Nail fungal infections cause embarrassment and inconvenience – people will see it and even smell it, especially in its advanced stages. If the fungal infections are found in the fingernails, it can be very unsightly. And while you can hide toenail fungi infection, it can be very uncomfortable and may even cause a difficulty in walking.
However, the problem caused by nail infections goes much deeper than being visually disgusting. If left untreated, nail fungal infections can cause your nails to fall off. Because of this, many people turn to many forms of treatment for the condition, and some of them use Lamisil cream.
Lamisil vs. Nail Infections
Lamisil is a brand that is especially designed to combat nail fungus infection. Lamisil comes in two forms – cream and pill. Lamisil cream is applied topically on the skin while the oral version is taken in, once daily when your fingers become painful, red, or drain pus.
It contains the active ingredient terbinafine hydrochloride, a compound which effectively halts the production of the fungus by attacking the ergosterol, which is considered as the building block of fungi. Once ergosterol production is stopped, the fungi cannot reproduce and spread, and will eventually die.
However, it should be noted that terbinafine hydrochloride is also a very strong compound – if it is not used according to the doctor’s instructions, it may also lead to other complications. In fact, terbinafine is so strong that doctors recommend using the cream version in tiny amounts. This means that you may find yourself using one container Lamisil cream for as long as three months.
Lamisil Side Effects
While Lamisil is effective in killing nail fungi, both the oral and topical versions also have several possible side effects for its users.
Lamisil Oral may cause side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, and upset stomach. While these are the most common and generally mild side effects, it may cause rare but serious problems such as liver disease. If you notice symptoms such as severe stomach pain, dark urine, yellowing of the skin, contact your doctor right away. Another rare but possible side effect is serious allergic reaction, which may manifest through itching, swelling, rashes, dizziness and difficulty breathing. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of these symptoms.
Lamisil cream is not as strong as the pill, and is only applied topically on the infected nail(s). While the effects of Lamisil cream are not as harsh as the pill counterpart, you may still experience possible side effects. These include redness on the site where the cream was applied, rashes, burning sensations, dryness and peeling.
Lamisil oral is taken once daily, or as prescribed by your physician. The recommended dose for Lamisil cream on the other hand is at least once or twice per day as directed by your physician. Before you apply the cream, make sure that the area is thoroughly clean and dry. Apply the cream and rub it on the area. The severity of the infection is directly proportional to the length of time that you have to use Lamisil in order for your skin to return to normal.
It is important to note that most side effects of Lamisil arise from improper use of the product. This means that it is still generally safe to use as long as you follow proper procedure. While on treatment avoid sharing tools used for manicures and pedicures.