Are Podiatrists Really Treating Onychomycosis? A Professional Weighs In on Treatment Statistics

“Onychomycosis is the condition we see most commonly in practice,” Dr. Warren Joseph DPM writes in Podiatry TodayIn fact, onychomycosis toenail fungus accounts for about one-third of all fungal skin infections. Dr. Joseph adds, “The fact of the matter is: we are still not effectively treating it.” One need only look at the statistics for evidence, he suggests.

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Biology Professor Hopes To Cure Athlete's Foot With Probiotic Solution

Back in May, we wrote about how athlete’s foot fungus was killing off frogs in Central America and the Caribbean. Since 2002, James Madison University biology professor Reid Harris has been working with probiotics to see if he can kill off the bad bacteria with good bacteria. Faculty assistant Eria Rebollar explains that the fungus infects frogs by growing inside the amphibians’ skin and eats away at the outer layer, affecting the frog’s ability to breathe.

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Chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) spreading through the streams of Central America has been killing off many species of frogs, including this lemur leaf frog. Image Source: ScienceBuzz.org

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Scientists Create Cheese Made From Foot Bacteria!

If you’re squeamish, we apologize about today’s post. If you’re a bonafide science geek, then we welcome you to read one of the strangest stories the internet has to offer. We’re sure you know that cheese — one of the most delicious foods known to man — is made by adding lactic acid bacteria to milk. That’s just the first step of the artisan process, of course, but it can be gross if you think about it long enough. Where is this bacteria derived from, you may ask? Usually it comes from animal stomachs. But what if we told you it came from a human foot, belly button, or armpit? Would you still eat it?

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Cheese made from foot bacteria isn’t made for eating, say scientists. Image Source: Redorbit.com

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Cause for Celebration: New Study Shows Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment Success

Patients often view toenail fungus laser treatment as groundbreaking technology for a very stubborn infection. However, very little research has been published demonstrating its effectiveness. Much of what we see comes from early adopters of the technology who have used a foot laser on their patients. The latest news comes from a study of 200 toes at Adler Footcare in New York City.

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Adler Footcare in NY celebrates a successful study on toenail fungus laser treatment. Image Source: Yelp.com

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Diabetic Foot Infections: Should You Opt for Antibiotics or Surgery?

Diabetics are at an increased risk for infection. Some estimates indicate that diabetic patients are 10 times more likely to develop soft tissue infections, including everything from upper respiratory and urinary tract infections, to gastrointestinal issues and flesh-eating bacteria. Diabetic foot infections from Staphylococcus bacteria are one of the most common causes of hospitalization for diabetics. Often, patients do not realize they have an infection until an ulcer forms. At this point, they may be faced with the question — should the infection be treated with antibiotics or surgery?

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Diabetic foot infections like MRSA and Staph are 10 times more likely in diabetic patients and have very dire consequences. Image Source: Medscape.com

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Are There Any Non-Drug Treatments For Toenail Fungus?

These days, there seems to be a drug for everything. These “quick fixes” can be enticing, especially when compared to “lovingly” applying a topical solution to each yellowed, crusty toenail… several times a day, every single day, for months on end. Everyone can agree that getting up close and personal with toenail fungus is far from enjoyable.

However, oral drug treatments for toenail fungus are not easy on the body. After all, we are comprised of a micro-flora of different bacteria, yeast, and fungus — some friend, some foe. So how does the body know which types to fight and which to allow? The matter becomes further complicated when you throw a blanket antifungal into the mix.

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There’s no denying that Americans take a lot of prescription drugs. Should your toenail fungus treatment be another drug on the list? Image Source: EveryDevil.com

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Get the Best Sweat-Wicking Socks To Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Strutting around town in the wrong type of sock is asking for trouble. We’re not talking about crew socks or toe socks here, but rather, the type of socks that cling to sweaty feet and trap hot humidity inside your footwear. According to Health Central“Wearing poorly ventilated shoes and socks that harbor perspiration provide an ideal breeding ground for the germs that quickly multiply to cause athlete’s foot.”

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If you suffer from athlete’s foot, your sock choice becomes crucial. Image Source: EastBayWellness.com

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5 Worst Places To Be Caught With Foul Foot Odor… And How to Fix It!

If you live alone in an apartment… and no one is there to smell your rancid feet… do you really have rancid feet at all? Now there is a quandary to ponder! The truth is, foul foot odor is an unpleasant situation, whether you live alone and suffer the smell of your own putrid socks every day after work, or you find yourself in the company of others who may not yet know about your dirty little secret. We imagine the five worst places to be caught with stinky feet and offer a few remedies for smelly feet to help you endure.

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Toenail Fungus: What To Do If You're Worried About Liver Damage From Oral Pills

A reader recently wrote in to the NY Times with worries about certain toenail fungus treatments. “I have avoided using oral drugs for chronic toenail fungus because I don’t want to risk liver damage,” the reader writes. Furthermore, the toenail fungus sufferer wondered if there were any risks for allowing the fungus to persist untreated. These concerns seem perfectly valid, considering that labels for the top oral remedies warn patients with liver trouble to avoid them. So what’s a person to do?

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Terbinafine labels warn users that they may be at increased risk for liver damage, although it is rare. Image Source: Drugs.com

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Osteomyelitis: What You Need To Know About This Deadly Bone Infection Caused By Foot Pathogens

You may not have heard of it, but osteomyelitis is one of the most frequent foot infections in diabetics, accounting for 10-15% of mild infections and nearly 50% of severe infections. Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone that is caused by a variety of microbes — most notably staphylococcus aureus. This infection affects roughly two out of every 10,000 people, according to The Cleveland Clinic, and is especially prevalent among diabetics, sickle cell anemics, dialysis patients, drug users, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.

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Image Source: HealthCentral.com

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