Fungus Fighting Frog Drugs Could Work on Athlete’s Foot Too

Fungus Fighting Frog Drugs Could Work on Athlete’s Foot Too

Reid Harris and associatesAfter years spent forging anti-fungal medicines meant to treat infections in frogs, professor Reid Harris of James Mason University thinks he may have made a new kind of breakthrough. Reid and a colleague are developing a way to apply the agents in this medicine to probiotic drugs that would fight athlete’s foot in humans.

By using “good bacteria” to fight harmful bacteria in infections, they believe the product they are working on could be better than existing drugs. “The idea of probiotics are augmenting a good antifungal bacteria that we already have on our skin,” explained Harris. “This produces a very effective molecule that could fight off fungus.”

Athlete’s foot is an all-around unpleasant and uncomfortable condition. If you are experiencing symptoms of athlete’s foot, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM of Houston Foot and Ankle. Dr. Stran can diagnose your problem and provide you with an array of options to meet your needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools. This condition can also be prevalent in “commons” areas in prisons and residential care facilities.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal product
  • Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.

What is Tinea?

  • Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
  • Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
  • Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
  • Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.

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