Fungal Infections of the Toenail: Top 3 Causes

Yellow, thick, crumbly toenails are the tell-tale sign of foot fungus. This unsightly condition is quite common, but it can really hurt a person’s self-confidence. Worse yet, people who develop these infections tend to get them again and again. Understanding the top causes for fungal infections of the toenail can help you take preventative measures to protect yourself.

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Correct Treatment of Diabetes and Foot Infections Prevents Amputation & Improves Mortality

One in four people with diabetes will have a foot ulcer during their lifetime. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) warns that “poor treatment of infected food wounds in people with diabetes can lead to lower extremity amputation, and about 50 percent of patients who have foot amputations die within five years — a worse mortality rate than for most cancers.” Half of the amputations in this country are not done on patients with traumatic injuries — but rather, with patients who have diabetes and foot infections.

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Can You Avoid Athlete's Foot… Or Is It Genetic?

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Athlete’s foot
is a fungal infection that grows between the toes or on the soles of the foot, causing an itchy, burning, red rash to appear. According to the Mayo Clinic, athlete’s foot is “the most common type of fungal infection.” Though it responds well to treatment, athlete’s foot is often recurrent. In fact, the condition is so insidious that it’s cannon fodder for comedians. At the 30th anniversary Just For Laughs show, Chris Rock joked, “Can we cure AIDS? No! We can’t even cure athlete’s foot!”

Is Athlete’s Foot Genetic?

Two separate studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2009 shed some light on the nature of athlete’s foot infections. Scientists from UCL and Radboud University found that two genetic mutations put individuals at greater risk for contracting athlete’s foot.

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Pros & Cons of Onychomycosis Laser Treatment

Summer is coming and we all want to transition into those seasonal sandals. The Mayo Clinic recommends wearing sandals to let the feet “air out” as much as possible and prevent fungal infections like athlete’s foot. Yet, what if you already have onychomycosis (toenail fungus) and feel embarrassed about your thick, yellowed nails? Laser treatment shows promise to eliminate nail fungus, but is it the real deal? In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons.

 

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Diabetes Foot Infection: Consequences & Culprits

Diabetes foot infection is classified by the presence of inflammation or discharge, and is further classified by severity. If caught in time, the wound may be treated with antibiotics or debridement (surgical removal). If left untreated, patients may require amputation. Worse yet, about 50 percent of patients requiring a foot amputation die within five years! The good news is that there are ways to treat and prevent this death sentence. First, let’s understand the issue a little better…

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Why Foot Cream For Nail Fungus Does Not Work

One of the shames in our health care system is that the FDA only regulates for general safety. They’ll make sure pharmaceutical companies aren’t claiming to cure cancer or make us able to walk on water, but there is no investigation into the true efficacy of the products on drug store shelves. Unfortunately, foot cream for nail fungus is one of the scams.

“There is no quick fix with conventional remedies like topical creams, prescription lacquers, or oral medications,” Dr. John Sigle writes in a guest column for The State Journal Register of Illinois. “Each of these remedies is a long tedious process that works less than half the time. Buyers beware because many ads are misleading. Efficacy rates are not always accurate, risks are sometimes understated, and treatment costs can be higher than you think.”

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Top Myths About Causes & Cure For Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s foot is an itchy skin infection on the foot caused by contact with fungus. Prevention is the best cure for athlete’s foot. Steer clear of walking barefoot in places like public pools and showers, foot baths, water-parks, and changing rooms. It also helps to wear open-toe shoes, sandals, or sweat-wicking socks, and to sanitize your shoes daily. This all sounds straightforward, but there is a lot of misinformation about athlete’s foot out there.

 

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5 Cures For Stinky Feet and Shoes That'll Save Your Relationship

The Situation: Stinky Feet!

I have a wonderful girlfriend, who I am thinking about proposing to. Unfortunately, I have awful-smelling feet. She has over-active olfactory glands and can’t deal with the smell. What do I do to fix this, so I can propose to my girl?”

This letter was written to a columnist at Dead Spin magazine and reveals a troubling scenario that many people may unknowingly face. Are your stinky feet hurting your relationship? Personal body odor can be a sensitive topic that people are uncomfortable discussing with one another, no matter how intimate they are. If you’ve ever noticed a foul odor emanating from your socks, then chances are, someone else has noticed eau de cheese in your presence. You owe it to yourself and your relationship to look into the problem because, contrary to popular belief, feet should not smell.

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