Bacterial Staph Infection Affecting Your Health?

Staph Infection: The Cause

So have you ever wondered what exactly is a Staph Infection? Or a better question would be how can affect someone’s well-being in terms of their health, the one thing that crosses anyone’s mind right off is if they have any type of infection what symptoms would manifest as a result from the disease itself. Before you know what type of symptoms you are having to indicate the affliction that is affecting your life, you need to understand it first to the fullest.

(Staphylococcus pneumonia pictured right)

You can’t fight against anything if you don’t know what it is that you are fighting against, recognizing the symptoms can give you most of the answers (sometimes all) however it would be wise to check with your primary doctor to confirm any symptoms that you are experiencing. The doctor can then tell you what the indications could be from the symptoms that are present, with a staph infection one of the symptoms that appear as swollen reddish areas on the body that can serve as an indicator.

Another set of symptoms could be:

  • Bump in an infected area on the body
  • Swelling painful (bump), when touch it feels warm and full of pus
  • Fever can result from the symptoms mentioned as well

IMG_0007[1]Staphylococcus aureus is the proper term for it, others may refer to it as the “super-bug” can cause many different diseases besides that symptoms just mention in the bulletin line-up you just read. The disease itself appears in the form of grapes (grape-like structure pictured left), this is how they appear under a microscope when grouped together. These are a very dangerous type of infection, and in some cases it can lead to death making it “fatal” if treatment is ignored.

Some cases the disease is not treatable due to the complexity of it, and it can be caught also from the foods that we eat! Yes you just heard that right, so preparing your food properly is a must ( also store your food properly in the freezer!).

The vaginal cavity can house many diseases if proper hygiene is neglected, staph infections thieves on different regions of the body so the disease itself is very indiscriminate in it’s aggression to spread and grow. It was reported that “Tampons” that women would use was causing symptoms of staphylococcus aureus to manifest, this was confirmed in a report study done back in the 80’s.

This disease is very ‘potent’ meaning that it can survive in open areas such as surfaces (walls, countertops, doorknobs, to name a few), if anyone comes in contact with surfaces where it is present can result in exposure to the person. The way that it can be transferred is through the skin, anyone that has the disease can give it to someone else that way.

Staphylococcus aureus also known as (MRSA) is resistant to antibiotic methicillin, this also includes other drugs that fall into this category (class). Depending on the type of Staph infection will dictate the treatment options necessary, topical, oral, & intravenous antibiotics, are treatable options that can apply to the severity of the infection.

In some cases treatment might not apply at all, but again depending on the frequency of the infection (like a mild infection), these are considered non-life threatening.  Various bacterial toxins can be spread from it at any given time, the encounter between an individual and the disease can come in different forms or even contaminated foods that are digested.

A few examples are listed below this line:

  • Boils – is a pus-filled bump (painful), they appear as cystic acne bumps; inflamed / reddened and very uncomfortable.
  • Impetigo – is recognized as a bacterial skin infection (GAS) or group “A” strep / staph. This particular form of the infection can be spread through direct contact between people as well as objects and items such as, doorknobs, cell phones, walls (example would be someone placing their hand on a wall for balance),  towels, floor mats, etc.
  • Food Poisoning – the infectious bacteria can survive on food that is either left out for some time, or can give off a bad smell can be an indicator that the food is contaminated. With staph the food may seem and normal (as if it is not contaminated), however it still can have the bacteria within it. This is known as “food poisoning” or what is known by the common terms Salmonella & Shigella Poisoning, these are two types of food contaminates are related to the bacteria itself.
  • Cellulitis – this is a bacterial infection that is resulted from “staph” itself, and this particular potential infection can carried in the nose, mouth, genitals, or even the anal region, without the person even knowing that it is there until it becomes active. Cellulitis affects the deep layers of the skin, this can be treated by the use of various antibiotics.
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) – this is the stage of staph infection that is known to be “fatal”, the infection is caused by “staph” itself (Staphylococcus aureus or group “A” Streptococcus bacteria). The infection can be caused by a bacterial toxin (or) a variety of bacterial toxins, that can manifest from an individual that suffers from a high fever (it’s origin may vary) which can also decrease the blood pressure in the body. Malasie and confusion can also result as a side-effect, other factors such as organ failure, health digression, and coma can lead to death.

Staph Infections Treatment Options

Staph infections can be very difficult to treat depending on the type that a person may come in contact with and contract, reason for this again as explained earlier in the article is the ability of the disease’s defenses to resist antibiotics this is why they coined the name “superbug” that best fits it’s description. 

So a great line of defense is a better offense wouldn’t you agree?

This means what you can do on your part is to take steps to prevent from contracting it in the first place, doing that will put you ahead of the game every time.

So check out the list below and follow the suggested steps to do just that!

  1. Always use your own personal items such a towel, wearing your own clothes (never wear somebody else’s), use your own soap, dishcloth, toothbrush etc., use alcohol for sterilization purposes as well to clean your personal items.
  2. Clean your bathroom especially items in your bathroom that have your body fluids present on them.
  3. Use your clothes dryer to properly dry clothes avoid hanging your clothes outside on a clothesline, this can avoid bacterial agents floating around in the air that might form on your clothes.
  4. Use foot powder to avoid foot infection such as Athlete’s Foot.
  5. Remember to take time when treating / covering any wounds (which should be done right away), the smallest wounds can still leave an open invite for a bacterial infection. Look for honey-colored scab(s), if you suspect any type of infection then you should seek out a health clinic right away.
  6. Make sure to buy waterproof bandages using them to cover any wounds, also ask your doctor for a “tropical cream” that is effective in the prevention of a staph infection. When using the cream make sure to use a Q-tip when applying it to the infected area, when finished throw away the used bandages and wash trash cans.
  7. Use antibacterial soap when washing your hands and body, especially make sure you wash your hands before eating any meals.

If you suspect that you have a staph infection of any kind (if you notice symptoms that identify with it) then do not hesitate to call your doctor, he or she can help assist you when prescribing the proper medication to treat it.

Remember not all cases will end with the same result for treatment, the disease is very difficult to eradicate from the body.


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What Foods Can Help To Prevent And Cause Kidney Stones

Kidney Stones: Formation

IMG_0011[1]It can happen from what many people would least expect it to form from, and yes this will anger quite  few people when you hear this but here it goes.

In the morning most people will start their day off with a bowl of cereal, and with that cereal you will need the one thing that goes with it and would be considered incomplete without it and that is milk.

Now if you didn’t know this about milk then you are not of this world I would have to say, milk is a dairy product and the golden rule about diary is to not to indulge heavily into it. So you have to say to yourself… “Well I guess I have to cut back on milk a lot more because of the fact that I might get a kidney stone infection which I definitely can do without.”

I will have to say milk does not increase your chances of getting kidney stones, the reason for that is because the it’s calcium properties that it holds which is what the body needs. That being said this leaves you wondering now just how do they manifest in the kidneys, better yet what foods will encourage their formation. So we take a closer look from here into the body namely our intestines.

You see a lot of people probably don’t know this, but your intestines actually need calcium to properly function, to help to digest food in your digestive tract, for you to get up and walk or run, even to help you to sit and think clearly. These areas that depend on calcium are your muscles, your brain, the nerves in your body as well as other organs will fall in this category.

So you might be seeing a bit of the picture that I just half-way painted for you, and yes you’re right if you painted most of the picture yourself already LOL. Without the proper source of calcium for the body, your kidneys will become a literal target for a kidney infection if not treated plus the formation of crystals that will turn into kidney stones. Another term called Oxalate is known as a chemical is found in different types of foods, oxalate will serve as the cause for kidney stones for one simple fact which is the lack of calcium found in your intestines.

The course of travel it will take is to the kidneys after it leaves your intestines, and once there it will search for the needed calcium to keep your body healthy and functioning efficiently. If there is not enough calcium present in the intestines it will then go after calcium atoms in the kidneys to make up for the missing calcium which will then start to form crystals.

These crystals are similar to “pebbles” or like a stone(s), and they form from dietary minerals in the urine. Once they grow to the size of millimeters (0.12 inches) in diameter, they are then recognized by their common name known as kidney stonesThe stones make their way into the urine stream, but keep in mind that stones can be formed and passed through the kidneys to the urine and exit out as waste from the body. Where it becomes a big problem however, is if the stone accumulates in size and causes a blockage in the ureter.

This is where an individual will experience a lot of pain and discomfort to the point where they will have to seek medical help for a doctor, sometimes the procedure could be medication that can help to relieve the problem sometimes surgery might be the second alternative (depending on the seriousness of the diagnosis of the person).

IMG_0006[1]This one will shock you even more so many do not know that dieting can encourage the risk for kidney stones, but at the same time it can prevent it from taking place in your kidneys. Confusing I know, but it’s simple really it just depends on your dietary practice (what you eat that is either healthy or down right not good for you what-so-ever). 


(Crystine Stones rough and sharp in texture)

A short list below will kidney stones is just below this line:

  • Calcium Stones
  • Uric acid Stones
  • Struvite Stones
  • Crystine Stones

Foods That Cause / Prevent Kidney Stones To Form

So you know this one was coming eventually which is most obvious in nature, many don’t think about the types of foods that they consume daily. To them it’s just a meal, snack, dinner, whatever the case may be, and there is an old saying about you are what you eat.

But what about what you eat can come back to haunt you in the worst way right?

Yea right…

So this is the case for people who have kidney stones and don’t even realize that it can be the very same favorite food that they consume on a regular basis that is contributing to the formation of kidney stones.

So a list of foods that can cause stones to form in your kidneys are the following:

  • Too Much Caffeine (Sodas, Tea, Coffee)- 
  • Rhubarb (Oxalate is found in this food which is the basic makeup of the crystal stone element)
  • Artificial Sweeteners in beverages
  • Meat (animal proteins, uric acid)
  • Sardines (has purines in them)
  • Salt
  • Carbonated Drinks IMG_0006[1](energy, certain types of bottled juices, & soda)
  • Certain Leafy Greens (spinach, Swiss chard, okra)
  • Dairy Foods
  • Processed Foods (Potato Chips containing Corn, soy, rice & canola are used to protect crops from pests & herbicides)

Keep in mind that other factors can apply as well to the formation of kidney stones, this include the environment, your body weight, the amount of fluid that you intake in your body, and of course the one thing that is running through your head as we speak your genes (genetics).

Prevention depends on a few factors namely your dietary regime, and even if you change your diet habits you might just have stopped one problem (or) maybe not.

The reason for the maybe not is because of the variety of kidney stones that can manifest.

So changing you diet up could have decreased the oxalate intake in your body, however this may not have been that specific type of kidney stone aliment that is causing you problems not to mention a lot of pain.

It could be a kidney infection instead so that changes the whole scenario of the symptom type right there, like the bullet list that tells you above what types of kidney stones might form due to the way you eat, the food you intake, or even genetic disorders that deal with kidney stones, it’s imperative that you recognize exactly what type it is that you have and if it’s an infection that would be a case of Struvite stones that can affect the urinary tract system.

When high concentration of calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate is found in the kidneys, then that signals the symptoms of the most common stone called Calcium stone (or “kidney stone” which many identify it with regularly). 

When acid is found in the urine (as a result making urination painful), then the symptoms again signifies a different type of kidney stone aliment which in this matter is known as Uric acid stones

Cystine stones again is a different type of kidney stone symptom which is on a genetic level (meaning that it is written into one’s genes), this happens when cystine leaks through the kidneys into the urine which stones then form in crystal form and shape.

To reduce the risk for kidney stones, you need to follow a diet regime that will serve as a prevention factor:

  • Drink enough fluids throughout the day (2 – 3 liters daily, best drink type water, secondary would be citrus drinks)
  • Reduce sodium / reduce animal protein (fish, eggs, & meat) / get proper calcium intake from food (or) take calcium supplements with food / avoid the food that have high oxalate content (spinach, rhubarb, nuts, & wheat bran) = overall prevents the chance of Calcium Oxalate stones.
  • Reduce sodium / reduce animal proteins / get proper calcium intake from food or take calcium supplements with food = overall helps to prevent the chance of Calcium Phosphate stones.
  • Limit the amount of animal protein in your diet = overall helps to prevent Uric Acid stones.

The recommended amount of sodium intake is 2300 milligrams, but most people over-exceed this limit.

It is highly suggested that people learn to read food labels to determine their sodium intake amount, this especially include eating out people should ask about the sodium intake of the food they are about to eat (or go on the internet which is much easier to find out your answer like on your smartphone).

Even when you’re at home you still need to keep track of your sodium intake when eating, most people probably didn’t know this one but even canned soup & vegetables have sodium in them and these are common items found in most house-holds across the nation!

Kidney Stones: Treatment Options

TIMG_0006[1]he basic treatment will involve both water and the usage of pain relievers which of course can be taken internally, whether the condition is either mild or serious treatment should be sought immediately.

Variations of treatment can be either easy or difficult, if the stones are smaller than it will require water to help to ease the condition.

If it is a situation where larger stones manifest, then it will take more invasive measures or procedures to rid the person of their symptoms.

This can include sound wave procedures to “literally” destroy the stone(s) that are present, and surgery would be a last option if the stones are even larger and need to be removed. There are also other ways to help with treatment, these are known as remedy options:

  1. Extracting juice from holy basil leaves (via) and mixing it with one teaspoon of honey should be done over the course of six months, this is a known remedy that helps with chronic kidney stone discomfort and pain.
  2. Eating an apple helps with kidney stone issues, eating them on a regular basis will highly benefit you in the prevention of kidney stone formation.
  3. Increasing the intake of water and other fluids, eight glasses of water will definitely help in the prevention of kidney stone formation just remember to stay clear of alcohol & caffeine beverages.
  4. Exercise would be the next thing that should come to mind, it can help to promote higher calcium distribution in the bloodstream which is what you are shooting for!
  5. Using measuring devices can help to measure your urine output, it should be between forty to forty-five ounces daily. You can purchases such devices at your local pharmacy.
  6. Reducing salt in your diet, avoid luncheon meats, chips, & sauces.
  7. Balance foods that contain high properties of oxalate.
  8. Reduce medications that posses high properties of calcium & calcium supplements.
  9. Stay away from foods such as spinach, nuts, wheat bran, rhubarb, tea, these items can lead to calcium oxalate stones.
  10. Eating celery on a regular basis will help to deter kidney stones.
  11. Take a few kidney beans and soak them overnight, in the morning cut the beans and proceed to boil in four liters of water for up to six hours. Strain the liquid and let it cool. Then filter it again and drink one glass every few hours, doing this can help to expel kidney stones from the body (via urination).

You should stick to a diet regime plan for kidney stones into your daily routine, eating vegetables such as carrots can help the kidneys providing the source of vitamin A (pumpkin & sweet potatoes are also providers of vitamin A). 

Chicken is also another helpful food item that can deter (keeping it low) oxalate levels  due to its vitamin B properties that it possesses, vitamin B6 is another option in the form of supplements that can give even greater results.


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Blurred Vision (The Reasons Why)

Blurred Vision (The Cause)

IMG_0008[2]People who experience blurred vision will undergo a lot of frustration due to the fact that it is very difficult for them to see objects either far or near, this is known as “farsighted” and the other would be “nearsighted”.

The in between area would be the idea range of sight that many people refer to as 20/20 vision, believe it or not different parts of the world have a large percentage of the combined populations of these countries (and you can throw us into the number crunch game as well right here in the U.S.) that have an issue with blurred vision.

Most just wave it off as something that comes and goes or they may think it has something to do with the weather, but it isn’t something that you should either guess about or just ignore thinking that it will just go away.

No, No, that’s the first thing that you should NOT do, that is where people get into trouble because again your body can act as an indicator when something is wrong so make it a habit to be noisy (and not afraid) to find out what the problem could be.

So a few things can contribute to blurry vision or even reduced vision, this term that deals with this very same problem is called Optic Neuritis which is the regression of vision or “reduced vision”. It can also lead to blindness if immediate care from a doctor is not administered, there are other symptoms that could be present which can worsen these conditions are:

  • Swelling of the optic nerve
  • Eye irritation
  • Pink Eye (minor symptom eye infection)
  • Herpes in the eye(s) *corneal infection*

It is often a mystery of what can bring about optic neuritis, and because it is dealing with the eye a number of disease can also be a contributing possibly for the cause. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that can cause it, or Neuromyelitis Optica which can affect both the optic nerve and the spinal cord due to inflammation and demyelination. The immune system can also affect your sight, or exposure to any types of toxic substances that can damage the optic nerve in the eye.

Aging is the natural cause as a person gets to a certain age and can start to experience blurred vision, cataracts are known to decrease vision and is the leading cause for it in Seniors.

The clouding of vision due to opacification which takes at the back of the retina blocking light making it difficult for one to see clearly, this will eventually lead to further visual problems if either surgery to remove cataracts or cataract eye remedies that can help to relieve the issue.

Obstructed Vision is an issue with one’s vision due to “blocked view”, the term for this condition with vision problem is called Carotid Artery BlockageThis is when the carotid arteries (there are 2 on each side of the neck) become compromised with such things like plague or clots which breaks loose in the artery wall, this will lead to blockage in the carotid artery and as a result will restrict the flow of blood to a great degree causing blindness, or blurry vision in the eye(s).

Ocular Ischemic Syndrome is the result from decreased blood flow to the eye, this particular eye condition usually affects people in their 50’s and up. A high percentage rate of this eye aliment often affects one eye, vision is affected making it frustrating for the person to see clearly (or the cause of blurred vision).

Glaucoma is known as a vision disorder that can lead to blindness if it is not treated, there is damage done to the optic nerve (which can go undetected) due to the fact of increased pressure build-up (fluid in the eye accumulates). As a result sudden blurred vision can impair sight, which is known as “acute glaucoma”. Symptoms of it are:

  • Intense eye pain
  • Impaired night vision
  • Seeing halos when looking at bright lights
  • Loss of vision in both sides of the eye

Retinal Detachment is a serious eye issue that requires surgery, and it is injury to the eye that causes the displacement of the retina (becoming detached from the eye). Dark shadows can be the result from it that sits at the edge of one’s “field of vision”, the person will also experience floating tiny objects in the front of their eyes and sudden flashing lights.

Diabetic Retinopathy is a vision-loss issue that derives from diabetes, inflammation affects the retina from the inside (internal) which is a related symptom to the disease. Bleeding will occur inside of the retina, making it very difficult for the person to see causing blurred vision.

People need to be aware to that the fact that blurred vision can complicate other health factors that they probably don’t know about, did you know that blurred vision can be an indicator for a stroke? No of course you probably didn’t know that, but this is why you need to stay aware about eye related diseases that can kill you day by day without your recognition.

Alright until next time, eat smart to stay healthy.



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Athlete’s Foot: Running Without Shoes?

Running Without Shoes: A Shoeless Endeavor

You’ve heard about it when you was young no doubt, and some kids would stare at their friends like they were off their rocker LOL.

It’s to be expected, after all you were running in your gym shoes playing a sport or even running like it was no tomorrow.

Here enters your friend who seems to have a seriously high tolerance of pain running over rocks (some sharp-edged), to them it seems to be a natural thing to do as if it was “second-nature” like a bad habit that’s hard to break.

I wasn’t one of those kids LOL, I did try to run without socks or both socks and shoes and found out that blisters was very painful and no fun.

That being said however was my experience to endure alone, after trying it I just decided to stick to wearing socks and shoes. But I knew this one kid named Brett, was the type that avoided shoes, and had the fetish to run barefoot down to a science!

The kid even played football without shoes, and I figured from there that he was crazy for doing so LOL. But who was I to judge, so I decided to understand exactly why he felt the need to go shoeless like that so many years ago in during my childhood.

Running Without Shoes: A Physical Foothold

Now your feet go through a lot of aches and pains through the years, even with shoes on they still take a beating over the years mainly during your childhood years. As an adult they will help you to get around to many places, whether work or play, to your prom, to running a marathon, or running to the delivery room doors to see your first new-born kid being brought into the world your feet will take you there.

For the most part people wear them to add protection from the elements, this includes diseases that can affect the foot such as Athlete’s footthe included factors can bring the higher of infectious foot parasites living on the skin.

Check out the list of parasitic contaminants & exposing feet to bacteria:

  • Infectious organism growth occurs from shoes that are damp
  • Damp socks are a breeding ground for infectious bacterial growth
  • Athlete’s foot can be spread in a similar way as ebola (– contact on contaminated surfaces — except ebola needs to enter the body through the eye, mouth, or mucus membrane), this is one very good reason to keep your shoes on LOL for sure!
  • Never, EVER, go behind another person and use their towel, or wear their clothes, especially putting on someone else’s shoes
  • Floors carrying hidden nasty surprises as well, so do your feet a favor by throw on a pair of fresh clean socks

IMG_0007[1]People don’t realize that their feet are susceptible to various organisms day in and day out, ringwormand  jock itch can cause severe discomfort and irritations to the foot. Blisters just makes it very easy to contract any type of disease period, knowing for some reason don’t seem to affect some people however.

They have to understand that catching infectious germs that can make them very sick and of course will put their health at risk as well, taking chances with your feet can also increase the chance of you visiting the foot doctor to see how you can get rid of an unnecessary problem that could have been avoided in the first place.

Running Without Shoes: Foot Fungus Contamination

This is where one can catch the bacterial infection of ringworm or jock itch, men are at a higher-risk for catching it. And many will freak out when I tell you that one can catch foot fungus from simply wearing shoes that are just too tight.

Yea, that’s right you didn’t hear that out of the blue because it’s a fact!

Finding the proper shoe size for your feet is very important, there are other ways that you can be exposed to it…

The list below tells the tale.

  • Sharing Mats
  • Sharing Clothes
  • Sharing bed linens
  • Walking across rugs (barefoot)
  • Walking in public places (barefoot)
  • An unhealthy, weak immune system, can increase the chance of catching foot fungus 
  • Worse of the worse would be walking through a gym locker room, swimming pools, saunas, and communal baths.

Just to really get under your skin nice and good, you may not have even considered the fact that people can catch foot fungus on the hand!

How that can happen is relatively simple…

Rubbing or touching your feet is a normal thing, however NOT washing your hands is just wrong period. So the one saying goes…

“Wash your hands Harry before dinner!”

After all, that is what Mom would say yes? LOL.

So the same goes after rubbing your feet, or even rubbing foot lotion on them you should still grab for the soap and use enough water for the lather part of that process. Eating with dirty hands (especially just after touching your feet), can enter your body and once inside it’s a haven ground for diseases to fester and bask in glory LOL.

Now who wants that… No you I’m sure, but infectious bacteria can’t tell the difference of course it just knows how to affect us in the nastiest way imaginable. Another thing to consider would be to invest in a pair of finger / toenail clippers, dirty toenails is only another way to attract bacteria that can lead to fungus build-up on your foot!

Fingernails aren’t to be left out of the equation because if dirty toenails can affect the foot, dirty fingernails will affect the hand. Even in private areas of the body that are unclean can effect other parts of the body (such as the groin), so if you’re thinking right foot fungus can travel to that area of the body and who knows where else.

Now who would have thought about that one? WOW!

Talk To A Dermatologist or Doctor

IMG_0006[1]To get the best example as to what to do if you notice any symptoms of foot infections would be to:

  • Consult A Dermatologist / Doctor about symptoms you notice
  • Test are determined by a dermatologist depending on the infection type (if testing is needed)
  • You might ask  the condition is either a temporary issue, or chronic
  • A Dermatologist / Doctor may prescribe medication (depending on the severity of your condition)
  • Ask advice about skin treatments alternatives for infection
  • Ask advice on foot fungus infection (prevention and spread)

Understand when you talk to your dermatologist / doctor, they will ask you questions in return to pinpoint the root of the infection on the foot. They may ask if it formed a rash describe how it looked, was it itchy, irritated, or painful. These are just a few questions that the specialists will throw out at you to try to find and identify the infection.  

Athlete’s Foot Diagnosis

The skin-care specialists can take scrapings off the foot (skin) and check the samples under a microscope, another trick would be to step into the light (black-light), this will have to come from a wood’s light lamp. After samples are observed, they will be sent to a lab to be tested to identify the type of infection.

Athlete’s Foot Treatment Options (Medication)

Depending on the severity of the athlete’s foot infection, a dermatologist / doctor can suggest the option of  medication as a remedy (antifungal lotion, sprays, ointments, or powder). Anti-fungus pills can be taken (orally) for more severe cases of athlete’s foot infections.

Best Prevention Methods:

  • Have 2 pairs of shoes to wear on alternating days (every other day wear different pairs), this gives the other pair a chance to dry out from moisture build-up
  • Rubber & vinyl shoes are a high-risk factor for foot fungus accumulation
  • The barefoot options best serves it’s purpose when at home inside, the point is to lessen moisture build-up between your toes (foot ventilation) which cuts down the chances of skin infections on the foot
  • NEVER wear someone else’s shoes!
  • Wear shoes that provide good ventilation
  • Use antifungal powder on your feet daily
  • Wear waterproof sandals in fitness centers (when showering after workout), communal showers, & pools


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