Everywhere you turn it seems like the ad featuring a big toe sporting a purple helmet is telling us to tackle our toenail fungus with Jublia. If you have fungal nails you're probably wondering, does this stuff really work?

It's a great question. Fortunately there are people out there who are looking closely at this new drug to see if it's all it claims to be like Teresa Graedon of the People's Pharmacy. I've also done my own research and have come to the following conclusion.

Jublia is a topical anti-fungal medication that must be applied for 48 weeks to be effective. Cure rates are not mentioned in the commercials. Two studies on their website showed a complete cure in 17.8% and 15.2% of volunteers rate at 48 weeks. That does not seem like a very high cure rate considering the cost of Jublia is in the $539 - $589 range. But you might just get lucky and it might work.

What we've found is that most topicals used alone have a very low cure rate, although they can be helpful in preparing the nail for further treatment and for keeping the fungal load down. While no treatment for toenail fungus is perfect, at least there are options that have a much higher rate of success such as oral medications or laser.

To learn more about toenail fungus, read our Guide to Eliminating Ugly Fungal Toenails. If you're interested in learning about laser and how this Seattle podiatrist uses it to treat toenail fungus,  read about our Comprehensive Laser Treatment Program

To receive a free consultation to find out the best approach for treating your fungal toenails, call us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

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