Symptoms of Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s Foot (or “Ringworm of the Foot”) is a type of fungal infection that causes an itchy rash. It’s the same type of fungus that causes “Ringworm of the Groin” (or “Jock Itch.”) If left untreated, the foot fungus symptoms can worsen and affect the toenails, soles and sides of feet as well. Sometimes bacteria infects the cracked, blistered skin. Then you’ve got a whole other problem on your hands — err, feet! Knowing how to treat fungal infections early and recognize the symptoms of athlete’s foot will be the key to a speedy recovery.

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Smelly Shoes: How Dirty ARE They?

Sure, everyone has smelly shoes after a full work day… right? The surprising truth is that shoe odor is not merely caused by natural foot sweat and lack of aeration — but, rather, by a tremendous amount of bacteria that builds up on the outside and the inside of your shoes. Gross! It may not be pleasant, but we’ve got the plain truth for you in today’s blog.

The Outside of Smelly Shoes…

In the United States, most people don’t even think twice about walking through their home with shoes on. Yet, shoes indoors are strictly forbidden in countries like Sweden and Japan. “Good Morning America” discovered why when they tested the bottom of eight people’s shoes and two dogs’ paws for bacteria. The worst offender had 66 million organisms on the bottom of her shoes! When you compare that to the 1,000 organisms on the average toilet seat, it’s pretty significant. Out of 10 tests they ran on the show, nine revealed the presence of coliform bacteria, which is present in human and animal excrement. YUCK!

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