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Adding Nail Oils to your mani-pedi kit will prevent Nail Fungus.

  
  
  
  
  

I found this great article about nail kits and how people easily contract Nail and Foot Funugs from Nail Salons. One of the takeaways from the article is that adding essential nail oils to your Mani- Pedi Kit will help maintian healthy cuticles, strong nails and will prevent fungal infections. If you click on her article link you'll find a list of ten things that should be in your mani-pedi kit. 

Adding essential Nail Oils to your Mani-Pedi Kit has multiple advantages.

By: Linda “Princess Dominique” Grosvenor

"I always and I mean ALWAYS take my own nail polish with me to the salon. Initially it wasn’t because I was afraid of anything, but it was because I’m particular and their colors are normally too neon bright for me or too dark and dreary. NowadaysNail Oil I’ve come to learn that safety is another issue that’s urged me to recommend everyone put together a kit of their own. You can carry your kit with you to the salon, because you just never know what conditions clients are walking into the salon with, and with the high turnover of clients you can’t always be sure that the tools they’re using are completely sterile. I talk about one major risk further down with Dr. Colon. Let’s get started.

Bringing your own is a great start, but make sure you clean your own kit too. Most items can be cleaned in soapy water. Let air dry before you pack things away for next time.

On to the icky stuff. Never again will I let them use recycled base coat or top coat on my nails in a salon and neither should you–you know the kind they’ve used on 20 other people before you. Here’s why.

I posed the following question to Dr. Michele Summers Colon who is a foot doctor in California who has come face to face with some of these issues and her response was shocking, but expected and very in line with the experience that residents had at an assisted living facility where I once worked at:

Can you get a nail fungus from using nail polish that has been used on someone else who has an active nail fungus?

“Yes, yes, yes! And you can get ingrown toenails from the salons too if the nail technician cuts the nails too short or at the wrong angle.”

She also kindly included a link to a medicated nail polish that they recommend to their patients that actually fights the infection. You’ll probably want to add that to your kit too. It costs $16 a bottle but is worth it. She also shared an article link with me about nail fungus in general since most people don’t know what it looks like or what to do about it.

Hopefully, creating your own kit will reduce the risk of fungus or any of the other contaminates or at the very least make you more aware of how recycled most of the products and items in salons really are. Share this will someone you know will benefit from it."

-Excerpt from Why You Should Create Your Own Mani Pedi Kit

For more information about getting Nail and Foot Fungus at the Nail Salon check out the article Prevent Nail Fungus Infections: The Nail Salon Problem.

Ultimate Anti-Fungal Approach: Combining Laser and Lacquer

  
  
  
  
  

 

Do Fungus Toe Nail Laser Treatments Work?

Pinpoint Antifungal Laser

One of the newest treatments for nail fungus is the anti-fungal laser.  The treatment is conducted in a doctor’s office with no local anesthetic. It requires about a year for the new nail to grow out.The treatment is designed to clear the nail after session, but most doctors recommend 2 to 3 treatments to fully rid the nail of fungus.  It is an easy option but the question is does it work?

    As a member of one of the biggest podiatry practices in the country I was initially skeptical about the Laser treatment. I found myself asking questions like “What prevents the fungus from reoccuring after Laser Treatment?” Furthermore, “Why are there no studies to support the treatment and back the superior results?” After conducting my own research, I do believe that the laser treatment works. Nevertheless, my main concern and the ultimate issue is that the nail is not protected against the fungus infection from returning.

"After Laser treatment patients must continue to protect the nail from getting reinfected.'

 I have referred many patients to the PediMD Nail Treatment System. Applying the solution once a week after laser treatment will protect the nail and guarantee that toenail fungus does not reoccur. The treatment is a combination of two lacquers, which maintain a healthy nail and treat any areas that the anti-fungal nail laser may have missed.  As the new nail grows out fungus free, the lacquer continues to protect the nail against re-infection.  Once the nail is fully grown out, applying the lacquer once a week, either by itself or as a base coat under nail polish, will ensure results.

The Antifungal Nail Laser can be 4 times more effective if combined with an antifungal lacquer such as PediMD.

Antifungal Laser

Old School but Innovative Way to Keep your Fee Dry from GHC

  
  
  
  
  

Something we like to do at PediMD is stay upto date on new and innovative ways to treating Nail and Foot Fungus in addition to our PediMD Solution product line. 

This morning while going through my feed I found a remedy that I have actually never heard of:

"Sprinkle your toes with a little bit of organic corn starch or baking soda before putting on your socks in the morning. The corn starch/baking soda will help soak up moisture, but it wont stop the itch. Baking soda in the shoes also helps to absorb some of that not-so-pleasant sweaty foot smell."

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Global Healing Center's 10 Natural Remedies for Athlete's Foot 

This is a very simple solution to keeping your feet dry. Using corn starch will dry away any moisture just like goldbond and baby powder. 

PediMD has developed 5 simple Foot-care tips to keep feet feeling happy and healthy. Visit our Footcare Tips page to see what you can do to keep fungus away and maintain soft supply skin. 

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