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We developed a criteria for analyzing each option and compiled your survey results to rate each based on your feedback and the input of our medical staff. We evaluated by the price per bottle, positive feedback, customer service experience, as well as their policies. With your combined feedback we present you with this easily digestible chart for your convenience.

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Official Site

Rank #1

RANK 1

Best for Professional Strength

(800) 678-6341 [email protected]

5,000+

91% POSITIVE

3-8 Weeks

Full 60 Day Return

Safe

$59.95

$119.90

Nail penetration for difficult fungal infection

Tolnaftate, PEG-8, Aloe Vera

try “10VALUE” for 10% off

Funginix

RANK 2

Best for All natural alternative

(800) 589-8913 [email protected]

5,000+

82% POSITIVE

1-3 Months

Full 60 Day

Safe

$49.99

$99.95

Blend of several natural essentials oils/extracts in addition to active ingredient

Undecylenic Acid, Tea Tree Oil

none known

FUNGINAIL

RANK 3

OK if you do not have sensitive skin

(800) 824-4894 [email protected]

<5,000

74% Positive

2-4 Months

Risk Free

Safe

$39.99

$199.95

Formula is applicable to athlete’s foot

Undecylenic Acid

try “FUNGI”

Probelle

RANK 4

OK for light cases; all natural

(800) 448-6098 [email protected]

<5,000

65% Positive

3-4 Months

Risk Free

Safe

$20.00

$60.00

One nightly treatment

Derived from refined coconut oil and not included on label

none known

Zetaclear

RANK 5

Controversial online; affiliate product. Minimum concentration.

(818) 303-9260

<5,000

54% POSITIVE

2-4 Months

Required Restock

Safe

$49.99

$149.95

Controversial online; affiliate product. Minimum concentration.

Undecylenic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, other oils

none known

* Based on first hand user and editor reviews – help contribute by taking our survey. Individual results may vary.

* Positive feedback based on your input

* Coupons are subject to change.

Editor’s Favorite, 2017

Rank #1

   

NailRENEW

NailRENEW is our top choice, as it has the highest amount of positive feedback and well-researched anti-fungal ingredients that are proven to help eliminate fungus and all of its symptoms.

RANK:

#1

Overall Score*:

Sample Size:

<5,000

Feedback*:

91% POSITIVE

Cost:

$35.00-$59.95

Manufacturer:

NailRENEW

Active Ingredient:

Tolnaftate

Means of Nail Penetration:

PEG-8

Customer Rating:

Policy:

60 Day Refund

* Based on first hand user and editor reviews – help contribute by taking our survey. Individual results may vary.

 

Over-the-Counter Options, What to Look For

OTC Treatment Options

 

OTC treatments are only as good as the ingredients they contain and at what levels or concentrations. Some OTC contain no FDA approved anti fungal ingredients whatsoever. Choosing an OTC that contains an effective blend of active and inactive ingredients at the maximum permitted concentrations is crucial to achieving success.

Important OTC Ingredients

When you’re selecting an OTC treatment for nail fungus you’re going to want to consider a few factors. We have narrowed down some of the active and inactive ingredients to be on the lookout:

Tolnaftate

This active ingredient is listed in the FDA’s monograph link 1 for its anti fungal properties and ability to target nail fungus. The maximum permitted concentration level for this ingredient is 1%, any higher could result in side effects such as irritation or discomfort.

Undecylenic acid

Derived from castor oil, this ingredient is FDA approved according monograph for its anti fungal properties. The maximum permitted concentration level for this ingredient is 10%, any higher could result in adverse side effects. link 2

Melaleuca oil

More commonly marketed as “Tea tree oil” it is known for its antimicrobial properties and is not recognized by the FDA as an anti fungal on its monograph.

Peg 8

Peg 8, is a clear viscous liquid that is hydrophilic and odorless. Its purpose is to help penetrate the nail bed and deliver anti fungal components such as Tolnaftate or Undecylenic Acid to the source of the infection underneath the nail plate.

Sunflower seed oil

All natural ingredient derived from sunflower seeds its main purpose is to help penetrate the nail to deliver anti fungal ingredient to the source of the infection. Contains vitamins A, D, and E.

Other Options for Fungal Nail Infections

Topical and oral use is straightforward, here are your options:

Oral approach – These antifungal medications are swallowed orally by mouth. ex. antibiotics

Topical approach – applied directly to the affected area daily for duration of treatment.

Combination approach – In some cases, people with serious nail fungus may decide to use both an oral and topical approach together to capitalize on the effects of both.

Laser – The cost of laser can vary and is typical a far more expensive option. Results range from 3-6 months for completely new regrowth of a nail.

Surgical – Often a last resort, surgical removing the nail is not a certain method of removing fungus. Once the nail is removed, you must take careful precautions to ensure reinfection does not occur. Length of time to regrow an entirely new nail varies from person-to-person but may take as long as 6-8 months

The most cost effective solution is to start with an OTC and gauge your results after a few months. You can gauge by tracking healthy regrowth from the base or cuticle of the nail. As healthy nail regrowth occurs during use of a topical treatment you clip away the excess infected nail. Since nail regrowth may vary from person to person it is important to note that your results may vary but typically after 60 days you can gauge whether or not you are making any progress. At this point in time, you can continue treatment or consider a consulting a physician. One of the biggest criticisms of orals are the potential side effects and the risk of building up an immunity to antibiotics for a condition that isn’t serious. Topical approaches can be more expensive and vary drastically. They often require the same duration of use to see results as they are also rely on healthy nail regrowth during continued, consistent use.

Reviewed and writing contributions by

Dr. Mayus Internal Medicine, Connecticut