Don’t Let Foot Fungus Spoil Your Summer Fun: Learn How to Spot and Treat Problems Today

The scenarios are all too common. The kids are playing outside in bathing suits and a kiddie pool; your little one stubs a toe. You’re gardening in the backyard, enjoying the feel of the cool grass on your bare feet, and then you drop a trowel on the top of your toenail. There are limitless ways to injure a foot outdoors in the summer, but the real danger comes weeks later — when bacteria and fungi creep into the open wound and cause summer-spoiling infection.

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Don’t let foot fungus ruin your family’s summer plans. Get a SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to help prevent infection.
Image source: Flickr user Angela GS

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Battling Athlete’s Foot: Understanding Tinea Pedis and Examining Various Treatments

Athlete’s foot is an annoying malady, to say the least. It can also become costly to treat. The cost of treating a bout of athlete’s foot can range from $9 to $85, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. What you pay depends upon a myriad of factors, including the type of infection, the severity, the type of medication purchased, and where you buy it. Given the expense, it’s not surprising that many people would rather find an affordable home remedy for athlete’s foot than pay the pharmacist. Yet, you are probably wondering… are these treatments worth your time?

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There are many different products that can treat athlete’s foot fungus infections.

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Kids Can Learn about Foot Fungus and Germs with Infectiously Fun Children’s Book

Did you know that in some parts of the world, 80% of the population is infected with the “kitty-loving parasite” T. gondii? Statistically speaking, this microbe makes people more likely to “get into traffic accidents, prefer the smell of cat pee to pee from other animals, give birth to more sons, have slower reaction times and be more suspicious of others.”

This data comes to us from a rather unlikely source — a children’s book! It’s Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes is written by Jennifer Gardyhead of British Columbia’s Center for Disease Control Genome Research Laboratory, and is geared toward children ages 8-12. Yet, it’s a book that parents will find extremely informative and engaging, as well.

It's Catching book cover

Can a children’s book make learning about disgusting pathogens more fun?

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A Fashion and Health Dilemma: Are Your Ugg Boots Harboring Foot Fungus?

When I thought of California, I always imagined everyone would be wearing sandals and flip-flops everywhere. But when I visited eight years ago, it seemed that every girl was wearing a pair of Uggs. “Boots? In this heat?” I thought; but, apparently, they aren’t very good in rain or snow, so it sort of makes sense.

Despite their enormous popularity, there has been a lot of hating on the widespread popularity of Ugg boots in recent years, for a number of reasons. Some just feel that the boots are ridiculous looking, particularly when paired with shorts or mini skirts. The favored footwear also presents some health drawbacks.

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People hate on Uggs for various reasons. Some just think they are ugly, but others have legitimate concerns about foot fungus.
Image source: Flickr user Mark Quintanilla

Reportedly, they cause foot and ankle pain when worn too often, men hate themand they have been linked to foot fungus! Yuck! Battling foot fungus for months or even years is a frustrating ordeal, but proper shoe sanitization can go a long way in helping you prevent a recurrence, without tossing out your favorite footwear.

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Awareness and Prevention: How Do Diabetic Foot Ulcers Lead to Amputations?

The Amputation Prevention Centers of America says that nearly 1 in 5 diabetic foot infections require some sort of amputation. “If ulcers can be prevented, up to 85% of amputations may also be prevented,” says Dr. Francesco Squadrito, MD, of the University of Messina, Italy. It’s clear that diabetic foot ulcers many times result in amputations, but why? Shouldn’t we have more options for diabetic foot ulcer treatment in 2014?

diagram showing typical locations of foot ulcers

Foot ulcers usually appear on the bottom of the feet, but may also affect the toes.

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Home Treatment for Onychomycosis: Can Vicks Vaporub Really Cure Toenail Fungus?

Blogger Olga Boyko recalls the story of the summer she used Vicks VapoRub to cure the toenail fungus that afflicted her big toe. She showered and scrubbed the nail, then applied the medication, put a cotton sock over it, and went to sleep. In the morning after her shower, she tried to apply the medication again, but the infected portion of the nail started to peel off. “To this day, it’s the nastiest thing that has ever happened to me,” she wrote.

She reportedly applied the VapoRub anyway and continued to do so — twice a day — for several months. Despite the malady, she wore open-toe shoes to prevent fungus from taking hold inside damp, dark shoes. After three or four months, a healthy nail grew back. The internet is full of interesting stories like this one, alleging that Vicks VapoRub is an effective home remedy for toenail fungus. But is there any evidence backing this solution for a medical condition that is notoriously chronic and hard-to-treat?

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Can this cheap, over-the-counter medication cure toenail fungus?

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Fighting Fungus: Europeans Try Aerated Shoeboxes to Combat Athlete’s Foot

In America, topical creams and prescription drugs are the first athlete’s foot treatments that come to mind. However, Modelsa Plastik in Turkey is experimenting with the use of aerated shoeboxes to cut down on the athlete’s foot risk. Company CEO Abdullah Ayodogan said there are sanitary concerns with using cardboard shoeboxes, and that his new product uses air ducts to increase air flow inside the box and prevent the spread of athlete’s foot fungus.

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In some places, plastic shoeboxes are all the rage among shoe collectors.

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Embarrassing Foot Problems You May Not Want to Discuss with Your Doctor: Toenail Fungus

Annual wellness visits with a physician are meant to be a time to air all of one’s medical questions, cares, and concerns with a professional. However, many of us freeze up when we see the doctor’s smiling happy face — and, when posed with the question, “How are you?” we immediately launch into the scripted, “Fine” or “Good” response. We may be willing to discuss back pain or inflammation, but when it comes to feet, many people are squeamish. This blog is not designed to replace medical advice from your physician. However, you may feel more comfortable bringing up embarrassing foot problems once you’re more familiar with them. We will take a look at a few different conditions among several posts, with today’s focusing on toenail fungus.

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Toenail fungus is one condition people are embarrassed to discuss with their doctors.
Image Source: Flickr user DIBP Images

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Examining Thrombophlebitis: Secondary Infection Caused by Toenail Fungus Affects Circulation

Thrombophlebitis. Now there’s a big word! This term stems from “thrombo,” meaning clot, and “phlebitis,” referring to a vein with inflammation. This serious complication could result from an ordinary case of toenail fungus. According to Medscape, “Fungal nail infections increase the susceptibility of patients to other serious complications” — including foot ulcers, gangrene, recurrent cellulitis, and thrombophlebitis.

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Thrombophlebitis can be superficial in nature or strike deep within the veins.

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Addressing Concerns for Diabetics: Skin Care Products for Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Shoe Care Innovations invented the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer as an easy way of ridding one’s footwear of bacteria and fungi that could otherwise thrive and multiply into enormous colonies and cause festering foot infections. Ultraviolet light is a safe, natural, and effective method of preventing pathogens from reproducing or doing the body any harm. For people with diabetes, it’s especially important to keep the feet as clean and sanitized as possible. Our microbe-fighting product is one step in preventing diabetic foot infections. Prevention of an ulcerous break in the skin is another important factor to consider, so we’ve compiled a list of pressure ulcer prevention products.

antimicrobial cleanser

HibiClens is a hospital-grade antimicrobial cleanser diabetics can use on their feet.

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