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Health Tip: Preparing for a Pedicure

Posted 23 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Getting a pedicure may seem routine, but without precautions you may be putting your health at risk. The American Podiatric Medical Association says you: Shouldn't shave your legs before a pedicure, or let the technician use a razor on your feet. Shouldn't allow the same tools to be used for both a manicure and pedicure. Shouldn't share or use an emery board that has been used on someone else. Bring your own. Shouldn't let the technician use a sharp tool to clean under your nails. Shouldn't round the nails. Keep the edges straight. Shouldn't cut cuticles or allow moisture to remain between your toes. Shouldn't ignore thickened or discolored nails. Unusual thickness or color may signal a fungal infection. Read more

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Skin Infections Common in High School Wrestlers, Study Finds

Posted 10 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 – Wrestlers are much more likely to suffer skin infections than other U.S. high school athletes, new research shows. The study authors examined five years of data on skin infections among athletes in 22 high school sports. Nearly 74 percent of skin infections occurred among wrestlers, and just under 18 percent among football players, the investigators found. The actual rates of skin infections per 100,000 exposures (one athlete participating in one practice, competition or performance) were 28.5 among wrestlers and 2.3 among football players. Rates in most other sports were less than 1 per 100,000, and eight sports had none, according to the report. "Given the nature of the sport, it's not surprising that wrestlers suffer the most skin infections," study senior author Dr. Robert Dellavalle, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado ... Read more

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Health Tip: Athletes Are at Risk for Skin Problems

Posted 2 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Athletes are especially prone to skin conditions, such as infections. To help reduce the risk, the American Academy of Dermatology advises: Protect any scrapes or cuts with regular cleaning and bandaging. Protect against blisters by using a spray, gel or pad on areas that tend to blister. Make sure footwear fits correctly, and consider special socks or gloves for blisters on the hands or feet. Wear clothing that wicks moisture from the skin. Wear sandals in locker rooms. Dry off with a clean towel. Never share personal care products, such as soap or razors. Wash clothing, towels and sports bags after use. Disinfect all protective gear after use. Inspect skin carefully each day for signs of infection or injury. Never use bleach or sandpaper to mask a skin issue. Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Skin Infection, Fungal Infection Prophylaxis

Household Dust Harbors Thousands of Microbial Species

Posted 26 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – You've got a lot of unsuspected roommates: A new study finds that ordinary house dust contains thousands of species of bacteria and fungi. The researchers analyzed dust from about 1,200 homes across the continental United States, and found that the dust in each home contained an average of more than 5,000 species of bacteria and about 2,000 species of fungi. "Every day, we're surrounded by a vast array of organisms in our homes, most of which we can't see," study co-author Noah Fierer, associate professor in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said in a university news release. "We live in a microbial zoo, and this study was an attempt to catalog that diversity," he added. "Geography is the best predictor of fungi in your home," Fierer said. "The reason is that most fungi blow in from outdoors via soil ... Read more

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