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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.

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

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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Nail Polish For Fungal Nails

Toenail fungus is an unsightly and often chronic condition that can last for years, so many people try to mask the yellow color and crumbling edges of fungal nails with toenail polish as they wait for the nail to clear. Unfortunately, using regular, commercial nail polish can be one reason why your toenail fungus infection isn’t clearing up.

Tanglewood Foot Specialists explains that chemicals in nail polish like toluene and formaldehyde “weakens the toenails and makes them more susceptible to developing a fungus infection.” Furthermore, The Mayo Clinic advises toenail fungus patients to “Give up nail polish and artificial nails” because “this can trap unwanted moisture and worsen the infection.” Instead, experts recommend using one of the natural antifungal toe nail polish brands instead.

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Dr.’s Remedy is one of the recommended brands of antifungal nail polish. Image Source: HeartlandFootAndAnkle.com

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Footcare Trade Secrets: Our 10 Best tips for Treating and Coping with Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is America’s dirty little secret. It is estimated that 35 million people suffer from it, but only a fraction of those infected actually seek treatment. Many people just hide their feet inside shoes or paint over their nails with polish. These keratin-loving dermatophytes are picked up in hotel showers, foot spas, locker rooms, and swimming pools.

The Problem with Toenail Fungus…

One thing is for certain: you do NOT want to get stuck with this awful condition. Insurance companies consider nail fungus to be a “cosmetic” issue since it doesn’t typically cause pain or disability, so many of the newer treatments like laser removal are not covered. Other treatments like oral pills and topical creams have limited success rates. The fungus is quick to spread from the big toe to the smaller toes, but takes from six months to a year or even longer for a healthy nail to grow in to replace the fungus nail.

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Toenail fungus is hard to get rid of, but don’t be disheartened; follow these 10 tips!

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Prevent Fungus Recurrence: 5 Ways to Sanitize Toenail Clippers

There are many often-overlooked reasons why toenail fungus either comes back or never seems to go away in the first place. If you got it from walking around a hotel shower, a swimming pool deck, or a gym locker room floor, then you obviously know to cover your feet with flip-flops or water shoes. What you may not think of is the fact that fungal spores can live on all kinds of surfaces for months — including metal toenail clippers! So when you cut your fungal nail with your clippers, you can easily transmit the fungi to other toenails or fingernails — and even reinfect yourself — if you don’t properly sanitize your clippers. We’ll give you a few different ways of doing that.

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Did you remember to sanitize these?
Image source: Flickr user Bradley Gordon

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Genetics, Gimmicks, and Impatience: Top 10 Reasons Why Your Toenail Fungus Isn’t Going Away

Toenail fungus is a formidable foe. Mentally, it’s an uphill battle. Just when you think you’ve turned a corner and started seeing progress, the pestilence rears its ugly head again. You probably feel self-conscious and frustrated beyond belief. After investing so much money and time, it seems that your efforts fail to pay off. Many people suffer from chronic toenail infections for a year or more! What’s a person to do?

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Are contaminated, closed-toe shoes causing your chronic toenail fungus? We have 10 reasons why your infection may not be clearing.

Shoe Care Innovations feels your pain. Adam Ullman, the founder of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer, suffered with toenail fungus for many years. He learned a lot about the causes of toenail fungus during the whole process. The many doctors he’s seen all had ideas about what was causing his toenail fungus to recur time and time again. We’d like to share some of these possibilities with you, so you can free yourself from the unending cycle of foot fungus infections, just like Adam did!

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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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Medication Monitoring: Can Diabetics Take Lamisil for Toenail Fungus or Athlete’s Foot?

More than 1 in 4 seniors gulp down at least five medications daily, according to US News & World ReportDiabetics are among those patients taking multiple medications, in addition to injecting themselves with insulin if their disease is particularly difficult to manage. They must take heed before treating any malady, as the addition of a new drug may interfere with one of their other prescriptions. If you are a diabetic dealing with toenail fungus, you may be wondering if it’s safe to take the popular oral drug terbinafine (a.k.a. Lamisil).

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Many diabetics take multiple pills to manage their condition each day, which increases the risk of interaction with antifungal drugs.
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Onychomycosis in Children: 3 Alternative Conditions Possibly Disguised as Toenail Fungus

Pediatricians, dermatologists and podiatrists are often alarmed at the number of children who arrive at their practices having been subjected to oral antifungal drugs and topical treatments for nail fungus, when it turns out they did not have nail fungus at all. Self-diagnosis mat not only be costly, but it exposes patients to a lot of unnecessary side effects and does not treat the real problem. According to Dr. Robert A. Silverman, a pediatric dermatologist at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, there are three conditions often mistaken for toenail fungus.

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The SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer is a device that helps protect kids from toenail fungus recurrence and other foot infections.
Image Source: Flickr user Nina Matthews Photography

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Onychomycosis Remedy Awareness: Some People Are Not Ideal Candidates for Laser Toenail Treatment

When you have unsightly toenail fungus, you might want to nip the problem in the bud immediately and seek out powerful treatment methods. Lasers represent the latest technological advancement in the treatment of toenail fungus. Laser toenail treatment manufacturers like Pinpointe, Cutera, Q-Clear, Noveon, and Aerolase promise to eliminate nail fungus without requiring a lengthy course of treatment or a lot of patient compliance. All you do is show up to the laser clinic, submit to a 30-minute treatment, and take a few precautions at home to prevent recurrence. In that way, lasers are much more preferable to oral and topical treatments that must be administered daily for months on end. However, not every patient will be able to receive laser treatment for fungal nails.

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Noveon is one manufacturer of FDA-approved foot lasers.
Image Source: BloomfieldFootCare.com

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Could a Baking Ingredient Have Antifungal Properties? Woman Claims Cornmeal Soak Cured Husband's Toenail Fungus in 2 Weeks

Toenail fungus is one of those confounding problems that just never seems to go away, no matter what you do. Many people go through a daily regimen of treatment for weeks, months, and even years. Often they are unsure whether or not the treatment is even working since they can’t tell until the old fungus nail begins to grow out and a new, healthier nail grows in. Many times people become frustrated and turn to cheaper, more accessible folk remedies as a toenail fungus solution. A woman writing in to the Tampa Bay Tribune recently claimed that a simple kitchen staple could serve as a natural cure for toenail fungus.

Does cornmeal have antifungal properties? Some people say it does. 

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Does cornmeal have antifungal properties? Some people say it does.
Image Source: Flickr User Rebecca Siegel

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