Title: Footwear hygiene in the foot mycosis prophylaxis
- Michalina Falkiewicz-Dulik, Anna B. Macura
- Original articles
- Medical Mycology
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- hygiene of shoes, mycological status of the feet, mycosis prophylaxis
Introduction: Footwear is colonised by micro-organisms since the first day of wearingwhich depends on the microclimate inside the shoes. Pathogenic fungi inside footwear oftencause chronic and/or recurrent mycoses.
Obiective: Evaluation of microbiological immunity in regular vs. sanitised footwear. Evaluation of the microbiological status of shoe wearers' feet.
Materials and Methods: Swabs from interdigital spaces of shoe wearers' feet and specimens of footwear materials. The materials were cultured to identify the fungi present.
Results: Twenty three fungal species were detected in the footwear, including nine pathogenic ones, causing foot mycoses. Conclusion: 1. Many pathogenic fungal species were detected both on the shoe wearers' feet and in the footwear. 2. Hygienic footwear materials processing is recommended to diminish micro-organism growth during shoe wearing. 3. Antifungal protection inside shoes may effectively prevent foot infection and/or reinfection. 4. Microbiological properties of footwear materials considerably improve its hygiene and permanence. 5. Microbiological resistance of footwear materials may by improved by proper biocides addition.