You should GermProof® your feet and hands before using high traffic gyms and other highly frequented public areas, here is why!
Gymnasts tend to practice barefoot, especially on sweaty, high-traffic mats and flooring. They also tend to use bars and other equipment that are constantly exposed to countless more sweaty hands and feet. These sweaty surfaces are a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria such as athletes foot, as well as other infection-causing bacteria, including the potentially deadly MRSA!
What about fitness gyms, and all the sweaty dumbbells and other high traffic equipment, just swarming with potentially dangerous bacteria?
- The potentially deadly MRSA infection, which was once seen primarily in hospitalized patients, has now been linked to common foot conditions. GermProof® not only provides a GermProof® barrier of protection against MRSA infection and other potentially harmful bacteria germs, it also fights MRSA and heals MRSA-related infections.
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
More Americans are developing drug-resistant staph infections, known as MRSA from common, relatively minor foot problems such as cuts, cracks in the skin, athlete's foot, and ingrown toenails. Foot and ankle surgeons are noting an increase in community-associated MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
More Americans are developing drug-resistant staph infections, known as MRSA, from ordinary, relatively minor foot problems such as cuts, cracks in the skin, athlete's foot and ingrown toenails, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Foot and ankle surgeons are noting an increase in community-associated MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
MRSA Linked to Athlete's Foot, Ingrown Toenails
"If you have a cut or a scrape that gets infected and it's not healing in a timely fashion, don't hesitate to get it checked out," said Karl Collins, DPM, FACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon in St. Louis. Dr. Collins said he's diagnosed community-associated MRSA infections in patients with athlete's foot, and even a six-year-old who stubbed his toe.
Brandi Johnson, DPM, AACFAS, estimates treating 20 patients for community-associated MRSA last year. The Brandon, Florida foot and ankle surgeon says half of those patients had infected ingrown toenails. Puncture wounds, pedicures and cuts from glass and seashells caused the rest of the infections.
One of Johnson's patients was a teenage boy. He waited months before seeing a doctor for an infected ingrown toenail. After the boy's primary care doctor referred him to Johnson, she ran several tests. Results showed a community-associated MRSA infection. Even worse, it had spread to the bone in the teen's big toe. He recovered after six weeks of intravenous antibiotics.
"I've had several high schoolers come in with ingrown toenails recently," Dr. Johnson said. "Their pediatricians started them on antibiotics and sent them to my office. Lab results showed they all had MRSA."
Staph bacteria such as MRSA are common. One in three people carries them. The bacteria live on the skin and in the nose and are spread through skin contact. Even minor tears in the skin's surface open the door to bacteria and infection. Skin conditions such as athlete's foot, calluses, corns, eczema, and psoriasis can create breaks in the skin. Walking barefoot increases the risk of cuts and puncture wounds. Foot and ankle surgeons say simple steps can prevent community-associated MRSA infections:
- Wash and bandage cuts.
- See a doctor within 24 hours for any puncture wound.
- Never perform "bathroom surgeries" to cut or dig out an ingrown toenail.
- Keep feet clean and dry to prevent fungal infections such as athlete's foot.
MRSA Becomes a Community Problem
According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 percent of MRSA cases are community-associated, and 85 percent are healthcare-associated.
Healthcare-associated MRSA has existed for decades in settings such as hospitals and nursing homes. But within the past decade, community-associated MRSA has emerged as a threat, as outbreaks occur in schools, sports teams, prisons, and other places in the community with populations that are generally healthy.
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American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. "MRSA: Potentially Deadly Infection, Once Seen Primarily In Hospitalized Patients, Now Linked To Common Foot Conditions." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 May, 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090520064137.htm>.