5 Ways To Protect Yourself From UV This Summer

At this time of year, the sun’s hot rays are in full effect. No matter where you are in the country, you’re likely feeling it on a sunny day! Although the sun can have some negative effects on our bodies– especially during the summer heat, it is important to remember that ultraviolet light is one of nature’s many wonders. On the bright side, it is a natural killer of harmful pathogens when heavily concentrated in one area. We have harnessed this power to sanitize hospital rooms, drinking water, toothbrushes, and even our favorite pair of athletic shoes. Shoe Care Innovations, the maker of the SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer, have five ways for you to protect yourself from unintentional UV exposure this summer.

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Wearing sun-protective clothing (like this top from TatJacket) is one way to limit your exposure to UV this summer. Image Source: BeautyThroughStrength.com

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New Technology Can Help Homeless Suffering With Foot Fungus

“The worst ongoing thing is the fungus that goes on with people’s feet. It eats away and destroys the toenails and just makes it very hard for people to walk,” said Reverend Bob Book, a Christian clergyman at the Church of the Common Ground. He and his wife, Holly, have set to work cleansing the feet of the homeless in Atlanta.

Each week, 35 people come through his clinic to receive a foot soak, apricot pumice scrub, nail trim, menthol ointment massage, air freshener for their shoes, a dry pair of socks, and even insoles.

This sort of charity is taking off at clinics across America in places like Orlando, Boston, and Nashville — and proponents say it’s about more than just preventing the spread of bacterial foot infections: it’s about self-esteem, too.

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America’s homeless suffer from a myriad of health issues — not least of which is foot fungus. Charities are stepping up to help out. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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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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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.
Image Source: Flickr user TheArches

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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.
Image Source: Nephron via Wikimedia.org

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Exploring the Power of UV Light: Types, Effects, and Utilization for Sanitization Purposes

We are all familiar with the term “UV light.” Most of us think of ultraviolet light in terms of sun exposure and sunburns. We understand that the earth’s ozone layer protects us from much of the radiation energy that the sun produces. Yet, we don’t often think of the beneficial effects of UV light — in our environment and upon every living organism.

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The sun’s powerful rays can be harnessed for a number of helpful applications.
Image source: Flickr user Colby Stopa

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Fungus Alert: The Importance of Making Sure Your Nail Spa Is Up to Code

There’s nothing like treating yourself to a day at the spa. A little bit of pampering can make a person feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Unfortunately, some manicure and pedicure salons can leave visitors with unwanted side effects that last weeks, months, or even years. Though rare, fungal infections stem from unsanitary practices and contaminated equipment. In today’s article, we’ll discuss the prevalence of fungus in salons and how to tell if your local spa is up to code.

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Pedicures are a great way to pamper yourself — but only if your salon is up to code!
Image Source: Sarah_Ackerman via Wikimedia.org

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Say Goodbye to Fungal Freeloaders: Examining Candida, Symptoms, and Treatment

In elementary school, we learn about symbiotic relationships: the lamprey that cleans debris off the shark; the bio-luminescent bacteria that attracts food for the anglerfish; the bees that pollinate the flowers. We tend to think of ourselves as autonomous beings, but — just as you are comprised of cells and genes — you are also comprised of microscopic organisms from your environment. Sometimes these trillions of microbes help us, such as the case of the one kilogram of intestinal “good” bacteria. Yet, other times, the parasites take advantage of their kindly hosts, causing them harm.

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You can see the spores of candida albicans in this image.

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Are You a Germaphobe? Exploring Mysophobia Symptoms and Treatment

Elizabeth Sanchez wrote to the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper about what it’s like to be a germaphobe. “I cannot begin to count the number of times someone has said this [quit being a germaphobe] to me as I set about to do something rational,” she says, adding that she is simply “a rational person with a few oddities.”

She explains: “OK, so I don’t share makeup because I don’t want to get conjunctivitis. I don’t share food or drink for fear that someone else’s illness may enter my system. I wear flip-flops to the pool to avoid athlete’s foot. I wash my hands frequently to avoid sickness. And I shower every day because I don’t want to smell or have greasy hair. Be it a common cold or foot fungus, I simply do not want to become sick. This all makes perfect sense to me, so why doesn’t anyone else understand it?”

In today’s post, we take a look at the criteria to be a so-called “germaphobe” and explore a few things that’ll make life easier for you if you happen to be one.

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Although hygiene and cleanliness is important, the need to continue clean, sanitize and sterilize all day long is not normal.
Image source: Flickr user Kezziee

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Cleansing Treatment: A Few of Our Favorite Antifungal Soaps

If you’ve ever struggled with foot fungus like athlete’s foot or toenail fungus, then you know firsthand just how aggravating the problem can be. Naturally, you want to do everything you can to beat these unwanted pathogens. The easiest place to take care of business is the shower. The makers of the SteriShoe Ultra-Violet Shoe Sanitizer, the only clinically proven way to sanitize footwear of fungus and bacteria, have assembled a helpful list of antifungal soaps (made with tea tree oil) that you may use in addition to their product.

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Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal agent.

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