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Healing at Home: 4 Household Products that May Potentially Kill Athlete’s Foot Fungus

Heat and humidity are on the rise this time of year — and along with that comes an increase in foot fungus. Athlete’s foot is generally treated with over-the-counter antifungal medication, but some people find that the infections come back repeatedly. The People’s Pharmacy claims that there are a number of household products a person can use to kill recurrent athlete’s foot fungus in a pinch. Generally speaking, the household cures for athlete’s foot either “stink, sting or stain.”

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Some people claim a vinegar foot soak can heal the damage done by athlete’s foot fungus.

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Foot Fungus and Fashion: Can You Contract Athlete’s Foot from Shoe Shopping?

Podiatrists are warning that shoe shopping has caused an uptick in cases of athlete’s foot and plantar warts. We’d all like to think that our feet have been the first to grace a brand new shoe off the shelf, but that’s wishful thinking. Seven out of ten women like to try before they buy shoes, so it’s very likely that not every shoe was a perfect fit.

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Most women try on several pairs of shoes before finding the ideal size, style and fit.
Image Source: Flickr user Robert S. Donovan

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Battling Athlete’s Foot: Understanding Tinea Pedis and Examining Various Treatments

Athlete’s foot is an annoying malady, to say the least. It can also become costly to treat. The cost of treating a bout of athlete’s foot can range from $9 to $85, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. What you pay depends upon a myriad of factors, including the type of infection, the severity, the type of medication purchased, and where you buy it. Given the expense, it’s not surprising that many people would rather find an affordable home remedy for athlete’s foot than pay the pharmacist. Yet, you are probably wondering… are these treatments worth your time?

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There are many different products that can treat athlete’s foot fungus infections.

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Fighting Fungus: Europeans Try Aerated Shoeboxes to Combat Athlete’s Foot

In America, topical creams and prescription drugs are the first athlete’s foot treatments that come to mind. However, Modelsa Plastik in Turkey is experimenting with the use of aerated shoeboxes to cut down on the athlete’s foot risk. Company CEO Abdullah Ayodogan said there are sanitary concerns with using cardboard shoeboxes, and that his new product uses air ducts to increase air flow inside the box and prevent the spread of athlete’s foot fungus.

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In some places, plastic shoeboxes are all the rage among shoe collectors.

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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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Foot Fungus Awareness: Can You Get Athlete’s Foot from Laundry?

A college student recently wondered just how contagious athlete’s foot can be. “We have a communal area in my dorm for laundry,” he wrote. “One of the guys here has athlete’s foot. Can I catch it from putting my clothes where he washed his clothes?” There is no easy response to this question, but we decided to explore this question further to give you the most scientific answer we could dig up.

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Athlete’s foot fungus can transfer from socks to other articles of clothing in the wash, say researchers.
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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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Athlete’s Foot Misconceptions: 5 Myths Regarding Tinea Pedis

For years, Peggy Neilson struggled with recurring athlete’s foot infections after picking up the fungus from a public pool. This embarrassing problem left her with destroyed toenails, unsightly skin, and dry cracks in her heels that caused extreme pain. She tried prescription topical medication, foot soaks, wearing flip-flops in public, avoiding professional pedicures, and shoe sanitization.

A 90-day course of oral Lamisil from a podiatrist finally broke the cycle of re-infection, but Neilson advises, “In addition to getting oral medication, you are going to have to implement a multi-pronged approach to beating this infection.” A SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer is part of this multi-faceted approach to athlete’s foot relief. In order to come up with a good game plan, you will have to make sure you’re not falling for these five common athlete’s foot myths.

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Many myths surround athlete’s foot fungus infections.
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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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