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.
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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.
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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?
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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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Why It Just Won’t Go Away: Challenges in Treating Skin & Toenail Fungus

No one likes to be infected with any sort of pathogen, but some types are arguably worse than others. For instance, bacterial infections are often cleared up with a week’s worth of antibiotics. On the other hand, fungal infections can persist for months on end, with or without treatment. Some people suffer with toenail fungus or chronic recurrences of athlete’s foot for years! So why are fungal infections so much harder to eradicate? Andrew Y. Finlay, a professor of dermatology, explained the challenges of treating skin and toenail fungus in a review published in the British Medical Journal.

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Pathogenic fungus is often chronic due to the challenges of treating it effectively.
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Nail Polish For Fungal Nails

Toenail fungus is an unsightly and often chronic condition that can last for years, so many people try to mask the yellow color and crumbling edges of fungal nails with toenail polish as they wait for the nail to clear. Unfortunately, using regular, commercial nail polish can be one reason why your toenail fungus infection isn’t clearing up.

Tanglewood Foot Specialists explains that chemicals in nail polish like toluene and formaldehyde “weakens the toenails and makes them more susceptible to developing a fungus infection.” Furthermore, The Mayo Clinic advises toenail fungus patients to “Give up nail polish and artificial nails” because “this can trap unwanted moisture and worsen the infection.” Instead, experts recommend using one of the natural antifungal toe nail polish brands instead.

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Dr.’s Remedy is one of the recommended brands of antifungal nail polish. Image Source: HeartlandFootAndAnkle.com

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Healing at Home: 4 Household Products that May Potentially Kill Athlete’s Foot Fungus

Heat and humidity are on the rise this time of year — and along with that comes an increase in foot fungus. Athlete’s foot is generally treated with over-the-counter antifungal medication, but some people find that the infections come back repeatedly. The People’s Pharmacy claims that there are a number of household products a person can use to kill recurrent athlete’s foot fungus in a pinch. Generally speaking, the household cures for athlete’s foot either “stink, sting or stain.”

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Some people claim a vinegar foot soak can heal the damage done by athlete’s foot fungus.

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