Researchers at IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore have found a way to make nanofibers from recycled plastic that know to attack only harmful fungal cells while leaving healthy human cells alone. The plastic molecules form themselves into the nanotechnology thanks to an organic catalyst.
“The ability of these molecules to self-assemble into nanofibers is important because unlike discrete molecules, fibers increase the local concentration of cationic charges and compound mass,” explained Yi Yan Yang, one of the project’s scientists. The inventors of this technology believe it could be used to treat infections as small as toenail fungus to bigger, more serious conditions.
Toenail fungus is an annoying condition that can be dispatched easily by a podiatrist like Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can assess the size of your infection and recommend the best treatment option for you.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.
Antibiotics & Treatments
Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.
Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well
Those who are skeptical or unsure of using Lamisil containing terbinafine may consider the following:
Alcohol, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or Vicks VapoRub will help as well.
Soaking your feet into a gentle bleach solution could help as well. Podiatrists usually suggest vinegar and Listerine as a soaking solution.
There are also topical products available at the pharmacy which contain ingredients such as terbinafine and other natural products.
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