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Health Tip: Coping With Sweaty Feet

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by

-- If your feet are sweaty much of the time, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. While it's not cause for worry, you can do things to cope with excess sweating. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests: Wash your feet daily, especially between the toes, with antibacterial soap. Dry feet well, then sprinkle cornstarch, foot powder or an antifungal powder to keep feet dry. Choose socks made of synthetic materials that wick sweat away from the feet. Avoid socks made of 100 percent cotton. Wear shoes made of breathable material. Keep an extra pair of socks with you and change them during the day. Read more

Related support groups: Hyperhidrosis, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Tinea Pedis, Foot Care

Health Tip: Make Sure Kids' Shoes Fit Well

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by

-- Children need carefully-fitted, sturdy shoes to support their growing feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these shoe-shopping tips: A child's feet typically grow quickly, so sizes may change every few months. Always measure your child's feet before buying a pair of shoes. Shoes that don't fit well can lead to discomfort and irritation. Check for these and signs of uneven wear, which could need a podiatrist's care. Avoid secondhand shoes, which may not fit well and could spread fungal infection. When it comes to shoes, there's no such thing as a necessary break-in period. Make sure shoes are comfortable from the start. If your child's feet are different sizes, buy the size the fits the larger foot. Read more

Related support groups: Tinea Corporis, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Tinea Pedis, Onychomycosis, Foot Care

Health Tip: Protect Against Athlete's Foot

Posted 18 Jul 2016 by

-- Athlete's foot is an itchy, often painful fungal infection. But there are things you can do to help prevent it. The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends: Using soap and water to wash feet daily, taking care to thoroughly dry between the toes. Always wearing sandals or shoes in public locker rooms or restrooms. Wearing shoes that are lightweight and breathable. Changing your hosiery, socks and shoes often. Choosing socks that help keep your feet dry. Read more

Related support groups: Tinea Pedis, Foot Care

FDA Medwatch Alert: Nizoral (ketoconazole) Oral Tablets: Drug Safety Communication - Prescribing for Unapproved Uses including Skin and Nail Infections Continues; Linked to Patient Death

Posted 23 May 2016 by

ISSUE: FDA is warning health care professionals to avoid prescribing the antifungal medicine ketoconazole oral tablets to treat skin and nail fungal infections. Use of this medication carries the risk of serious liver damage, adrenal gland problems, and harmful interactions with other medicines that outweigh its benefit in treating these conditions, which are not approved uses of the drug. FDA approved label changes for oral ketoconazole tablets in 2013 to reflect these serious risks and to remove the indications for treatment of skin and nail fungal infections. However, an FDA safety review found that oral ketoconazole continues to be prescribed for these types of conditions. Since the 2013 labeling change, one patient death has been reported to the FDA due to liver failure associated with oral ketoconazole prescribed to treat a fungal infection of the nails.  See the full Drug Safety ... Read more

Related support groups: Ketoconazole, Tinea Corporis, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Tinea Cruris, Diaper Rash, Tinea Barbae, Nizoral, Cutaneous Candidiasis, Tinea Versicolor, Onychomycosis - Fingernail, Tinea Pedis, Onychomycosis, Tinea Capitis, Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidiasis, Cutaneous Sporotrichosis, Dermatophytosis, See also Cutaneous Fungal Infections, Eumycetoma, Cutaneous Fungal Infection, Chromomycosis

Health Tip: Preparing for a Pedicure

Posted 23 Mar 2016 by

-- 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

Related support groups: Fungal Infections, Tinea Pedis, Fungal Infection Prophylaxis, Foot Care, Fungal Infection Prevention

Skin Infections Common in High School Wrestlers, Study Finds

Posted 10 Feb 2016 by

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

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Fungal Infections, Tinea Corporis, Skin and Structure Infection, Candida Infections, Tinea Cruris, Tinea Pedis, Fungal Infection Prophylaxis, Fungal Infection Prevention

Health Tip: Got Athlete's Foot?

Posted 11 Aug 2015 by

-- Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that's easily picked up in public areas such as locker rooms and pools. The American Podiatric Medical Association mentions these possible symptoms: Scaly, dry skin, especially between the toes. Inflamed, itchy skin. A burning and itching sensation, which may worsen over time. Blisters that break open and ooze, leading to pain and swelling. Read more

Related support groups: Tinea Pedis, Foot Care

Athletes Need to Guard Against Skin Woes

Posted 24 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 – Sprains and fractures aren't the only hazards athletes face. Certain skin problems are also common among sports enthusiasts. The five skin conditions most often seen in athletes are blisters; turf burn (abrasions from falls on an artificial surface); athlete's foot (a fungal infection); sun exposure, and a type of acne called acne mechanica, according to the American Academy of Dermatology in their news release. "Athletes who are aware of these five common issues can take action to prevent the vast majority of dermatologic problems they may encounter," said Dr. Brian Adams in the academy release. He is professor and chair of dermatology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Blisters are caused by heat, moisture and friction between the skin and shoes. Adams said the best way to prevent blisters is to wear synthetic, moisture-wicking socks, which ... Read more

Related support groups: Acne, Skin Rash, Skin Infection, Skin and Structure Infection, Tinea Pedis

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Announces U.S. Approval Of Luzu Cream, 1%

Posted 17 Nov 2013 by

LAVAL, Quebec, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC, has received notice that the New Drug Application for Luzu (luliconazole) Cream, 1% has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Luzu Cream, 1% is indicated for the topical treatment of athlete's foot (interdigital tinea pedis), jock itch (tinea cruris), and ringworm (tinea corporis), caused by the organisms Trichophyton rubrum and Epidermophyton floccosum, in patients 18 years of age and older. These are very common skin diseases caused predominantly by dermatophyte fungi. "We are pleased to receive FDA approval for Luzu earlier than expected," said J. Michael Pearson, chairman and chief executive officer. "This is the first safe and effective product indicated for daily use ... Read more

Related support groups: Tinea Corporis, Tinea Cruris, Tinea Pedis

Scientists Map the Fungi on Your Feet

Posted 22 May 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, May 22 – Anyone who has ever wrestled with athlete's foot knows there is something about feet that fungi seem to like. But scientists now have the first detailed "map" of the fungal groups that live on your skin – and, yes, your feet are the hottest neighborhood. It's no secret that the human body is awash in microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, both outside and inside. And it's mainly a friendly relationship that helps your body run smoothly and ward off disease, including infection with harmful microbes. In fact, "it's because of these relationships that we're here," said Dr. David Relman, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif. He was not involved in the study. Microbes "evolved with us," and are part of humans, said Relman, who is also president of the Infectious Diseases Society of ... Read more

Related support groups: Tinea Pedis

Health Tip: Protect Your Feet From Fungus

Posted 15 Nov 2012 by

-- Your feet, particularly your toenails and in between the toes, are prone to fungal infection, often referred to as athlete's foot. This can lead to itchy toes and thick, brittle and discolored nails. The American Podiatric Medical Association says you can help prevent fungal infections of the feet by: Carefully and frequently washing the feet, making sure to thoroughly dry them. If walking in public showers or locker rooms, wearing flip flops or shower shoes. Changing pantyhose, shoes and socks more than once daily. Cutting toenails in a straight line, short enough that the nail doesn't grow beyond the toe. Making sure that shoes and hosiery aren't too tight. Wearing socks of synthetic material and shoes of breathable material. Disinfecting any nail clippers and pedicure tools after use. Also, avoid polishing toenails that appear to have a fungal infection. Read more

Related support groups: Onychomycosis - Toenail, Tinea Pedis

Health Tip: Prevent Athlete's Foot

Posted 19 Sep 2012 by

-- Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection that's often acquired in public showers or locker rooms. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these preventive tips: Carefully wash your feet each day with soap and water. Then thoroughly dry the feet, especially between the toes. In public facilities, always wear a pair of bathing shoes. Before putting on footwear, sprinkle your feet with talcum powder. Wear shoes that are lightweight and airy. Frequently change your shoes and socks to help keep feet dry. Read more

Related support groups: Tinea Pedis

Health Tip: Protect Feet From Fungus

Posted 18 May 2011 by

-- Fungal toenail infections can linger for years without causing pain or another reason to seek treatment. But infected nails can turn thick, discolored or brittle, which could be embarrassing. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to help prevent a fungal foot infection in the first place: Wash your feet with water and soap, then dry them thoroughly. Inspect the feet and toes regularly, looking for cracked or itchy skin. Don't go barefoot in a public shower or sauna. Wear a pair of flip flops or sandals. Change your socks and shoes more than once daily. Keep toenails trimmed straight across. Wear properly-fitting shoes that are made of breathable materials, and skip very tight hosiery. Wear socks made of synthetic materials, rather than cotton or wool, to help draw moisture away from the skin. Regularly disinfect any clippers or scissors used to care for the feet. ... Read more

Related support groups: Onychomycosis - Toenail, Tinea Pedis

Health Tip: Kick Athlete's Foot

Posted 21 Dec 2010 by

-- Athlete's foot fungus makes the feet itchy, red, cracked and flaky. Fortunately, treatment usually is effective, although the infection is prone to returning. The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests these treatment options for athlete's foot: Use an over-the-counter antifungal cream or powder. Look for antifungals that include the ingredients tolnaftate, clotrimazole or miconazole. Keep using the antifungal medication for a week or two after symptoms subside. Thoroughly wash and dry your feet and toes. Wear clean cotton socks, and change them often. Keep feet dry at all times. See your doctor if symptoms don't improve within about four weeks. Read more

Related support groups: Tinea Pedis

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