Your Dermatologist: A Surprisingly Affordable Specialist Who Can Help with Toenail Fungus

“Dermatologists provide care of higher quality and lower cost than comparable services by other health care professionals,” says the American Academy of Dermatology.  They add that skin diseases and dermatological conditions afflict nearly a third of the U.S. population and cost an estimated $34 million in economic loss to society each year. Did you know that dermatologists also specialize in the treatment of toenail fungus?

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A dermatologist is one type of specialist who can counsel you on how to get rid of toenail fungus.
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Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails: Turn Back the Clock on Your Toenails

“I’m not always immaculately groomed, though I do always sport glossily painted toenails. But it’s not as glamorous as it sounds,” writes Leah Hardy for the Daily Mail. “The polish disguises the ugly yellow discoloration on my big toenails, caused by a fungal infection I’ve had for years,” she explains.

Her problem is not at all uncommon. Since treatment has been notoriously time-consuming, ineffective, frustrating, and even dangerous, many people have simply learned to live with their unsightly fungal nails — choosing to paint over them, rather than cure them.

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Toenail fungus treatments are time consuming and frustrating.
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Fungus Be Gone! 3 Essential Steps to Getting Fungus-Free Nails

Yellow, crumbling fungus nails are the bane of many people’s existence. “Having gross toenails is a real blow to the self-esteem of my patients,” says Dr. Rob Lamberts, MD. “For some reason, it really bothers people,” he adds — even though it won’t put anyone in the hospital and causes no pain. It seems no matter how much money people spend or what they do, their unsightly condition will not clear up!

It’s true that you will need to exercise patience until the fungus nail completely grows out — which could take up to a year, depending on how fast your nails grow. But the good news is that you can take these three steps to ensure that you are well on your way to enjoying fungus-free nails.

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Having fungus free nails will give you back your self confidence.
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Is It Psoriasis, Eczema, or Toenail Fungus?

It can be hard to admit we have a rather embarrassing problem. When you look down and see white chalkiness on your nail, you may tell yourself anything not to fess up to what it could be… a toenail fungus infection! To be sure, you’re best off asking a podiatrist to perform a nail culture, but we’ve got a few tips to help you figure out what might be causing your foot abnormality.

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Probably not fungus, but you still may want to get checked out. Image from mommywarriors.com

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Toenail Fungus: What To Do If You're Worried About Liver Damage From Oral Pills

A reader recently wrote in to the NY Times with worries about certain toenail fungus treatments. “I have avoided using oral drugs for chronic toenail fungus because I don’t want to risk liver damage,” the reader writes. Furthermore, the toenail fungus sufferer wondered if there were any risks for allowing the fungus to persist untreated. These concerns seem perfectly valid, considering that labels for the top oral remedies warn patients with liver trouble to avoid them. So what’s a person to do?

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Terbinafine labels warn users that they may be at increased risk for liver damage, although it is rare. Image Source: Drugs.com

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Congress Is Now Less Popular Than Toenail Fungus!

The U.S. government is back in business — after 16 wasted days and billions of dollars in economic damage. In the meantime, the approval rating for Congress has plummeted to new lows, according to a survey released by Public Policy Polling last week. Congress is now less popular than hemorrhoids, dog poop, cockroaches, the DMV, jury duty, pot holes, zombies, witches, mothers-in-law, and… yes folks, even toenail fungus.

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Common Nail Complications Among Cancer Treatment Patients and How to Prevent Them

Cancer treatments like chemotherapy are notorious for side effects. Nail complications are starting to get more attention. Most nail disorders are cosmetic, but sometimes these side effects interfere with everyday activities, says Dr. Patricia S. Myskowski, a dermatologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. If you’re undergoing cancer treatments, a SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer can help limit your exposure to dangerous pathogens that could otherwise infect your toenails.

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Waiting For Toenail Fungus To Grow Out: Can You Make Your Nails Grow Faster?

People  looking for a nail fungus solution become dismayed when they realize there is truly no way to cure toenail fungus fast. Once the nails come out of the  nail bed, they are already dead tissue, so there is no way to repair it. So when nails have darkened and grown discolored, the best you can realistically hope for is clear, fungus-free nail to start growing from the nail bed. As we mentioned before, it takes 12 to 18 months for a fresh new toenail to grow in. So the question is: how does one make the nails grow faster? Is there anything we can do, other than simply wait and be patient?

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Will Toenail Fungus Make My Insurance Rate Go Up?

One fifth of Americans under 65 have a chronic condition that makes them uninsurable on the private market. According to the Daily KosCalifornians are having trouble getting health insurance due to something as minor as toenail fungus! People who purchased health insurance on the individual market find that they are suddenly placed in a “high risk” pool when they are diagnosed with toenail fungus. Clearly, the system is broken.

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Ball Don’t Lie, But Neither Does Fungus: Survey Shows NBA Players Hit Hard By Toenail Fungus

A survey of athletic trainers for 17 National Basketball Association teams found that nearly one-third of players suffer from toenail fungus / onychomycosis. Unfortunately, this is not the sort of marketing NBA teams may want, but the survey sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation reflects just how widespread the problem is. An estimated 10 million Americans are infected with nail fungus, which is a  notoriously difficult ailment to treat.

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