Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Athlete's Foot


An unpleasent fungal infection.

A lot of people mention Athlete's Foot as an argument against people having a shoes-off policy. However, this is a quite unnecessary concern.

Athlete's Foot is generally associated with swimming pools and changing rooms. It is possible to catch Athlete's Foot on one's barefeet at a swimming pool or in a locker room. However, recent research indicates that this is not so likely as was previously thought.

Most importantly, the reason people catch Athlete's Foot in those places is not because people there are barefoot, but because the fungus needs a warm and wet environment. People get exposed to the fungus in the damp conditions. If they fail to dry their feet, the fungus is very comfortable and even more so if the victim puts on sweaty socks.

The fungus will not survive long on the clean, dry floor or carpet of a person's home and so you are very unlikely to catch Athlete's Foot in somebody's house, even if the owner has the condition.

What is more, people who are not wearing socks are likely to put on sandals when they leave, as opposed to closed shoes. Thus, they will not create the right environment for the condition to thrive.

Of course, if you are worried about it, you can always bring some slippers or socks when you visit a shoes-off home.

People who have a shoes-off policy ought to let their visitors know in advance and be willing to lend a pair of clean socks.


Sandro said...

Very reasonable concept, Mathew

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Celestial Fundy said...

Thanks, Sandro.

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Celestial Fundy said...

Thanks for dropping in, Jodie.

Celestial Fundy said...

There is no credible risk of fungus on the average floor of a home.

Nyc mold removal said...

That is right the information about this disease Athletes foot...usually caught when the surroundings have been infected by molds and fungus.Therefore care should be taken to keep the carpets and the damp water outlet areas clean and tidy.

Pamela Alexander said...

I am Canadian and for 7 months or more of the year most homes would be completely destroyed by mud and grit if people wore their shoes or boots indoors. Even many businesses here--especially health-related ones like medical offices and chiropractors--ask you to take your shoes off. And for those people with allergies, removing shoes is necessary for survival. I've come to think of it as simply respectful. When you enter someone's home, you are entering their sanctuary. Not unlike entering a temple where you are asked to removed your shoes.

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks for dropping in, Pamela.

Analyze A said...

We like to take our shoes off inside too, but I'm not sure that your information about the athlete's foot fungus not surviving on carpets is correct. I read at another blog by Dr. Ronald D. Worley, DPM "The Foot Doctor of La Jolla" ©2011:

"Fungus can live in shoes and carpets for years in spore form. Simply vacuuming or mopping the area periodically cannot adequately protect you from fungus tracked in from out of doors."