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JAPMA: Article on Fungus Shoe Sanitizer

Image of the anti-fungal shoe sanitizerThe Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association has selected for publication an article detailing the recently completed second clinical study involving the SteriShoe® ultraviolet shoe sanitizer.

The fact that shoes harbor microorganisms has been well established; the journal article cites three previously published studies to this effect. For this study, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum designed a repeatable way to culture shoes and then successfully tested the ability of the SteriShoe ultraviolet shoe sanitizer to decontaminate the shoe.

The study, which involved scraping material from the shoe, showed that the SteriShoe sanitizer destroyed, on average, over 80% of the microorganisms in the shoes. Dr. Ghannoum states “these finding have implications regarding breaking the foot infection cycle.”

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Artificial Nails and Fungus

Provided by Nail’n’Toe Clearwater, FL
Laser for toenail fungus

Covering fungus by artificial nailsWomen with toenail fungus have always tried to cover their unsightly nail. One of the more recent trends – acrylic nails. Any pedicure salon can offer the service these days. Looks nice, but…

You actually help fungi grow by enforcing the protective shield, which your natural nail already is. Fungus thrives in moist, dark and poorly ventilated spaces. This is exactly what artificial nails offer!

It’s understandable that the artificial nails is a very tempting option. In the long run, however, it is also one of the worst ones. Consider Nail’n’Toe to get rid of fungus under nails on toes and/or fingers, and when your nail are healthy and fully grown again – get your fancy acrylics on.

Colloidal Silver for Toenail Fungus

Provided by Nail’n’Toe Tampa, FL
(Laser treatment of fungus in Tampa Bay Florida)

Here is something that may help as part of the anti-fungal therapy – colloidal silver. Known for many useful properties silver has been used as a home remedy for centuries. It’s not a cheap solution but it may add to the standard Nail’n’Toe treatment protocol, i.e. in between the treatment sessions in doctor’s offices. We have not found any decent studies on it but stumbled upon some anecdotal evidence.

Oils? For Fungus or Salad?

By Mark Leitner, DPM
Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists / Nail’n’Toe provider in Brandon, FL

Oils for fungusWhen it comes to toenail fungus treatment options there is nothing more amusing than listening to a new patient telling me about his/her experience in using yet another oil to treat onychomycosis. Tea tree oil is the ultimate leader. But how about olive oil, oregano oil, peppermint oil, almond oil, lemongrass essential oil? Here is a new one: jojobo oil for home therapy of nail fungus!

According to the nail fungus gurus publishing tons of sketchy articles on the Internet, the cure is simple and miraculous: put some oil of your choice into a foot bath with warm water and soak your feet for 10-15 minutes – just 5-6 times a day at your convenience and for about 6-9 months. Rub the nail with some hydrogen peroxide or alcohol each time. Occasionally sprinkle your nails with some apple cider vinegar and you are sure to be healed. Forever.

Frankly, I can’t imagine anyone taking a 20 minute break from work for a toenail fungus spa treatment 3 times a day during the work hours. But according to some of the rave reviews it works. Does it? Read the rest of this entry »

Promising New Anti-Fungal

A new patented new molecule, silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC), is the first new antimicrobial in decades. Developed by Pure Bioscience, SDC is an electrolytically generated source of stabilized ionic silver that can serve as the basis for a new range of products that can potentially be used to increase the efficacy of topical anti-fungal medications.

Traditional silver-based disinfectants have very short shelf lives – from hours to days. SDC is a stabilized silver ion complex with a shelf life of several years. The unique bond of the silver ion in SDC allows the silver ion to remain in solution while at the same time making it more bio-available for antimicrobial action.

SDC kills microorganisms by two modes of action: 1) the silver ion deactivates structural and metabolic membrane proteins leading to microbial death; 2) the microbes view SDC as a food source, allowing the silver ion to enter the microbe. Once inside the organism, the silver ion denatures the DNA, which halts the microbe’s ability to replicate and leads to its death. This dual action makes SDC highly and quickly effective against a broad spectrum of microbes, including fungi.

While SDC is highly toxic to bacteria, fungus and virus it is non-toxic to humans and animals. Based on the EPA toxicity categorization of antimicrobial products that ranges from Category I (high toxicity) down to Category IV, at use dilutions, SDC is rated in the lowest toxicity category IV, which makes the molecule very attractive for the development of complex anti-fungal products.

More about Dermatophytes

what is dermatophyteDermatophytes are parasitic fungi that cause skin, hair and nail  infections. Vividly portrayed by Digger the Dermatophyte in Lamisil commercials, these fungal spores look more like the ones in the picture to the left.

Dermatophytes are classified into three groups of fungus: Microsporum, Epidermophyton and Trichophyton. Each consists of about 40 known species of fungi.

These microorganisms can invade the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and cause infection and damage to the living tissue. The most visible damage is inflicted when dermatophytes settle down in the nail bed, where they are well protected by the nail plate, or matrix, the base from which nails grow out of and where they are protected by thick layers of skin. Toenails are infected more often that finger nails due to generally better hygiene.

Where can you get them?

Dermatophytes are transmitted by direct contact with an infected animal or human (skin, hair, fur) and indirectly when contact is made with and infected brush, seat, hat, furniture, bedding, towel, rug, floor or other surface in a public locker room or shower. Injuries to the skin, such as cuts, burns, and especially to the cuticle make a person more susceptible to fungal infections.

How to get rid of Dermatophytes?

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Personal Hygiene and Prevention of Fungus

Nail’n’Toe patients often hear from our network providers: “We will take care of the fungus in your toes and fingers, but you need to do your job to keep the fungus away”. Prevention is an important part of the Nail’n’Toe therapy.

Destroying the fungus in the nail bed is a challenging task, but the synergies we create by using multiple treatment modalities and customized plans can deliver the best clinical outcome for each patient. What is beyond the doctor’s control is the patient’s environment, which is full of fungus.

Here is an inspiring video about hand hygiene created by the University Hospital of Geneva VigiGerme. The title and credits are in French, but the message is loud an clear: elevate your personal hygiene to prevent many infections, including fungal.

Is there a topical treatment that works on toenail fungus?

Big toe has bad nail fungusIt would be a dream-come-true for millions if unsightly fungal infections in toenails could be cleared away with an ointment or cream. Unfortunately, there are no miracles in the field of topical medications, and more often than not it takes a lot more than an anti-fungal lotion to get rid of fungus.

According to Dr. John Giurini, head of podiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, there are different types of fungi that can infect toenails, and some are worse than others. Occasionally someone experiences a superficial infection on the surface of the nail, which might respond to a topical treatment. But the majority of infections occur underneath the cuticle and affect the root and the matrix of the nail. The typical signs are discolored nails that become thickened or brittle; the nail may break off or begin to grow in a different shape or angle. Sometimes a thicker nail can cause pain while wearing shoes or if an ingrown nail develops.

Toenail fungus/onychomycosis is a complex problem, which requires a comprehensive therapy course with the use of multiple modalities to create a synergy of various treatments and achieve the best results for a specific patient. Nail’n’Toe offers an effective protocol administered by healthcare providers, which can help you eliminate the fungus and improve the appearance of the skin on toes and fingers.

The therapy also emphasizes the importance of prevention of re-infection of nails. Some of the basic recommendations are: avoid walking barefoot in public showers, pools, and gym locker rooms. After bathing, dry your feet well between the toes, and change out of socks and shoes immediately if your feet get sweaty or damp. Use caution if getting a pedicure; infections can be passed through foot baths and instruments that are not properly sterilized. We also recommend against pedicures for people with diabetes or arthritis, or for those taking immunosuppressive drugs that put them at higher risk of infections.

The care kit you will receive after the first treatment session will include products and customized household decontamination and prevention instructions, which are a critical part of your therapy to get rid of fungus.

How to Prevent Fungus Infection

how to prevent fungal infectionAfter the first Nail’n’Toe™ treatment you will get a Care Kit, which will contain a detailed instructional sheet about your preventive regimen.

General Guidelines

1. Fungi thrive in warm and moist environments with limited exposure to light and their population can grow very quickly. Spores of the fungus can survive indefinitely in your favorite arm chair or rug waiting for an opportunity to move to new feeding grounds, such as your body. Good personal hygiene of everybody in the household of the person(s) with fugal infections is essential.

2. Toenail fungus can be picked up in damp areas such as public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools, and can be passed among family members. If someone in your household or in close contact has a fungal infection, washing and disinfecting all bed sheets, linens, towels, nail care tools and other personal items is critical. Most fungal infections have the ability to spread from person to person and are highly contagious.

3. Shoes are your first line of defense. Old and wet shoes provide an ideal home for dermatophytes and bacteria. Each foot sweats up to 8 oz. per day offering food and comfort for fungus. Change shoes often and use our germicidal ultraviolet light sanitizer daily to prevent odor and eliminate bacteria and fungus in your shoes.

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