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Thursday, December 01, 2022

What is toe jam? From harmless gunk to a feast of insects. health

Toe jam can be a source of attraction, disgust, or a barely-noticed one. This could be a sign that you need to wash your feet or reconsider your choice of footwear. It can also lead to major health problems.

Toe jams, dirt and debris between your toes have made it up to a Beatles song.

But it was unlikely that John Lennon was thinking about foot hygiene when he wrote the lyrics to the second verse of Come Together: He wore no shoes, he got a toe-jam football, he got a monkey’s finger, he got a coca- Cola, he says, ‘I know you, you know me. One thing I can tell you is you have to be free.

What is toe jam? Toe jam is not a medical term. There is no formal medical term to describe the dead skin cells, sweat, sock, and dirt that get into the small and often tight spaces between our toes.

Tow jam can have the consistency of soft cheese or cake crumbs. It can be odorless or odorless. And its color can range from white to gray-brown.

If you wear closed shoes when it’s hot, or gumboots that don’t allow sweat to evaporate, you’re more likely to get a toe jam.

Poor foot hygiene certainly makes it more likely that you will develop toe jam. This is because sweat debris tends to accumulate between the toes if you do not pay attention to cleaning these areas in the shower or bath.

If your feet sweat a lot for other reasons, then you may also be more likely to have a toe jam. For example, we know that sweaty feet can be a problem for children and teens whose sweat glands are overactive. And some people have a serious medical condition called hyperhidrosis, where they sweat excessively.

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Is Toenails Like Athlete’s Foot? The collection of sweat and dead skin between the toes gives the bacteria naturally living on our skin a chance to thrive.

These bacteria, which include those in the genus Brevibacterium, feed on sweat, releasing molecules that give the characteristic “cheesy” odor of sweaty feet. Brevibacterium is also used for cooking some cheeses. This warm and moist environment is also a perfect location for tinea pedis, a fungal skin infection you may know as athlete’s foot.

Symptoms of tinea may be white, scaly skin between your toes, which may be itchy, and red areas, a sign of skin damage. Small fluid-filled blisters may develop in the damaged skin between the toes and bleeding may occur when the weakened skin bursts.

So while toe jam is not the same as tinea, it can provide the right conditions for the fungus to grow.

How serious is toe jam? Generally, toe jam is a minor health problem. You can manage it with good foot hygiene. And if you develop tinea, you can use a short course of an anti-fungal treatment that you can buy from a pharmacy.

However, for a person with a chronic disease such as diabetes, who has poor vision (so cannot see a toe jam or its complications develop), or who is unable to reach his or her feet, it is a very different possibility. . Due to limited mobility.

Diabetes not well controlled with diet and exercise, or medications, increases a person’s risk of decreased blood flow (peripheral artery disease) and feeling numb in their feet (sensory neuropathy).

The broken skin between the toes due to tinea can become increasingly infected, increasing the risk of infection spreading to the feet and legs (cellulitis) Bone infection (osteomyelitis) Gangrene (dead tissue due to lack of blood flow) ) amputation of the toe, part of the foot or leg.

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Therefore early detection of tinea in a vulnerable individual is particularly important to prevent complications.

4 Ways to Avoid Problems Here are our four tips for avoiding problems with toe jams, which include the development of tinea and its complications: Wash the spaces between your toes and after a shower or bath. And dry them carefully after swimming. Gyms and swimming pools are common for you to pick up a fungal infection on your feet, so it’s a good idea to wear thongs to reduce your risk of tinea.

If possible, avoid wearing shoes that don’t allow sweat to evaporate (such as closed shoes made of synthetic materials and gumboots). Going barefoot, when there is no risk of injury, will also allow sweat to evaporate.

Treat sweaty feet by using an antiperspirant containing aluminum chloride. More severe cases of hyperhidrosis can be managed using medications, such as Botox injections into the legs. Fungal infections (tinea) should be treated with over the counter antifungal creams such as terbinafine or clotrimazole. Resistant infections may require a course of prescribed antifungal medications. Pay attention to signs that indicate the infection is spreading through the feet. These can be pain and swelling in the toes, or red streaks on the top of the feet and legs. This requires immediate visit to a podiatrist or doctor.

Footnote Lennon mentions “Walrus Gumboot” in verse three of Come Together. The last line of verse two says, “You must be free”. Paul McCartney walks barefoot on the cover of The Beatle’s album Abbey Road. Maybe the Beatles know a thing or two about toe jam and foot health.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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