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5 Ways To Protect Yourself From UV This Summer

At this time of year, the sun’s hot rays are in full effect. No matter where you are in the country, you’re likely feeling it on a sunny day! Although the sun can have some negative effects on our bodies– especially during the summer heat, it is important to remember that ultraviolet light is one of nature’s many wonders. On the bright side, it is a natural killer of harmful pathogens when heavily concentrated in one area. We have harnessed this power to sanitize hospital rooms, drinking water, toothbrushes, and even our favorite pair of athletic shoes. Shoe Care Innovations, the maker of the SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer, have five ways for you to protect yourself from unintentional UV exposure this summer.

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Wearing sun-protective clothing (like this top from TatJacket) is one way to limit your exposure to UV this summer. Image Source: BeautyThroughStrength.com

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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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Nail Polish For Fungal Nails

Toenail fungus is an unsightly and often chronic condition that can last for years, so many people try to mask the yellow color and crumbling edges of fungal nails with toenail polish as they wait for the nail to clear. Unfortunately, using regular, commercial nail polish can be one reason why your toenail fungus infection isn’t clearing up.

Tanglewood Foot Specialists explains that chemicals in nail polish like toluene and formaldehyde “weakens the toenails and makes them more susceptible to developing a fungus infection.” Furthermore, The Mayo Clinic advises toenail fungus patients to “Give up nail polish and artificial nails” because “this can trap unwanted moisture and worsen the infection.” Instead, experts recommend using one of the natural antifungal toe nail polish brands instead.

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Dr.’s Remedy is one of the recommended brands of antifungal nail polish. Image Source: HeartlandFootAndAnkle.com

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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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Examining Diabetic Foot Facts: Exactly How Serious Is the Condition, and How to Cope?

We often hear that diabetics need to “inspect their feet everyday”… but is it really necessary? How many people with diabetes really suffer from complications like the loss of sensation in their feet, diabetic foot ulcers, gangrene, and life-threatening infections? Aren’t amputations a thing of the past, given the advances in modern science? The makers of a UV shoe sanitizing device have compiled a few pertinent statistics that illustrate just what a serious issue diabetic foot health is.

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Daily foot inspections should be part of a diabetic’s everyday life.
Image source: Flickr user Elvert Barnes

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Prevent Fungus Recurrence: 5 Ways to Sanitize Toenail Clippers

There are many often-overlooked reasons why toenail fungus either comes back or never seems to go away in the first place. If you got it from walking around a hotel shower, a swimming pool deck, or a gym locker room floor, then you obviously know to cover your feet with flip-flops or water shoes. What you may not think of is the fact that fungal spores can live on all kinds of surfaces for months — including metal toenail clippers! So when you cut your fungal nail with your clippers, you can easily transmit the fungi to other toenails or fingernails — and even reinfect yourself — if you don’t properly sanitize your clippers. We’ll give you a few different ways of doing that.

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Did you remember to sanitize these?
Image source: Flickr user Bradley Gordon

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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.
Image Source: Flickr user Robert S. Donovan

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Exploring the Power of UV Light: Types, Effects, and Utilization for Sanitization Purposes

We are all familiar with the term “UV light.” Most of us think of ultraviolet light in terms of sun exposure and sunburns. We understand that the earth’s ozone layer protects us from much of the radiation energy that the sun produces. Yet, we don’t often think of the beneficial effects of UV light — in our environment and upon every living organism.

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The sun’s powerful rays can be harnessed for a number of helpful applications.
Image source: Flickr user Colby Stopa

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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!
Image Source: Sarah_Ackerman via Wikimedia.org

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Cleansing Treatment: A Few of Our Favorite Antifungal Soaps

If you’ve ever struggled with foot fungus like athlete’s foot or toenail fungus, then you know firsthand just how aggravating the problem can be. Naturally, you want to do everything you can to beat these unwanted pathogens. The easiest place to take care of business is the shower. The makers of the SteriShoe Ultra-Violet Shoe Sanitizer, the only clinically proven way to sanitize footwear of fungus and bacteria, have assembled a helpful list of antifungal soaps (made with tea tree oil) that you may use in addition to their product.

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Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal agent.

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