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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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Battling Athlete’s Foot: Understanding Tinea Pedis and Examining Various Treatments

Athlete’s foot is an annoying malady, to say the least. It can also become costly to treat. The cost of treating a bout of athlete’s foot can range from $9 to $85, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. What you pay depends upon a myriad of factors, including the type of infection, the severity, the type of medication purchased, and where you buy it. Given the expense, it’s not surprising that many people would rather find an affordable home remedy for athlete’s foot than pay the pharmacist. Yet, you are probably wondering… are these treatments worth your time?

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There are many different products that can treat athlete’s foot fungus infections.

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Fighting Fungus: Europeans Try Aerated Shoeboxes to Combat Athlete’s Foot

In America, topical creams and prescription drugs are the first athlete’s foot treatments that come to mind. However, Modelsa Plastik in Turkey is experimenting with the use of aerated shoeboxes to cut down on the athlete’s foot risk. Company CEO Abdullah Ayodogan said there are sanitary concerns with using cardboard shoeboxes, and that his new product uses air ducts to increase air flow inside the box and prevent the spread of athlete’s foot fungus.

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In some places, plastic shoeboxes are all the rage among shoe collectors.

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Innovations for Health: Can a Body Dryer Help You Prevent Athlete’s Foot Fungus?

A futuristic new gadget promises to revolutionize the bathroom as we know it. The Body Dryer may look like an ordinary bathroom scale — and it is a weight scale… but it’s also a body dryer that eliminates the need for bath towels. Can this help people who suffer from chronic athlete’s foot infections? We think it just might.

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The Body Dryer may put an end to unsanitary towels once and for all.

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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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Athlete’s Foot Misconceptions: 5 Myths Regarding Tinea Pedis

For years, Peggy Neilson struggled with recurring athlete’s foot infections after picking up the fungus from a public pool. This embarrassing problem left her with destroyed toenails, unsightly skin, and dry cracks in her heels that caused extreme pain. She tried prescription topical medication, foot soaks, wearing flip-flops in public, avoiding professional pedicures, and shoe sanitization.

A 90-day course of oral Lamisil from a podiatrist finally broke the cycle of re-infection, but Neilson advises, “In addition to getting oral medication, you are going to have to implement a multi-pronged approach to beating this infection.” A SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer is part of this multi-faceted approach to athlete’s foot relief. In order to come up with a good game plan, you will have to make sure you’re not falling for these five common athlete’s foot myths.

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Many myths surround athlete’s foot fungus infections.
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Nature’s Healing Properties: Home Remedies for Skin Conditions, Like Athlete’s Foot

The skin is one of the most sensitive parts of the body because it possesses so many sensory receptors. Millions of Americans suffer from some form of sensitive skin to a certain degree. Miami Dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD, FAAD says that up to 50% of her patients suffer from sensitive skin, whether it manifests as acne, rosacea, stinging and redness, or contact dermatitis allergy. Personal care products are loaded with suspected carcinogens and irritating chemicals, so home remedies for skin conditions are a popular topic of interest on the internet. Whether you have acne or athlete’s foot, there are natural treatments for almost every type of skin condition. Do they work? Well, that is up to you to find out!

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Are you cursed with sensitive skin? If so, then a natural remedy for athlete’s foot may be in the cards for you.
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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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