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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.
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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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Treating Onychomycosis: 5 Lasers that Treat Toenail Fungus

Laser toenail fungus removal is a rapidly growing area of onychomycosis treatment. Currently, if you have thick, yellow toenails, there aren’t a whole lot of ideal options out there. You could try an over-the-counter lacquer or a home remedy for toenail fungus…but these methods are often efforts in futility that only work for a very small fraction of the population. Furthermore, you have to apply these treatments each day for six to 12 months to see any effect at all. Or you could see your doctor and get a prescription for oral terbinafine…but there are risks to the liver, so you will have to attend appointments for frequent monitoring over the course of three months.

With few other options, it’s much more desirable to come in for one or two laser treatments (which boast impressive cure rates) and be done with the icky fungus once and for all. There are many different lasers from which to choose. We’ll examine a few things about each type of laser treatment, but they all work in much the same way and lack any negative side effects. If you decide to give a foot laser a shot, be sure to invest in the SteriShoe ultraviolet shoe sanitizer to kill residual fungus in your footwear and avoid a recurrence.

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Laser toenail fungus removal is a rapidly growing market for quick, easy foot fungus relief.
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Nail Fungus Treatment: 4 Options to Try This Spring

If you’ve developed yellow toenails over the long winter, it could be more than just a cosmetic issue. Often, yellow nails are a sign of foot fungus! Other symptoms of toenail fungus include: thickening of the nail, crumbled edges, and sometimes pain. When left untreated, toenail fungus could lead to complications like cellulitis — particularly if you are a diabetic or have a compromised immune system. Unfortunately, toenail fungus is not an easy problem to treat. Adam Ullman, the founder of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer, has suffered with this problem and sheds some light on the different treatment options he’s explored.

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Have you let your feet go this winter? It may be time to tackle toenail fungus.
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Natural Healing: Can Neem Oil Be Used to Treat Pesky Foot Fungus?

Foot fungus can be a terrible problem for a person who is dedicated to holistic healing and natural remedies. The usual course of treatment for toenail fungus involves heavy duty oral antifungal medication which can be considerably expensive. Athlete’s foot is a bit easier to treat with an over-the-counter topical, but it still tends to resist natural cures and can become a persistent problem. Neem oil is one of the products we’ve seen pitched to treat foot fungus, so this post serves to look into the matter further.

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The Neem tree comes from India, and is a relative of the Mahogany tree.
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Home Remedies: How to Treat Toenail Fungus without Seeing a Doctor

It’s safe to say, most Americans would rather not see a doctor. About one in three men and one in five women have no regular doctor, according to a survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fund research foundation in New York City. For some people, it’s fear of bad news or shame about their lifestyle choices. For others, it’s about drumming up the money for co-pays and treatment options, or an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness. Toenail fungus sufferers especially fall into that last category, because there are so few treatment options that are any good. However, there are a few tricks you can try to eliminate toenail fungus without a visit to the doctor.

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Some people avoid doctors due to lack of money for co-pays and treatments.
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Natural Healing: Could Mediterranean Bath Salts Work to Cure Toenail Fungus?

The SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer was created with toenail fungus sufferers in mind. Our product’s founder understands, first hand, what it’s like to spend countless days and dollars fighting the unsightly infection. Foot fungus is particularly difficult to eliminate because of its mode for reproduction. Teeny, tiny spores have a way of sloughing off the feet and contaminating everything from towels and bed sheets, to socks and shoes. So even if you’ve managed to successfully kill the fungus, you risk re-contamination if you’re putting your feet back into the same old infected shoes again.

That’s why, no matter which treatment you choose, you’re best investing in our Ultra-Violet shoe sanitizer to kill off the residual fungus in all your footwear. If you’re looking for other natural remedies for foot fungus, you may also want to consider Mediterranean bath salts.

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Mediterranean bath salts have been proposed as a DIY method of fighting toenail fungus.
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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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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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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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