Can severe athlete's foot kill fish? It might sound like a urban legend, but a Japanese girl with stinky feet might have killed fishes with her fungal affliction.
The troubled 19-year-old Japanese girl does not have a normal life, nor a love life, because of her smelly feet. Even though she changes her shoes four times a day, the situation never seems to get better.
It is believed the distinctive smell is due to the decomposition of protein in a certain bacteria on her feet. It is suggested that the young woman adopt a healthier lifestyle to ease the severity of the case.
About athlete's foot
Athlete's foot is a fungal infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking, and itch of affected areas. It is caused by fungi in the genus Trichophyton. While it is typically transmitted in moist communal areas where people walk barefoot, such as showers or bathhouses, the disease requires a warm moist environment, such as the inside of a shoe, in order to incubate. Because of this the fungus only affects approximately 0.75% of habitually (frequently) barefoot people.
Although the condition typically affects the feet, it can infect or spread to other areas of the body, including the groin, particularly areas of skin that are kept hot and moist, such as with insulation, body heat, and sweat, e.g. in a shoe, for long periods of time.
While the fungus is generally picked up through walking barefoot in an infected area or using an infected towel, infection can be prevented by remaining barefoot as this allows the feet to dry properly and removes the fungus' primary incubator - the warm moist interior of a shoe.
Athlete's foot can be treated by a number of pharmaceuticals (including creams) and other treatments, although it can be almost completely prevented by never wearing shoes, or wearing them as little as possible. 【已有很多网友发表了看法，点击参与讨论】【对英语不懂，点击提问】【英语论坛】【返回首页】