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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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The Healing Wonders of Moose Saliva: Could It Be a Legit Foot Fungus Treatment?

Moose are interesting animals. Like camels, they are particularly slobbery creatures. Yet, this excess saliva has an unusual benefit for the animal, York University biologist Dawn Bazely told the CBCApparently, moose saliva helps reduce the amount of fungus picked up from the vegetation it eats. Some of their favorite grazing plants use fungi for self-protection — and too much fungi makes a moose sick. Can moose saliva be used in foot fungus treatments one day? Perhaps!

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Can a moose help to cure foot fungus? Scientists explore.
Image Source: Hagerty Ryan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via 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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How Contagious Is Athlete’s Foot? Your Bad Habits, Not Others, May Be to Blame

New York University scientist Dr. Rudolf L. Baer wants you to know that you may have the fungus that causes athlete’s foot on your feet at this very moment. He’d like to dispel the myth that athlete’s foot is easily contagious from person to person, with the itchy, burning condition arising the moment someone comes into contact with a contaminated foot bath, shower room floor, yoga mat, or bed sheet. He wants the population to take another look at how the foot fungus really spreads and what we should really be doing to prevent it.

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Are your bad habits setting you at risk for contracting athlete’s foot fungus?
Image Source: Flickr user Nicholas A. Tonelli

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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.
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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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Footcare Trade Secrets: Our 10 Best tips for Treating and Coping with Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is America’s dirty little secret. It is estimated that 35 million people suffer from it, but only a fraction of those infected actually seek treatment. Many people just hide their feet inside shoes or paint over their nails with polish. These keratin-loving dermatophytes are picked up in hotel showers, foot spas, locker rooms, and swimming pools.

The Problem with Toenail Fungus…

One thing is for certain: you do NOT want to get stuck with this awful condition. Insurance companies consider nail fungus to be a “cosmetic” issue since it doesn’t typically cause pain or disability, so many of the newer treatments like laser removal are not covered. Other treatments like oral pills and topical creams have limited success rates. The fungus is quick to spread from the big toe to the smaller toes, but takes from six months to a year or even longer for a healthy nail to grow in to replace the fungus nail.

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Toenail fungus is hard to get rid of, but don’t be disheartened; follow these 10 tips!

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Please Don’t Tell Anyone, Doc: The Embarrassment of Athlete’s Foot

Feet trapped inside shoes tend to be out of sight, out of mind. So it’s no surprise that the idea of discussing these under-appreciated body parts has many patients feeling a little squeamish. No one wants to admit their imperfections, especially when it involves something as icky as foot fungus. Having a fungal foot infection does not mean you are a “dirty” or “unhygienic” person, but a lot of people feel that way. This is our second article in a series about embarrassing foot problems you may not want to discuss with your doctor, let alone anyone else.

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You don’t have to be an athlete to develop athlete’s foot, although it is commonly picked up from locker room floors.
Image Source: Josh Hallett via Wikimedia.org

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Foot Fungus & Other Skin Maladies: Should You DIY?

People will try just about anything to avoid going to the doctor. It’s natural to wonder, “Is taking so many medications really necessary… or are there cheap fixes that are just as effective?” You’ve probably had a neighbor, a relative, or a coworker share a story about an effective home remedy for acne, skin rashes, bee stings, or even foot fungus. The makers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer have found there are pros and cons to a Do-It-Yourself approach to medicine.

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Home remedies using foods, herbs, and essential oils have been around for centuries.
Image source: Stephanie via Wikimedia.org

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Antifungal Cream: Amazon Consumers’ Top Picks for Treating Foot Fungus

Two names stand out in the world of antifungal foot creams: Lotrimin and Lamisil. Lotramin uses prescription-strength Butenafine to treat athlete’s foot, whereas Lamisil uses prescription-strength terbinafine to treat foot fungus. If you have tried these medications and they did not work for you, there are a few other options that Amazon buyers say have provided favorable results.

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We look at some of the top picks for antifungal creams.
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