Jublia: A New Topical Treatment for Toenail Fungus
Do you struggling with thick or discolored toenails? Are your nails cracked, brittle or loose? This may be a sign that you have a toenail fungus.
Onychomycosis, the medical term for toenail fungus, is a common and often uncomfortable condition that can affect both finger and toe nails. “It’s not just about feeling sheepish at the nail salon,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, , a board certified Dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas. “These infections can be painful.” Thankfully, there are a variety of ways, including topical, oral medication, and even laser therapy that can rid your nails of these organisms.
How Did I Get Toenail Fungus?
A number of factors can predispose you to catching these fungi and subsequently have them grow in the skin or nails. “Sweaty feet, closed-toed shoes and thick socks that don’t breathe are major culprits when it comes to toenail fungus,” mentions Dr. Mamelak. The warm and moist climate inside shoes that lack ventilation, can often result in these infectious agents finding their ways under the nail.
“Dirty or non-sterile tools used for pedicures are also a common way people develop fungal infections on the toenails,” Dr. Mamelak explains. Small tears in the skin around and under the toenail allow for microorganisms to enter and grow. Locker rooms, public showers, and sharing towels or shoes, are other places and situations where people might be vulnerable.
Certain medical conditions can contribute to the development of onychomycosis. “Weakened immune systems leave patients more susceptible to these types of infections,” Dr. Mamelak notes. Diabetics are also more likely to experience this fungal infection due to poor circulation, nerve impairment and other skin changes on the feet.
How Can Jublia Combat This?
“Part of the problem in treating toenail fungus is getting to the fungus,” Dr. Mamelak says. “Previously, oral pills was one of the best methods to ensure the medication reached the infection. These pills have potential side effects, and can interfere and interact with other medications patients might be taking.”
Jublia (efinaconazole) is a new, FDA-approved prescription topical treatment that is painted on and around the toenail. The 10% Jublia solution is able to soak into the skin and better penetrate the nail to treat the infection.
Patience is truly a virtue when treating nail fungus. Toenail fungus treatment is a long one and can sometimes take up to a year to see full results. It is recommended Jublia be applied once a day for at least 48 weeks.
Do you suffer from onychomycosis? Please contact us today for you skin evaluation and treatment.