Posts for: January, 2017
When living under the same roof you can enjoy sharing some things but not fungal infections.
Nothing is worse than cold and flu season amongst family. You know how easy it is to spread germs and get sick when a member of the family already is. It often feels like the house is a hotbed for infection. Not a pretty sight, huh? Of course, did you know that if you have athlete’s foot you could also spread this infection to others? Our Gresham, OR podiatrists, Dr. Derek McCammon, offer up ways to prevent this nasty fungal infection from infecting those around you.
We know it can be difficult but you can stop the spread of athlete’s foot by making sure that those around you do not touch these common household items until they are thoroughly sanitized:
Towels: Yes, your very own bathroom towel can spread athlete’s foot to someone else. In fact, your sponges and hand towels can, too. So whoever is infected should keep these items separate and immediately wash them after use. Never share these items with anyone.
Bathmats: When you get out of the tub or shower, what do you often wipe your feet on? That’s right, the bathmat. It doesn’t take much imagining to know how bathmats can become an easy place to spread this fungal infection. If someone in the household develops athlete’s foot, make sure that the bathmat is properly cleaned and do not use it again until the infection is completely gone.
Floors: Whether you have carpet or hardwood floors, someone with athlete’s foot can still spread germs by walking around with bare feet. So once they have washed up and dried their feet, they need to put on a clean pair of socks and keep them on.
The bathtub: A bathroom, regardless of whether it’s public or the one you have at home, is littered with bacteria. So, if you or a child is being treated for a fungal infection you’ll want to clean the tub with a solution that contains bleach immediately after bath time.
Shoes: If your kids like to swap shoes, don’t let them do this while someone has athlete’s foot. Place an antifungal powder or spray in the shoes and make sure that no one else wears them.
If you have athlete’s foot and you aren’t finding the proper treatment to nip it in the bud, it’s time you turned to Gresham Podiatry Center in Gresham, OR for care. We are here to help!