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HOW TO AVOID FEET INFECTION DURING THE RAINY SEASON



Rainy season is lurking at our door. The season comes with lots of challenges; especially, how to keep our feet free from infections and all the trappings of the rainy season. Clean feet has always been the dream of many especially in the rainy season but one cannot avoid few splashes of water and mud that come with the season. Dirty feet are more prone to infection than clean feet and hence, the need to keep them dry and clean. A podiatrist once said that the best way to protect the feet from germs during rainy season is by wearing rubber shoes.
A podiatrist is a food doctor. A podiatrist diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot,ankle, and related structures of the leg.
Fungi and bacteria grow rapidly because of high humidity. This is the case in our tropical environment; especially during the rainy season, that in our case lasts six months of the year. Odour of the feet can result too, as the feet are also susceptible to fungal infections of the skin, especially between the toes. Other problems caused by fungus and bacteria are itching, stinging sensations, skin softening, and peeling. The result is a spike in skin diseases and fungal infections, especially in the feet.
There is no need to hate the rains as long as you keep your feet clean to rid them of those infectious bacteria and dirty or muddy waters, you can enjoy the rainy season, probably even more than the dry season

 HOW TO AVOID FEET INFECTION DURING THE RAINY SEASON

Wash the feet thoroughly with soap and water immediately after arriving home. After washing with soap, apply alcohol on the feet and let them dry before stepping into your slippers. For people who are suffering from athlete’s foot, combine one glass of white vinegar and one glass of lukewarm water in a basin. Soak your feet for 15 minutes. Let your feet dry and apply anti-fungal foot powder.Repeat this wice a day.
One should use an antifungal wash/cream twice daily. Clean under your toenails regularly to avoid accumulation of dirt.
One, as a matter of foremost necessity, must wear appropriate footwear for the season. Many women and men may opt for shoes more for fashion than comfort or season requirement. They therefore end up wearing the wrong kind of footwear that can harm their feet. The wrong kind of footwear can also splash water and mud on your clothes making them dirty or spotted. During the rainy season you need footwear that will give you good grip and will keep your feet as clean as possible, such as plastic/rubber sandals, which are typical rainy season footwear that is usually always available. But make sure they fit well, as your feet need to breathe, and they need to be comfortable while travelling.
You can also opt for regular pedicures; if not in a spa or clinic, at home. Do ensure that nails don’t get or stay dirty. Cut them regularly. As well, try to keep them short so that dirt won’t get deposited in them
Do clean your footwear thoroughly before wearing.  Dip your feet in warm water after returning home. You can put some drops of essential oils such as mentholatum, lemon, lavender, peppermint, Rosemary, macerated onion, garlic or ginger in the water; it will help to refresh you and get rid of smelly feet. Do use a moisturising lotion and massage it into your feet.
There is no need to hate the rains as long as you keep your feet clean to rid them of those infectious bacteria and dirty or muddy waters, you can enjoy the rainy season, probably even more than the dry season.