As the weather turns from spring to summer, the humidity and temperature will continue to rise. This raise in temperature can lead to an increase in sweat production. With closed toed shoes, the increase in sweat can lead to fungus and bacteria. A particular condition called pitted keratolysis can occur with increased moisture along the bottom of the foot. This usually occurs with those who use boots daily, most commonly in the military or construction field. The bacteria that causes pitted keratolysis can proliferate in moist conditions. It forms this “pitting” nature due to destructions of the stratum corneum layer of skin. The condition appears as “punched out pits” that have an associated foul odor. If this is noted, please seek out a medical professional as this can spread and affect other family members.
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