If you want info, you get it in a book. That’s my motto. I love the hunt for the right one. You might say I am an avid reader and you would be correct.
People often ask me for help in finding answers to questions and solutions to problems. Recently, a plethora of health issues came my way. The most daunting was foot care and toenail fungus prevention. I am not sure why I got this odd topic, but there it was waiting for my research skills to prevail.
The individual, a woman, perhaps had seen photos or had friends or family who were afflicted. She did not apparently have it at the moment. I took on the job of providing source material she could refer to meet her needs. It wasn’t difficult. There wasn’t one book on just toenails or fungus, but plenty that included foot health, including this perennial problem of how to get healthy nails and keep them healthy.
Apparently prevention is not the real issue here. You get it and you treat it with a laser, a solution, pills (that might harm your liver but work), etc. You wouldn’t want to put a nasty liquid on your toenails every day for the rest of your life in the hope of avoiding something you may never get! I also found out this condition can affect fingernails which is a more serious cosmetic problem for most people, particularly women (although they can cover it up with polish). It isn’t serious, but you think it might be seeing black goop instead of pink flesh. (I bet you start to notice it more now that you know about the subject.)
Now I know all the relevant details and will share them in due course. If I get the fungus, I am ready for combat. Apparently it is quite common and almost everyone gets it at one time or another. It can hang on forever and treatment can be time-consuming, although not expensive, if you choose a topical solution. You have to have patience. It used to be a subject of old wives’ tales and folk remedies. Some worked, some didn’t. Now you can zap it off with laser or take the medication after a liver test for about ten days. Athlete’s foot is also the scourge of many and there are fast-acting sprays for it in the drugstore. It is also a fungus of a similar nature.
Because there are so many of you out there searching for a perfect solution, I decided to write this blog to help. The Internet is loaded with articles and products – the best site I found was one called www.nicefeet.net. However, being a Bookavore, I prefer a quasi-medical book that isn’t profit oriented and is more realistic with a true scientific foundation. The prescription drug is very effective (Sporanox is one) if you don’t have liver issues. You do have to go to a doctor and therefore should have health insurance to cover the visit and the subsequent pharmacy expense. This is probably why people seek alternatives that are cheaper and easier on the body. The problem is: what works best for you?