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Friday, April 13, 2012

Athlete's Foot

You may have had it, are suffering from it now, or may be faced with it in the future; athlete's foot and the itching, stinging, blistering, burning, cracking, dry, peeling skin and/or the thick, crumbly, ragged, discolored, or pulling away from the nail bed toenails which come with it.

This fungal infection, also called Tinea Pedis, is the most common one and is highly contagious. It usually starts in the moist areas between the toes, but can also occur on other parts of the foot and can eventually lead to proteins entering the bloodstream, causing a break-out on fingers and hands.

Athlete's foot is usually a result of not drying your skin well enough, wearing tight and/or plastic shoes and damp socks. It is easily and quickly spread when coming in contact with infected towels, shoes, mats, rugs, linens, floors, etc, and you are also more likely to get it when your immune system is weak.

There are several preventative measures you can take which can help to avoid ending up with it or give you some relief from the symptoms in case you already are suffering from it:
- Dry your feet and especially the areas between your toes well.
- Let them air-dry for a bit before putting on socks and shoes.
- Use (antifungal) powder on your feet every day.
- Ensure socks and shoes are made of natural materials.
- Change socks on a regular basis.
- Wear shoes that are light and provide enough ventilation.
- Alternate shoes each day, so they can dry thoroughly.
- Wear waterproof sandals or shower shoes in public places.

Even after taking all these precautions, you may not have been successful in avoiding it. Don't worry; there are cures for it, although it may take a while before it is entirely cleared up.

Not everything can be cured and cleared up so easily. You may be confronted with situations which could lead to dissension and a possible, irrepairable rip.

There are some preventative measures you can take and the Bible is the best place to start, providing you with some excellent options and solutions!

2 Timothy 2:23
But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.


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