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5 Steps to Achieve Successful Anti-fungal Laser Treatment

  
  
  
  
  

1. Proper Fungus Diagnosis anti fungal laser

Before you spend upward of $1000 on an Anti-Fungal Laser Treatment make sure you actually have Onychomycosis (toenail fungus). There are other nail disorders that have the same symptoms as Toenail Fungus.

Three ways your doctor can diagnose you with Toenail Fungus

  • PAS (Periodic Acid Schiff)
  • KOH (Potassium Hydroxide Preparation)
  • Fungal Culture

Note that there is a relative high rate of false negatives with these fungal diagnosis tests usually due to inadequate specimens.

A good specimen is obtained as far back on the nail including the debris beneath the toenail.

Other conditions that resemble Onychomycosis (nail fungus).

  • Psoriasis
  • Onychodystrophy – a nail injury from either trauma or prior surgery.
  • Lichin Planus – a chronic skin disorder
  • Eczematous Dermatitides – a persistent skin condition that can be caused by contact with irritants.
  • Alopecia Areata – a recurring, non-scaring type of hair loss that can affect various parts of the body.

2. Inadequate Treatment 

Only treating the nails with one fungus laser treatment is inadequate

It is becoming evident that laser therapy for Onychomycosis requires more than one treatment.

  • It is recommended that each fungal laser session consist of two or three treatments for each infected nail.
  • Typically multiple laser treatments spaced four to six weeks apart are required for best results.

 

3. Debride and Debulk the nails before Fungus Laser Therapy

  • Cutting the nails as short and as thin as possible prior to laser therapy is very helpful for quicker and better results.
  • You can use a course nail file to file off the top of the nail and get rid of any excess debris

 

4. Treat chronic Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis) 

Foot Fungus is often the predecessor to Onychomycosis. If fungus is left on the skin, even if the toenails are cleared by laser treatments, the skin fungus will more than likely infect the toenails once again.

Treatment options for chronic foot fungus (Tinea Pedis)

  • Topical anti-fungal creams used for at least four weeks
  • Oral anti fungal pills (Lamisil or Sporanox) – have the potential to cause liver problems. Doctors recommend liver tests in conjunction with taking anti fungal pills

 

5. Control excessive foot sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

If you do not control excessive sweating it can lead to higher recurrence rates. Fungus likes a warm, moist environment; sweaty feet in closed shoes are an ideal condition for fungus to take over and spread.

How to control sweaty feet

  • 90% of patients with sweaty feet (Hyperhidrosis) can control the issue with an antiperspirant spray or foot powder. Cover the tops and bottoms of the toes, as well as the sole of the foot. Make sure the foot in dry before dressing.
  • About 5% of patients with Hyperhidrosis require a prescription drying medication, such as Drysol.
  • About 3% of patients with Hyperhidrosis require either Botox® injections or iontophoresis.
  • About 2% of patients with Hyperhidrosis require an oral medication like Robinul (Glycopyrrolate).

*Bonus Tip* 

Doctors recommend using a topical nail anti fungal in between laser treatments. PediMD Nail Treatment System is an oil-based topical anti fungal medication; therefore it is able to actually penetrate the nail unlike other nail lacquers. Using PediMD in conjunction with Anti-fungal Laser Treatment will:

  1. Promote the growth of a new healthy nail
  2. Clear any fungus that the Laser may have missed
  3. Prevent future fungal infections from developing on the skin
  4. Allow the patient to continue to use nail polish over the over the treatment

Excerpts from this article were taken from Dr. Patrick DeHeer's article "5 Crucial Mistakes to Avoid With Toenail Laser Treatment" Dr. DeHeer offers Laser Toenail Fungus therapy in his Indiana based practice and has had over 20 years experience treating Toenail Fungus.           

 

 

PediMD Anti-fungal Foot Cream Now Available on Amazon.com

  
  
  
  
  

PediMD Anti-fungal Foot Cream is now available for purchase through PediMD on Amazon

Foot CreamProduct Features

  • Doctor recommended foot cream that provides healing, soothing relief from fungus
  • FDA-Approved Anti-fungal
  • Natural Plant Oils and Extracts
  • Treats dry, cracked, itchy, peeling skin on toes and feet
  • Also used to prevent Athlete's foot and eliminate foot odor      

Product Description

PediMD Anti-fungal foot cream was developed by leading podiatrist to Hollywood and the stars, Dr. Bob Baravarian. It combines powerful fungus-fighting and FDA-approved medicine, Clotrimazole 1%, with natural healing plant oils and extracts such as Shea Butter, Aloe, Avocado, Slippery Elm, Ivy, Nigra Flower, Dandelion and Fennel. Its non-greasy application absorbs quickly and leaves your feet feeling soft, healthy and silky smooth.

Important Information

Safety Information

For external use only. In case of eye contact, wash immediately with water. If rash or irritation occurs, discontinue use and seek help of a physician. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

Indications

Clears most Athletes foot and Foot Fungus. Symptoms include: Itchy peeling skin between toes, cracked scaling heels, smelly feet, burning sensation on toes and feet

Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Clotrimazole 1%

Natural Ingredients: Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Slippery Elm Extract, Ivy Extract, Aloe, Nigra Flower (Elder) Extract, Dandoline Extract, Fennel

Directions

Rub cream into skin, under toes, into cuticles and around the edges of the nail. Allow to absorb before dressing.

 

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PediMD Anti-fungal Nail Treatment System Now Available on Amazon.com

  
  
  
  
  

PediMD Anti-fungal Nail Treatment System is now available for purchase through PediMD on Amazon

Nail fungus treatment

Product Features

  • Doctor Recommended with supirior results: 72% of patients saw improvement in clinical trials
  • FDA-Approved Anti-fungal
  • Natural Plant Oils and Extracts
  • Unique Lacquer and Sealer delivey system keeps the treatment in place
  • 90-Day full money back guaranttee offered by PediMD

Product Description

PediMD Anti-Fungal Nail Treatment System was engineered by leading podiatrist to Hollywood and the strars, Dr. Bob Baravarian. The treatment combines powerful fungus-fighting and FDA-approved medicine, Clotrimazole 1%, with the natural healing oils of plants such as Tea Tree, Sunflower and Jojoba Oils to deliver the best in traditional and holistic medicine. It comes with a step one nail treatment lacquer bottle, step 2 sealer bottle and nail file. Our unique lacquer application ensures that active ingredients directly reach the source of fungus and stay in place.

Important Infomation

Safety Information

For external use only. In case of eye contact, wash immediately with water. If rash or irritation occurs, discontinue use and seek help of a physician. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

Indications

Clears most Athletes foot and Foot Fungus. Symptoms include: Itchy peeling skin between toes, cracked scaling heels, smelly feet, burning sensation on toes and feet

Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Clotrimazole 1%

Natural Ingredients: Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Slippery Elm Extract, Ivy Extract, Aloe, Nigra Flower (Elder) Extract, Dandoline Extract, Fennel

Directions

Topical Lacquer Application Directions:

Step 1 - Cleanse Clean the affected area with soap and warm water and dry thoroughly

Step 2- File Nail File top of entire nail to remove any product build-up and allow for penetration of treatment

Step 3- Treatment Lacquer Apply Nail Treatment lacquer and allow to dry

Step 4 - Sealer Lacquer Apply Nail Sealer and allow to dry thoroughly before putting on socks and shoes

*Follow this treatment plan twice daily (morning and night).

* With continued use, new nail growth will push the old, discolored area out to the tip, allowing it to be clipped away.

*You may notice results in as little as 2-6 weeks; however, it may take up to one year for full new nail growth.

* After desired results are achieved, we recommend continued application once weekly to prevent fungal reinfection.

* Nail polish can be applied over product if desired.

* For best results, continue with PediMD Anti-Fungal Foot Cream to treat related skin fungus

 

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Picture of Nail Matrix

  
  
  
  
  

 

Nail Matrix

The Nail Matrix is behind the root of the nail. Toenail Fungus grows in the matrix of the nail. It gets under the nail bed and infects the nail that is growing out. 

To effectively treat toenail fungus it is critical to treat the source of the fungus in the matrix. 

Sporanox and Lamisil Anti-Fungal Pills work inside the body to treat the matrix. Once the treatment leaves the body the nails are once again suseptable to fungus.

Anti-Fungal Lasers 'zap' the fungus in the entire toenail and the matrix. Lasers lack to clear the entire nail matrix. Thus, it usually takes two to three laser treatments to fully treat moderate to severe toenail fungus. 

PediMD Anti-Fungal Nail Lacquers fight fungus by pairing holistic remedies and proven medecine. The Step 1 lacquer application allows the teatment to penetrate the nail plate and reach the source of the fungus. Natural oils and extracs penetrate the nail and carry the active ingredient Clotrimazole 1%, the oldest FDA approved anti fungal,  to the matrix of the nail. The Step 2 Lacquer Sealer keeps the treatment in place and promotes the growth of a new healthy nail. This process is depicted in the illustration below. 

 

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Toenail Fungus Diagnosis, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Cost

  
  
  
  
  

Toenail Fungus Diagnosis

Causes of Toenail Fungus

  • Result of trauma to toenail
  • Underlying medical condition such as diabetes, cancer or immune deficiency 
  • Untreated Skin infection - People that have chronic Athlete's Foot often notice that fungus spreads to the toenails as well
  • Tight shoes - damage nail plate and leave nail matrix susceptible to contract fungus. 
  • Reusing socks - creates a dark, moist, humid environment ideal for fungal growth
  • Heredity - many patients who suffer from chronic toenail fungus are genetically predisposed

Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

toenail fungus
  • Thickened Toenails 
  • Yellow Discolored Toenails
  • Cracked Toenails
  • Smelly Toenails
  • Flaky residue on top of the nail
  • White spot under nail plate
  • Redness and swelling around cuticle of the nail 

Bad News: If you have two or more these symptoms it is very likely that you have Toenail Fungus. 

Good News: Toenail Fungus is a cosmetic condition that can be treated in a number of ways. 

How can you treat and prevent toenail fungus?

  • Keep shoes and socks dry as a preventative measure
  • Practice good foot hygiene by washing feet daily with soap and water
  • Dry carefully between the toes
  • Wash socks after every use
  • Change shoes regularly and apply
  • Wear moisture wicking acrylic or cotton socks
  • Inspect toenails and trim them straight across on a regular basis
  • Do not use nail polish unless you use an anti-fungal base coat under the nail polish
  • Women should add an antifungal cuticle oil to their nail kits.
  • Immediately start using an Anti-Fungal Nail Treatment Lacquer to clear the nail and stop the Fungus from spreading

How do podiatrists diagnose patients with Toenail Fungus?

  1. Perform a physical examination
  2. Ask about patient health and hygiene 
  3. Culture the infected nail
  4. Prescribe appropriate medications, such as PediMD Anti-Fungal Lacquer and/or oral Sporanox or Lamisil Antifungal pills.
  5. Use an antifungal Laser to zap the toenails
  6. Perform debridement or removal of the nail 

How much do Toenail Fungus Treatments cost?

There are the are four major categories of Toenail Fungus Treatment. 

(Click on the name to see an example and learn more about each treatment option)

  1. Antifungal Lacquers - most cost effective method to treat toenail fungus. Antifungal Lacquers vary in cost from about $30 to $100. When deciding which one to use take into account:    
    • can the lacquer penetrate the nail and treat the nail matrix 
    • how quickly does the treatment dry and how will it stay on the nail
    • does the treatment prevent future fungal infections after the initial infection treated. 
  2. Antifungal Laser - non-invasive treatment conducted in a doctors office. Costs about $800 per treatment. Most doctors will recommend two or three treatment sessions to ensure that all the fungus is gone. 
  3. Antifungal Pills (Sporanox and Lamisil) - Cost about 700$. They can be damaging to the liver and do not ensure that the fungus is gone forever. After the medicine leaves the system the nail is once again susceptible to fungus. 
  4. Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus - Vicks Vapo Rub, Listerine, Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil and many more. All of these remedies cost about $5 to $15 but they have success rates of only about 10% and can have negative side effects. Doctors generally do not recommend using Home Remedies to treat toenail fungus because the product is not engineered to treat fungus and can cause other issues to arise. 

Doctor's Recommenation for Toenail Fungus Treatment

  
  
  
  
  

Doctors Recommendation to treat toenail fungus with PediMD Anti fungal Nail Treatment

  1. Cherie Amor says:

    Toenail fungus big toe

    I need help. This is unattractive. I was thinking the laser treatment but I cannot afford it. Is there hope?

    • Cherie, this is a pretty bad case of Fungus. Only your big toe is infected so I would not recommend laser surgery. You can cure this fungus by applying the PediMD Nail Treatment System twice a day. Make sure to file down the nail with the included nail file to ensure that the treatment is penetrating the nail and clearing the fungus in the nail root.

      You should notice the debris around the nail clear within a week. After about a month you should start to see a new healthy nail growing out from the root. Continue to apply the Nail Treatment for three months or until a new nail has grown out.

    • If you do not see favorable results, PediMD offers continued treatment advice via our blog, diagnosis form, and contact us. Additionally, PediMD offers a full 90 day money back guarantee for both the Anti-fungal Nail Treatment and Anti-fungal Foot Cream. Nail Fungus treatment may take up to a month to produce results, especially when treating severe cases of toenail fungus.
    • Please follow up via our blog or contact page with any questions, comments or feedback.

      Thanks for the post,

      -Dr. Baravarian

New Anti-Fungal Antimicrobial Index supported by PediMD

  
  
  
  
  

The Antimicrobial Index is a reference tool designed to primarily serve and enrich the work of microboilogists, cellbiologists, life-science professionals, and the worldwide scientific community. Currently, the index contains both susceptibility and potency data for thousands of microorganisms, anti-fungal oils and extracts, and antimicrobial agents. 

The database seeks to not only raise consciousness regarding rising antimicrobial resistances such as Anti-fungal pills, but also to provide a comprehensive reference tool for microbiologists and other life-science professionals to use.

anti fungal microbial anti fungal index

The database includes over 33,000 Microorganisms, 4,400 Strains, 1,150 Antimicrobials and 800 Papers!
 

The Antimicrobial Index can be used for:

  • Discovering new antimicrobials 
  • Cross-referencing antimicrobial potencies 
  • Finding the most effective antimicrobial for your needs 
  • Locating literature relevant to your research

The online version of The Antimicrobial Index allows users to cross-reference literature-based susceptibility data with hundreds of antibiotics, thus allowing for more informed and efficient use of antimicrobials. 

Using the index is as easy as entering the name of any antimicrobial, antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antiparasitic agent or microorganism and clicking the search button to browse minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) data. If you are interested in a specific microorganism, you can learn more about which antimicrobial agent can most effectively inhibit the growth of the microorganism by browsing the database (you may be surprised!).

 

Toenail Fungus Treatments: Including Sporanox and Lamisil Reviews

  
  
  
  
  

Fungaled toenails, or onychomycosis, can be unsightly and lead to ingrown toenails due to increased nail thickness, cracking and peelng skin. In general, doctors tend to stay away from prescribing  oral anti-fungal medicine, such as Sporanox and lamisil anti-fungal pills, due to their negative side-effects on the liver.

IOnychomycosis2t can take up to a year to notice a considerable difference with any treatment. For those of you willing to undertake the task of attacking toenail fungus, here are your weapons.

What kills fungus?

Air, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, and dryness are a few of the weapons we can easily combine to kill fungus. Fungus lives in moist areas such as sweaty socks, shower stalls and shoe linings. Fungus thrives in an anaerobic (oxygen deprived) environment under the nail called the Nail Matrix. Treating the Nail Matrix will eliminate the source of the fungus and eventually allow a new healthy nail to grow out.

Tactics to Eliminate Toenail Fungus

AIR: 

Get as much air under the nails by cutting the nails as short as possible, gently cleaning the debri under the nails, using an emery board weekly to file the top of the nails, and avoiding toe nail polish as much as possible (quickly remove when not needed).

VINEGAR:

Soak your feet in white vinegar 30 minutes twice weekly using a 1 part warm water to 1 part white vinegar ratio. 

BLEACH: 

Disinfect your shower weekly with bleach (ie Lysol).

TEA TREE OIL:

Apply daily tea tree oil twenty minutes before you go to bed to each affected nail. It must dry well before getting under the sheets. 

DRYNESS:

Air out your shoes weekly that you use regularly by removing the shoe inserts, applying foot powder under and on top of any insert, and rubbing at the top of the toebox where you imagine the toenails rub.

PATIENCE:

One problem we have conquering toenail fungus is time. It takes over one year for the toenail to completely grow out twice. There is a general rule that it takes not one, but two of these growth spurts to push the unsightly debri of the killed fungus out from under the nail bed

If you decide to use oral anti-fungal pills, it is recommended to use pulsed Sporanox. It is the safest on the market. The treatment consists of taking Sporanox Pills for 7 days each month for 6 months. You still have to do the topical treatments as mentioned above. At present, the pulsed Sporonox does not need liver testing as part of the treatment, but your prescribing doctor may feel safer doing that. Golden Rule of Foot: Always err on the side of caution.

(Excerpt from Dr. Richard Blake's Article "Toenail Fungus: Key Points of Treatment")

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Natural Oils and Extracts that Treat Fungal Infections on the Skin

  
  
  
  
  

Natural Oils and Extracts that Treat Fungus Infections on the Nails and Skin

The most common fungal infections are Athlete's Foot and and Toenail Fungus. Yet, Fungal infections can show up anywhere on the skin including face, back, hands and even scalp. This article describes many benefits to using holistic oils and extracts to treat any fungal infection on the skin or nails.

Herbal extracts have been effective in treating fungal infections on the skin for centuries.  Below is a list of natural herbal oils and extracts known for their anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and healing properties.  

Aloe ExtractNatural remedy fungus

Moisturizing herb used to soothe minor burns, wounds and skin abrasions.

Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil is a deep penetrating oil, rich in vitamins A, D and E, lecithin as well as potassium. The oil is easily absorbed into deep tissue and its powerful emollient properties help to relieve the dryness and itching of psoriasis and eczema.

Avocado Oil is also known as an anti-aging substance.  As an ingredient in PediMD Anti Fungal Foot Cream, avocado oil helps moisturize rough and thickened skin on the foot preventing cuts, calluses and leaving the foot soft and supple to touch.

Cucumber Extract

Cucumber Extract is a natural cleanser that possesses humectants, moisture-regulating, soothing, tightening, anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains high amounts of amino acids and organic acids that are beneficial to the skin, as well as polysaccharides which create a light gel-like layer to retain water and keep skin smooth.

PediMD foot cream contains cucumber extract.  It is used for its emollient properties which allow it to transport the active ingredient, Clotrimazole, and evenly distribute it throughout the infected area. Additionally, Cucumber Extract acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant to relieve itching.

Fennel

Fennel is used for its soothing, cleansing and toning effects on the skin and as a defense against wrinkles. It is an active anti-oxidant which improves circulation and fights water retention and puffiness. The therapeutic properties of fennel include: anti-septic, diuretic, stimulant and tonic.

The major reason for incorporating fennel into the PediMD Anti-Fungal Nail Sealer is that it detoxifies and cleanses the infected area.  Fennel also stimulates healthy circulation and maintains skin elasticity.

Horsetail

Horsetail has diuretic, astringent and wound-healing properties. It is useful for boosting and rejuvenating the connective tissue while strengthening the foundation of skin by regenerating skin cells.

Horsetail which is used in our foot cream is rich in silica, which the body uses to produce collagen and rebuild connective tissues.

Ivy Extract

Ivy Extract helps to boost blood circulation, tones and tightens the skin while helping to remove waste products and fatty build-ups.  The active ingredients in Ivy Extract, including the saponosids, aid in skin absorption of other ingredients in PediMD products.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil serves as an excellent moisturizing agent with exceptional lubricity.  The oil leaves a rich velvety non-oily feel on the skin while retaining water to enhance the flexibility and suppleness of the skin and promote the growth of new skin cells.

Jojoba  Oil is used in our nail treatment system primarily to rejuvenate infected nail and skin cells and promote the growth of new, healthy cells. This oil speeds the growth of an infected nail while it heals, soothes and moisturizes the surrounding skin leaving, it soft and smooth.

Menthol - Found in Vics Vapo Rub

Menthol has anti-bacterial and anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties. Menthol is a strong alcohol which not only cleans the nail, but also treats the fungus as well.

Many doctors prescribe menthol cream as a cure for nail fungus.  However, menthol cannot penetrate the nail and reach the source of the fungus. PediMD Nail Treatment System is designed to unroof the top layer of the nail through the use of Urea to allow the Menthol to penetrate through the nail and into the root where fungus grows and multiplies.  When paired with Clotrimazole, the active ingredient in all PediMD products, and Jojoba/Tea Tree oil, menthol has been shown to be an excellent fungal remedy for troubled nails.

Nigra Flower (Elder) Extract

Nigra Flower extract helps to promote cell rejuvenation and regeneration, provides moisture and hydration to the skin, and heals infected soft tissue.

Shea Butter

Shea Butter nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E and F.  Shea Butter is high in unsaponifiables, a well-known skin conditioner and easily penetrates the skin, unclogging pores and allowing the skin to breathe.  Shea Butter also acts as a natural sunscreen given its high level of cinnamic acid.

As an ingredient in PediMD Foot Cream, Shea Butter is known to treat minor skin conditions including, cuts, burns, cracked skin and scars.

Slippery Elm Extract

Slippery Elm Extract contains various nutrients, such as beta-sitosterol, campestrol, tannin, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, beta-carotene and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C. It is effectively used as an adhesive herb to coat and soothe mucous membranes while also absorbing toxins.

Slippery Elm is used to soothe pain caused by burns, scrapes, boils, rashes, skin ulcers and other minor abrasions.

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower Oil is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and contains many essential fatty acids. The light texture of the oil allows it to be easily absorbed by the skin and avoid excess dryness.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil has beneficial medical properties when applied topically, including anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral.  It is an effective treatment for multiple fungal diseases including ringworm, athlete’s foot and thrush.

Tea Tree Oil is an ingredient in PediMD Step 1 Nail Lacquer.  We have combined the tea tree oil molecule with jojoba oil, which has a smaller particle size in order to allow the tea tree to penetrate the nail and treat the nail root where fungus thrives.

Vitamin E

Used in wound healing and is an anti-oxidant.

Combine all the advantages of these natural fungus remedies by using the PediMD Solution to toenail Fungus. 

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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.

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