Foot & Toe

/Foot & Toe
Foot & Toe2018-02-16T15:16:10-07:00


A Cost-Effective Treatment for Nail Fungus 

The medical term is onychomycosis. Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the fingernails or toenails that cause them to thicken, discolor, disfigure, and split. In addition to being unsightly, there may be a foul smell associated with the infection. Without treatment, the nails can become so thick that they press against the inside of shoes, causing pain and irritation. The thickness of the nail makes them virtually impossible to trim with standard nail clippers.

The cause of the infection are dermatophytes, microscopic fungus organisms that feed on the protein found in nail tissues. Most often the infections are confined to the nail bed itself, but it some instances it can spread to the surrounding skin tissue.

Patients who suffer chronic diseases, such as diabetes, or who have circulatory problems or immune-deficiency conditions, are especially prone to fungal nails. Other contributing factors may be a history of athlete’s foot and excessive foot perspiration.

Good foot hygiene is imperative to preventing fungus infections. Clean, dry feet help resist disease. Other hygiene measures include: regular inspection of the feet and toes; changing shoes, socks and hosiery daily; wearing thongs in public shower areas; periodic use of a good talcum foot powder.

Onychomycosis infections are difficult to treat. The doctor can prescribe expensive fungal medications, which are taken orally to kill these infections. However, many of these medications can cause liver damage, or worsen preexisting liver disease, especially in elderly patients. Because nails grow so slowly (a large toenail may take six months or more to grow out), the medicine must be taken every day for several months to ensure treatment success – this increases the likelihood of causing liver problems and drug interactions with other medications. The cost of a 12-week course of Lamisil® (terbinafine) is about $1000 – no wonder the manufacturer of Lamisil® can afford those expensive TV commercials! For many elderly patients who live on fixed incomes, or don’t have prescription benefits, the cost of treatment is prohibitive. There are some less expensive over-the-counter remedies, but they usually only suppress the more mild forms of the infection and do not provide a bona fide cure.

The Apothecary Options Treatment

Our pharmacy prepares a potent, prescription-only topical preparation to treat onychomycosis. The preparation contains two anti-fungal agents (fluconazole 2% and itraconazole 1%), plus a drug that softens the nail (ibuprofen 2%) and a penetrating agent (DMSO), which allows the fungal medications to permeate into and under the nail. Patient response has been very good. It still may take 3-6 months or longer to cure the infection, but many clients notice a significant improvement after using the product daily for 30 days. Liver side effects are not a concern because the drugs are not absorbed significantly into the bloodstream. Other than an occasional case of skin irritation caused by the DMSO, side effects are non-existent

Apothecary Options’ Nail Fungus Solution, 15ml – $39.70

Cracked heels are embarrassing, annoying, and a potential health risk! They can also be expensive for women sufferers when the rough edges of their heels cause snagging of their expensive nylons or hosiery.

Dry heels are primarily caused by dry skin. The heels appear yellow or yellowish-brown and the skin becomes thick and calloused – usually there is a hard growth of skin around the outer edge of the heel. Deep cracks or fissures can develop, which can bleed easily or become infected, and cause significant pain when walking. Obesity, diabetes, hypothyroidism (causes reduced sweating and dryer skin), prolonged standing, heel spurs, living in a dry climate, going barefoot frequently, and wearing thin soled or open backed shoes are all possible contributing factors.

About our Special Heel Cream: A good friend of ours has suffered with dry heels for years. After trying a number of products, all with limited success, he asked our pharmacists if they could please develop something that really works. The result is a mineral oil-based cream that contains exfollients, antioxidants, wound healing agents, and moisturizers – all in one great product!

Treatment Protocol: The most important step in treating and preventing cracked heels is to establish a regular morning and evening regimen of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. Perform this ritual religiously for one week. Once the cracks in your heels have healed and they are again smooth to the touch, switch to a preventative regimen twice a week or more frequently if required. The key to success is to be diligent and apply the cream regularly!

  • Morning: Wash your feet using an antimicrobial soap (Dial or equivalent) – can be done in the shower or bath. Dry feet well and then use a pumice stone to remove the build up of dead skin and reduce the thickness of the hard skin on the heel. Apply our Special Heel Cream. Massage into skin until absorbed. Wear 100% cotton socks during the day with comfortable shoes.
  • Evening: Wash your feet again using an antimicrobial soap. Dry your feet and follow with pumice stone. Apply our Special Heel Cream. Wear 100% cotton socks to bed to prevent greasiness on the sheets.

Never trim hard skin with scissors, knives or razor blades!

Ingredients: Purified water, white petrolatum, lanolin alcohol, mineral oil, salicylic acid, benzoic acid, glycolic acid, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin D, shea butter, allantoin, polysorbate 80, aloe vera, xanthan gum, sorbic acid, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, imidazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance.

Apply twice daily as directed. For external use only. Wash hands before and after use. Discontinue using this product if you develop an allergy to any of the cream components or if your condition worsens. Avoid contact with eyes. If eye contact occurs, flush immediately with water.

4oz jar (120gm) = $36.00

Click here for ordering information.

Contact Info

3006 Esplanade, Suite I, Chico, CA 95973

Phone: 530.345.7979, Toll Free-866.586.4633

Fax: 530.345.9797