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According to Dr. Mikhail Burakovskiy, about 20 percent of us are walking around with toenail fungus and may not even know it. “It’s something we treat on a daily basis. It’s a very common problem,” he says. The human skin is host to an entire little ecosystem of living organisms. One of those is fungus, which can multiply out of control in certain conditions, such as when immune systems have been weakened, and also when feet bleed or sweat profusely.
 
Dr. Mikhail Burakovskiy
 
 
A healthy toenail, Burakovskiy says, should be pink and transparent with no debris or discoloration. When fungus takes root, the nail slowly turns yellow and becomes misshapen, and crumbly at the edge. “The fungus destroys the nail and the skin around the nail. What can happen is it can cause other infections and people can lose part of a toe or a foot,” he said. “Also, it’s very contagious. If someone in the family has it, there’s a very good chance they could give it to kids, grandchildren, or a significant other.”
 
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Dr. Andrew Carver, a Washington podiatrist whose specialties include laser treatment of nail fungus infections, says that while people can acquire fungus at a nail salon, the average healthy person is not likely to walk out with diseased toenails and toes. In most cases of toenail fungus, he says, "there's an immune-system defect" that explains it. 
 
Dr. Andrew Carver
 
 
"Just make sure you aren't being treated with used pumice" - this porous rock used for exfoliating skin can harbor bacteria - "and don't be afraid to ask questions" about sterilization procedures for all equipment. The gold standard is to clean metal tools in an autoclave, a machine that sterilizes instruments using high-pressure, high-temperature steam. Cleaning tools in liquid disinfectant can kill most germs and viruses if they soak for at least 10 minutes, but that won't guarantee sterility, the doctors says.  
 
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According to Kerry Zang, DPM, 10 to 13 percent of us will get a toenail fungus infection, called onychomycosis. In individuals over the age of 50, it can go up to 60 or 70 percent. "Over-the-counter products are only about 8 percent effective. Also, most patients don't treat their shoes, so they get re-infected."

Dr. Kerry Zang

"A cold laser works at two wavelengths (405 and 635) which work together to kill the fungus. The red light helps generate new blood vessels and stimulates the immune response. The blue light is anti-microbial and kills fungus and works to produce an anti-oxidant which destabilizes the cell membrane of the fungus," says Dr. Zang.

Source: AZ Family.com (CBS) [6/9/18]

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If you are experiencing any foot pain or nail discoloration, it’s time to see a podiatrist or chiropodist. Krista Archer, DPM explained that some discolorations are caused by a dermatophyte, a fungal organism that responds to medical treatment. “One bug affects skin and nails,” she said. If skin is peeling and applying cream doesn’t seem to help, it’s likely a fungus and not simply dry skin. Fungal conditions are easy to pick up at gyms, pools, and even pedicure salons, according to Archer. “It jumps into your sneakers and lives there because the dermatophyte loves warm, moist, dark environments,” she said.
 
Dr. Krista Archer
 
 
You can sterilize your shoes with a UV Total Recovery shoe sanitizer, available online. By simply inserting the shoe-shaped device inside your footwear, it can help kill fungus, spores, bacteria, and odors in just 15 minutes. Now that your feet have been treated, you can show them off in a pair of sandals. However, Dr. Archer warns, when walking around a city like New York or Toronto, it’s best to wear a closed-toe shoe to avoid any unsanitary conditions on the streets.
 
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Dr. Joel Brook says lasers are a big step up from the anti-fungal medications people used to use. The pills you would have to ingest. Those came with significant possible side-effects. He says the lasers have no side-effects and work on 70 to 85 percent of patients.
 
Dr. Joel Brook
 
"Most of the time people show up because they just hate how the condition looks. So, over the years the treatment has evolved,” says Dr. Brook. It’s important to treat a patient’s shoes as well; an ultraviolet shoe sanitizer is used to sterilize all your shoes, so you don’t become re-infected.
 
Source: King 5 Healthlink 
 
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