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Risks & Rewards: 4 of Nature’s Wonderful Antibiotics

This time of year, families are out hiking, camping and spending days at the beach. Having a well-stocked family first aid kit is imperative. However, you needn’t spend a fortune on items that have limited shelf lives. Instead, why not add some of nature’s wonderful antibiotics into the mix? As the makers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer, we truly believe that nature sometimes has the best answers to our problems. While natural remedies may not always be suitable for infants under 12 months, research shows they are well tolerated and often effective for older children and adults. Here are a few essentials for your kit.

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Natural antibiotics help boost immunity.

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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!
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Say Goodbye to Fungal Freeloaders: Examining Candida, Symptoms, and Treatment

In elementary school, we learn about symbiotic relationships: the lamprey that cleans debris off the shark; the bio-luminescent bacteria that attracts food for the anglerfish; the bees that pollinate the flowers. We tend to think of ourselves as autonomous beings, but — just as you are comprised of cells and genes — you are also comprised of microscopic organisms from your environment. Sometimes these trillions of microbes help us, such as the case of the one kilogram of intestinal “good” bacteria. Yet, other times, the parasites take advantage of their kindly hosts, causing them harm.

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You can see the spores of candida albicans in this image.

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Being Prepared for Anything: Does Your Handbag Contain Athlete’s Foot Prevention Items?

Any woman will tell you that some pretty weird items can be found inside any given handbag. Some of these items may even be quite embarrassing. From tiny flashlights and “emergency” packets of peanut butter, to packets of moleskin and tweezers, there’s no telling what you’ll find in a woman’s bottomless pit of a bag. Many women also carry slipper shoes in their purses — they go by names like Rollasole, SpareSoles, and Dr. Scholl’s Fast Foldable Flats — for more reasons than one. Perhaps it’s to give themselves a break from the relentlessness of heels… or perhaps it’s to avoid getting athlete’s foot fungus from other people’s houses!

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What odd items are in YOUR handbag? Make sure you’re prepared with foot care products!

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New Shoes, New You: Survey Reveals Connection Between Footwear & Feelings

What do you do with a pair of shoes that has been with you through thick and thin? Your favorite pair of shoes has seen it all — the mud puddles, the morning jogs, the hiking trips, the shopping trips, even the foot fungus. Unfortunately, once fungus strikes, your podiatrist might recommend that you throw out all your shoes and start fresh to avoid the possibility of recontaminating your feet. Or your podiatrist may recommend using the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to remove 99.9% of the fungi and bacteria in your shoes with each 45-minute cycle. For most people, the latter is not only a more economical option, but also a more emotionally gratifying option as well, as a new study reveals the ties between footwear and feelings.

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Thanks to the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer, you don’t have to throw out your favorite heels.
Image Source: Flickr user Jassie Singh

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Fungus in the News: Rhizopus in Hospital Linens Leads to Deadly Infection in Youngsters

A recent story in the NY Times plays into one of our greatest phobias — coming down with a sudden, fatal, unstoppable illness. The victims — a newborn boy in the NICU, a 10-year-old girl, and a 13-year-old boy — died at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans between August 2008 and July 2009. The children had horrible, mysterious open wounds on their abdomens, groins, and faces. Eventually, it was uncovered that the youngsters had come down with a flesh-eating fungal infection called mucormycosis caused by the fungus known as Rhizopus– and that fungus was spread by hospital bed linens and towels.

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What happened at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans could have happened anywhere. Administrators say they regret not being more proactive.
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April Is National Foot Health Awareness Month- Tips on Caring for Your Feet

You know your friends — your feet. They get you everywhere you need to go, whether it’s down a flight of stairs to the laundry room, over to the copying machine at work, across the mall for holiday shopping, or around the park for leisure. They’re arguably the most underrated part of the body. We are always bombarded with talk about “heart health” and “skin health,” but let’s not forget about foot health. It may be the end of the month, but it’s not too late to review a few key points for National Foot Health Awareness Month.

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April is National Foot Health Awareness Month.
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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.
Image Source: Alfred T. Palmer via Wikimedia.org

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UV Light Disinfects Hospitals, Cleans Water and Sanitizes Shoes

The sun’s UV light sometimes gets a bad rap due to concerns about “radiation.” In the summer months, we slather on sunblock to avoid these powerful UV rays. Yet, man has come up with a number of safe ways to harness ultraviolet light for practical purposes. In this article, we’ll discuss three emerging uses for UV technology that you may not know about.

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UV light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Image Source: Imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/

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