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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 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 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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Sporanox and Lamisil Anti-Fungal Pills are a short-term fix


Sporanox and Lamisil Fungal Nail Pills Are A Short Term Fix

Sporanox and Lamisil Fungal Pills are among the newest advancements in the treatment of nail fungus. Both Lamilisl Pills and Sporanox Pills have been on the market for years and have become a consideration when deciding to treat fungus. The only question is how long do they work for and are they worth the money and health risk's.

Lamisil and Sporonox Pills Lamisil and Sporanox Pills treat fungus by sitting in the nail root, also known as the matrix, and clearing the fungus in the matrix. The nail matrix is where nail matter is produced and as the fungus in the nail matrix is cleared the new nail grows out fungus free. Lamisil and Sporoanox Pills will only temporarily clear the matrix of the nail. The shortcoming for this treatment is after treatment, when the nails are once again suseptable to getting fungus. In other words as soon as the Lamisil or Sporanox medication leaves  your system and the nail matrix, the fungus returns.

Lamisil and Sporanox Fungal Pills: How They Work

  1. Begin Eating Pill
  2. Pills Enters System
  3. Pills Sits in Nail Matrix and Clears Matrix
  4. Nail Begins to Grow Out Clear
  5. Some of Medication is Cleared Through Liver
  6. Medication Leaves System
  7. Fungus May Return to Unprotected Nail and Matrix

Problems with Anti-Fungal Pills

  1. Very Expensive - Cost about $800, may be covered by insurance 
  2. Damage Liver - Perscription is often accompanied by frequent blood tests to ensure that the liver is safe. Doctors recommend that patients do not consume Alcohol or smoke when taking pills
  3. High Chance that Fungus will Return - After treatment the nail matrix is suseptable to contract fungus again

Two new advances in the treatment of nail fungus are nail laser therapy and advanced nail lacquers. Both of these treatments have had excellent outcomes and do not have the risks of liver irritation or damage associated with the fungal pills. The best option we have found is combining the nail laser and lacquer together.

Advantages of Nail Laser:

  • No pain: In office procedure
  • Clears Fungus: Treats both Nail and Matrix to
  • Quick Treatmet: Only One or Two Treatments
  • Does not harm body: liver stays intact

Advantages of Nail Lacquer:

  • No pain 
  • Fairly Inexpensive; Should not cost more than $30 for treatment  
  • Treats both Nail and Matrix 
  • No side effects  
  • Continued Nail protection:Apply lacquer once a week to prevent fungus from returning

The Doctors Recommendation

What I believe is the best treatment option is simple. Use either the pill, if your insurance will cover the costs and and you are okay with the risks of liver irritation. Or use the laser if you can afford it as insurance does not cover it. Whichever treatment option you prefer, make sure to combine a nail lacquer with the treatment and when the nail is clear, use an Anti-fungal nail lacquer that can offer long term protection to prevent the nail from getting re-infected.

Nail lacquer PediMDPediMD Antifungal Nail Treatment System has been designed for this specific purpose. It is an excellent treatment system for nail fungus and can also be combined with anti-fungal pills or fungus laser treatment. PediMD offers a second attack to the nail fungus. The best part is that the nail lacquer helps protect the nail while taking the pills or during laser treatment.

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PediMD leading Toenail Fungus Treatment in Los Angeles


PediMD has become one of the leading Toenail Fungus and Athlete's Foot Treatments in Los Angeles. With distribution throughout Los Angeles in cities including: Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu and Long Beach (just to name a few); PediMD has proven remarkable results at a cost that is manageable for everyone. 

PediMD recently advertised on the massive 20 foot "Spirit of Sunset" Screen which is located on the infamous Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.

PediMD Solution: New Revolution in Treating and Preventing Nail and Foot Fungus. 

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PediMD is unique in that it combines a three step fungus fighting system which:
  1. Rehabilitates Feet
  2. Treats Nail Fungus and Foot Fungus
  3. Prevents future fungal infections
  4. Eliminates Smelly Feet and Odors
  5. Stops Itchy, Burning, Peeling Skin on Feet
  6. Clears Yellow, Cracked, Dirty Nails

The PediMD Solution includes A Moisturizing Foot Cream along with an Anti-Fungal Nail Lacquer and an Anti-Fungal Nail Sealer. Each product incorporates multiple anti-fungal herbal medicines that work together to maintain healthy feet.

For More Information About Nail Fungus check out:

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Preventing Toenail and Athlete's Foot Fungus from Returning After Treatment


So you have done whatever you did to rid yourself of that ugly nail fungus.  You took the pills, did the laser or treated the problem locally with a topical agent and now the fungus is gone.  That’s great but Fungus will return if you dont prevent against reinfection. People who have already had fungus once are much more susceptible to getting it again.  Prevent Fungus PediMD

Nail fungus grows in the root of the nail called the matrix.  All forms of treatment that work clear the matrix of the fungal infection. What is usually not discussed is the fact that if the matrix is left untreated, the fungal infection will return.  This is why I don’t personally like to have patients use the anti-fungal pills.  What I find is that this treatment may clear the nail, but does not protect from reinfection thereafter.

Athlete’s foot fungus infections are similar.  You treat the area with a local treatment and get rid of the fungus infection but if left untreated, the problem comes right back. At least 50% of people who have had Athlete's foot or Foot Fungus have reported that the condition has reoccured. 

In both cases, my suggestion is that you use an anti-fungal nail and skin treatment system to continue to protect the nail.  PediMD Anti-Fungal Nail Treatment System and PediMD Anti-Fungal Skin Moisturizing Cream are designed to treat fungus of the skin and nail and also to prevent it from returning.  It is simple to use.  For the skin, use the moisturizing cream daily to protect the feet, repair cracks and prevent athlete’s foot problems.  For the nails, just apply the anti-fungal lacquer once to twice a week  as a protective tool against the return of nail fungus.  Remember, you can put nail polish on top the lacquer no problem. 

How to control Cracked, Yellow, Thick Nails and Itchy, Peeling Skin


“My feet sweat, I have itchy peeling skin, unmanageable odor, thick, cracked, yellow nails and unmanageable fungus infections keep reoccurring. Dr. Bob what do I do?”

         As a practicing podiatrist and fungus expert for over a decade in Los Angeles, CA; I hear (and smell) this very quote almost daily. Weather it’s peeling itchy skin in-between toes, thick, yellow, cracked nails or a fungal odor that fills the room every time you take off your socks; Let’s discuss some simple steps to help remedy these issues.  
Peeling, Itchy, Smelly Foot
         Moisture is one of the main causes of fungal infections of the skin and nails. This is due to the fact that fungus loves moisture.  The process is quite simple.  As your feet sweat moisture and heat build up in shoes creating the perfect breeding ground for fungus.  Thus, the fungal cells multiply and overpopulate the skin and nails, leading to an infection.  Although fungal infections are not dangerous and do not cause internal body infections, they can cause unsightly changes to the skin and nails including: peeling and blistering skin, inflamed toes, irritated skin in-between toes, cracking yellow nails, and a stinky stench.

So what do you need to do?  Most important is to keep your feet dry.  Try using an anti-perspirent spray on the skin.  This can be the same type used for under the armpit. 

In addition, try to wear new socks every day and make sure they are moisture resistant.  For athletes worried about fungus, try using coolmax socks and for dress socks try using wool or polyester because cotton holds moisture. 

Finally, consider using a product to help prevent nail and foot fungus infection and also to help treat the infection if it persists. PediMD Skin Moisturizer has anti fungal properties that can treat and rehabilitate the skin while also helping moisturize and prevent future fungal infection. PediMD Nail Lacquer can help treat fungus and to recover nails from being thick, yellow and cracked. The PediMD Nail Treatment can also be used as a sealant to prevent toenail fungus infections from reoccurring.

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Common Nail Fungus Cures: What works and what does not


There are so many choices for nail fungus treatment and not all of them work. Even those that do work do not always continue to work when they are stopped. This article explains options and what I believe to be the best choices.

1: Antifungal Pills : Lamasil and Sporanox

These work about 70% of the time. They clear the nail but once they are stopped, the nail fungus can return as the nail is no longer protected. They also can upset or damage the liver and have many side effects. Make sure to check blood work prior to starting and after one month of use. Nail clearing will take about 6 months to one year. Protect the nail after it is clear with a protective nail anti fungal lacquer.

2: Fungus nail laser

fungal laser

This has been shown to work in very small tests. It is very new and very expensive and not covered by insurance. The jury is stil lout on if it works and how well. It seems to require more than one treatment and once it is stopped, the nail is not protected. No side effect associated with laser treatment except for occasional but rare skin irritation if not done properly. Make sure to follow up with a protective nail anti fungal lacquer after treatment to prevent fungus return.

3: Gel or liquid nail treatments

These just don’t work. The gel type is usually vaseline based and smears everywhere. It is hard to keep on the nail and rubs off. If it is not on the nail it cannot treat the fungus. More importantly, if it does not penetrate into the nail, which it can’t, it will not treat the fungus. The liquid kind is worse. It just rolls off the nail and so is really not effective.

4: Home remedies

Most home remedies are one of the ingredients in other forms of fungal treatments. For example, Vick’s Vapo rub is vaseline and menthol based. Menthol has been okay for fungal treatments but again the vaseline is hard to use and messy.Vinegar is a strong anti fungal but needs to used as a soak for hours and can dry the skin badly. In general, home remedies are poor choices as they all lack something andhave side effects or can irritate just as much as they help. The ingredients in home remedies are used in most good nail fungal treatment systems.

5: Nail Lacquers

Nail Lacquers work best in my mind. They are totally safe unless you have an allergy to some ingredient which will resolve when the product is discontinued.The product adheres to the nail and penetrates in most cases. This is essential for proper treatment. Some lacquers leave a thick coating and patients hate the shiny look. The one I find best is PediMD. This leaves a non-greasy non- visible look. It completely penetrates the nail and adheres to the nail bed and nail matrix. It can be used to prevent fungus as a base coat. PediMD has shown excellent clinical test result for treating fungus and can also be used to prevent fungus return after any form of treatment. It invisible and we have not seen any skin reaction from it.

I hope this article clears up some of the nail fungus treatment options for you. Be careful to check what you are getting and be sure to protect the nail after any form of treatment in order to prevent the return of nail fungus infection.




Video: Toenail Fungus Facts + Review of Home Remedies



Dr. Bob Baravarian discusses Nail Fungus and reviews many of the prominent Home Remedies. Including: Vics Vapo Rub, Listerine, Tea Tree Oil and Vinegar.  

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Nail Fungus Treatment Systems: What works and what doesn’t?


Nail Fungus Treatment Systems: What works and what doesn’t?

Nail fungus has been a tough problem to treat.  Manytreatment options have been considered and most have
failed. The goal of this article is to explain the upside and downside of fungus treatment and what works.

Problems with nail fungus:

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  1. Nail fungus is in the root of the nail called the matrix and the nail
  2. Treating the nail does not treat the matrix
  3. Clearing the nail is temporary unless it is protected
  4. Treating the skin to prevent the spread of fungus is critical

Problems with current fungus treating products:

  1. Fungal pills treat the skin and nail but do not protect after they leave your system
  2. Fungal pills can cause liver problems and may not be safe
  3. Lasers treat the nail only but do not protect the nail long term and do not treat the skin
  4. Lacquers usually do not penetrate the nail and cannot be used long term
  5. Creams usually can treat the skin but not the nail
  6. No system up till recently treated the entire problem

PediMD Nail fungus treatment system:

  1. Penetrates the nail to treat the matrix and nail
  2. Can be used to prevent fungus
  3. Can be used to protect against fungus re-infection
  4. Cream can be used to treat and protect the skin against fungus spread
  5. Completely safe

In conclusion, whatever you decide to use, make sure it treats the nail, matrix and skin.  Make sure it can be used to protect the nail and skin after clearing the fungus.  Make sure it is safe.

Fungal Nail Treatments: How long does it really take?


Misleading Information on Anti-Fungal Products

It is funny to me as the developer of a nail fungus treatment system and practicing podiatrist to see the many fraudulent advertisements on the Internet.  I felt compelled to write and give readers some information on the time it takes to clear fungus in the nail.

Fungus grows in the nail root called the matrix. YoNail Fungus grows in the nail rootu have to treat the matrix and then wait for the new nail to grow out and push out the bad fungal nail that is currently present.

This is much like the hair follicle is the root for hair growth.  When you have damaged hair, you have to treat the follicle and wait for good healthy hair to grow out.  You cannot really treat the hair that has grown already.   

Nail growth on the hands takes about 6 months from base to tip.  Nail growth on the foot takes about one year from base to tip.  It is amazing to me when I go on the internet and read products that say they can clear fungus in ONE WEEK.  This is impossible

To clear fungus in an entire nail

  • You need to treat the matrix daily and wait for about 6 months to grow out about half a nail. 
  • With a good product, you will see new nail growth from the root in about 2 months
  •  Once the nail is clear, it is important to keep using a product to keep the fungus from returning. 

My personal choice is PediMD Antifungal Nail Treatment System.  It is easy to use, works well, is clinically tested and can be used to prevent fungus return after the nail is clear with once a week protection.

Nail matrix treatment

So remember: 

Fungus grows in the root (matrix) and this is what needs to be treated

  • File the nail to allow the medicine penetrate the nail
  • It can take up to one year to grow a toenail from root to tip
  • You will notice the nail clearing at the base of the nail in as soon a 1 month.

Use an antifungal protection medicine after the nails are clear to prevent re-infection.

Prevent Fungus from Returning: Toenail and Athlete's foot treatment


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Toenail Fungus and Athletes Foot affect over 40 million Americans every year.

Nail fungus grows in the root of the nail called the matrix.  All forms of treatment that work, clear the matrix of the fungal infection.  What is usually not discussed is the fact that if the matrix is left untreated, the fungal infection will return.  This is why I don’t personally like to have patients use the anti-fungal pills or try the Anti-Fungal Laser Treatment.  What I find is that these two treatments may clear the nail, but they do nothing to protect the nail.

Athlete’s foot fungus infections are similar.  You treat the area with a local treatment and get rid of the fungus infection but if left untreated, the problem comes right back. 

Most treatments are temporary. In order to stay fungus free continue to apply an anti-fungal treatment at least once a week.

PediMD Antifungal Nail Treatment System and Antifungal Skin Moisturizing System are designed to:

  1. Treat fungus of the skin and nail
  2. Prevent it from returning

It is simple to use.  For the skin, use the moisturizing cream daily to protect the feet. The cream rehabilitates cracking, peeling, itchy skin and prevents Athlete’s Foot problems. 

For the nails, just apply the antifungal lacquer once or twice a week as a protective tool against the return of nail fungus. New innovations allow you to put nail polish on over the lacquer!

In Summary:

  1. Once the fungus in the nail or the skin is gone, it will eventually return if treatment is stopped
  2.  A daily moisturizing antifungal foot cream will prevent athlete’s foot from returning and keep feet healthy
  3.  An antifungal nail lacquer will protect the nail from the return of a nail fungus infection
  4.  Keep your feet dry as fungus loves moisture
  5.  Wear moisture repellant socks such as coolmax brand products to keep feet dry
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