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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

Athlete's Foot And Diabetes: Three Things You Should Know

by Clifton Davidson

Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a type of fungal infection that affects feet. It's usually caused by Trichophyton rubrum, the same fungi that causes other skin conditions like ringworm and jock itch. Anyone can get athlete's foot, even if they don't participate in any sports. Here are three things you should know about athlete's foot and diabetes.

How do non-athletes get athlete's foot?

The fungi that causes athlete's foot can spread in a number of ways, and you don't need to be walking barefoot around gyms or swimming pools to pick it up. One way that this infection can spread is by sharing towels. If you have an athletic family member, they could pick up the fungi at the gym and then then give it to you; it's important to always use your own towel to prevent this type of transmission. The fungi can also spread through infected linens, so if your sleeping partner gets athlete's foot, you could catch it from the sheets.

Many factors can also contribute to getting athlete's foot when you're not an athlete. Heat and perspiration can both play a role, so be sure to choose shoes that let your feet breathe, and if possible, let your shoes dry out before you wear them again. Friction can also contribute, so choose comfortable socks and shoes that don't put pressure on any areas of your feet.

If your diabetes is uncontrolled, you're more likely to contract the fungi, so you need to be very careful to protect your feet.

How is athlete's foot identified?

During your daily foot checks, you may see some cracked or flaking skin on your feet. This is an early sign of athlete's foot, and it should be brought to your doctor's attention right away. If the infection is allowed to progress, blisters can develop on your feet. Your doctor can diagnose athlete's foot by looking at your affected skin.

Can athlete's foot be treated?

Athlete's foot is difficult to treat, but many antifungal drugs can be used to try to get rid of it. Topical antifungals are used first, and if these medications don't work, oral antifungals can be used. These oral antifungals include medications like terbinafine or griseofulvin. During your treatment, make sure to keep a close eye on your feet and let your doctor know if the infection isn't clearing up.

People with uncontrolled diabetes are more likely to get athlete's foot, so you need to be aware of this condition, even if you don't work out. For more information, contact local professionals like Advance Medical of Naples.