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For the Love of Shoes – Shoe Shopping

Woman Shoe Shopping | Nail fungus| AtlantaNothing is more exciting than walking into a shoe store, spotting some killer “stylin” shoes, then trying them on, while prancing around the shoe department, posing in front of the mirror. What a rush! You may think I’m exaggerating, but I am a girl who loves to shop for shoes!

I do remember shopping with my mother for shoes long ago. She was always careful to ask for the little footies before trying on. Somehow since then, I have totally disregarded that protective measure. Besides, those little footies are so unattractive and get in the way of my overall pleasurable experience.

Then I read the article published in the Huffington Post. I found out that I could be in danger of contracting someone else’s foot disease! There’s no way that you can know how many other women have crammed their foot into the shoes I just tried on and in what condition those feet were in. Potentially they could have deposited some fungus that causes athlete’s foot or the virus that causes plantar warts.

Athlete’s foot is a condition that causes your feet to itch and crack and is caused by the same kind of fungus that causes jock itch. Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus. Both the fungus and the virus love warm, moist environments like the inside of shoes and boots. That’s a little reassuring considering that people don’t generally try on shoes long enough to work up a sweat inside of them. You are a lot more likely to be at risk poolside, in the gym, or in a public shower.

However, there is a small potential to get someone else’s infection and you might give some thought to those disposable footies next time you indulge in shoe shopping.

If you do happen to contract toenail fungus, American Foot and Leg Specialist have a wonderful laser that can zap it away. They are located just south of Atlanta in Forest Park, Stockbridge, Locust Grove and Fayetteville.

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Cinnamon Oil – A Natural Treatment to Prevent Foot Fungus

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Cinnamon oil is a natural option to help prevent the development of toenail fungus. Atlanta Laser Nail Specialists recommends laser treatment for existing toenail fungus.

A very common affliction of the feet is toenail fungus. It is a chronic problem that can cause embarrassment, as the toenails are typically visually unpleasant. Toenail fungus symptoms include pain, itching, nail discoloration and the nail can even begin to crumble, peel and fall off. This problem can become a much larger health issue if it goes untreated because the fungus can spread to other toes and cause problems with mobility. There are a variety of over the counter and prescription creams and medications that  the Atlanta Laser Nail division of American Foot and Leg Specialists can prescribe to prevent and treat active cases of toenail fungus, but there are some preventative options available that are homeopathic and natural. One of those options is cinnamon oil, which is particularly good as a preventative measure against both athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. It also can help relieve the symptoms of minor cases of both conditions, although for severe symptoms a visit to American Foot and Leg Specialists, serving the Atlanta metro area and south Atlanta communities, is recommended.

Why Cinnamon Oil?

Cinnamon oil is a surprising agent to be used as a fungal treatment, but if you are looking for something that does not contain the chemical components of medicated creams and prescriptions, this is an alternative worth considering. Cinnamon oil is a powerful natural antibacterial that often yields the results of medication without the chemicals. It has been shown to prevent and fight Candida yeast infections, which is one of the many causes of toenail fungus and athletes foot.

Cinnamon oil works from the inside out, helping to heal your body in many ways, which, in turn, is also what helps in fighting toenail fungus. One of its major properties is to act as a warming agent, resulting in improved circulation, and improved blood flow can reduce the chances of developing toenail fungus in the future. It also works to keep blood sugar levels regulated, therefore depriving the bacteria of sugar, which is a primary food source.

How To Use Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon oil can be taken orally as a daily preventative measure, but applying it directly to your nail is the best route if you are currently trying to treat a mild case of fungus. There are several ways to apply cinnamon oil, so you will want to choose the method that best suits your specific needs. Application options include:

1.  Dilute the cinnamon oil with water and use a spray bottle to apply to your toes. Allow it to dry. You can use the oil without diluting it, but keep in mind that it will feel like applying alcohol to an open cut.

2.  Dilute the cinnamon oil with coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. This is especially helpful for those who have sensitive skin.

3.  Mix some cinnamon oil in a basin of hot water and allow your feet to soak in it. The oil will be more effective if you allow it time to sink into your skin.

If you are struggling with severe toenail fungus problems, the Atlanta Laser Nail division of American Foot and Leg Specialists can help you tackle the problem with a laser toenail treatment plan. The staff is friendly and understanding, and are experts at laser treatment for toenail fungus, which allows you to have an easy and comfortable experience while at the facility. Schedule and appointment to have all of your questions answered and all of your concerns addressed.


Untreated Toenail Fungus? Yech!

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Get ready for warm weather or a trip to the beach. You can have healthy toenails again often after only one or two laser treatments.

Believe it or not, fungus is a natural part of the human body and has important jobs to do for us. Tiny helpers including fungi, bacteria and other microbes break down toxins and are barriers against foreign microbial invaders. The numbers of each are kept in careful balance, critical to maintaining good health.

An embarrassing problem like untreated toenail fungus comes simply from an overgrowth of fungus. In other words, the balance has been disturbed and one of the components is now growing out of control.

How to Treat a Nail Fungus Overgrowth

It takes a long time to treat a toenail fungus problem. First, of course, a wet, warm environment must be avoided. Atlanta is a humid environment, of course, so take special care to keep your feet dry. Promptly drying feet when wet, using powder to keep the skin and nails dry, and wearing proper footwear that allows air circulation are important first steps.

Then, to reverse the overgrowth and heal the damage, the following direct treatments are available. Each of these treatments work, but it may be more than a year before the nail grows out and again looks healthy.

Tablets such as Lamisil (terbinafine hydrochloride), Sporanox (Itraconazole), and Diflucan (Fluconazole) can be prescribed for daily use for any case of fungal (particularly in the dermatophyte group) overgrowth, in persons four years or older. While they are usually eventually effective, there are many possibly serious side-effects, particularly in the liver.

Efinaconazole is a topical treatment, unlike the pills that must be taken internally, affecting the entire body. This drug instead is applied to the nail itself. This cream is especially effective with onychomycosis that is found in fingernails. Tests in which the cream was applied daily were found to be effective by about 36 weeks in treatment.

Tavaborole is a new candidate undergoing final testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is anticipated that the drug will be ready for final approval in the summer of 2014. This cream is applied externally on the problem nail and is meant for onychomycosis.

Laser treatments use high-energy bursts of light that destroys the yeast organisms that are multiplying out of control under the nails. The fungi are killed by the treatment. The treatment has no side-effects since the treatment is outside the body. The podiatrists at Atlanta Laser Nail Specialist are specialists in these new laser treatments.

The Danger of Not Treating Toenail Fungus

Even if you are OK with the ugliness of crumbling, broken and discolored toenails as the fungus crawls relentlessly from the tip of the toenail toward its nail bed, there are more reasons not to let the condition continue.

In about one in 24 cases, the fungus moves to affect other parts of the body, particularly in older or diabetic persons or those taking chemotherapy or corticosteroids. Fungus can move to hands, back and legs.

For instance, in a person with diabetic neuropathy, fungus infections can cause cracks in the skin where bacteria can then easily enter. The resulting bacterial infection can cause a diabetic to have such a serious infection that an amputation may be all that saves their life.

If you have an untreated toenail fungus and want to avoid its consequences, make an appointment at the Atlanta Laser Nail Specialist at (678) 432-7060 immediately. The sooner your start treatment, the faster your nail will get well.

Athletes Prone to Toenail Fungus

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Athletes keep in shape, watch their diet, train hard but one thing they have a hard time keeping under control is toenail and foot fungus. Toenail fungus is a type of fungal infection that affects one or more of the nails. One of the first signs of nail fungus is a yellow or white spot at the tip of the toenail. As the fungus begins to spread deeper into the nail, it may discolor, become thicker and develop crumbling edges. This can become an unsightly and painful problem.

Anyone can develop toenail fungus, but athletes are at a greater risk for developing them. One of the reasons that athletes are more likely to develop nail fungus is because their feet perspire heavily. A moist, dark environment creates the ideal environment for fungus to grow. Athletes also spend a lot of time in locker rooms, and fungus can very easily transfer in public places like locker rooms.

Although there is several ways that toenail fungus can be treated, one of the best and most effective ways to treat this problem is with laser nail treatment. It involves using a laser to target the fungus, which destroys it. It takes about 10 minutes to perform laser nail treatment on one toe. The laser only damages the fungus. The nail is left intact.

A single session will destroy about 80 percent of the nail infection. People who have severe nail fungus are often required to get a second treatment. The results are not instant, and it may take up to one year for the nail to grow normal and healthy. Unlike many topical and oral medications, laser treatment does not have any side effects.

Good foot hygiene is the key to preventing fungal infections. People should make sure that they avoid walking barefooted in locker rooms and other public places. They should also wear synthetic socks. Synthetic socks are better at keeping the feet dry than cotton or wool socks. People need to make sure that they change their socks often.

Additionally, it is a good idea for people to keep their nails short and clean. The nails should be trimmed and filed on a regular basis. People will also need to dry their feet off thoroughly after they get out of the bathtub or shower.