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Toes With Nail Fungus Will Be Exposed During Upcoming Summer Sandal Months: Prepare Now
Date:3/24/2009

Start Now for Summer Relief! Woodward Laboratories adds a New Nail Fungus Test Kit to its Proven Mycocide NS Antifungal Treatment Line; Makes Diagnosing Nail Fungus Convenient and Free

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 35 million Americans have nail fungus, but only 2.5 million have reportedly been medically diagnosed according to experts at Woodward Laboratories, a leading hand, foot and skin antimicrobial product company. However, with the summer months fast approaching, those Americans who have been hiding their finger and toe nails in gloves, shoes or under Band-Aids will soon find their infected digits exposed when sandals and flips flops become the warm weather fashion.

"Now is the time to start with treatment so your nails are ready for summer," says Dr. Ken Gerenraich, CEO of Woodward Laboratories and a doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). "Many people think nail fungus is simply cosmetic, so they ignore going to the doctor to have it checked. Nails are a window to a person's health -- the first place a disease often shows up is on the nails. If nail fungus goes undiagnosed and untreated, there can be significant physical and mental health issues -- especially for people with diabetes, poor circulation or other systemic illnesses."

According to Dr. Gerenraich, fungus likes to grow in warm, dark environments like a closed-toe shoe. Fungus also can be found under a polished nail or one covered with acrylic or gel. The fungus then grows and can spread to other digits or other people; that is why Dr. Gerenraich calls nail fungus "the world's oldest social disease."

Onychomycosis, the medical term for nail fungus, may be passed from person-to-person as well as from surfaces at home, in gyms, nail salons, hotels, tubs or showers and other public areas and most often can only be properly diagnosed by a podiatrist or dermatologist.

In preparation for summer and given the current economic climate, Woodward Laboratories recently announced the launch of its Mycocide(R) Nail Fungus Test Kit, the first at-home screening kit that helps diagnose toe and finger nail fungus. As part of the product launch, Woodward Laboratories will offer 10,000 consumers a FREE test kit. Those interested can go to www.IsItNailFungus.com to obtain their free kit, while supplies last.

The new Mycocide Nail Fungus Test Kit makes diagnosing nail fungus fast and easy. There's no need to spend money on co-payments, lab fees or waste time in busy waiting rooms when consumers can diagnose the disease in the comfort and privacy of their own home.

For those diagnosed with fungus on the finger and toe areas, Woodward Labs offers Mycocide NS Antifungal Treatment, available at pharmacies nationwide without a prescription and without the dangerous side effects of many oral medications currently available. It retails for less than a physician's co-pay and is a perfect conservative, first-line approach to this problem. The active ingredient in Mycocide NS Antifungal Treatment has been recommended by physicians for years as safe and effective in treating fungus infections.

"Nail fungus varies with the individual so it's hard to tell if you have it only by looking at a nails appearance, however it is incredibly contagious so it shouldn't go unchecked," says Dr. Gerenraich. "With summer coming, people should take steps to determine if they have nail fungus and start therapy immediately so everyone can have a fungus-free and stylish summer without worry and embarrassment."

People concerned about nail fungus or interested in the free kit are encouraged to visit www.IsItNailFungus.com.

About Woodward Laboratories

Founded in 1992, Woodward Laboratories manufactures leading antimicrobial germ-killing skincare products that provide a healthier way of living. Woodward Laboratories uses its patented proprietary delivery systems in its foot care, nail care and hand care products and is best known for its Mycocide, Dr. G's, HandClens and its Diabetic Basics brands.


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