Some people have had success with alternative approaches to treating nail fungus:
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- Snakeroot extract. This product comes from plants of the sunflower family. In a study of 110 people, it was about as effective as ciclopirox. It was applied every third day for the first month, twice a week for the second month and once a week for the third month.
- Tea tree oil. This product, applied twice a day, is possibly effective in treating nail fungus, but more study is needed.
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