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Why It Just Won’t Go Away: Challenges in Treating Skin & Toenail Fungus

No one likes to be infected with any sort of pathogen, but some types are arguably worse than others. For instance, bacterial infections are often cleared up with a week’s worth of antibiotics. On the other hand, fungal infections can persist for months on end, with or without treatment. Some people suffer with toenail fungus or chronic recurrences of athlete’s foot for years! So why are fungal infections so much harder to eradicate? Andrew Y. Finlay, a professor of dermatology, explained the challenges of treating skin and toenail fungus in a review published in the British Medical Journal.

pathogenic toenail fungus

Pathogenic fungus is often chronic due to the challenges of treating it effectively.
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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.
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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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Effects of Onychomycosis: Toenail Fungus Is Long-Lasting & Psychologically Damaging

Toenail fungus will not kill you, but it sure can cause a lot of embarrassment and disruption to your daily life. One study found that the average duration for toenail fungus was 9.5 years! Granted, the study was done back in 1998, so there have been a few improvements made since then. For one, there are newer treatments, like laser toenail fungus removal. Secondly, you can use tools like the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to remove pathogens from your footwear to prevent nail fungus recurrence once you’ve been treated. Continue reading to find out what study respondents said about life with toenail fungus.

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Toenail fungus is as common as diabetes and depression.

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Time is Ticking: Even Laser Toenail Fungus Removal Can’t Help Procrastinators

Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of sandal lovers with foot fungus more than the warming weather. Soon there will be pool parties, beach outings, and special events requiring open-toe shoes. No one wants to miss out on summer fun because of a little toenail fungus. Thankfully, laser toenail fungus removal is available for people who want an easier way to eradicate the pesky condition. The bad news is that it’s probably too late to whip your feet into shape for this summer’s festivities.

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You mustn’t procrastinate when it comes to toenail fungus removal.
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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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