Athlete's foot can be transferred through textiles



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Athlete's foot can be transferred through textiles.

Infection from "stocking to stocking". The need for hygienic protective measures in order to avoid athlete's foot infections in bathing establishments and saunas is certainly well known among the population. The extent to which the fungus can also be transferred via laundry items has only now been investigated by scientists from the Institute for Hygiene and Biotechnology at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim. In fact, it was found that the fungal spores spread from infected laundry to other items of clothing when they were close enough together.

The consequence: In order to avoid infection in your own household, socks and stockings should be kept separately in the case of a known athlete's foot infection and washed at a temperature of at least 60 ° C. According to the researchers, this temperature is necessary to safely kill the fungal spores.

Athlete's foot: a stubborn skin fungus. The "athlete's foot" is one of the skin fungi that are mainly caused by fungi of the Trichophyton genus and that are accompanied by weeping inflammation in areas of the body that are poor in light and air. In addition to the spaces between the toes and fingers, they can also affect the armpits, groin area and the female breast. Often there are scaly, reddened areas that are accompanied by itching. If a fungal infection is suspected, a skin sample in the laboratory can provide reliable evidence. Conventionally, antifungal ointments with fungicidal agents are used. The athlete's foot can persist very often.

Further recommendations for fungal infections. Representatives of naturopathy see such recurring skin fungal infections as an indication of the occurrence of fungi in the intestinal mucosa (intestinal mycosis), which has been confirmed many times in laboratory tests. In addition to the recommendation to change the laundry every day and to wash it (from now on at over 60 degrees) and to avoid air-impermeable synthetic textiles, education about the need for a balanced and low-sugar diet is part of the naturopathic therapy concept. For external use, essential oils with an antifungal effect are used, for example from medicinal plants such as tea trees or lavender. (Dipl.Päd. Jeanette Viñals Stein, alternative practitioner, 26.03.2010)

For further reading:
Fungal infections (mycoses) in humans

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