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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5 Cures For Stinky Feet and Shoes That'll Save Your Relationship

The Situation: Stinky Feet!

I have a wonderful girlfriend, who I am thinking about proposing to. Unfortunately, I have awful-smelling feet. She has over-active olfactory glands and can’t deal with the smell. What do I do to fix this, so I can propose to my girl?”

This letter was written to a columnist at Dead Spin magazine and reveals a troubling scenario that many people may unknowingly face. Are your stinky feet hurting your relationship? Personal body odor can be a sensitive topic that people are uncomfortable discussing with one another, no matter how intimate they are. If you’ve ever noticed a foul odor emanating from your socks, then chances are, someone else has noticed eau de cheese in your presence. You owe it to yourself and your relationship to look into the problem because, contrary to popular belief, feet should not smell.

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Thick Toenails Treatment

Yellowed, thickened toenails are not just unsightly. They can also pose a problem to the surrounding tissue, with terrible consequences. If you have yellow, thick toenails that appear to be crumbling at the edges, you should seek thick toenails treatment as soon as possible because it could be a symptom of toenail fungus and infection. In some cases, it may be contagious.

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Itchy Feet and Diabetes

Itchy feet and Diabetes often accompany one another. Even though there are plenty of other symptoms that disturb a diabetic, many people will tell you that the itchy feet — particularly at night — are simply intolerable! According to Diabetes.orgas many as 33 percent of diabetics suffer from a skin disorder.

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What Skin Conditions Cause Itchy Feet In Diabetics?

If your feet are itching to high heaven, you may be suffering from one of the following conditions…

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Home Remedies For Fungus Nails: Does Lysol Work?

We read a lot of fanciful claims on the Internet about home remedies for fungus nails. We would never recommend putting Vic’s Vaporub on your feet — unless you want to feel intolerable burning pain on a sensitive part of the body. Nor would we ever recommend a useless cornmeal foot soak or using white iodine. Yet, we have seen some doctors recommended LYSOL spray as a viable way of killing bacteria in shoes. We have several problems with this advice.

For One, Lysol Is Full Of Toxic Chemicals!

The Daily Beast ranked Lysol disinfectant spray among their “Most Toxic Home-Cleaning Products.” According to the paper, potentially harmful ingredients include: ethyl alcohol, carbon dioxide, and triethanolamine. These chemicals are “suspected of causing cancer, developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity, [and] respiratory toxicity.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issues this warning about Lysol: “Hazard to humans and domestic animals. Causes eye irritation. Do not spray in eyes, on skin or on clothing…. May cause skin irritation upon prolonged or repeated contact…. If on skin, wash with plenty of soap and water. If irritation occurs or persists, get medical attention.” While it is only rated as a “slight risk,” it’s clearly stated that these chemicals should not be put on the skin.

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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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Smelly Shoes: How Dirty ARE They?

Sure, everyone has smelly shoes after a full work day… right? The surprising truth is that shoe odor is not merely caused by natural foot sweat and lack of aeration — but, rather, by a tremendous amount of bacteria that builds up on the outside and the inside of your shoes. Gross! It may not be pleasant, but we’ve got the plain truth for you in today’s blog.

The Outside of Smelly Shoes…

In the United States, most people don’t even think twice about walking through their home with shoes on. Yet, shoes indoors are strictly forbidden in countries like Sweden and Japan. “Good Morning America” discovered why when they tested the bottom of eight people’s shoes and two dogs’ paws for bacteria. The worst offender had 66 million organisms on the bottom of her shoes! When you compare that to the 1,000 organisms on the average toilet seat, it’s pretty significant. Out of 10 tests they ran on the show, nine revealed the presence of coliform bacteria, which is present in human and animal excrement. YUCK!

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Recurring Toenail Fungus: Is It Possible To Prevent?

Toenail fungus is no picnic. What begins as a few white and yellow spots beneath the nail can quickly spiral into thickened, discolored nails with crumbling edges. Diabetic patients must be especially vigilant about infections to their feet, which could result in amputation if left unchecked! The Washington Post reports that patients can spend “years and hundreds of dollars trying to clear the infection with drugs, topical treatments and home remedies, sometimes to no avail.”

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Laser Fungus Treatment Pros

Hope has arrived in the form of laser fungus treatment — which costs $1,000 a treatment and is not covered by insurance, but is said to be more effective than oral medication like Lamisil, which only works on two out of three patients. Several years ago, the FDA cleared the first laser, PinPointe, for the “temporary increase of clear nail” in patients with onychomycosis toenail fungus. They cleared the second, GenesisPlus, in April of 2011. The good news is that patients do not report any side effects from laser treatment for toenail fungus and there is no increased risk of liver complications (as there is with oral medications).

Laser Fungus Treatment Cons

On the downside, patients must wait until the infected toenail completely grows out — not to mention, there is no guarantee the fungus is gone forever. “I never use the term ‘cured’ with toenail fungus,” said Washington podiatrist Stephen J. Kominsky. “With a cure, people think there’s no chance for a recurrence. In this case, there is a chance.” He said patients should expect to return to his office within 5 years with at least a minimal re-infection.

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Why Is It So Hard To Eliminate Toenail Fungus?

We feel the reason so many people suffer from repeated fungal infections is that they’re putting their feet back into contaminated shoes each day. You can think of your shoes as petri dishes full of bacteria. Sources for fungus include pedicures, locker rooms, public pools, and essentially any place that is “dark and moist,” says Dr. Kominsky.

Washington podiatrist Lee Firestone estimates that at least half of his patients over 70 have toenail fungus. There is really no avoiding fungus. The best we can do is keep our feet as clean, sanitary and dry as possible.

While we wash our socks with each use, the shoe is largely ignored. This is a problem because fungal infections can easily traverse through the sock to the foot and toenail. “A fungus sheds ‘spores’, like tiny seeds, which wait for the right moment to grow into new fungus. The most common place for these spores to collect is in shoes,” the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology tells us. “Therefore, after effective treatment, a fungus may recur quickly where spores are present. Fungus doesn’t care what color the socks are. White socks offer no advantage.”

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Home remedies for fungus nails rarely work because homemade rinses, expensive ointments and over-the-counter creams are unable to penetrate to the root. The Washington Post cites a retiree from Fairfax, Virginia named Richard who started with laser treatment for his yellowed, thickened nails — which did penetrate to the root — and followed up by purchasing all new socks and SteriShoe®, upon the recommendation of his doctor.

We’re so glad we could help Richard out! The SteriShoe® device uses UV rays to sanitize shoes. You may have heard of the UV light devices used to clean bacteria from toothbrushes. It’s the same exact technology! It’s the perfect complement to people who have shelled out the cash for the toenail fungus laser treatment and would like to maximize their investment by doing all they can to prevent a recurrence. SteriShoe® works by inserting the device into shoes, turning it on, and letting the UV light kill off toenail-fungus-causing bacteria within 45 minutes.

Is it realistic to presume a toenail fungus infection will never occur again with treatment? Probably not. Yet, it’s sensible and realistic to reduce our risk using the most effective tools on the market.


Diabetic Care: Top 6 Ways to Keep Your Feet Healthy

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Diabetes causes poor circulation and the loss of sensation, particularly in the feet. Just a routine sore or blister can spiral into a festering ulcer if left untreated! Every year, 5,700 patients are seen in U.S. hospitals for diabetic foot injuries and diabetic foot infections. There are approximately 68,000 diabetes-related foot amputations performed annually.*

It can be hard to imagine how such a tragedy could occur, but feet tend to be one of those body parts that are “out of sight, out of mind.” Contributing factors to declining foot health include: excess moisture, blisters, cuts, ingrown toenails, bacterial infections, tissue loss, ulcers, poor blood pressure, and limited access to UV light therapy.

As you may know, UV lights have been routinely used to sterilize and disinfect medical equipment in hospitals for decades. Now UV lights are seen as a helpful tool in at-home diabetes care. The book Healthy Feet for People with Diabetes recommends using a patented UV light sterilization device daily to protect the feet from athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, chronic odor, festering sores, and exposure to dangerous pathogens.

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