Toenail Fungus & Athlete’s Foot

Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is an extremely common condition that plagues many people, young and old.

Not only can the fungal infection cause an unsightly appearance to your nails, but it also does eventually cause the nail plate itself to thicken, and become enlarged. This increase in bulk to the nail often leads to secondary irritations such as ingrown toenails, predisposition to snagging the toenail on socks, carpet and shoes, and bacterial infections. Unfortunately the longer you abstain from treating the fungal infection the worse it gets.


Photo demonstrates the progression of Toenail Fungus over time.

Toenail Fungus typically will eventually spread to all ten toenails if left untreated.

Athlete’s Foot


Athlete’s foot (Tinea Pedis) and fungal toenails more often than not coincide. Tinea pedis appears as a dull, dry, red rash that is distributed around the bottom of the foot. People often believe they simply have dry skin when suffering from “Athlete’s foot”, but what they’ll notice is that no matter how much lotion they use, they cannot seem to properly hydrate their skin. This is because of the fungal component that is present in the epidermis. This can lead to cracks (fissures) in the skin, and chronic itchiness. The most ideal way to eradicate foot fungus, and to prevent long term harm to your feet is to treat both the toenails, and the skin infection simultaneously. A common misconception with Athlete’s foot is that it always causes itchiness – this is not always the case.


Photo features closeup of Athlete’s Foot Fungus.

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) infection is usually acquired by direct contact with the causative organism, for example using a shared towel, or by walking barefoot in a public shower such as the gym.

Products to Treat Toenail Fungus and Athlete’s Foot

After many years, and many products that have been evaluated and utilized, we believe the best product on the market is manufactured by Marlinz Pharmacy, and is known as Tolcylen. It has an active antifungal medication in the topical, but also has active ingredients that provide cosmesis by thinning the nail, and removing discoloration. No other medication on the market features this.