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What Lurks in the Grass

Barefoot and fancy free? Think again. Dermatologist Judith Hellman explained recently to the New York Times about the dangers lurking in the grass. Check out these reasons for you to keep your flip-flops on when out at the park lounging on the lawn.

  • Sharp blades of grass can cut the soles of your feet, creating an entryway for germs and bacteria.
  • Plantar warts and athlete's foot can live on grass so you can pick them up at the park, not just the pool.
  • Hookworm larvae can live in animal feces (read dog poo) and can cause an infection.
  • The soil-based bacterium, Nocardia, can cause an infection, which can lead to lumps, abscesses, and ulcerations.
  • Stepping on rusty metal, like nails, can cause tetanus – when was the last time you had your tetanus shot?

Think twice before going barefoot and fancy free.


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