Toenail Fungus Treatments Are Plagued By Fancy Language & Few Results

Buyers beware when it comes to toenail treatments for onychomycosis (otherwise known as toenail fungus). Over the years, there have been many misleading statements made by advertisers of toenail fungus treatments promising “miracle cures,” all the while peddling snake oil. We recently penned an article on how the FDA is cracking down on illegal claims made by diabetic foot care products. Yet, we’re finding the same is true of toenail fungus foot care products as well.

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Fungi-Nail received a stern warning from the FDA for making misleading statements regarding the effectiveness of their product.
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The Amazing Powers of Coconut Oil: A Cure For Athlete's Foot?

Coconut oil is one of the latest natural remedies for athlete’s foot, touted in both holistic blogs and books. It promises to be a relatively inexpensive remedy for foot fungus — and one that does not pose any risk of adverse side effects like most over-the-counter medications. We look into this alleged athlete’s foot cure and give you additional advice on curing athlete’s foot naturally.

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Coconut oil has many uses, in addition to being heralded as an “antibacterial / antifungal” agent.
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Study Reveals People Cooperate Better If You Have Smelly Feet

When I was in elementary school, there was a girl in our class who had the worst body odor. It was so offensive that the boys squirmed in their chairs or tried to move seats to get away from her. The girls wrote mercilessly mean notes about it, dreaming up all sorts of nicknames for this poor individual. My experience has been that people with smelly feet and armpits do not tend to be the ones with the most friends. However, researchers at KU Leuven in Belgium have found that body odor triggers feelings of concern in others and leads to more cooperation.

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Do stinky shirts and stinky feet lead to better cooperation? Researchers think, in small doses, it just might. Image Source: LaughingSquid.com

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A Nail Expert Weighs In: Why is Toenail Fungus So Challenging to Treat?

Dr. Dana Stern is a board-certified dermatologist who runs a Manhattan practice and teaches at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. In her professional opinion, toenail fungus is one of the most challenging nail conditions to treat for a multitude of reasons. Yet, it is important to pursue treatment because the infection can spread to other parts of the body and also infect other people. “Over time, fungal infection can cause the nails to become thickened, brittle, discolored, and even painful,” she explains. Here we’ll look at Dr. Stern’s expert opinion on why fungal infections are so difficult to cure.

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Dr. Dana Stern dishes about toenail fungus and the importance of seeking treatment, even though it is challenging (and expensive) to cure.
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Sifting Through the Types of Diabetic Foot Wound Dressings

Podiatrists, surgeons and foot care experts have a hard time agreeing upon which type of diabetic foot wound dressing works best to alleviate symptoms, protect the wound, and prompt healing. It seems there are pros and cons to every type of dressing. No matter which type is selected, it will need to be regularly changed and inspected.

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No matter what type of dressing is used to treat a diabetic foot wound, it should be checked and changed regularly.
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Health care professionals will generally consider several different factors when deciding which type of dressing to apply:

– Amount of fluid and odor coming from the infection

– Comfort and ability to alleviate pain

– Ability to aid in healing

– Bulkiness and room it takes up in the shoe

– Ability to withstand shearing forces of the shoe

Despite knowing the ideal qualities of a good diabetic foot wound dressing, there is little research-based evidence to support one type of bandage over another. At any rate, we’ll let you know what’s out there for your consideration.

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SteriShoe: Your Shoes’ New Best Friend

We rarely think twice about throwing a pair of sweaty socks into the wash. But what about our shoes? Surely foot sweat and odor doesn’t end with our knit friends. The barriers between foot, sock, shoe, and environment are thinner than we imagine. Shoe Care Innovations presents a safe, clinically-proven method of sanitizing the inside of your shoes with the SteriShoe sanitizer. This groundbreaking product is recommended by over 1,000 podiatrists and has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance. If you’ve ever wanted a better way to clean your shoes and protect yourself from germs, read on to learn more!

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Inserting sanitization devices into your shoes for 45 minutes a day can kill 99.9% of the pathogens dwelling there.
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High Fashion or Ridiculous Trend? $840 for Shower Shoes Originally Designed to Prevent Foot Fungus

It’s not exactly a sandal. It’s definitely not a flip-flop. Most people would describe the style as a “shower shoe.” In posh circles, you may even hear it called a “poolside lounger.” These protective foot covers aren’t just made by sport brands like Nike and ADIDAS anymore. High-end designers like Prada and Margiela have taken the lowly shower shoe to new heights. The question is… would you pay $840 for a pair?

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5 Ways To Keep Dangerous Germs Out Of Your Home

The home should be a place of respite and peace — not a revolting place full of bacteria, fungus and illness-causing germs. While it’s true that not all types of bacteria constitute as “pathogens,” wouldn’t you rather live in a sanitary environment if you could? There are a few guidelines for the industrious homemaker to keep in mind to ensure that contact with dangerous germs is kept to a minimum, with the goal that the family remains as healthy as possible.

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Dangerous germs can lurk in the most unlikeliest places. Image Source: CNN.com

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Yellow Nails: Toenail Fungus or Onychatrophia?

Onychatrophia is one of the conditions nail technicians look out for in their salons. This fancy word describes damage to the nail matrix that causes the nails to waste away. The Clarion explains, “When a nail is atrophied, it loses its healthy look, begins to shrink in size, and may eventually wither away all  together.” If left untreated, the nail will die. Often times, onychatrophia is believed to be toenail fungus.

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Damage to the nail matrix cells can lead to full nail atrophy and loss.
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The Dysvascular Foot & How It Leads To Infection

A “dysvascular foot” refers to a foot that has a defective blood supply. This condition is most frequently found in diabetics, and is directly caused by chronic heightened blood sugar levels which cause nerve damage over time. This nerve damage is called “neuropathy.”

According to FW Wagner,  dysvascular patients make up 80% of the thousands of patients who undergo lower extremity amputations. He created a scale to help doctors figure out how to determine the severity of a patient’s foot infection. Hopefully you will keep a close eye on your diabetic foot hygiene, so you never have to worry about such trouble.

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FW Wagner created a scale to help doctors determine the severity of a dysvascular diabetic foot. Image Source: PhysicalTherapy.com

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