Jublia: A New Topical Nail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a notoriously difficult foe. Current treatment options include home remedies, topical therapies, oral medication, and laser treatment – but each nail fungus solution has its own set of caveats. Topical treatments and home cures are notoriously ineffective; oral medication carries the greatest risk of harm to the patient, and laser treatment (not covered by insurance) is expensive. Jublia is a new antifungal option that will hit the market later this year.

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Jublia is a new FDA-approved topical drug to treat toenail fungus — an alternative to Penlac. Image Source: Drugs.com

What Is Jublia?

Jublia® (efinaconazole 10% topical solution) is an FDA-approved topical antifungal developed to treat toenail fungus. The bottle comes with a built-in applicator for easy daily use. Unlike other topical remedies that can be messy and require patients to remove excess product, Jublia dries quickly. It also has an excellent safety profile, without the drug interaction and liver damage concerns of oral medications for toenail fungus. Marketing should begin later this year, according to manufacturer Valeant

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Nail Polish For Fungal Nails

Toenail fungus is an unsightly and often chronic condition that can last for years, so many people try to mask the yellow color and crumbling edges of fungal nails with toenail polish as they wait for the nail to clear. Unfortunately, using regular, commercial nail polish can be one reason why your toenail fungus infection isn’t clearing up.

Tanglewood Foot Specialists explains that chemicals in nail polish like toluene and formaldehyde “weakens the toenails and makes them more susceptible to developing a fungus infection.” Furthermore, The Mayo Clinic advises toenail fungus patients to “Give up nail polish and artificial nails” because “this can trap unwanted moisture and worsen the infection.” Instead, experts recommend using one of the natural antifungal toe nail polish brands instead.

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Dr.’s Remedy is one of the recommended brands of antifungal nail polish. Image Source: HeartlandFootAndAnkle.com

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Footcare Trade Secrets: Our 10 Best tips for Treating and Coping with Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is America’s dirty little secret. It is estimated that 35 million people suffer from it, but only a fraction of those infected actually seek treatment. Many people just hide their feet inside shoes or paint over their nails with polish. These keratin-loving dermatophytes are picked up in hotel showers, foot spas, locker rooms, and swimming pools.

The Problem with Toenail Fungus…

One thing is for certain: you do NOT want to get stuck with this awful condition. Insurance companies consider nail fungus to be a “cosmetic” issue since it doesn’t typically cause pain or disability, so many of the newer treatments like laser removal are not covered. Other treatments like oral pills and topical creams have limited success rates. The fungus is quick to spread from the big toe to the smaller toes, but takes from six months to a year or even longer for a healthy nail to grow in to replace the fungus nail.

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Toenail fungus is hard to get rid of, but don’t be disheartened; follow these 10 tips!

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Foot Fungus & Other Skin Maladies: Should You DIY?

People will try just about anything to avoid going to the doctor. It’s natural to wonder, “Is taking so many medications really necessary… or are there cheap fixes that are just as effective?” You’ve probably had a neighbor, a relative, or a coworker share a story about an effective home remedy for acne, skin rashes, bee stings, or even foot fungus. The makers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer have found there are pros and cons to a Do-It-Yourself approach to medicine.

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Home remedies using foods, herbs, and essential oils have been around for centuries.
Image source: Stephanie via Wikimedia.org

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Antifungal Cream: Amazon Consumers’ Top Picks for Treating Foot Fungus

Two names stand out in the world of antifungal foot creams: Lotrimin and Lamisil. Lotramin uses prescription-strength Butenafine to treat athlete’s foot, whereas Lamisil uses prescription-strength terbinafine to treat foot fungus. If you have tried these medications and they did not work for you, there are a few other options that Amazon buyers say have provided favorable results.

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We look at some of the top picks for antifungal creams.
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Genetics, Gimmicks, and Impatience: Top 10 Reasons Why Your Toenail Fungus Isn’t Going Away

Toenail fungus is a formidable foe. Mentally, it’s an uphill battle. Just when you think you’ve turned a corner and started seeing progress, the pestilence rears its ugly head again. You probably feel self-conscious and frustrated beyond belief. After investing so much money and time, it seems that your efforts fail to pay off. Many people suffer from chronic toenail infections for a year or more! What’s a person to do?

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Are contaminated, closed-toe shoes causing your chronic toenail fungus? We have 10 reasons why your infection may not be clearing.

Shoe Care Innovations feels your pain. Adam Ullman, the founder of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer, suffered with toenail fungus for many years. He learned a lot about the causes of toenail fungus during the whole process. The many doctors he’s seen all had ideas about what was causing his toenail fungus to recur time and time again. We’d like to share some of these possibilities with you, so you can free yourself from the unending cycle of foot fungus infections, just like Adam did!

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Don’t Let Foot Fungus Spoil Your Summer Fun: Learn How to Spot and Treat Problems Today

The scenarios are all too common. The kids are playing outside in bathing suits and a kiddie pool; your little one stubs a toe. You’re gardening in the backyard, enjoying the feel of the cool grass on your bare feet, and then you drop a trowel on the top of your toenail. There are limitless ways to injure a foot outdoors in the summer, but the real danger comes weeks later — when bacteria and fungi creep into the open wound and cause summer-spoiling infection.

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Don’t let foot fungus ruin your family’s summer plans. Get a SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to help prevent infection.
Image source: Flickr user Angela GS

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Home Treatment for Onychomycosis: Can Vicks Vaporub Really Cure Toenail Fungus?

Blogger Olga Boyko recalls the story of the summer she used Vicks VapoRub to cure the toenail fungus that afflicted her big toe. She showered and scrubbed the nail, then applied the medication, put a cotton sock over it, and went to sleep. In the morning after her shower, she tried to apply the medication again, but the infected portion of the nail started to peel off. “To this day, it’s the nastiest thing that has ever happened to me,” she wrote.

She reportedly applied the VapoRub anyway and continued to do so — twice a day — for several months. Despite the malady, she wore open-toe shoes to prevent fungus from taking hold inside damp, dark shoes. After three or four months, a healthy nail grew back. The internet is full of interesting stories like this one, alleging that Vicks VapoRub is an effective home remedy for toenail fungus. But is there any evidence backing this solution for a medical condition that is notoriously chronic and hard-to-treat?

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Can this cheap, over-the-counter medication cure toenail fungus?

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Cosmetic Treatment for Fungal Nails- Help Your Toes Appear Healthier for Summer

Toenail fungus is an ugly problem to have. A little bit of fungus may look similar to psoriasis or eczema on the nail. In its more advanced stages, onychomycosis thickens the nail, turns it from clear to yellow, and causes chalky crumbling along the edges. While the condition can be treated, any method you choose to rid yourself of the fungus is going to require a long time to improve the appearance of the nail. Even with laser toenail fungus removal, you still have to wait for the fungus nail to grow out and the healthy nail to come in. Waiting is much easier said than done, especially when summer rolls around, and you’re dying to swim, wear sandals, and get fresh air to your feet. There are, however, some cosmetic options for the aesthetic improvement of fungal nails.

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You may want to get those feet out by the pool this summer, but yellow fungal nails stand in the way. We list treatment options for you, although we believe prevention is the best cure.
Image Source: D Sharon Pruitt

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Market Analyst Warning- Don’t Fall for Anacor’s Toenail Fungus Drug Hype

Back in November, we wrote about Anacor’s new drug, Tavaborale. In an industry where treatments are marginally effective at best, Anacor promised slightly-better-than-mediocre results. If Penlac cured 0.5% of patients, then Tavaborale would cure 6% of patients. The problem with topical toenail fungus treatments is that they are unable to make it past the nail barrier to penetrate deep into the nail matrix. We have to wonder, though: are these treatments really good enough? Is it worth developing something that works on less than a tenth of the population? David Sobek, a market analyst over at The Street, says no.

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Though Anacor’s stock is rising, analysts say Tavaborale is a bust.
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