Shoe Etiquette: Is It Rude To Ask Guests To Remove Shoes In Your Home for Better Hygiene

There is always that awkward moment entering a person’s home for the first time. You desperately look to make eye contact with the homeowner, while furtively looking around for signs that will tell you whether there is a de facto “shoes off” policy or not. Is the homeowner wearing shoes? Are other people starting to remove shoes? Are there white carpets? Does it look like the home has a maid service? Are the resident shoes piled up at the door?

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If anyone in your home has allergies, it’s best to leave shoes at the door, says WebMD. Image Source:

It can be a confusing dance — not just for guests, but for homeowners too. Many people would prefer to have guests remove their shoes at the door, but worry that it may come across as rude. We’ll help you navigate that awkward maze as seamlessly as possible to make the transition to a cleaner, fresher home — sans heinous shoe bacteria. 

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NFL Proves Deadly Toenail Infections Can Lurk Beyond Locker Rooms

Ingrown toenails affect an estimated 5% of the general population. It’s often caused by nail trauma and tight shoes, but it can also be hereditary. Not only is this condition terribly painful, but it can also open the body up to infection. Not surprisingly, many athletes end up with ingrown toenails due to the stress put on the feet during competitive game play. This year, Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes not only landed a disabling ingrown toenail, but a potentially deadly bacteria too! As you’ll see in the following story, toenail infections are not something you want to take lightly.

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Shoe Shopping Tips for Diabetics: How to Choose the Best Shoes & Orthotics for Your Feet

For so many people, shoe shopping is one of life’s great joys, and yet so many of us take our footwear choices for granted. When we go shoe shopping, we’re more concerned with the color, the heel height, or whether the style is in fashion than we are with the level of support the shoes provide. However, for people with diabetes, choosing the right shoes can be a literal life-saver, and shopping for the right footwear can feel like a chore.

Proper and sanitary footwear is essential for people with diabetes, no matter what stage you’re in. Even the slightest degree of neuropathy can be troubled by the wrong shoe choice. One of the roles of a podiatrist is to ensure that you have the best possible shoes to protect your feet, so you can prevent serious foot complications like infection and amputation. Thankfully, we have some helpful advice to guide you in your shoe shopping.

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Some people think Dr. Comfort shoes for diabetics are unsightly, but they are reported to be one of the more comfortable choices for diabetics. Image Source:

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Up To 63% Of People Say Toenail Fungus Recurrence Is A Real Problem: 3 Steps To Stop The Cycle

Comedian Margaret Cho knows all about toenail fungus. “I don’t know when I contracted it, but it certainly has had its way with my feet,” she writes, adding that it has plagued her feet for a lifetime. “Nothing I do, have done, no amount of fungicide and even medication will help,” she says. “They grow up, thick and menacing, hornlike. I wonder if I left them alone if they would somehow cover my entire foot, and perhaps I wouldn’t need shoes anymore.”

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Comedian Margaret Cho wonders: Could toenail fungus take over the entire foot, turning it into a gnarled hoof? Image Source:

Unfortunately, there are many other Americans who suffer from recurrent bouts of toenail fungus that seem to never go away. “I am a 21-year-old college student, and I have not had a ‘normal’ big toenail on my left foot since I was 14,” a woman writes to The People’s PharmacyShe explains that it came off when she was a freshman in high school as she was removing nail polish and ever since, it has returned infected with fungus — “and then repeatedly fallen back off.” What can she do? We have a few suggestions…

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Laundry Secrets: How To Kill Athlete's Foot Fungus In The Wash

“Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” Lady Macbeth yelled in the famous Shakespearean play. She was, of course, talking about the blood on her hands from killing King Duncan. However, for people suffering from onychomycosis or athlete’s foot, that “spot” might be a lot harder to catch – it might be a tiny fungal spore.

These insidious organisms can live on surfaces for many months, re-infecting hosts multiple times. Since antifungal treatment is generally time-consuming and expensive, no matter which method you choose, you will want to avoid this fate. Here’s what we know about killing fungus on towels, clothing and sheets through the laundry.

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Fungal spores easily come off athlete’s foot and get onto towels, bedding, and clothing. Image Source:

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What Makes Good Bacteria Go Bad? Researchers Expose The Secret Life Of Bacteria!

No one likes to be stabbed in the back by an old friend — especially one who has stayed the night in your home, eaten dinner with your family, and played with your children. One day you thought you knew this person — this trusted confidant — but the next, you barely recognize the foe that stands before you. This is precisely the case for colonies of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria that lives inside the body, say researchers from Buffalo, New York.

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Bacteria makes itself right at home — and then stabs you in the back. Finally, researchers think they know why. Image Source:

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Podiatrists and Sufferers Know Toenail Fungus Is More Than a "Cosmetic" Concern

Janet Murphy of Johnstown, Colorado loved to swim — that is, until she was sidelined with toenail fungus afflicting her two big toes. She was dismayed to learn that affordable “solutions” like tea tree oil didn’t work and medication carried the risk of liver damage. However, Janet was determined to rid herself of the unsightly – and potentially dangerous – fungus, leading her to seek laser treatment for her toenails.

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This photo by Mark Leffingwell shows a toenail fungus laser in action. Image Source:

For patients with similar stories, the PinPointe FootLaser treatment for toenail fungus is a beacon of hope. However, health insurance companies say that toenail fungus is merely a “cosmetic” issue, which is their rationale for refusing to cover treatment. Even though 81% of patients are said to show improvement with this treatment, patients have to pay around $950 out-of-pocket due to insurers’ misguided policies.

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Triple Amputee Recalls Important Diabetic Foot Symptoms She Missed

Nine years ago, 47-year-old Jane Knight led a busy life. The British mum looked after an autistic son and worked as a therapist. She loved to write, paint, play piano, and sew. Today she lives as a triple amputee after operations removed both legs and one arm. It wasn’t a tragic accident that claimed her limbs — but a common disease that 25.8 million Americans and more than 3 million Brits have: diabetes.

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Prosthetic legs are not as glamorous as this photo would have you believe. Image Source:

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A Surprising Side Effect: Nail Fungus Cream a Potential Cure for HIV

Drug side effects are usually associated with unpleasantries like diarrhea, headaches, and nausea. However, a team of Rutgers Medical School researchers discovered an unlikely side effect for a drug commonly prescribed to treat toenail fungus: HIV cell death. At least, that’s the case in cell cultures. Clinical human trials are still needed, but the early findings are very exciting for scientists. Could the cure for HIV really have been beneath our noses the whole time?

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Existing HIV treatments can keep infected cells at bay, but cannot kill them. Image Source:

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What Is Ringworm? How to Identify and Treat This Common Fungal Infection

My sister’s friend came over one day and proudly declared, “Check this out. I have ringworm.” I instinctively recoiled and suddenly wanted to be as far away from her as possible. Indeed, the name “ringworm” strikes fear in the hearts of all who hear it; but, really, “ringworm” is a misnomer because this skin condition is not actually a parasitic worm at all! Affecting 10 to 20% of the general population, ringworm is a fungal skin infection that causes a circular, red, scaly rash with wavy, raised edges.

Admittedly, it does look a little like a worm biting its own tail! Yet, you needn’t feel overly grossed out by it. Ringworm is actually the same exact infection as “jock itch” and “athlete’s foot” — except that it is not just confined to a person’s nether-regions or feet. Ringworm generally affects the scalp, nails, arms, legs, or face. Like any fungus, it can spread easily.


The center of ringworm usually does not appear affected by the red raised rash, hence the name. Image Source:

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