Laughter: Good for the Sole

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The American Podiatric Medical Association released new research connecting the health benefits of laughter to relieving athlete's foot.

Recent studies by researchers at the University of Maryland suggest that laughter causes the tissue forming the inner lining of blood vessels to dilate or expand and increase blood flow. Laughter at anything at all has proven to be healthy. For example, by using the alphabet game to come up with a string of wacky excuses why you can’t come into work, “Boss I can't come to work today because I have athlete's foot.”

The correlation between laughter and athlete’s foot may be that since laughter helps the immune system, you might help cure athlete’s foot by laughing your way to healthier tissue on your toes and souls. This may especially prove true since experts at the American Podiatric Medical Association (AMPA) state, “Fungicidal and fungistatic chemicals, used for athlete's foot treatment, frequently fail to contact the fungi in the horny layers of the skin.”

Furthermore, the AMPA reports, “Athlete's foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes. Athlete's foot may spread to the soles of the feet and to the toenails. It can be spread to other parts of the body, notably the groin and underarms, by those who scratch the infection and then touch themselves elsewhere. The organisms causing athlete's foot may persist for long periods. Consequently, the infection may be spread by contaminated bed sheets or clothing to other parts of the body.”

The warmth and dampness of areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms are also breeding grounds for fungi. Because the infection was common among athletes who used these facilities frequently, the term "athlete's foot" became popular.

According to one healthcare facility in Memphis TN, “If left untreated, athlete’s foot could cause some very serious problems. Not only would the fungi continue to be present, but prolonged inflammation due to athlete’s foot could cause more severe complications.” Selmedica Healthcare first developed a ground-breaking formula to help althlete’s foot for NBA Basketball Players.

Officials at Selmedica Healthcare further state, “Cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection, can develop due to athlete’s foot. Other infections, such as Lymphangitis and lymphadentis, which are infections of the lymph glands, could also develop. Untreated, athlete’s foot can also spread to other parts of your body such as the soles of your feet, your groin, and your armpits.”

This indeed is no laughing matter. For more information on signs, symptoms, and treatment other than laughter for athlete’s foot, visit


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Rachelle Ross