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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?
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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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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!
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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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Genetics, Gimmicks, and Impatience: Top 10 Reasons Why Your Toenail Fungus Isn’t Going Away

Toenail fungus is a formidable foe. Mentally, it’s an uphill battle. Just when you think you’ve turned a corner and started seeing progress, the pestilence rears its ugly head again. You probably feel self-conscious and frustrated beyond belief. After investing so much money and time, it seems that your efforts fail to pay off. Many people suffer from chronic toenail infections for a year or more! What’s a person to do?

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Are contaminated, closed-toe shoes causing your chronic toenail fungus? We have 10 reasons why your infection may not be clearing.

Shoe Care Innovations feels your pain. Adam Ullman, the founder of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer, suffered with toenail fungus for many years. He learned a lot about the causes of toenail fungus during the whole process. The many doctors he’s seen all had ideas about what was causing his toenail fungus to recur time and time again. We’d like to share some of these possibilities with you, so you can free yourself from the unending cycle of foot fungus infections, just like Adam did!

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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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Fungus in the News: Rhizopus in Hospital Linens Leads to Deadly Infection in Youngsters

A recent story in the NY Times plays into one of our greatest phobias — coming down with a sudden, fatal, unstoppable illness. The victims — a newborn boy in the NICU, a 10-year-old girl, and a 13-year-old boy — died at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans between August 2008 and July 2009. The children had horrible, mysterious open wounds on their abdomens, groins, and faces. Eventually, it was uncovered that the youngsters had come down with a flesh-eating fungal infection called mucormycosis caused by the fungus known as Rhizopus– and that fungus was spread by hospital bed linens and towels.

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What happened at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans could have happened anywhere. Administrators say they regret not being more proactive.
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April Is National Foot Health Awareness Month- Tips on Caring for Your Feet

You know your friends — your feet. They get you everywhere you need to go, whether it’s down a flight of stairs to the laundry room, over to the copying machine at work, across the mall for holiday shopping, or around the park for leisure. They’re arguably the most underrated part of the body. We are always bombarded with talk about “heart health” and “skin health,” but let’s not forget about foot health. It may be the end of the month, but it’s not too late to review a few key points for National Foot Health Awareness Month.

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April is National Foot Health Awareness Month.
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Is Foot Fungus an Occupational Hazard? Coping with Skin Infections Contracted While on the Job

Most people don’t spend their days pondering the risk of contracting foot fungus the way we do. But anyone who has suffered the uncomfortable malady is always on edge of developing an infection like athlete’s foot or onychomycosis (toenail fungus) again. For some groups of people, foot fungus can actually be considered an “occupational hazard.” With consistent exposure to conditions that promote the development of foot fungus, it is especially important for these demographics to take the necessary steps in making sure their feet are receiving appropriate attention and care.

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When you’re working hard in closed-toe boots all day, you’re at risk for developing foot fungus infections.
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