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Toe Nail Fungus

You shell out for bimonthly pedicures to make your feet more appealing. But when the polish comes off, you may be left with an unwelcome visitor: onychomy­cosis, aka toe nail fungus. When it sets up shop, toenails turn thick with a yellowish or brownish tint or sprout powdery white patches. Despite what you see on TV ads, foot fungus doesn't get in by swinging your nail open like a trapdoor. Instead, it penetrates through tiny cuts, or sneaks in under the nail during a too aggressive pedicure. Polish also prevents the nail from breathing, encouraging rapid fungal growth.

OTC treatments do exist, but they work in only about 10 percent of cases. The one FDA-approved topical prescription is Penlac, but it's a serious commitment: You have to use it daily for 48 weeks. The next step is a prescription oral antifungal, such as Lamisil or Sporanox. But even these drugs have a cure rate of just 65 to 70 percent. What's more, they can carry serious side effects, including potential liver problems.

Bottom line: Sidestep infection in the first place by keeping your feet dry, never walking barefoot in public places, and leaving your nails unpolished for a week every month. When getting a pedicure, make sure your salon sterilizes the instruments--or just do your nails at home. Otherwise, your feet may be relegated to a summer in closed-toe sandals.

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