Prevent Fungus Recurrence: 5 Ways to Sanitize Toenail Clippers

There are many often-overlooked reasons why toenail fungus either comes back or never seems to go away in the first place. If you got it from walking around a hotel shower, a swimming pool deck, or a gym locker room floor, then you obviously know to cover your feet with flip-flops or water shoes. What you may not think of is the fact that fungal spores can live on all kinds of surfaces for months — including metal toenail clippers! So when you cut your fungal nail with your clippers, you can easily transmit the fungi to other toenails or fingernails — and even reinfect yourself — if you don’t properly sanitize your clippers. We’ll give you a few different ways of doing that.

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Did you remember to sanitize these?
Image source: Flickr user Bradley Gordon

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Foot Fungus and Fashion: Can You Contract Athlete’s Foot from Shoe Shopping?

Podiatrists are warning that shoe shopping has caused an uptick in cases of athlete’s foot and plantar warts. We’d all like to think that our feet have been the first to grace a brand new shoe off the shelf, but that’s wishful thinking. Seven out of ten women like to try before they buy shoes, so it’s very likely that not every shoe was a perfect fit.

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Most women try on several pairs of shoes before finding the ideal size, style and fit.
Image Source: Flickr user Robert S. Donovan

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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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Examining the Popularity of Nameko Saibai: Japanese Game Makes Fungus Look Cute

“Cute” may not be the first adjective that comes to mind when you think of fungus — whether it’s foot fungus or edible mushrooms. Yet, Japanese game maker, Tokyo-based Beeworks, took a bold leap in revolutionizing the drab, ugly world of fungi for their smartphone app Nameko Saibai. In today’s post, find out what this smartphone app is and what makes it so popular. Also, learn what you can do if you’ve had a recent run-in with a real type of fungus that isn’t so cute.

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It’s hard to believe these cute characters are really just a type of fungus!

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Examining the Medical, Drug, and Work Loss Costs of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Healthcare cost in America has been a hot topic in the news for the past several years, as our nation’s leaders look at ways to curb expenses and make top-level care more affordable for the masses. At the very least, the economic burden of diabetes-related complications should remain a motivator for individuals with the disease to strive toward careful health management.

Did you know that the average cost to heal a diabetic foot ulcer is $8,000? For a wound that has become infected, this number skyrockets up to $17,000, according to a report published in Clinical Diabetes, the official journal of the American Diabetes Association. Beyond the medical bills, the cost of diabetic foot ulcers to society is astronomical.

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Diabetic Foot Ulcers result from a complex interaction of multiple risk factors.

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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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Examining Diabetes Feet: Populations with Increased Risk and Helpful Prevention Measures

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, it is listed as an underlying cause or contributing factor on more than 230,000 death certificates. Complications like kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, neuropathy, and amputation are of grave concern.

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Diabetes complications make the disease the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

At Shoe Care Innovations, we are particularly concerned about diabetes feet and amputations. Did you know that the 5-year mortality rate of diabetics with lower limb amputations is nearly 50%? We hope to change that by introducing Americans to a new way of helping to prevent diabetic foot infections.

For a myriad of reasons, some populations in America are at greater risk for the development of diabetes than others. We’ll take a look at the statistics and discuss why these groups should consider investing in ultraviolet light shoe sanitization devices as part of their daily health care regimen.

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