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Lora Stewart
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(January 2nd, 2003, 10:22:10 am)

January 2003 - News from SulfurSoap.com

It's the New Year, 2003!

Happy New Year!, and guess what, it's that time again for a newsletter!

OK customers and fans, we luv ya so here's one especially for those who like to know about foot skin care !

Ever been in a locker room at a gym, or in a public shower, actually anyplace you walk barefoot in public? Well, then we hope you find some useful information in this edition of the newsletter that may help you some day!  So, on with this month's newsletter.

This month's topic is ... Plantar warts and foot skin care - Walking Barefoot in Public Places.

OK, how many of you know that you can pick up viruses and infections when walking barefoot in public places? Want to know what can happen, take a look at this picture ! ...

plantar wart!

Has that got your attention? It should, because when you get these creepy crawler viruses and infections, it can be a pain in the foot, and that's putting it mildly. Yea, it's unsightly, but it can hurt and just get worse, and you can spread it to others, like your teammates, and family. Time for prevention! So that's what we are going to offer, some preventative tips. If you need personal treatment, please go see a medical professional like you family doctor. In the meantime, we'd like to share some preventative information.

A variety of bacteria thrive in the places that most people often find themselves shoeless. Whether it is the fungus that causes athlete's foot or the virus that causes plantar warts, these organisms fester in warm, moist conditions, such as on shower floors, in steam rooms and on damp pool decks. A gym shower, which is being utilized by members, may never get a chance to dry throughout the day. When hundreds of people a day use these facilities, some of whom may serve as sources of these bacteria and viruses, you have the perfect recipe for foot problems. While these areas are not a threat to overall public health, they can be nuisances to those individuals who often experience some type of trauma to their feet... Trauma being any type of cut, scrape, blister or other opening in the skin that allows bacteria and viruses to enter. A normal foot with intact skin can often ward off these problems, but if your new shoes rub the wrong way, irritating and opening the skin, or if you cut yourself while trimming your toe nails, it can provide a doorway for these infectious organisms to enter.

Here are some of the foot problems which can occur when walking barefoot in public places:

Cellulitis- An inflammation that occurs in the lower half of the dermis by a group A, C or G beta hemolytic streptococcus. This can be treated with antibiotics that are prescribed by a physician.

Athlete's Foot- Also known as tinea pedis. Main areas affected are between toes and soles of the feet. Signs of infection are redness, scaling, itching and occasional blistering. Self-treatment with over-the-counter antifungal creams may relieve or cure the symptoms. If no improvement is noticed within two weeks, call a doctor.

Onychomycosis- A nail fungus that can enter the hard nail plate and nail bed, which is the softer tissue underneath the nail. As the infection progresses, organic debris accumulates under the nail, often discoloring it. If ignored, the nail plate may separate from the nail bed and crumble off. There are several prescription treatments available through a physician.
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Plantar Warts- Occur on the sole, or plantar surface of the foot. They can be very painful. May appear rough, bumpy and spongy or thick and scaly. Usually brown or gray in color with a dark center. Try washing with SAL3 soap. Methods of treatment are salicylic acid solutions available over the counter, or to burn them off with a mild acid which may require multiple applications, cryotherapy (freezing the warts), laser treatment or debridement (cutting the warts off). A doctor should be consulted to determine the best method of treatment especially if an over-the-counter medicine does not work.

Prevention Tips:

• First of all, try wearing flip flops in the gym or when using any public shower. Just keeping off the wet surface goes a long way in public places to keeping your skin away from contact from the nasties.

• What else? Make sure your shoe fits! This is so important. When you get blisters from shoes that don't fit well, you're setting yourself to infections, lots of discomfort, and hey - even injury if it causes you to walk out of balance. Would you like more information about how to find a shoe that fits? Click here, for some information from a Sports Medicine specialist and authority. So the idea here, is to keep the skin on your feet blister free, and to keep the door closed for infections to set in.

•How about washing your athletic shoes on occasion ! Would you wear your underwear or socks for a year, without washing them? So if you can wash them, go ahead and do it.

•Do not ignore skin growths and changes on your feet. Inspect your feet weekly, and look for these things. Consult a medical professional if you see changes or somethings does not look right. Get to these problems early, and save yourself bigger problems later! Be alert of any non-infectious foot problems as well, like corns and callouses.

•Do your best to keep your feet from becoming too sweaty. Try a liner, and change your socks often. Moist shoes are a source of infection, and can give an existing infection a moist environment that infections thrive in.

•Change shoes daily. Try wearing a different shoe everyday. That gives your shoes time to dry out.

•Remove plantar warts. This helps prevent from spreading to other parts of your feet and body.

Here's a special deal for you, to bring to your attention the benefit of washing your hands or feet with sulfur soap. We're offering a box of 12 medicated pads of Compound W® wart remover, and three bars of our original 10% sulfur soap, at a special price of only $14.95, including FREE SHIPPING ! Click here for more information.

•Try washing your feet with sulfur soap, - it's a treat and let that lather soak in.

If sulfur soap helps you a lot, please let us know! We love to hear from our customers. And if we use your letter in an upcoming newsletter, you get a free 4 bar pack. And yes, we promise to keep you anonymous - we hold to a strict privacy policy here at SulfurSoap.com ! Anyway, hope you are enjoying those sudsy sulfur suds soakin' in - I use it everyday myself!

Thanks everyone, until next time! Anyway, once again, that pretty much wraps up this month's newsletter. Hope you like the soap, and doesn't the SAL3 make your skin so much fresher and smoother! Yes yes, we know, some of you wish that sulfur aroma was not there, but hey guys, that's what makes it what it is! Anyway, we get lots of emails affirming that this is the best sulfur based soap - and we thank you for those emails and letters - we really care about our soap, and we hope it shows!


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