MRSA & Why You Need To Cure Athlete's Foot Now

MRSA, or Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureaus, is a type of bacterial strain that is impervious to antibiotics. At one time it was considered to be an infection picked up in hospitals, but the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) reports that: “More Americans are developing drug-resistant staph infections, known as MRSA, from common, relatively minor foot problems such as cuts, cracks in the skin, athlete’s foot and ingrown toenails.”

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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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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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Symptoms of Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s Foot (or “Ringworm of the Foot”) is a type of fungal infection that causes an itchy rash. It’s the same type of fungus that causes “Ringworm of the Groin” (or “Jock Itch.”) If left untreated, the foot fungus symptoms can worsen and affect the toenails, soles and sides of feet as well. Sometimes bacteria infects the cracked, blistered skin. Then you’ve got a whole other problem on your hands — err, feet! Knowing how to treat fungal infections early and recognize the symptoms of athlete’s foot will be the key to a speedy recovery.

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