Many people watched the “Big Game” because they are diehard football fans—some even say it should be a national holiday—while others watch it for a much different reason; the commercials! It is no surprise that commercials during the “Big Game” are always the “funniest” but there is always that one commercial that you think to yourself “Why?”. According to AOL.com, that commercial was the one about toenail fungus…yes, toenail fungus. AOL claims the “Toenail fungus commercial was the least sexy ad…ever” and I think that statement may have some truth to it. Although, I’m sure many of us out there (who probably have had our bouts with toenail fungus) are now curious about what Jublia has to offer.

Jublia (efinaconazole) is a new topical medication that is used to treat Distal Lateral Subungual Onychomycosis or fungal toenails. There are many medications on the market ranging from topical applications to oral medications. Many of the medications, however, are dependent on a lot of factors with the main being the severity of the fungus. If the entire nail is thick and covered in fungus not many medications can get rid of it and more invasive measures need to be taken with the most likely being removal of the nail. But, like Jublia is indicated for, if the fungus is just at the tips of the toenails I’d like to think that it would work just fine. The main thing behind treating toenail fungus is trying to prevent it from the beginning and there are numerous ways this can be done. To start, try and keep your feet as dry as possible. Since fungi like warm, moist places, sweaty feet are a prime target. This can be avoided by sprinkling some Gold Bond powder in your shoes or wearing thinner socks. Next, if you’re a person that likes to work out you may find yourself showering in public bathrooms. If so, try and make it a habit to wear your own shower shoes in the shower. This is probably the most common place to pick up fungus. Lastly, UV light is a fungi’s worst enemy so if you have some extra money in the savings, investing in a UV tree might not be a bad idea, especially if toenail fungus is common in your household.

As always, if none of these efforts seem to work please don’t hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ. Toenail fungus is an extremely common condition and we are very knowledgeable about treating and getting rid of it. It would be nice to give it a one-two punch and knock it out and it be gone forever, but keep in mind it does take quite a long time to completely remove the fungus so it’s safe to say the patience is a virtue.

By Varun Gujral