Jublia: A New Topical Nail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a notoriously difficult foe. Current treatment options include home remedies, topical therapies, oral medication, and laser treatment – but each nail fungus solution has its own set of caveats. Topical treatments and home cures are notoriously ineffective; oral medication carries the greatest risk of harm to the patient, and laser treatment (not covered by insurance) is expensive. Jublia is a new antifungal option that will hit the market later this year.


Jublia is a new FDA-approved topical drug to treat toenail fungus — an alternative to Penlac. Image Source:

What Is Jublia?

Jublia® (efinaconazole 10% topical solution) is an FDA-approved topical antifungal developed to treat toenail fungus. The bottle comes with a built-in applicator for easy daily use. Unlike other topical remedies that can be messy and require patients to remove excess product, Jublia dries quickly. It also has an excellent safety profile, without the drug interaction and liver damage concerns of oral medications for toenail fungus. Marketing should begin later this year, according to manufacturer Valeant

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Birkenstocks Banned: Do Sandals & Flip-Flops Give You Toenail Fungus?

“Due to health and safety concerns, as of April 28, 2013, Whitman College has placed a ban on Birkenstocks,” reads a post in the humor section of The Whitman Pioneer. The article went on to jest that the trouble began in the sixties when “a  marked increase of foot fungus and ankle injury made its way to campus.” Writer Evelyn Levine also quoted one “Birkenstock educator” as saying, “Another problem is that we think the shoes last forever, that the greener the brown or tan pair gets, the more ‘street cred’ we have. Frankly, keeping shoes for that long is unsanitary.” While this may all be a joke, it does point out a real life concern — that many people are walking around in unsanitary footwear.

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