Yellow and brown. I'm referring to fungal nails, that most hated of infections.
Compared to the humble foot corn, a fungal toenail infection is a royal PITA to cure.
(It's on par with plantar warts)
So, does Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal work? Well, technically, no because nothing in Kerasal kills nail fungus.
But, I still think it's effective, and here's why.
Does Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal Work?
I recently saw one of my patients for the first time in six months.
I was lost for words (unusual for me). Her previously very fungal toenails were clear and bright.
Had she been in some whacky new treatment trial?
Perhaps she flew to Germany, signed a bunch of waivers and endured groundbreaking infusions for 36 hours.
Turns out, she was using something completely new to me: Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal.
(A ripe-for-removal fungal nail with a suspiciously hair-like combover)
I'd say almost half the people I see have a fungal nail infection. Call it Fungus Club.
Mild or severe; ten nails or one. A lot don't even know until I point it out — because I'm good like that.
(Fun fact: your fingernails almost never get a fungal infection)
Now, in its defense, nail fungus doesn't cause much in the way of pain.
That comes way down the line. When they're an inch thick and pressing down on your nail bed.
The Baldy Cream Billionaire
So it's super widespread and doesn't hurt. Despite this, it's easily the most common "how can I get rid of it ASAP!?" query I get.
After all, it doesn't look nice, and don't get me started on the odor when I drill them down.
Imagine there was something you could take which instantly got rid of nail fungus?
Like a cream that gives you the hair you had when you were 24...
Well, I'm sorry to say, they don't exist.
If they did, whoever invented them would make Elon Musk look like he was just scraping by.
(Not that I'd ever buy the hair treatment or looked into it, no siree bob)
The Definition of Insanity (is Treating Fungal Nails)
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results".
Or so said Albert Einstein (and I bet he had one or two fungal nails).
You've tried tea tree oil for a few months. Perhaps you've filed your tainted toenail down.
Or maybe you've had prescription after prescription for paint-on lacquers.
It starts to look better, so you forget about it.
It's cured, right?
Nope, and soon enough, the mottled flaky nails rise once more, like a Phoenix from the Flames.
I see patients in this on-off war state all the time.
Some are active in treating it, and others have simply given up. They've accepted it with stoic resignation.
A few poor souls exist in a fungal nail purgatory of confusion and despair.
To Kill The Fungus (You Have to Know The Fungus)
Remember Mr. Miyagi, the sake-swilling Sensei from Karate Kid?
Well, I bet he'd say:
"Daniel-san, to beat a fungal toenail infection, you have to know the fungal infection."
So in the words of fellow Welshman Dylan Thomas, in Under Milk Wood, "to begin at the beginning".
First of all, it stems from athlete's foot. Yep, that very same itchy foot condition that was unheard of in the West before the First World War.
Smelly Unwashed Slippers
Turns out that those dusty white particles spread. They hitch a lift from the soles of your feet to your toenails.
This is usually via slippers, the ones you hardly ever wash.
Once they're in, the fungus spores breed and dig down deeper.
(Split, cracked toenails, or shellac damage, make your toenails more vulnerable)
Better Early Than Late
Once in, a fungal infection transforms your toenails — and not in a good way.
The process is split into two fungal phases: early stage or established.
When it's early stage (superficial) it has white or pale yellow spots that look like chalk dust spots.
In this phase, the fungi is still in the upper layers of your toenail.
This means a superficial fungal nail infection is much easier to home cure.
An established aka chronic, fungal nail infection (onychomycosis) is a different beast.
It means those fungal spores are now deeper in your nail.
The calling card is a swirl of brown and yellow, sometimes in stripes. Oh, it also turns your toenail thick.
These need a lot of work, and sometimes, the only real solution is via a Podiatrist.
Knowing the difference between these steps is important— as we'll see later on.
Does Kerasal Nail Renewal Work?
Hark back to the lady I saw who suddenly didn't have fungal nails.
Remember, the one who shut me up. for once in my life?
When I looked up this magic potion from across foreign seas, I knew immediately:
"This doesn't actually kill nail fungus". I repeat, Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal isn't a spore-killer.
Well, because there's only a handful of chemicals that actually kill toenail fungus.
I'll spare you the chemistry lesson, but none of these are present in Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal.
Plus, remember the spores bury down deep? This means they have a big thick layer of toenail on top.
In other words, not only do you need the right medicine, it also has to go — where it needs to go.
A Whiter Shade of Pale
What Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal does is make nails lighter. It also softens them.
The urea, lactic acid and other ingredients improve your nails' appearance.
In their defense, Kerasal's manufacturer literally states this:
"Nail renewal formula improves nail appearance with visible results in days"
Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal Reviews
In the review stakes, Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal is a heavy hitter.
The vast majority of these are positive; it's clear there's a lot of happy Kerasal customers.
Now, do some of these users think their fungal nails are banished for good? Yep.
Are there some who'll be sorely disappointed when it returns? Yep.
But What About Kerasal Patches?
As well as liquid drops, Kerasal anti-fungal is also available in patch form.
Now I have to confess: I haven't treated anyone whose utilized these.
(Though you don't need to be Walter White to work out the effects)
Because I'm so incredibly exciting, I took the time to check the ingredients of the patches compared to the liquid Kerasal Nail Renewal.
Let's look at how they compare.
Fungal Nail Makeup
The Kerasal Fungal Patches weigh-in with a meaty twelve components. This is compared to the seven in the liquid form.
Among the fungal patch brew are those well-known table staples, aluminum glycinate and polysorbate 80.
All jokes aside, nothing in these patches is dangerous. But then, nothing in them kills nail fungus either.
"For Best Results, Use Forever"
You could make the argument that as your nail is covered, the patch transfers more of its effects.
(Plus, you're probably catching zzz's so it won't rub off as much on socks)
It's certainly a more heady concoction; so the dyeing and softening effect comes on faster.
Here Comes The Science Bit
Back in the 1990's, Jennifer Aniston graced many an evening TV with her L'Oreal adverts.
At arguably the peak of her career, and long before Mr. Pitt, she announced that her current love interest was a bottle of shampoo.
Ol' Jen made "Here Comes The Science Bit!" a household phrase.
It remains a marketing slogan that echoes on today.
After all, who am I, a mere Podiatrist holding court and giving his opinions on Kerasal?
Shouldn't I be putting forward a rock-solid evidence-based case?
Well, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, I'm glad you asked...
"I Want to Speak to the (Marketing) Manager"
This study in Singapore looked at 68 patients over a 4-week period using Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal.
85% got better looking nails after four weeks. 65% of the group achieved this after the first week.
Now, almost 9/10 is a big fat number as far as positive results go. And I'm frankly astounded Kerasal haven't used the results more.
Therefore, I want to speak to their manager.
The Devil is in The Detail
But hang on. Hold your horses. There's one or two little details we need to chat about.
('Twas ever thus)
First of all, the study cut off after 4 weeks.
"So what?", I hear you exclaim.
Well, what happens if you stop after a month?
Second, it's very careful not to mention an actual cure. In other words, and like I've said all along, Kerasal (liquid or patches) is great for disguising a fungal nail infection.
(That study has some great before and after Kerasal pictures, btw)
Bleach, Holes and Side Effects
So what are the treatment options for fungal nails?
Nothing short of your toenail yanked off is going to cure a fungal nail in days.
Tea tree oil bleaches your nail. God knows what Vicks does, but it definitely ain't designed for toenails.
Terbinafine tablets, one of the few proven ways, have to be prescribed.
Bleach or surgery. Nice choices.
At this juncture, you have to ask yourself an honest question. A soul search, if you like.
"As long as it looks better, do I really care if my fungal nail is cured?"
I'd wager that most of you don't. In this case, Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal works because it will make it look nicer.
If you can't get pro treatment for your fungal nail infection, this is the most important thing you can ask.
It'll bleach the brown bits, level out the most egregious lumps and bring back the pearly sheen.
The Right Way to Use Fungal Nail Treatments
But, what if you want rid of your fungal nails? As in actual cured, free-from-fungus toenails?
(And for whatever reason, can't see a Podiatrist).
Well, the way to use what's available is as a tool, a Trojan Horse, an accessory.
Eh, whaddya mean?
You piggyback off how it softens your nail — and apply treatments that work.
The earlier the stage of nail fungus, the simpler it is to home cure.
For Early Stage Fungal Nail Infections
Amateurs use tea tree oil and Kerasal. Professionals use Gehwol Nail Care.
This treatment is legit for early-stage fungus. As long as it can get in and get to work.
Remember, a superficial fungal infection is still floating about in the upper layers of your nail.
Gehwol softens your nail, and makes it more porous. This is a good thing.
Despite this, you still need to put in some work.
And when I say work, I mean picking up a tube of athlete's foot cream.
Tubes of Terbinafine
Terbinafine tablets are controversial. A lot of Docs don't like prescribing them as they can cause side effects.
Anyways, it's available in a much safer cream form, terbinafine hydrochloride.
Now, this is usually used for athlete's foot and jock itch. But also works on the fungus on your nails as long as it can reach it.
You apply this on your softer, filed-down toenail and let it work.
For Chronic Fungal Nail Infections...
If you've had fungal nails for years, it's chronic. If your nails are significantly thicker, it's chronic.
If they're a fetching shade of yellow and brown, it's chronic.
In other words, buried deep and hard to get rid of.
I suggest you use Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal to improve their appearance as much as possible.
Even putting terbinafine cream may not work. There's so much dead-wood nail to seep through.
In all honesty, there are some conditions that need pro-involvement. This is one of them.
Podiatry clinics have nail-specific drills, laser and pills. Oh, and as a final resort, removal.
Women (Have Worse Feet Than Men)
Yep, and it's all down to those ballet-tight footwear.
Fashion is an integral part of your life. Society says so — like corsets.
But it's not only shoes and buying apparel online is a double-edged razor.
You can access stuff you'd never see down your McHigh Street for sweatshop prices.
Then it rocks up and looks (or fits) decidedly different from advertised.
If you've got Amazon Prime, use Try Before You Buy.
You can order six items (including shoes, kids and men's clothes) and cavort in front of a mirror trying them for 7 days. You only pay for what you decide to keep.
(Returns are free).
Does Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal Work? (Yes and No)
Even with space-age technology, fungal nail infections still make life a misery. It just never goes away, and most with it live in a No Man's Land of treatment.
Kerasal Fungal Nail Renewal won't cure it, but it does improve toenail appearance.
For most of you, this is effectively the same thing.
And for most patients faced with not-very-appealing alternatives, that's good enough.
It also facilitates you to better use treatments which actually are effective.