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Are there over-the-counter medications to treat a nail fungal infection?

Over-the-counter ointments and creams to treat fungal infections are not nearly as effective as those prescribed by your doctor. It is important that you have a proper diagnosis of a fungal infection and that your doctor rule out other possible causes of your nail disorder before you begin any treatment. Treatments for fungal infection can have severe side effects on certain organs in your body.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You will find over-the-counter antifungal nail ointments and creams at your local drugstore. But fungal infections can be difficult to eradicate. They usually require a prescription topical medication or even an oral anti-fungal medication. Be sure to see your doctor or dermatologist if you think you have a nail fungal infection. 

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