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Can I get athlete's foot from my yoga mat?

Posted on October 10, 2014 by Southern Hospitality | 0 Comments

 

Southern Hospitality answers the question: Can I get athlete's foot from my yoga mat? Courtesy of YouBeauty!

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5 Ways to Keep Your Feet Infection-Free in Public Places

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Southern Hospitality | 0 Comments

Whether you’ve made the trek off to college or have a knack for going barefoot in public facilities, there is no doubt that you will need to protect yourself from the dreaded staph infection. Not just any staph infection, but MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Staph infections are spread through skin-to-skin contact. However, MRSA is a form of bacteria that is resistant to common antibiotics used to treat other forms of staph infections. Contact with MRSA can range from just a simple pimple on the skin to a severely invasive infection that can lead to amputation. College dorms, gyms, locker rooms, public pools and hospitals are all common breeding grounds for MRSA. Here are 5 ideas to follow to keep your feet infection-free!


Protect Open Wounds: Any cuts, wounds, or breaks in the skin give easy access for bacteria to invade your body and cause an infection. The solution? Make sure these areas are securely covered to prevent being infected. It is also great as an added precaution to inspect your feet regularly depending on how frequent you share public facilities.

Wash Feet Daily: Simple hygiene can work wonders to fight off the chances of infection. A daily routine of washing your feet when bathing- that means rubbin’ and scrubbin’- is the most essential task to wash away harmful bacteria.


Wash Socks After Use: The warmth and moisture from your feet absorbed by your socks can allow bacteria to fester. You should never where the same pair of socks for consecutive workouts. Instead, wash them after working out and sport a fresh clean pair for each workout.

Always Wear Flip-Flops: Just because you may practice good hygiene, does not mean those around you have the same habits. You should NEVER walk barefoot on warm, wet public surfaces- such as college dorm showers, gyms, locker rooms, and public pools. The bacteria and germs from the skin of others carry can be easily passed on in these environments. It is always a good idea to wear flip flops to help protect your feet from infection on suspect surfaces.


Don’t Share Personal Items: Sharing is NOT caring in the case of MRSA. Personal items such as towels, razors, shoes, or even socks can bring you in direct contact with the bacteria. Even if another person’s item may appear to be clean, don’t trust it! You run the risk of not truly finding out until it is too late.


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Dx Beach Feet: 4 Ways to Heal Your Summer Heels

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Southern Hospitality | 0 Comments

Summertime fun means sporting sandals or- in many cases- going barefoot, that exposes your feet to the harsh elements of the season. Check out these 4 tips that are just what the doctor ordered to heal your summer heels!


Wash
It’s just not enough to let the water and suds trickle down to your feet when showering and claim that they are clean. A barefoot day at the beach or a simple saunter in your favorite flip-flops can expose your feet to all sorts of yuck-n-muck. The solution? Take care to give your feet a thorough washing DAILY (that means rubbin’ and scrubbin’). Foot washing is like hand washing and should be done routinely. It is also a great idea to soak your feet with warm water and Epsom salt. Soaking your feet provides a one-two punch of deodorizing and drawing out toxins to keep them funk-free!


Inspect
Bacteria, Virus, and Fungus….oh my! Your feet can become infected with any of these “beauties” with any cuts or openings of the skin. Whether you have the displeasure of stepping on rocks, shells, or any foreign object openings of the skin can be dangerous- large and small. That’s why it is essential to regularly inspect your feet for any open wounds or lesions that may be present. Warts can indicate viruses (such as HPV), while redness, swelling, and/or itching can be signs of bacterial (E. coli) or fungal (Athlete’s foot) infections.


Exfoliate
Unforgiving surfaces such as hot sand and pavement can lead to a load of calluses on the feet. To transition your feet from rough to smooth, exfoliate the callused areas. Be careful to ALWAYS exfoliate WET skin- preferably when showering or soaking. Tools, such as pumice stones or foot files are most aggressive, but scrubs can also do the trick.

Moisturize
Once you remove the skin you don’t want, you always want to show a lil love to the skin you do want. And nothing says T-L-C like a rich moisturizer. A daily slather of moisturizer to clean feet smoothes the skin and provides nutrients to make your feet very supple. It’s the perfect finish to healing those summer heels!


Oh!...and as always, if you’re going to continue to be out in the sun… DON’T forget the sunscreen!!


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Get Sporty

Posted on August 07, 2014 by Southern Hospitality | 0 Comments

Getting a leg-up on some of your favorite outdoor activities often means finding the right shoes for the task-at-hand (err foot!). Check out these features to keep in mind when spotting the right shoes to get sporty!


Walking:
Whether you’re an avid walker or just in-need of a solid athletic shoe, this style is for you! You want a walking shoe that is lightweight allowing easy, comfortable mobility. Cushioning and shock absorption should be sufficient, but not be overly rigid. Instead, the sole should have flexibility and a rounded bottom, enabling a fluid motion for heel striking and toeing off, when walking.


Running:
Running can expose your feet to forces up to 3 times your body weight. Look for a running shoe that has ample shock absorption. This protects your feet from taking a beating when pounding the pavement over time. Running is a higher impact activity than walking, so it is a good idea for your running shoe to have a rigid sole (NOT flexible). The rigid sole should ONLY bend at the ball of the foot.


Hard Surface Activities:
Hard surface activities can mean murderous wear-n-tear not only to your feet BUT to your shoes, as well! That’s because these activities- such as basketball and tennis-involve lateral movements, abrupt stopping, and running. A quality basketball shoe should have thick shock absorption and a rigid sole to offload impact from running and jumping. It is recommended that basketball shoes are high-tops to provide added stability with lateral movement. High-tops are also believed to aid in ankle stability, but do not completely eliminate the risk of ankle sprains/injuries. Tennis shoes should have a thicker sole that is rigid and is only flexible at the ball of the foot for stability and repetitive movements. A sole with more tread is also good to keep in mind for added traction with abrupt stops.


Cross-Trainer:
Like to indulge in a variety of outdoor activities? Then a cross-training shoe might be the way to go. Viewed as a hybrid athletic shoe, this style combines features form various specialty shoes to accommodate the jack (or jill)-of-all-trades.


Want more information on finding the right “kicks” for the right activity? Check out our series Soul Searching: 8 Tips to Finding Your Perfect of Athletic Shoes!


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Safety's Only Skin Deep

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Southern Hospitality | 0 Comments

Looks like beauty isn’t the only thing that is skin deep. Check out these 3 common types of skin cancer that can turn YOUR summer into an absolute bummer.


Basal Cell Carcinoma
What is it: The most common form of skin cancer that spreads slowly. Appears as a smooth shiny nodule on the skin.
Who is most likely affected: Individuals with a fair skin complexion are most at risk.
Where does it strike: The face is most common, but can be found on any area of the body subject to long term sun damage
When does it occur: Adults over 40 are most commonly diagnosed.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma
What is it: Aggressive form of skin cancer that begins as a scaly red inflamed nodule that develops into an ulcer. Early diagnosis is key because it spreads very quickly.
Who is most likely affected: Fair skinned individuals beware! But anyone who has been subject to prolonged sun exposure should listen up. Smoking can also be a cause.
Where does it strike: The face and back of the hands are the problem areas for men, while the legs and feet are most common for women.
When does it occur: Adults 55 years or older.


Melanoma
What is it: The most deadly- but least common- form of skin cancer. Usually forms from a pre-existing mole or pigmented lesion that is asymmetrical and deformed. Spreads rapidly.
Who is most likely affected: People with light skin complexions are most at risk, especially those with freckles, red hair, or those who burn easily. However as much as 10% of those affected are of dark complexion.
Where does it strike: Areas most exposed to the sun (noticing a theme here?). The face is a common area for men and the legs for women. The soles of the hands and feet and the nails are most often affected by those with darker skin.
When does it occur: Usually found in those that are 50+, but can occur as early as 30 years of age.

As always, monitor the amount of time that you spend in the sun. If you are going to be exposed to the sun for extended periods of time always apply (and RE-apply) your sunscreen when needed. Inspect your skin regularly, and if you note any changes or formations of skin lesions report to your physician immediately. Early diagnosis is key!


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Flip Flopped

Posted on July 17, 2014 by Southern Hospitality | 0 Comments

See why all sandals are NOT created equal, courtesy of Women's Health Magazine.

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/style/wearing-flip-flops?cid=socST_20140716_27948266

Wanna know what to look for when finding the right sandals? Check out these tips!

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5 Areas You Don’t Want to Forget to Apply Sunscreen

Posted on July 14, 2014 by Southern Hospitality | 0 Comments

So you think you’ve slathered on your sunscreen and are ready for a day of fun in the sun…but have you considered these areas? You better!


From HEAD…


Scalp: 

Whether you’re bald or have long luscious locks, an exposed scalp should not be taken lightly for sun protection. Even the smallest part in your (hair)do can reveal enough skin for the sun to do damage. Studies show that melanoma on the scalp can result in a faster rate of death than any other part of the body.


Ears: 

Arms, legs, and face…CHECK! But did you get your ears? They are the 3rd most common site for skin cancer from the sun and should NEVER go untouched. If sunscreen for your ears doesn’t tickle your fancy, try a nice hat with a wide brim to shield you from the sun.


Lips: 

Did you miss a spot with your sunscreen, but can’t figure out where? It could be right under your nose- literally! That’s right the thinner skin and lack of melanin in your lips make them especially vulnerable to the damage from harmful sun rays. It’s best to use lip balm with SPF to keep your kisser in good condition!


Hands: 

They assist you in applying sunscreen to every other part of your body but it’s easy to forget they need a little help being protected from the sun. The palms may be slathered with sunscreen, but don’t forget the back of your hands.


To TOE…


Feet: 

Going barefoot or wearing sandals means your feet are largely uncovered. That makes your feet very susceptible to sun’s harmful rays. Take care to apply sunscreen to the tops & soles of the feet. Don’t forget between the toes! It is a common hideout spot for melanoma of the feet that should NEVER go unnoticed! Don’t forget the nails!


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SH

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