We always live with fungi around us. Yeast in bread, mushrooms in wine and in French cheese. These are good fungi. Of the 200,000 types of fungi, about 200 are pathogenic or at least pathogenic to humans. These can also occur on the skin and nails of the foot. Mycosis (skin fungus) or granuloma fungoides, as well as nail fungus or onychomycosis (commonly called “lime nail”) have become more common over the last 30 years. We like tropical swimming pools, wash ourselves much more frequently than in the past and with more soap; moreover, we often wear synthetic clothing. Heat and moisture are a good breeding ground for the fungi in general, and for foot fungi in particular.
Knowledge about fungal diagnostics
I followed a course in fungal diagnostics LCPL, het Leids cytologisch & in the Leiden Cytological & Pathological Laboratory, the LCPL. During a foot treatment, I can do a profound examination myself, and we thus find out within 10 minutes if a (foot) fungus is present or not.
Advice to reduce the risk of fungal infection:
- Be well informed in advance by a qualified and certified medical pedicurist.
- Do not wash your feet too often with soap.
- Thoroughly rinse off any soap residues.
- Dry your feet thoroughly.
- Wear thin socks or stockings made of 100 % wool or 100% cotton and change them regularly.
- Wear well-ventilated shoes that do not pinch.
- Always wear bathing slippers in public places (yoga schools, swimming pool, gym, sauna, etc.).
- Do not use highly expensive products without advice. Very often, these products only work in commercials.
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