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.
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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.
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Don’t Let Foot Fungus Spoil Your Summer Fun: Learn How to Spot and Treat Problems Today

The scenarios are all too common. The kids are playing outside in bathing suits and a kiddie pool; your little one stubs a toe. You’re gardening in the backyard, enjoying the feel of the cool grass on your bare feet, and then you drop a trowel on the top of your toenail. There are limitless ways to injure a foot outdoors in the summer, but the real danger comes weeks later — when bacteria and fungi creep into the open wound and cause summer-spoiling infection.

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Don’t let foot fungus ruin your family’s summer plans. Get a SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to help prevent infection.
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A Fashion and Health Dilemma: Are Your Ugg Boots Harboring Foot Fungus?

When I thought of California, I always imagined everyone would be wearing sandals and flip-flops everywhere. But when I visited eight years ago, it seemed that every girl was wearing a pair of Uggs. “Boots? In this heat?” I thought; but, apparently, they aren’t very good in rain or snow, so it sort of makes sense.

Despite their enormous popularity, there has been a lot of hating on the widespread popularity of Ugg boots in recent years, for a number of reasons. Some just feel that the boots are ridiculous looking, particularly when paired with shorts or mini skirts. The favored footwear also presents some health drawbacks.

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People hate on Uggs for various reasons. Some just think they are ugly, but others have legitimate concerns about foot fungus.
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Reportedly, they cause foot and ankle pain when worn too often, men hate themand they have been linked to foot fungus! Yuck! Battling foot fungus for months or even years is a frustrating ordeal, but proper shoe sanitization can go a long way in helping you prevent a recurrence, without tossing out your favorite footwear.

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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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Can Ciclopirox Shampoo Help Combat Fungal Infections of the Feet?

Most of us put a lot of thought into the type of shampoo we buy because we want our locks to look as healthy, shiny and maintained as possible. Some people need to go over and beyond the store standards to find special medicated shampoo containing ciclopirox that will help treat their itchy, red, painful scalp dermatitis. Did you know that this shampoo may be used to treat fungal infections of the feet too?

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Famous People Who’ve Had Athlete’s Foot & Fungal Nails

No one likes to admit they were frolicking barefoot in public and fell prey to a disgusting foot fungus! Yet, these conditions are so common that even the most idolized figures in society can contract, so you needn’t feel ashamed. Athlete’s foot affects one in 10 people in North America and toenail fungus is said to affect 14% of Americans. Check out some of the celebrities who have allegedly had tinea pedis or onychomycosis…

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10 Ways To Prevent Athlete's Foot Fungus Symptoms From Recurring

One in 10 people in North America have athlete’s foot fungus symptoms of itchy, red, cracking, peeling, flaking skin. According to some estimates, you’re 50% more likely to develop athlete’s foot again if you’ve had it once already. It’s recently been discovered that two genetic mutations make a person more susceptible to contracting the fungal skin infection. However, it’s still possible to limit the risk and prevent infection. Here are 10 preventative methods from the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

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Researchers Discover Over 100 Types of Foot Fungus

There are over 100 types of fungus living on our feet, according to a new study by the Human Genome Research Institute. While this may sound absolutely disgusting, a lot of these microbes aren’t so bad, says lead author Dr. Julie Segre. “One of the major functions of healthy fungi is to prevent pathogenic fungi [like athlete’s foot or toenail fungus] from adhering to our skin.”

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