The new prescription drugs: Are they really the solution for toe and foot fungus? Or do they just come with a high price?
(BPT) - About 35 million Americans suffer from toe, finger, and athlete's foot fungus, but some treatments aimed at curing the infection have failure rates as high as 93.5 percent. What's the remedy?
People experiencing the discomfort and embarrassment of fungus want a cure - but unfortunately, that's notoriously difficult to achieve. As the experts at the Mayo Clinic explain, fungal infections are typically caused by dermatophyte fungi that thrive in warm and moist conditions. The risk of reinfection can be reduced by occasionally wearing open-toe footwear and discarding old shoes, which can harbor fungi that cause reinfection. Infected areas can be thickened, brittle, ragged, distorted, and dull, combined with pain, itching and burning, and a foul odor. Toe, finger, and foot fungus can be potentially serious for diabetics or people with poor circulation, but every sufferer wants to be rid of it.
Why is fungus so hard to kill? One major reason is that the nail isn't the source of the problem. It's a common misconception that the ugly, even painful, nails are infected - but it's the nail bed beneath, and the skin around the nail, where the fungi actually live. It takes time for an anti-fungal treatment to root out the infection, and reinfection rates are high.
Some fungus sufferers head to their kitchen and bathroom cabinets for a cure, trying out suggestions such as apple cider vinegar and mentholated ointment. Other people seek out a prescription drug treatment, including pills, paint-on medications, and even lasers. Prescription products only cure the problem at the site of the nail, and do nothing to prevent reinfection. These prescriptions may not be covered by insurance, and mean regular pharmacy visits, trips to the doctor, and co-payments, at the very least. Besides the cost, paint-on prescription drugs treat the nail - and only the nails at that!
Since the nail itself isn't actually infected, fungus could remain hidden beneath the nail and on the skin, even after this treatment. The best way to treat the underlying condition is to connect with your pharmacist or doctor, who will tell you that the fungus must be removed from the skin around and beneath the nail, as well as on other areas of the toes, fingers, and feet.
One over the counter product that has been the #1 pharmacist-recommended brand for over 18 years is Fungi-Nail(R) Toe & Foot(R). It treats the underlying fungal infection, helping to eliminate it and reduce the chance of reinfection - and kills the fungus on contact, as well as working to soothe and heal irritated skin. At less than $20, one bottle if used as directed, might be enough to eliminate the infection and continued treatment can allow for the regrowth of healthy, new tissue, allowing sufferers to spend less time and money fighting fungus.
Overall, each fungus sufferer is different, and what may work for one person may not work for someone else. The best and first thing to do to win the battle against fungus? Talk to your pharmacist.
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(BPT) - A stuffy nose. Scratchy throat. Difficulty breathing. It's bad enough when spring allergy season reaps its ugly head, but when the things in your home trigger your asthma and allergies too, you feel like you're in an endless battle to feel healthy.
"Many household goods are hidden sources of asthma and allergy triggers," says Dr. Cary Sennett, President and CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. "Fortunately, you can breathe easier by shopping smarter. By keeping a few tips in mind, you'll be able to select products that reduce the likelihood of flares or attacks."
Dr. Sennett and the experts at AAFA offer these shopping tips to limit asthma and allergy triggers in your home.
1. Look for the asthma & allergy friendly mark.
By being selective in what you purchase, you can dramatically impact asthma and allergy triggers in your home. The first step when shopping is to look for AAFA's asthma & allergy friendly Certification Mark. This strict scientifically-based program was created 10 years ago to test products from cleaning supplies to toys and more to ensure they're suitable for families with asthma or allergies. Feel confident when you look for the mark in stores or online. For a full list of products and where to find them, visit www.aafa.org/certified.
2. Avoid trouble cleaning product ingredients.
Removing allergens in the home requires regular cleaning, but oftentimes the cleaning products themselves can trigger asthma and allergy attacks. It's best to avoid products with strong odors. If you must use strong cleaning products, try wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
3. Buy breathable bedding to sleep well.
You spend one-third of your time in the bedroom, so it's important to purchase products that won't trigger your allergies or asthma. Look for bedding where the outer fabric is an effective allergen barrier, plus it can easily be cleaned to remove allergen accumulation. Additionally, bedding must be breathable to ensure comfort and contain no chemicals known to trigger asthma and allergy symptoms.
4. Research air cleaners and humidifiers that boost air quality.
Good indoor air quality is vital for families living with allergies and asthma. First, look for the asthma & allergy friendly Certification Mark. For humidifiers, look for options that maintain appropriate moisture levels while sanitizing the water. For air cleaners, look for independent testing that proves the device reduces allergens from the air by removal and not just redistribution.
5. Use a high-quality vacuum regularly.
Vacuuming once a week is important for reducing allergens, but if you don't get a good vacuum you may simply be redistributing those irritants throughout your house. A certified vacuum will have a high quality air filtration system that captures even microscopic particles. Furthermore, the vacuum should not release irritants when you have to change the bag, either.
6. Gift toys that inspire smiles rather than cause sniffles.
For children, a favorite teddy should provide comfort, not sniffles and sneezes. Unfortunately, doctors often recommend removing stuffed toys from children with asthma and allergies. Because stuffed toys are similar to filled bedding products, they can house dust mites and other allergens as well as contain dyes that could irritate a child's sensitivities. Look for toys that earn the certification.
This means that the toy can easily be cleaned to remove allergen accumulation, contains no chemicals known to trigger allergies or allergens, plus the colors will not bleed from rubbing or saliva.
For more smart shopping tips, including what to look for in washers, dryers, paint and more, download the AAFA Certified Products Guide at www.aafa.org/certified.
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