A Surprising Finding About Athlete’s Foot

New researchers shows that washing socks in hot water reduces the fungus that causes athlete’s foot.

If you’re a guy reading this, I can be sure of two things: 1. You’ve probably suffered from athlete’s foot. 2. You’ll probably suffer from athlete’s foot again.

We know that walking barefoot in public locker rooms, gyms, and pools put you at  risk for athlete’s foot. But now there’s a new culprit in town: your laundry. When researchers in Israel compared fungus-laced socks that were washed in warm water to those washed in hot water, they found that 36% of the socks in the warm water remained contaminated while only 6% of those in the hot water did.

The take-away? Wash your gym clothes in hot water. Which would you rather have, a higher heating bill or itchy feet?

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How Your Skin Can Benefit from Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a natural way to treat minor skin conditions such as insect bites.

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Patients are always asking me for natural or non-chemical remedies. Sometimes, there are good ones, sometimes not.

Inexpensive apple cider vinegar (it need not be organic) is a good one. Soak a cotton ball with it and use it these three ways to treat minor skin conditions:

1. Bug Bites: Reduces itching and swelling of bug bites, especially mosquito bites.

2. Athlete’s Foot: Mix 3 parts vinegar with 1 part water and soak feet for 15 minutes once or twice a day. It can help eliminate the fungus.

3. Smelly Pits: Sweat doesn’t smell bad. It’s the bacteria that breaks down your sweat that does. Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your pits can help kill bacteria and odor.

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6 Ways to Keep Your Feet Fungus Free

Foot fungus kills beautiful feet.

Athlete’s foot or foot fungus and toenail fungus affects people of all ages. It is itchy and ugly and can destroy your toenails. Here are six tips to keep your feet fungus-free and beautiful. Continue reading “6 Ways to Keep Your Feet Fungus Free”