Women know of the typical bacterial infections.
However, most are not aware of a few common infections that women should definitely watch out for.
These can occur from doing the right thing, such as exercising up to treating themselves to a spa day.
1. Infections on Your Feet
Exposure to excessive moisture often causes them.
They cause redness, scaling, and blisters. Women should be cautious of this if they frequently wear enclosed boots or workout where they can sweat a lot – causing athlete’s foot.
Be sure after showering to dry your feet thoroughly, especially in-between your toes.
Changing your socks frequently and applying absorbent foot powder or corn starch to your shoes could help prevent this.
For those that have contracted this, you may be able to treat this with an over-the-counter antifungal cream. If not, see your doctor.
A ringworm is another skin infection caused by dermatophytes, ring a bell?
These types of fungi can live off your dead skin cells and grow rapidly. That’s why dry brushing is a great cleanser for your body- to help prevent such issues.
A ringworm starts with one cluster of fungus. However, it will then spread out in rings as it grows.
Ringworms are contagious and spread by sharing hygienic items such as towels, sports equipment at the gym, and sharing hats or brushes.
As there are a few over-the-counter medicines available, this is something best treated by your doctor. They can spot out any other occurrences and treat it from the inside out.
3. Infections around the Cuticle Area
Having perfectly manicured hands and feet could come at a higher cost than you’d imagine.
When you get your hands and feet done, your cuticles are at risk of being pushed too far back or clipped, creating an open target for bacteria and fungus to thrive in.
Also the UV light and heavy acetone use from gel manicures and acrylic nails can damage your skin around the cuticle area, weakening your skin’s natural protective barrier.
Another issue with salons is in the pedicure spa. This is not always cleaned as well as it should, and the moist warm environment is a breeding ground for bacteria.
So in addition to your feet being at risk, so are your legs. You can easily pick up bacteria if you’ve recently shaved and nicked your skin.
A salon should put their instruments into an autoclave after each use to help kill bacteria and fungus. Common sterilizing solutions are not going to get them all.
4. Fungal Eye Infections
A very serious fungal eye infection occurs after your eye has been injured.
So if you’ve been struck in the eye by a piece of a plant, for instance, a thorn, this could cause serious eye issues and infections.
You can also develop an eye infection:
- If your eye care solution has been infected
- If you come into contact with the dye during surgery
- If you’ve had another type of infection found in another area of your body that reaches your blood stream
- If you have a serious allergic reaction to eye creams
Try to avoid getting anything unnatural too close to the eye area. There are natural methods to get flawless skin around your eyes.
If you notice any sudden eye pain, blurred vision, or eye discharge due to any of the above four circumstances, see your eye care professional immediately.
Be cautious about your environment and what you come in contact with. This could ensure you stay healthy and safe from an infectious disease.
Check out this segment from the show, “The Drs.” where dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee discusses the spread of bacteria.