May 2011 Archives

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Keractil Review Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rating: 74/100

The Keractil nai fungus treatment claims to be a safe way to treat fungal infections in the nails and toes as it has no harmful side effects such as damage caused to the liver or bone marrow. The continued use of Keractil is said to give you stronger and healthier nails without any traces of the fungal infection. As your nail grows, it will return to its normal state and the fungi will eventually be eliminated. Any thickening or discoloration of the nails will disappear and any damage incurred by the nail will also be reversed.

Some of the ingredients used in Keractil are de-mineralized water, hydrogen peroxide, methylparaben, proplyparaben and carbopol. All of these ingredients are completely safe to use on the skin and will definitely not cause any side effects. One claim that Keractil makes is that it says that it will not cause any liver or bone marrow damage. Keractil, like all topical treatments, is indeed unlikely to cause liver damage as it does not enter the body as much as oral drugs. Topical treatments will of course be a lot safer and not cause much damage inside the body. This applies for all topical treatments and not just Keractil alone. But aside from being a safe treatment to use, Keractil does not seem to have any excellent ingredients that can fight against fungal infections. Its strongest agent may be methylparaben in eliminating fungi but this is not very well known. Aside from this, the other ingredients may only have very little or not anti-fungal effects at all. Because of this, not many are willing to recommend this as a nail fungus treatment.

Using Keractil is similar to all other nail fungus treatments wherein you will need to apply a small amount on the nail bed and under the nails. This allows it to penetrate the hard to reach places of the nail and to target where the nail grows. This way, it ensures that new nail will be free from fungi as well. Its has very few user testimonials but most testimonials have good things to say about this product. Its price of $14.95 may be a bit expensive for some especially if it does not give very good results.

Positives:

•         Completely safe to use on the skin

•         Easy to use and apply on the nails

Negatives:

•         Does not have very good anti-fungal ingredients

•         Not recommended by experts

May be a bit expensive especially if it does not have very good effects

 

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Krystal Clean Nail Solution Review [rating:3

Rating: 74/100

Krystal Clean Nail Solution Nail Solution claims to be the first nail solution that makes use of the healing properties of aloe that can kill both fungal and bacterial growth on the nails. It is a non-prescription, over the counter treatment for especially hard to reach infected areas. It also claims to be safe to use on the skin as it does not contain any harsh acids, oils or alcohols. It is also easier to use than most nail creams as you won’t even have to remove nail polish or acrylics before applying this treatment.

The main ingredient of Krystal Clean Nail Solution that works as a broad spectrum antimicrobial is benzalkonium chloride. This chemical is a proven substance that is used in a lot of disinfectant formulas that can eliminate all kinds of microorganisms. It is also proven safe to use as it can be seen in common household items such as hygienic towelettes, cosmetics and hand sanitizers, but it is also strong enough to be used in hard surface disinfectants. Aside from this, it also boasts of making use of aloe that has proven healing and conditioning properties.

Some of its claims include treating fungi – even those found under the nails – without having to remove the nail. This is a bit hard to believe as creams will not be able to penetrate the hard substance of the nails and reach the underside of the nails. You would usually have to remove the nail in order to reach this area. It would also take around two months to remove fungal infections on the hands while it takes five months for the toes. This might be a bit too long for some people who can see the results within 3 months when using other treatments.

What makes this better than others is that you won’t need to remove nail polish when treating fungal infections on the surface. This makes it so much easier to use since you apply it twice a day. Also, it is able to treat 99.9% of fungi, bacteria and viruses so you are sure that it will eventually be able to eliminate any type of infection on the nails.

Positives:

•         Can eliminate 99.9% of all types of microorganisms

•         Proven to be safe to use on the skin and will not cause allergies as it does not have any harsh chemicals

•         Easy to use as you won’t have to remove nail polish or acrylics when using this cream

Negatives:

•         Takes a bit longer to work than other nail creams

•         Has very little customer testimonials that can back up its effectiveness

 

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

Rating: 70/100


Like most of the nail fungus treatments being sold in stores, Purnail is also a non-prescription treatment for eliminating fungal infections. It can be used to treat both the fingers and toes as it penetrates deep into the skin and nails to eliminate fungi even in hard to reach places. Instead of being just a treatment, Purnail claims to be a system that can treat the infection from inside out.

The main ingredient used by Purnail to get rid of fungal infections is undecylenic acid. This is a proven antifungal that has been used in a lot of other nail fungus treatments and is derived from castor oil. It is a fungicide that directly kills any fungi that it comes in contact with. It can treat various fungal infections ranging from athlete’s foot to ringworms and of course, nail fungi infections. A natural antifungal that is also included in Purnail is tea tree oil. This can be used alone to treat fungal infections but when combined with the effect of undecylenic acid, the effects of both of these ingredients become even more powerful. Lastly, it also has sunflower seed oil which does not have any antifungal effects but contains various vitamins and fatty acids that can be used by the skin to regenerate itself together with the nail that has been damaged by the infection. This can help your skin and nail return to normal form faster, while also moisturizing them to make them look better.

With two proven ingredients in eliminating fungal infections, Purnail is definitely a good nail fungus treatment to use. Compared to other treatments that only make use of one ingredient, this is definitely a better option. You will surely be able to eliminate most types of fungal infections as long as you treat them early enough. In addition to these antifungals, it also has sunflower seed extracts which helps in skin and nail regeneration. It claims to work within 3-6 months which is a realistic time frame as fungal infections would really take a long time to be eliminated from the body. The only problem with this treatment may be its price as it is more expensive than most of the other fungal treatments at $59.95.

Positives:

•         Contains proven ingredients such as undecylenic acid and tea tree oil in eliminating fungal infections

•         Also contains sunflower seed extract which will help improve the condition of the skin and nail faster

Negatives:

•         Very expensive compared to other nail treatments

•         Will take some time before the infection will be completely removed from the body

 

 

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Sporanox Review Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rating: 73/100

Not all antifungal treatments come as ointments or creams. One such product that is not applied topically but instead, taken orally is Sporanox. Such medications are made for fungal infections that have already become worse and need more specialized medications in order to treat the infection.

Sporanox is a brand name for the antifungal agent, Itraconazole. Being an azole antifungal, it works by inhibiting the cytochrome P-450 oxidase mediated synthesis of ergosterol. This allows it to prevent the growth of fungi as it leads to the breakdown of the cell wall of fungi and eventually leading them to be eliminated by the body’s own defense mechanism. Comparing its action to other antifungals, Itraconazole has a much broader spectrum of activity than Fluconazole. It is especially effective against the fungi Aspergillus. Aside from this, it can also help get rid of blastomycosis, onchomycosis and histoplasmosis. Candidiasis and cryptococcosis are also some of the other infections that it can treat.

With all of the different fungi that it can eliminate, Itraconazole or Sporanox seems like a good antifungal treatment to use for infections that have already become worse and have systemic effects on the body. One problem that is usually encountered with oral antifungals is that it can have a lot of side effects on the body as compared to topical drugs. Some of its effects include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, itching and loss of appetite. It can even cause some severe allergic reactions which would require immediate medical attention if ever you are allergic to it. For these reasons, you will usually need the prescription of a doctor if ever you want to use a strong drug like Sporanox. You should also be careful to discuss with your doctor other medications that you are currently taking as this can cause some drug interactions with specific drugs.

Overall, Sporanox is a good antifungal treatment to use if you are dealing with a moderate to severe fungal infection. It has a broad range of activity which gives you a great chance of eliminating many types of fungi. Just remember that it can have a lot of side effects and can cause drug reactions that may be harmful to the body. Take the necessary precautions first when using this drug, and make sure that you stick to its dosing schedule so that you can get rid of an infection as soon as possible.

Positives:

•         Has a broad range of action

•         Easy to use as it is taken orally

•         Is a proven antifungal

Negatives:

•         Can have a lot of side effects

•         Not a first line drug for mild cases of fungal infections

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Diflucan for Nail Fungus Review

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rating: 70/100

Diflucan is a treatment for nail fungus and other types of fungal infections found in the lungs, mouth, skin and bladder. Compared to the usual anti-fungal treatments, Diflucan comes in a tablet form that is taken orally. This is usually taken once a day to treat or prevent the growth of fungi thus preventing it from causing an infection. Even though there are no visible signs of infection, it can still be used as a preventive treatment to avoid the various complications that come with fungal infections.

Diflucan’s active ingredient is Fluconazole, which is a fungicide that directly kills fungi upon contact with them. It does so by inhibiting the P450 enzyme 14α-demethylase found in fungi. This prevents and destroys the formation of the fungal cell membrane, thus causing the cell’s contents to leak out and eventually die.

One problem with Diflucan is that it is rather harsh to use which is why it is only used by prescription. Some of its harmful side effects include allergic skin reactions and irritations to the throat and mouth. The skin may turn yellow and urine color may also change. Aside from these, the more serious side effects can include nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. This is why it is recommended that medication be stopped at once if any of these side effects should appear. It is not suitable for people who have a history of liver, kidney or heart conditions as this has the potential to worsen conditions in these organs. Also, pregnant women and children are advised not to take this medication.

Diflucan is more often used for preventive purposes rather than treating fungal infections, although it is just as effective. This treatment can prevent many types of fungal infections, especially systemic infections that can cause a lot of serious complications within the body. However, if you want to use this as a treatment for toenail fungal infections, it would be possible as long as you get a prescription from a doctor. Since it is a very strong drug, this would not be advised especially if the infection is only a superficial one.

Positives:

•         Makes use of a very strong antifungal agent in fluconazole

•         Can be used to prevent and treat most types of fungal infections

Negatives:

•         Can have a lot of serious side effects

•         Not very safe to use especially for children and those who are pregnant as well as those with serious liver, kidney and heart problems.

Needs prescription, cannot be bought from the drugstore