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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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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.
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Foot Fungus Awareness: Can You Get Athlete’s Foot from Laundry?

A college student recently wondered just how contagious athlete’s foot can be. “We have a communal area in my dorm for laundry,” he wrote. “One of the guys here has athlete’s foot. Can I catch it from putting my clothes where he washed his clothes?” There is no easy response to this question, but we decided to explore this question further to give you the most scientific answer we could dig up.

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Athlete’s foot fungus can transfer from socks to other articles of clothing in the wash, say researchers.
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Fungal Infections: A Potential Problem for the Entire Body

Fungal infections manifest themselves in many different ways. A fungal skin infection is hard to miss once the tell-tale itchy, red patches arise. Athlete’s foot is a common fungal skin infection that is contracted from touching one’s bare foot onto a dermatophyte present in the environment. While our skin is teeming with dermatophyte organisms, they won’t do us harm unless there is a break in the skin’s barrier. Unfortunately, something as small as a cracked heel, a bent cuticle, an ingrown toenail, or a blister can be a way for pathogens to invade the body and cause sickness.

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What starts as a little bit of athlete’s foot today could become a widespread infection tomorrow.
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Dermatologist Tips to Protect Athletes from Foot Fungus Infections

Competitive athletes work hard to keep themselves strong and healthy enough to play in as many games as possible. They spend vast amounts of time lifting weights, running, skills training, and eating nutritious foods. However, the surface of the skin — particularly on the feet — can be an area many athletes forget to  maintain. This negligence puts not only the athletes themselves at risk, but also their teammates, dermatologist Jeffrey V. Benabio, MD, FAAD, of Kaiser Permanente in San Diego tells Infection Control Today.

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Learn how athletes can prevent skin infections at the SteriShoe Blog.
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The Nature of Athlete’s Foot: Why Does Fungus Seem More Prevalent Among Runners?

Athlete’s foot is a broad term for a type of foot fungus. Anyone — even non-athletes — can catch it from the environment, but the fungus seems to be more prevalent among long distance runners in particular. “My daughter is a keen runner and she regularly suffers from athlete’s foot. What can she do to prevent it?” wonders a parent from Glasgow, Scotland, writing in to the Evening Times. Fortunately, the makers of SteriShoe, a UV shoe sanitizer, have the answers.

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Athlete’s foot attacks runners disproportionately because their feet are trapped in warm, damp shoes for such extended periods of time.
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Keep Foot Fungus at Bay: 3 Key Reminders for the Prevention of Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s foot doesn’t just plague athletes. It can infect anyone who comes into contact with the type of dermatophyte fungus responsible for the itchy, red, burning patches. This common fungal infection is most prevalent in public areas, like locker rooms, swimming pools and showers — hence the “athlete” portion of the name — but it can also lurk in grass and on any hard surface. If you suspect you have come into contact with foot fungus, it’s best to apply an over-the-counter antifungal cream from your local pharmacy. We explore three ways to prevent this unsightly, uncomfortable foot condition.

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You can try to make light of athlete’s foot, but this irritating condition is no laughing matter!
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Diagnosis Help Desk: Is It Athlete’s Foot or Dry Skin?

“I’d say 70% of cases — what they think is dry skin — is actually athlete’s foot,” says Sima Soltani DPM, a professor of surgery at George Washington University Medical Center. He adds that many patients go to a podiatrist after several years of unsuccessfully treating their “dry skin.”

The differences between a foot fungus and scaly, dry patches can be subtle. Web MD says that “athlete’s foot can look different in each person” — with some people experiencing peeling and cracking between the toes, while others have dryness or redness on the soles of their feet. We’ll give you a few ways of detecting just what you’re dealing with and treating the condition accordingly.

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Here is a case of dry feet. Notice the lack of redness, blisters, or pattern.
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Experiencing More Than Itchy Toes? 4 Complications Associated with Tinea Pedis

Tinea pedis — or athlete’s foot — is a chronic foot infection that manifests itself as an itchy, red, scaly rash between the toes and along the soles. Sometimes the condition leads to complications, especially if the patients are immuno-suppressed, diabetic, or allergy sufferers. Once a fungus invades the body, the tissues may become susceptible to other attacks. In this article, we’ll examine four common complications that occur concurrently with athlete’s foot.

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Is it just athlete’s foot… or are you also suffering from one of the four coexisting conditions that often accompany this fungal infection?
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The Amazing Powers of Coconut Oil: A Cure For Athlete's Foot?

Coconut oil is one of the latest natural remedies for athlete’s foot, touted in both holistic blogs and books. It promises to be a relatively inexpensive remedy for foot fungus — and one that does not pose any risk of adverse side effects like most over-the-counter medications. We look into this alleged athlete’s foot cure and give you additional advice on curing athlete’s foot naturally.

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Coconut oil has many uses, in addition to being heralded as an “antibacterial / antifungal” agent.
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