Make a corner of the mushroom! Champion of Castilla La-Man-cha! Make a corner of the mushroom! I am not sure if the ad that accompanied this little song was broadcast nationally or was something local (although I’m afraid the latter), but the truth is that every time someone at the pharmacy tells me about their foot fungus , This catchy rattle rumbles in my head.
Why do foot fungus grow?
Like good relatives, field mushrooms and foot fungi have similar tastes and a common fondness for growing in dark and humid places. Just as we have often seen a mushroom cling to life from a tree trunk, our toes are that tree that mushrooms cling to. There, in the warmth, so tasty, in the shelter of their trunk-fingers, the fungi on the feet find a nice place to grow and become strong. If it tends, they can spread across the soles and sides of the feet. The song already says it: when the heat arrives, the mushrooms fall in love.
Why do foot fungi grow in summer?
While the mushroom season takes place in the fall, its first cousins, the foot mushrooms, literally make August. In addition to the darkness and humidity, the heat of the summer months helps their growth. On the other hand, it is in summer when we take our bare feet for a walk in various pools and changing rooms, provoking the fungal staff. Although most feet are ugly, very ugly, for fungi the foot is sexy.
In the world past (we don’t talk about this one better) they published a curious report in El Mundo photographing the feet of each of the soccer players of the national team. My conclusion was that there is a clearly inversely proportional relationship between the appeal of a footballer and the beauty of his feet. I still have nightmares with those of Xavi Alonso, and, especially, with the feet of Jesús Navas . What pain, what pain, what a pity.
How can we know if we have fungal foot infection, or athlete’s foot?
The fungus when it kisses, it really kisses. If he inexplicably falls in love with our feet and is caught between our little fingers like a chotis, it is very likely that he will send us signals to communicate his presence. Some of these signs are itching, redness, finger cracks, peeling, swelling, or blisters.
What is the treatment of foot fungus?
The mushroom that grows on a trunk is plucked, and here peace and then glory with scrambled eggs. Unfortunately, we cannot uproot the fungus in love with our feet. Nor is it enough to say “dear mushroom, we have to talk” or “it’s not you, it’s me”. No, with the foot fungus you only have to play at being a cunning Victorian poisoner and, of course, kill him.
Fortunately, our best ally to get rid of a love mushroom is not arsenic, or chloroform, but there are more discreet substances that can be bought without a prescription and without circumventing the law such as bifonazole (Canespie).
How do antifungals work?
At this point in the torrid romance of our finger-trunk with the fungus, it is unforgivable that I have not yet introduced you to the leading man, whose name is Trichophyton.
Well, the evil plan to kill poor Trichophyton is Machiavellian and involves weakening him by altering the wall of his cell membrane. Azole derivatives (ketoconazole, fluconazole, itroconazole) prevent the synthesis of ergosterol, which is a cholesterol-like sterol and forms a fundamental part of the fungal cell membrane.
As ergosterol is not synthesized, the fungus forms its membrane from lanosterol. However, lanosterol is a second component for the membrane. To the poor in love mushroom, lanosterol offers less protection than a Chinese umbrella. The fungus becomes a poor fragile being, unprotected, helpless, and, finally, dies. I already warned you that its end would be tragic.
Can the antifungal be harmful to humans?
No, Victorian poisoners are very smart and would never use a poison that could compromise them. Our cell membranes are not composed of ergosterol, but of cholesterol, so the inhibition of ergosterol synthesis does not affect us.
What lists, these Victorianas.
How can we prevent foot fungus?
As always, the simplest and most effective is prevention. Some tips for this are:
– Keep feet clean. I don’t discover gunpowder: showering daily and keeping your feet devoid of dirt, helps.
– Dry our feet well . Even if you are lazy, we must make sure that the feet and the spaces between the toes-trunk are dry before putting on our socks or shoes.
– Wear cotton socks that promote perspiration. Chinese membranes, for fungi. What you save by buying cheap socks is really parrot chocolate. Cotton and quality in the socks, always. Ah! And change them daily.
– Change shoes frequently. Not only do you have to change your socks, but also your shoes. I understand that we all have our favorite shoes, but we must give them a truce. Using them daily it is very possible that we are favoring a permanent humidity in them and the breeding ground for the love mushroom.
– Use pedic powders or deodorants in spray or cream to control perspiration. In people who practice sports or who suffer from excessive sweating, it is advisable to use products such as the classic Fungusol or Devor Olor.
– Use flip flops in swimming pools and changing rooms . If you are parents, my advice is to be heavy, very heavy, and drill your creatures with the tune of the importance of wearing flip flops in public showers and changing rooms. Those hammer-pylon tips, like the digestion cut , end up forever. Caution in hotels, small hotels, hostels, campsites and various camps. And also beware of spas, in these fashionable places for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, and good hen parties, jealous mushrooms also try to join the party.
Although there are recent studies that affirm that the fleeting disappearance of the vitamins of the juice can be a Chinese story, I assure you that the story of the flip-flops is true. Avoiding direct contact with foot fungus is the best way to prevent them from falling in love with us. You know, eyes that do not see, heart that does not feel.