infections claims to be gentle for use on the hands and feet but is strong enough to fight fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms that may colonize and infect the nails. Its ingredients are FDA approved so you are sure that it is completely safe to use on infections as it is highly effective in eliminating fungal infections.

The Barielle Fungus Rx makes use of two main ingredients to fight against the causes of nail infections. The first ingredient is tolnaftate, which is a proven substance when it comes to fighting fungal infections. Its main action on fungi is preventing their growth thus limiting the infection to their existing distribution. After a few weeks, the nail will grow out thus the fungi will also be eliminated along with the nails. Another ingredient is calcium fluoride, which has an action mainly directed against microbes. They can effectively prevent the growth of bacteria on the skin which could complicate the already existing fungal infection. In addition to these two main ingredients, Barielle Fungus Rx also has aloe extract, which helps soothe irritated skin and makes sure that skin stays soft and smooth even with an infection.

The Barielle Fungus Rx is also very easy and hygienic to apply as compared to other fungal treatments that make use of brush applicators. Application is easy as you will only need to wash your hands, dry them and apply the Barielle Fungus Rx. This is done twice a day and the fungal infection should disappear after several weeks.

One problem with this product was that it did not receive a lot of good user reviews even though its ingredients were proven to fight against fungal infections. Also, its price is a bit high compared to other fungal treatments. Based on these two criteria, this product may not be worth buying as its effectiveness is not a guarantee and it is a bit more expensive. No one would like to risk spending extra money if the results are not guaranteed to be very good.

Positives:

Ingredients are FDA approved so you are sure that it is safe to use on the skin

Contains aloe extract that helps soothe the skin and makes sure that it stays soft even with an infection

Negatives:

Received mixed reviews, meaning it is not a guarantee to be very effective in eliminating fungal infections

Is more expensive than your usual anti-fungal treatments

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Fungi Nail Antifungal Solution Review
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Rating: 69/100

The Fungi Nail Antifungal Solution is just one of the many fungal treatments that you can use to get rid of infections on the skin. But it claims to be better than the other treatments as it says that it has double the strength of the other brands being sold in the market. Some of its effects include visible results within a couple of weeks, no harmful side effects on the body, recommended by pharmacists, trusted product for over 20 years and it provides maximum strength without a prescription.
The Fungi Nail Antifungal Solution only has one active ingredient, this is 25% undecylenic acid. This is a natural fungicide which kills fungi directly making its action much faster than other treatments that only has a fungistatic effect. This is FDA approved as an over the counter medication so you are sure that it is safe to use for various skin disorders. Aside from working as a fungicidal agent, it also has other effects such as providing relief for itchiness, irritations and burning sensations, which often accompany a fungal infection. It even has antiviral effects for treatment of diseases such as herpes.

The use of this fungal treatment is fairly simple as it is almost the same as other anti-fungal treatments. First, the affected area has to be cleaned before a thin layer of the Fungi Nail Antifungal Solution is applied. This needs to be done twice a day, making sure that all affected areas are covered. An applicator comes along with this treatment to make sure that hard to reach places are covered. One thing that you should keep in mind that this treatment cannot penetrate nails even if it is called a nail antifungal. For fungi that are found under the nails, you will need to remove the overlying nails so that you may also apply the treatment under the nails.

Looking at the different customer testimonials, they are rather mixed with some very satisfied with the results that they got, while others claim that it did not work for them. For one, some of the people who did not see results did not follow directions. Other than this, there should be no reason why this treatment should not work in getting rid of fungal infections.

Positives:
•         Its active ingredients is FDA approved making it a safe and effective treatment for fungal and other skin infections

•         Can help soothe the itchiness and irritation that comes with infections

Negatives:

•         Received mixed reviews from its users

•         Can be misleading as it cannot treat nail infections directly, you will need to expose the affected areas first

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Miracure Nail Fungus Treatment Review Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rating: 70/100

Miracure is a commercially available treatment for fungal infections that contains fungicides and aloe.  The product penetrates deep into the skin and gets rid of fungal infections at its source. It is easy to use and it works immediately after application. It claims to be a doctor formulated solution to prevent the growth or re-growth of fungi on the skin, particularly on the nails. It also contains anti-bacterial agents which also eliminate the growth of bacteria (since bacteria are also frequently present when there are fungal infections).

Miracure contains a variety of ingredients that can fight both bacteria and fungal growth on the skin and around the fingernails and toenails. Some of its ingredients are Tolnaftate, Salicylic Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, as well as Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera. Tolnaftate is a synthetic and proven anti-fungal treatment that is used in a lot of products. It can be used for infections such as athlete’s foot, ringworm and jock itch. Salicylic acid is used for fighting both bacterial and fungal infections on the skin and scalp. DMDM Hydantoin on the other hand, is an antimicrobial which has been successfully used in everyday products such as shampoos, conditioners and hair gels. Tea Tree oil has also been known to have anti-fungal effects while aloe vera can aid in restoring the skin to its healthy and normal looking appearance before the infection has occurred.

The procedure for using Miracure Nail Fungus Treatment is similar to other fungal treatments. It is said to be most effective when applied twice a day on the affected area using the brush applicator. Within a few weeks, the infection should have subsided together with the discolorations and itching of the skin. One problem with this product is that it is not effective for use on the scalp. You will have to use other treatments in case a fungal infection occurs in this part of the body.

With Miracure claiming to be a nail fungus treatment, could be a bit misleading as it is not 100 percent effective in treating fungi that have colonized the nails?  It may be effective in mild cases of toenail fungus infections but not in severe or advanced cases. Overall, Miracure is a good fungal treatment to use for fungal infections on any other part of the body.

Positives:

•         Has proven ingredients that can effectively eliminate fungus and bacteria from the skin

•         Contains aloe vera which can help restore the skin back to normal faster

Negatives:

•         Cannot get rid of fungal infections on the scalp and it is not as effective on the nails

•         Does not have customer reviews that can attest to how well it works