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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.

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