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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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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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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 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.
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Fighting Fungus: Europeans Try Aerated Shoeboxes to Combat Athlete’s Foot

In America, topical creams and prescription drugs are the first athlete’s foot treatments that come to mind. However, Modelsa Plastik in Turkey is experimenting with the use of aerated shoeboxes to cut down on the athlete’s foot risk. Company CEO Abdullah Ayodogan said there are sanitary concerns with using cardboard shoeboxes, and that his new product uses air ducts to increase air flow inside the box and prevent the spread of athlete’s foot fungus.

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In some places, plastic shoeboxes are all the rage among shoe collectors.

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Innovations for Health: Can a Body Dryer Help You Prevent Athlete’s Foot Fungus?

A futuristic new gadget promises to revolutionize the bathroom as we know it. The Body Dryer may look like an ordinary bathroom scale — and it is a weight scale… but it’s also a body dryer that eliminates the need for bath towels. Can this help people who suffer from chronic athlete’s foot infections? We think it just might.

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The Body Dryer may put an end to unsanitary towels once and for all.

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Foot Fungus Awareness: Can You Get Athlete’s Foot from Laundry?

A college student recently wondered just how contagious athlete’s foot can be. “We have a communal area in my dorm for laundry,” he wrote. “One of the guys here has athlete’s foot. Can I catch it from putting my clothes where he washed his clothes?” There is no easy response to this question, but we decided to explore this question further to give you the most scientific answer we could dig up.

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Athlete’s foot fungus can transfer from socks to other articles of clothing in the wash, say researchers.
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Athlete’s Foot Misconceptions: 5 Myths Regarding Tinea Pedis

For years, Peggy Neilson struggled with recurring athlete’s foot infections after picking up the fungus from a public pool. This embarrassing problem left her with destroyed toenails, unsightly skin, and dry cracks in her heels that caused extreme pain. She tried prescription topical medication, foot soaks, wearing flip-flops in public, avoiding professional pedicures, and shoe sanitization.

A 90-day course of oral Lamisil from a podiatrist finally broke the cycle of re-infection, but Neilson advises, “In addition to getting oral medication, you are going to have to implement a multi-pronged approach to beating this infection.” A SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer is part of this multi-faceted approach to athlete’s foot relief. In order to come up with a good game plan, you will have to make sure you’re not falling for these five common athlete’s foot myths.

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Many myths surround athlete’s foot fungus infections.
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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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Nature’s Healing Properties: Home Remedies for Skin Conditions, Like Athlete’s Foot

The skin is one of the most sensitive parts of the body because it possesses so many sensory receptors. Millions of Americans suffer from some form of sensitive skin to a certain degree. Miami Dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD, FAAD says that up to 50% of her patients suffer from sensitive skin, whether it manifests as acne, rosacea, stinging and redness, or contact dermatitis allergy. Personal care products are loaded with suspected carcinogens and irritating chemicals, so home remedies for skin conditions are a popular topic of interest on the internet. Whether you have acne or athlete’s foot, there are natural treatments for almost every type of skin condition. Do they work? Well, that is up to you to find out!

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Are you cursed with sensitive skin? If so, then a natural remedy for athlete’s foot may be in the cards for you.
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