Traveler’s Foot May Be Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungus that is easily transmitted among unwary travelers. By following some simple advice, you can make sure you don’t contaminate your feet in your hotel room or the barefoot extravaganza known as the airport security checkpoint.

Athlete’s foot is the most common fungal infection of the feet. Every day, podiatrists see people with feet that are burning, itching and peeling. Although many different species of fungus and yeast can cause the problem, the ways that you as a traveler can prevent it are simple and effective.

The fungus that cause athlete’s foot thrives in places that are dark, warm and moist. Shoes are the perfect habitat for fungus. Unfortunately for business travelers and vacationers, there are many places in airports, hotels and vacation spots that are covered in fungus just waiting to infect your feet.

Whenever living foot fungus or fungal spores (which are basically seeds for fungus waiting to sprout) stick to bare skin or enter through tiny little openings in the skin, it can take hold and start to grow. As the fungus grows, it pulls water from the surrounding skin.

This causes peeling and itching of the skin as the fungus does damage and causes delamination or peeling away of the skin’s outer layers. Frequently the infection starts in the moist area between the toes of on the bottom of the foot.

Foot doctors often describe a “moccasin distribution” pattern with athlete’s foot infections. This means that the areas of the feet that turn red and start peeling are usually those that would be in contact with moccasins. The tops of the feet and ankle don’t usually become involved.

Fortunately for you, the most effective prevention measures are also very easy… don’t step in the fungus! When you are traveling, you just have to know where not to step.

You have to make sure to guard your shoes against fungus. The shoes need to be a safe haven for your feet. Any time you get live fungus or fungal spores in your shoes, you run the risk of getting fungal toenails or an athlete’s foot infection.

No matter what you do, when you travel, your feet will prespire. A hurried stressful pace in airport terminals, trying to make that connection while toting a laptop and carry-on bag will make you (and your feet) sweat like crazy.

Since fungus needs moisture to live, you want to do anything you can to reduce the moisture in your shoes. A good place to begin is with well ventilated shoes that breathe while you are on your trip. Shoes that have breathable mesh uppers made of nylon, mesh, or cotton breathe fairly well and let the moisture escape. Leather, plastic and rubber tend to hold the fungus in your shoes encouraging fungus to grow.

Make sure you rotate your shoes during your trip. Have at least two pairs of shoes so you can wear them on alternate days. This will allow them enough time to fully dry out before you wear them again.

If you are very active or if your feet sweat a lot, try changing your socks half way through the day. This is one of the easiest ways to keep your feet dry and fungus free. Wear synthetic socks and avoid cotton to keep moisture away from your feet. There are also newer socks available that have copper fibers woven into them. Copper seams to decrease the likelihood that fungus will take hold in the sock material.

Because even the most relaxing vacations involve lots of walking through airports, hotels and site-seeing, choose comfortable walking shoes for your trip. Many vacationers opt for sandals or flip flips when on vacation, however these can lead to friction blisters that let the fungus in and start the infection.

Make sure you avoid the fungus hotspots. The carpet you feel under your sock-clad feet while waiting to get through security is a haven for athlete’s foot-causing fungus. All day and night, sweaty feet emerge from their shoes and shuffle along the carpet. Everyone steps and stands in this continual stream of perspiring feet and shedding foot fungus. As you trudge through the line, your sweaty socks pick up fungal spores. Then you put your feet back in your shoes that act as incubators to start your own little foot fungus farm.

Unfortunately most airport security checkpoints now require that every pair of shoes goes through the xray machine. But this doesn’t mean you can’t protect your feet. One simple solution is to wear an old worn out pair of socks to the airport. Carry a clean pair in your pocket. Take of your shoes, and go through security wearing your old worn out socks. After you get through the checkpoint, take off the old socks and put on the clean ones before you put your shoes back on. Throw the old socks away. Now you can start your vacation fungus-free!

The next place to avoid is the hotel carpet and bathroom. You never know how clean those places are, regardless of how expensive the hotel is. Just because it costs as much as a hospital room, doesn’t mean it is just as clean. If you wear socks in the hotel room, just don’t put your shoes on until you change socks.

Make sure you also step on the terry cloth mat when you step out of the shower. If possible, get a clean mat with clean towels every day. If you go down to the sauna in the athletic facility, make sure you wear shower shoes. All of the heat and moisture creates the ideal fungal environment. Fungus can also grow on the tile around the pool and hot tub, but the chlorine in the water actually helps keep it from being as big of a problem.

If your trip takes you to someplace where you can head to the beach, make sure you wear sandals to protect your feet. Don’t forget that any tiny little cuts or abrasions are the best way for fungus to get in and start an athlete’s foot infection.

Now that you understand the basics about foot fungus and where it tends to thrive, you can easily side-step it. Between the airlines and security, travel has enough aggravation. You certainly don’t need anything else getting under your skin.

Quinny Buzz Travel System – Comfortable Traveling in Winter

One of the more stressful times of year is winter when traveling becomes more difficult and slower. With an infant, traveling in winter becomes that much more stressful as most parents worry that their baby will get too cold too fast and end up getting sick more easily. In order to offset this problem, a lot of parents look for a pushchair that will be warmer, but this can be very hard to do, leading most parents to pad the chair with their own blankets. Is there a pushchair on the market that is warm enough to handle winter without having to load up on the blankets?

You don’t have to supply the warmth

Unfortunately, most travel systems rely on the parents to supply the warmth in cold weather. This is usually done with a combination of a warm jacket and fleecy blankets. The problem with this is two fold-first, the warmest coats and snowsuits are too bulky to fit in an infant car seat very well, and secondly, blankets are often kicked off, shuffled around, and otherwise rendered useless. In fact, most manufacturers point out that you have to actually take off the outer layer of clothing before putting a baby in his car seat in order to prevent accidents. This is a pretty awkward state of affairs, but most parents have to make do with this arrangement and hope for the best.

Footmuff included

Most systems have this problem, but there is one that comes with a solution for you to take advantage of. The Quinny Buzz Travel System has an infant car seat and a pushchair seat which is comfortably padded and cushioned, making it warmer than most pushchairs to begin with. However, unlike any other travel system on the market, the Quinny Buzz Travel System has a foot muff included in the system. This foot muff is made with warm fleece and is shaped like a cocoon so that your baby is covered from head to toe in the cold weather, leaving a hole so that your baby can see outside. The footmuff is designed to fit properly in the pushchair so that it’s easy to put your baby inside and your child will be comfortable instead of stifled. And of course, it can’t be kicked off or shuffled around too much, so you don’t have to worry about your baby making himself cold by moving the wrong way while you’re traveling. Furthermore, these footmuffs match the rest of the travel system and you can buy replacements, if needed, in the same colors.

Conclusion

The Quinny Buzz Travel System is the only one which actually comes with a footmufff like this one, so if you live somewhere with a lot of cold weather, then it’s definitely well worth buying.

How to Buy a Golf Travel Bag As a Gift

A Golf travel bag is the perfect gift for any golf enthusiast. It helps protect the equipment (an investment) and makes it easier for safe transport and with the functionality also come the various types, sizes, colours, preferences to match ones style.

Golf travel bags can be taken to the course as well as convenient to travel with. So the question is how do you determine what they will like – it all depends on who the bag is for!

A few things to consider that may assist in the end selection:

Clubs that they own

  • This can help in determining how big the travel bag needs to be to accommodate all the clubs and protect them for being damaged. There needs to be enough room to protect the clubs as well as be able to be secure enough so that they don’t shuffle around.

Consider how frequently they travel

  • Do they travel frequently where you may consider purchasing a full hard travel case or a partial soft case for easier storage.

Accessories -what do they normally take with them

  • Everyone has their preference as to what they carry with them on to the course and having them accessible plays into their comfort and enjoyment as well. Example – gloves, shoes, attire, cell phone, water bottle, etc.

Size

  • Determine this factor for the equipment that they own as well as for the transport to and from the place of residence to the car (how well will it fit in the car or trunk of the car), and also to and from the golf course as well as the airport. The convenience also plays into the enjoyment of this whole process.

Weight

  • If the bag is too heavy then the purpose of the bag is not as functional. Will the person be able to comfortably lift it out of the car and move it around – example – if they have a medium body build then they will be able to handle more weight that a person with a slight body build.

Sturdiness of bag

  • Every bag is different in their strength depending on their make and quality. Every year the make and model change as there are new innovations and this enables manufacturers to use newer materials that can potentially be stronger and more lightweight than their previous models.

Style

  • Manufacturers are on top of their game and are always working on coming up with different designs, better quality, enhanced features and styles will vary from year to year.

Cost of the golf travel bag

  • That all depends on you! What is your comfort price, what are you are willing to spend. The cost of the golf travel bag is a reflection of the differences in name brand, quality and features. Hard cases are usually more expensive than soft cases.