5 Ways To Protect Yourself From UV This Summer

At this time of year, the sun’s hot rays are in full effect. No matter where you are in the country, you’re likely feeling it on a sunny day! Although the sun can have some negative effects on our bodies– especially during the summer heat, it is important to remember that ultraviolet light is one of nature’s many wonders. On the bright side, it is a natural killer of harmful pathogens when heavily concentrated in one area. We have harnessed this power to sanitize hospital rooms, drinking water, toothbrushes, and even our favorite pair of athletic shoes. Shoe Care Innovations, the maker of the SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer, have five ways for you to protect yourself from unintentional UV exposure this summer.

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Wearing sun-protective clothing (like this top from TatJacket) is one way to limit your exposure to UV this summer. Image Source: BeautyThroughStrength.com

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New Technology Can Help Homeless Suffering With Foot Fungus

“The worst ongoing thing is the fungus that goes on with people’s feet. It eats away and destroys the toenails and just makes it very hard for people to walk,” said Reverend Bob Book, a Christian clergyman at the Church of the Common Ground. He and his wife, Holly, have set to work cleansing the feet of the homeless in Atlanta.

Each week, 35 people come through his clinic to receive a foot soak, apricot pumice scrub, nail trim, menthol ointment massage, air freshener for their shoes, a dry pair of socks, and even insoles.

This sort of charity is taking off at clinics across America in places like Orlando, Boston, and Nashville — and proponents say it’s about more than just preventing the spread of bacterial foot infections: it’s about self-esteem, too.

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America’s homeless suffer from a myriad of health issues — not least of which is foot fungus. Charities are stepping up to help out. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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The Healing Wonders of Moose Saliva: Could It Be a Legit Foot Fungus Treatment?

Moose are interesting animals. Like camels, they are particularly slobbery creatures. Yet, this excess saliva has an unusual benefit for the animal, York University biologist Dawn Bazely told the CBCApparently, moose saliva helps reduce the amount of fungus picked up from the vegetation it eats. Some of their favorite grazing plants use fungi for self-protection — and too much fungi makes a moose sick. Can moose saliva be used in foot fungus treatments one day? Perhaps!

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Can a moose help to cure foot fungus? Scientists explore.
Image Source: Hagerty Ryan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikimedia.org

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Dreadful Foot Doctor Topics: Dealing with Sweaty, Smelly Feet

Today we wrap up our three-part series on “embarrassing foot problems people hate to discuss with their doctors” with a foe perhaps more humiliating than toenail fungus and athlete’s foot: sweaty, smelly feet! While there are several potential reasons why your feet may smell worse than other people’s, one common cause is excessive sweating. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, less than 40% of the people with this problem seek medical care for it. We are conditioned by society to feel that foot odor is a biological problem that we’re born with, when in reality, it can be addressed medically.

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Do your feet smell worse than other people’s? You can address that condition by visiting a podiatrist.
Image Source: Flickr user Everjean


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Foot Facts: Eight in Ten Americans Suffer from Issues like Toenail Fungus or Shoe Odor

Are you up to date on your foot facts? Here is some food for thought: eight in ten people suffer from some kind of foot ailment that affects their quality of life, according to a March 2014 survey of 1,000 adult Americans conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association. More than half of those surveyed have more than one foot issue, and a third have three or more issues.

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People with foot problems are more likely to suffer other issues around the body.

We have an innovative product that can help with a few of the top mentioned foot problems, including the top two — sweaty, smelly feet and toenail fungus. With one 45-minute cycle, the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer  kills up to 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, and foot fungus inside the shoes to help prevent infection. Let’s delve deeper into the problems that plague so many people, and our solutions to some of the top concerns.

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Jublia: A New Topical Nail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a notoriously difficult foe. Current treatment options include home remedies, topical therapies, oral medication, and laser treatment – but each nail fungus solution has its own set of caveats. Topical treatments and home cures are notoriously ineffective; oral medication carries the greatest risk of harm to the patient, and laser treatment (not covered by insurance) is expensive. Jublia is a new antifungal option that will hit the market later this year.

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Jublia is a new FDA-approved topical drug to treat toenail fungus — an alternative to Penlac. Image Source: Drugs.com

What Is Jublia?

Jublia® (efinaconazole 10% topical solution) is an FDA-approved topical antifungal developed to treat toenail fungus. The bottle comes with a built-in applicator for easy daily use. Unlike other topical remedies that can be messy and require patients to remove excess product, Jublia dries quickly. It also has an excellent safety profile, without the drug interaction and liver damage concerns of oral medications for toenail fungus. Marketing should begin later this year, according to manufacturer Valeant

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Why is Lotrimin Restricted in California?

Most Americans don’t even think twice when it comes to slathering on over-the-counter topical medication for a skin ailment. (Hey, anything to avoid a trip to the doctor, right?!) But sometimes we place too much faith in the products that are available to us. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does their best to keep up with the latest safety information, we fall way short of European Union standards. Many ingredients that have been banned for years in Europe in light of scientific discoveries still appear freely in products sold in The United States. One of these ingredients is known carcinogen Diethanolamine, which is found in Lotrimin Antifungal Cream.

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What’s in Lotrimin may sicken you! Image Source: Drugs.com

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Age-Related Skin Issues: What to Expect as You Get Older

When we’re young, we can’t imagine anything worse than chicken pox or acne. However, we later find that aging comes with a lot of baggage of its own. Even the healthiest seniors can suffer from an increase in skin conditions like athlete’s foot, dry skin, or liver spots. If you have developed a disease like type 2 diabetes or cancer, then you automatically fall into a high risk pool for skin complications like malignant skin lesions. The good news is that there are products out there (like the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer for one!) to help alleviate many of these concerns.

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Some people want to avoid getting older, but there is much we can do to take care of our skin to age gracefully.
Image Source: Flickr user TheArches

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How Contagious Is Athlete’s Foot? Your Bad Habits, Not Others, May Be to Blame

New York University scientist Dr. Rudolf L. Baer wants you to know that you may have the fungus that causes athlete’s foot on your feet at this very moment. He’d like to dispel the myth that athlete’s foot is easily contagious from person to person, with the itchy, burning condition arising the moment someone comes into contact with a contaminated foot bath, shower room floor, yoga mat, or bed sheet. He wants the population to take another look at how the foot fungus really spreads and what we should really be doing to prevent it.

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Are your bad habits setting you at risk for contracting athlete’s foot fungus?
Image Source: Flickr user Nicholas A. Tonelli

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Risks & Rewards: 4 of Nature’s Wonderful Antibiotics

This time of year, families are out hiking, camping and spending days at the beach. Having a well-stocked family first aid kit is imperative. However, you needn’t spend a fortune on items that have limited shelf lives. Instead, why not add some of nature’s wonderful antibiotics into the mix? As the makers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer, we truly believe that nature sometimes has the best answers to our problems. While natural remedies may not always be suitable for infants under 12 months, research shows they are well tolerated and often effective for older children and adults. Here are a few essentials for your kit.

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Natural antibiotics help boost immunity.

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