Treat dry flaky skin and fungal nails with urea ointment

Spontaneously dry skin can be caused by the weather, substances or conditions. It leads to flakes on the skin, in addition to which it can also appear as eczema or psoriasis. To improve the fluid absorption capacity, urea ointment can be used. In addition, it stimulates skin recovery and has an anti-inflammatory effect. How does this cream work, what is its beneficial effect on recovery and how can it also be used for fungal nails?

Urea ointment

  • Dry skin
  • Counteract the influence of dehydration
  • Complaints
  • What does urea ointment do?
  • Fungal nails

Dry skin

Due to reduced resistance or sensitivity to certain substances, the skin can sometimes react spontaneously. It seems as if the skin dries out and shows small white flakes. It mainly occurs on the hands and feet. The epidermis peels off, causing small round white skin circles to form locally. It is common in young children and is sometimes triggered by certain types of soap (unusual pH value or additives). It can also be caused by conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. How can urea ointment be helpful in this regard and how can it also be used against fungal nails?

Counteract the influence of dehydration

Urea is a nitrogen-containing organic compound (lit.1), which normally affects the fertilization of plants and occurs in the body as a waste product from the liver. In addition, it has a beneficial effect on the moisture absorption capacity of the skin. In other words, dry skin can recover faster or sooner due to this substance (lit.2). This property makes it very suitable for promoting the recovery of skin conditions.


Having dehydrated skin means that it flakes and can sometimes itch intensely. In mild cases, the skin has small round spots that flake. If it persists, it can worsen into intense tingling and/or cracking skin, causing cracks. The weather can certainly have a major influence on this. In other cases it is caused by physical reactions. The body’s own immune system can disrupt the skin cells, causing them to die. It may be constitutional eczema or psoriasis, in which the skin appears as a plague (thickened skin plaque). Dead skin cells accumulate quickly, causing large areas of old skin to harden and also have a drying effect.

What does urea ointment do?

The regular ointment is available with five or ten percent (lit.2) urea. It can be obtained as a pure ointment or with a certain proportion of corticosteroid in it. The latter has an anti-inflammatory effect, allowing the skin to recover better. The urea also improves the absorption capacity for substances present in the ointment. On the one hand it has a restorative effect and on the other hand it has a slowing effect on skin conditions. In that case, it sometimes needs to be combined with additional medication or ointments. The urea cream should be applied at least twice a day. If you experience a lot of discomfort, you can use it more often and take the ten percent urea ointment. An improvement in the skin will often occur quickly. Especially when it comes to relatively mild skin conditions.

Fungal nails

The nail can be affected by the influence of fungi. The nail turns yellow and thickened, in addition to weakening in strength. The fungus has penetrated the nail itself and will further damage it. To treat this condition, one needs a powerful ointment. Urea ointment (20 to 40%) is used for fungal nails. The nail becomes weaker due to the ointment, so that anti-fungal substances (a supplementary ointment) can do their work better. In other words, the nail can be treated from the inside by applying urea ointment.

To properly treat skin or nail conditions, additional oral medication is often prescribed. This may involve anti-immune medicines or anti-fungal pills. If necessary, ask your doctor for additional information about how medication and urea ointment can be combined.

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