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Fungal Skin Infections: Types, Symptoms and Treatment

Fungi are a common cause of numerous skin infections. Some are naturally present in the human body (known as yeasts), while others (known as dermatophytes) grow on the body as foreign particles and promote infection. Fungi grow best in warm, moist and dark environments. In humans, they grow well on skin, especially in skin folds (e.g., groin, breast folds, armpits) and in mucous membranes (e.g., genitals, mouth). Yeast Infections and their Symptoms Candidiasis happens to […]

Causes and Treatment of Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

Plantar fasciitis sounds like a rare, exotic ailment though it is the most common foot complaint today. Most people just call it heel pain. It involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the most frequent cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia holds the bottom of the foot together and stretches to absorb the shock of 2 to 3 times the person’s body weight with every step. Excessive stretching of the plantar fascia causes […]

Medical Conditions Causing Foot Problems

Some medical conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis and gout, which affect the nerves or the blood circulation, can adversely influence the health of the feet. These diseases become increasingly likely as people age. Diabetes Diabetes happens to be notorious for causing foot problems, often serious ones if left untreated. Diabetes is, therefore, the leading cause of foot problems among all medical conditions. It is easy to understand why given the fact that about 7% of […]

Treating and Removing Calluses and Corns

Calluses and corns are two closely related common foot problems characterized by the thickenings in the skin. They often hurt when pressure that is applied on them squeezes the blood supply out of the area. Calluses are the thickened areas of the sole that are larger than corns with less well-defined edge. They are the skin’s natural way of developing a protective layer in places, typically over a bone, which are frequently used and receive […]

Fungal Nail Infections – Types and Treatments

There are two main causes of fungal nail infections: Candida albicans (the yeast that commonly causes oral and vaginal yeast infections) and the dermatophyte molds (they are a common label for three types of fungus, causing skin and nail infections such as ringworm and athlete’s foot.) Many people often use the terms fungus and yeast interchangeably. However, there is a big difference between yeast and dermatophyte nail infections. Candida yeast can cause onychomycosis, a chronic, […]

How to Avoid Common Foot Problems

The feet take tremendous abuse throughout our entire life. As a result, foot pain is not just reserved to people in mobile occupations. Most of us do not bother with sore feet until something goes wrong. Yet, foot pain afflicts four out of five individuals, especially after the age of 50. The common reasons for foot pain include years-long inadequate foot care, foot bone deformities as well as chronic diseases, which often affect the blood […]