Feet welcome multitude of fungi | The Podiatrist and yourfeetnz
A genetic analysis of fungi on the human body finds that our feet have the most – more than 100 types, many of which ward off the unhealthy fungi that cause infections like athlete’s foot.
At least 80 types of fungi reside on a typical person’s heel, along with 60 between the toes and 40 on the toenail. Altogether, the feet are home to more than 100 types of fungus, more than any other area of the human body.
It may sound icky, but many of the fungi on our skin serve a very useful purpose. One of the major functions of healthy fungi is to prevent pathogenic fungi from adhering to our skin where they can cause athlete’s foot, plantar warts and stubborn toenail infections. There is something about toenails that fungi just love.
Our feet are like a bustling fungi hotel, with different types moving in and out at a fast clip. For starters, while skin temperature on our core remains a pretty stable, the temperature of our feet fluctuates wildly. Cold feet may be hospitable to some strains of fungi, while hot feet may be more attractive to others.
Since they’re so close to the ground, our feet are probably also exposed to more fungal diversity than other parts of our body.
And there’s one more thing: People are fastidious about washing everything off their hands, but people don’t really specifically wash their feet. For many people, standing in the shower seems good enough.
Fungal foot diseases are often treated with antifungal medications that attack all fungi indiscriminately, both good and bad.
Really, wear flip-flops in the gym locker room and around Public swimming pools.
Please contact The Podiatrist for any foot care advice.
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