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What is leg jam? From a harmless gunk to a beetle feast

Stuck feet can be a source of fascination, disgust or barely notice. This may be a sign that you need to wash your feet or reconsider your shoe selection. It can also lead to major health problems.

The jammed finger, the skunk and the fragments between your fingers even got into the Beatles song.

But it was unlikely that John Lennon would think about foot hygiene when writing the text for the second verse Come Together: He doesn’t wear shoe polishes, he has stuck football My monkey’s finger shoots Coca-Cola He says, “I know you, you know me One thing, all I can tell you is that you have to be free.

What is leg jam? Leg entrapment is not a medical term. There is no formal medical term to describe dead skin cells, sweat, sock fibers, and dirt that coalesce in the small and often cramped spaces between our toes.

Toe jam can have the consistency of soft cheese or cake crumbs. May smell or be odorless. And its color can range from white to gray-brown.

It is more likely that your fingers will get stuck when you wear closed shoes when it is hot, or rubber bands that do not allow sweat to evaporate.

Poor foot hygiene will certainly increase the likelihood that your fingers will get stuck. This is because sweaty dirt accumulates between the toes if you do not pay attention to cleaning these areas in the shower or bathtub.

Stuck toes may also be more likely if your feet are sweating a lot for other reasons. For example, we know that sweating of the feet can be a problem for children and adolescents who have more active sweat glands. And some people have a serious medical condition called hyperhidrosis, when they sweat excessively.

Is your fingers stuck like an athletic foot? The accumulation of sweat and dead skin between the toes gives the bacteria naturally living on our skin a chance to thrive.

These bacteria, including Brevibacterium, feed on sweat and release molecules that give the characteristic “cheesy” smell of sweaty feet. Brevibacterium is also used to ripen some cheeses. This warm and humid environment is also the perfect place for a tinea pedis, a fungal skin infection you may know as an athletic foot.

Symptoms of tinea may be wet white skin between the toes, which may itch, and red areas, which is a sign of skin damage. Damaged skin between the toes can form small blisters filled with fluid and can also bleed if weak skin is torn.

So while leg jam is not the same as tinea, it can provide perfect conditions for fungal growth.

How serious is a toe jam? In general, clogging of the toes is a minor health problem. You can do good foot hygiene. And if you have tinea, you can use a short anti-fungal treatment that you can buy at the pharmacy.

However, a completely different outlook is for a person living with a chronic illness, such as diabetes, for someone who does not see well (so they do not see a stuck finger or its complications), or who cannot reach their feet. due to limited mobility.

Diabetes, which is not well controlled by diet and exercise or medication, increases a person’s risk of reduced blood flow (peripheral artery disease) and reduced leg sensitivity (sensory neuropathy).

Broken skin between the toes caused by tina can become infected quickly, which increases the risk of the infection spreading to the foot and leg (cellulite).

Early identification of tinea in a vulnerable person is therefore particularly important in preventing complications.

4 ways to avoid problems Here are our four tips for avoiding toe problems, including the development of tinea and its complications: After a shower or bath and after swimming, wash the areas between your toes and dry them carefully. Gyms and pools are common where you can pick up a fungal infection on your feet, so it’s a good idea to wear a thong to reduce the risk of tinea.

If possible, avoid wearing shoes that do not allow sweat to evaporate (such as closed synthetic shoes and boots). Walking barefoot, where there is no risk of injury, will allow the sweat to evaporate.

Treat sweating of the feet with an antiperspirant containing aluminum chloride. More severe cases of hyperhidrosis can be managed with medications such as botox injections into the legs. Fungal infections (tinea) should be treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams such as terbinafine or clotrimazole. Resistant infections may require treatment with prescribed antifungals. Pay attention to the signs that the infection is spreading from the foot. It can be pain and swelling of the toes or red streaks along the foot and on the foot. This requires an urgent visit to a podiatrist or doctor.

Footnote Lennon mentions “walrus rubber boots” in the third verse of the book Come Together. The last line of the second verse says “you must be free.” Paul McCartney walks barefoot on the cover of The Beatle Abbey Roadshows. Maybe the Beatles knew something about finger jams and foot health.

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated source.)