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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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The Nature of Athlete’s Foot: Why Does Fungus Seem More Prevalent Among Runners?

Athlete’s foot is a broad term for a type of foot fungus. Anyone — even non-athletes — can catch it from the environment, but the fungus seems to be more prevalent among long distance runners in particular. “My daughter is a keen runner and she regularly suffers from athlete’s foot. What can she do to prevent it?” wonders a parent from Glasgow, Scotland, writing in to the Evening Times. Fortunately, the makers of SteriShoe, a UV shoe sanitizer, have the answers.

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Athlete’s foot attacks runners disproportionately because their feet are trapped in warm, damp shoes for such extended periods of time.
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Diagnosis Help Desk: Is It Athlete’s Foot or Dry Skin?

“I’d say 70% of cases — what they think is dry skin — is actually athlete’s foot,” says Sima Soltani DPM, a professor of surgery at George Washington University Medical Center. He adds that many patients go to a podiatrist after several years of unsuccessfully treating their “dry skin.”

The differences between a foot fungus and scaly, dry patches can be subtle. Web MD says that “athlete’s foot can look different in each person” — with some people experiencing peeling and cracking between the toes, while others have dryness or redness on the soles of their feet. We’ll give you a few ways of detecting just what you’re dealing with and treating the condition accordingly.

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Here is a case of dry feet. Notice the lack of redness, blisters, or pattern.
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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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