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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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The Healing Wonders of Moose Saliva: Could It Be a Legit Foot Fungus Treatment?

Moose are interesting animals. Like camels, they are particularly slobbery creatures. Yet, this excess saliva has an unusual benefit for the animal, York University biologist Dawn Bazely told the CBCApparently, moose saliva helps reduce the amount of fungus picked up from the vegetation it eats. Some of their favorite grazing plants use fungi for self-protection — and too much fungi makes a moose sick. Can moose saliva be used in foot fungus treatments one day? Perhaps!

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Can a moose help to cure foot fungus? Scientists explore.
Image Source: Hagerty Ryan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikimedia.org

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Foot Facts: Eight in Ten Americans Suffer from Issues like Toenail Fungus or Shoe Odor

Are you up to date on your foot facts? Here is some food for thought: eight in ten people suffer from some kind of foot ailment that affects their quality of life, according to a March 2014 survey of 1,000 adult Americans conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association. More than half of those surveyed have more than one foot issue, and a third have three or more issues.

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People with foot problems are more likely to suffer other issues around the body.

We have an innovative product that can help with a few of the top mentioned foot problems, including the top two — sweaty, smelly feet and toenail fungus. With one 45-minute cycle, the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer  kills up to 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, and foot fungus inside the shoes to help prevent infection. Let’s delve deeper into the problems that plague so many people, and our solutions to some of the top concerns.

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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?
Image Source: Flickr user Nicholas A. Tonelli

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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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Eating for Foot Health: Try Superfoods to Prevent Diabetes Infections

“Food is medicine,” according to wise Greek philosopher Hippocrates. In ancient times, food was all people had to prevent horrible diseases and infections. Today, people with diabetes are often advised to be mindful of what they eat. “Even though we live in a pill-popping, drug-oriented culture, more and more people are starting to realize that food is really our best medicine,” concurs Dr. Stephan Ripich, M.D. He adds, “There is no stage of Type 2 that can’t be helped by making some smart dietary changes.”

The makers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer are interested in learning how to prevent diabetes complications, like diabetes infections of the foot. In addition to killing fungus and bacteria in your footwear using UV light, eating the right superfoods is another natural method of preventing infection.

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There are many superfoods that can help diabetics prevent infections.

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Footcare Trade Secrets: Our 10 Best tips for Treating and Coping with Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is America’s dirty little secret. It is estimated that 35 million people suffer from it, but only a fraction of those infected actually seek treatment. Many people just hide their feet inside shoes or paint over their nails with polish. These keratin-loving dermatophytes are picked up in hotel showers, foot spas, locker rooms, and swimming pools.

The Problem with Toenail Fungus…

One thing is for certain: you do NOT want to get stuck with this awful condition. Insurance companies consider nail fungus to be a “cosmetic” issue since it doesn’t typically cause pain or disability, so many of the newer treatments like laser removal are not covered. Other treatments like oral pills and topical creams have limited success rates. The fungus is quick to spread from the big toe to the smaller toes, but takes from six months to a year or even longer for a healthy nail to grow in to replace the fungus nail.

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Toenail fungus is hard to get rid of, but don’t be disheartened; follow these 10 tips!

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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.
Image Source: Josh Hallett via Wikimedia.org

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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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