Onychomycosis in the Spotlight: Toenail Fungus Featured on Television Show "The Doctors"

Recently, the popular television show The Doctors had an episode about “awkward and embarrassing body problems.” There were audience members seeking advice on explosive diarrhea, bad tattoos of ex-boyfriends, lost tampons, and a woman with severe toenail fungus. While we may not particularly enjoy talking about these issues, the doctors wanted to make the point that patients should share their most embarrassing questions, concerns, and stories with health professionals in order to remain as healthy as possible.

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The Doctors is a popular syndicated show on day-time television.
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Health Insurance Obstacles: Toenail Fungus Considered a “Cosmetic” Issue and Not Included in Coverage

“I had Aetna tell me they wouldn’t pay for an anti-fungal prescription for my toenail fungus,” writes a reader of Truthout Magazine. The writer goes on to say that multiple appeals and biopsy results didn’t sway the insurance company to pay for an expensive medication, but they did concede that they would pay to have all the patient’s toenails surgically removed! Absurd stories like this are more common than you’d think because health insurers largely consider toenail fungus to be a “cosmetic” issue. We strongly disagree!

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Makers of toenail fungus medication are charging a fortune for their pills, but efficiency is questionable.
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Protection for Tiny Toes: Fungal Nail Infections Increasing in Children

Toenail fungus is relatively uncommon in children, but recently pediatricians have been seeing a rise in young patients with foot fungus. They attribute the increased incidence of fungal nail infections in children to several factors. For starters, tiny tikes are often ambulating in closed-toe shoes, which trap heat and moisture to create the ideal breeding ground for fungal spores. Another underlying factor is the amount of foot trauma sustained by active children who are frequently outdoors playing sports. Also, some families have a genetic propensity to develop fungal nail infections. Very young children under two years of age may develop a fungal nail infection due to prematurity, immunocompromise, or Down Syndrome.

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Toenail fungus incidence is increasing among kids.
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Misconceptions Regarding Foot Conditions: Toenail Fungus Is Not Exclusive to Older Generations

“I have ugly toe nail fungus since almost 3 years now. I am just 31 years old and I heard that mostly old people get it,” writes an anonymous onychomycosis sufferer in the Berkeley Parents Network forum.  It’s a popular misconception that toenail fungus is an “old person’s condition.” The truth is, Americans old and young can get toenail fungus. While it’s not a life-threatening condition, the fact that toenail fungus affects 10% of the general population makes it a nuisance.

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Toenail fungus is especially popular among the elderly population, but it is not exclusive to people over 65.
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Innovations in Treatment: Light-Based Therapies Offer Hope for Onychomycosis Sufferers

Anyone who has had insidious toenail fungus knows it’s difficult to get rid of once you have it. In fact, it’s so hard to get rid of that some people go to the extreme and have a nail removed! More research is needed to determine whether light-based treatments will be the next generation of toenail fungus treatments, but a review published in the December 24th edition of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine indicates that there is hope for onychomycosis sufferers.

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Laser toenail treatment may be the next frontier in treating onychomycosis, but better studies must be developed.
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Battling Onychomycosis: A 3-Step Process for Toenail Fungus Removal

There are many products on the market that promise to help you eliminate toenail fungus. Unfortunately, many of these items are not effective in their treatment. Yet, there is a smaller subset of elite products that are recommended by podiatrists for toenail fungus removal. We’re proud to say that we’ve put in the time and effort to conduct extensive testing on our ultraviolet shoe sanitizer in order to earn the American Podiatric Medical Association’s seal of approval. South Florida Podiatrist Dr. Eric Weinstein of Broward Foot Care is one of our product advocates who proposes a three-step process to cure toenail fungus fast.

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Types of Onychomycosis: Which Do You Have?

When we talk about onychomycosis — more commonly known as “toenail fungus” — we usually speak very generally about the condition. However, in addition to there being different degrees of severity, there are actually several different types of nail fungus as well. We’ll cover them in today’s post and talk a little about the prevention of problematic recurring toenail fungus as well.

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There are several different types of toenail fungus.
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5 Reasons Why Winter is the Best Time to Tackle Toenail Fungus

During the blustery winter months, it’s all too easy to pack our feet away in our thick wool socks and boots, or tuck them inside a pair of slippers. We do our best to ignore the yellow, crumbling keratin towers rising up out of our toes. Yet, once the weather warms up, we find ourselves wishing we had done something about toenail fungus before it was too late. Once your neighbors start busting their sandals, flip-flops, and cute strappy heels out of the closet, there is little hope of joining them.

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Are you guilty of trying to hide and bury your toenail fungus toes in the winter months, hoping it will all just sort itself out?
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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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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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