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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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insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
Fire ants!
mdjaeda mdjaeda 9 years
BOO! this article is such a bummer.
chellybean chellybean 9 years
omg this is so paranoid to me! i grew up in the country and live in a relatively small city so maybe it's n/a...or maybe i just have tough feet.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 9 years
Me too, DesperateDiva. It was really young when it happened, and I haven't walked barefoot on grass since. I am way too germ and bug-a-phobic to be barefoot or lay down in grass. This post simply justifies it! Hah!
lilv lilv 9 years
i'm totally grossed out too but something about walking barefoot through the park is just summer to me
tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 9 years
I got stung my one and only time by a bee while walking barefoot on the grass :(
lovealways lovealways 9 years
Hmm...I like wearing flip flops to begin with, so I rarely take off my shoes. But I don't think I'm going to stop lounging on grass, it's too relaxing.
bloomsgal8 bloomsgal8 9 years
It's grass! You aren't supposed to be afraid of grass. I am ignoring this article, if we are afraid of lounging on grass what has the world come to?!?
emalove emalove 9 years
I had no idea you could catch athlete's foot from the grass! Gross!
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 9 years
I love running around barefoot in the grass...all of these possible risks seem pretty minor and definitely don't outweigh the great feeling of blades of grass between your toes in the summer!
Luckyslushy Luckyslushy 9 years
Oh the bees! I got stung on my little toe by one in the grass. I almost forgot about that.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
You forgot bees. Stupid bees.
lolababy575 lolababy575 9 years
Okay, so I'm a little grossed out, but I'm totally with JaimeLeah526 - not wearing shoes is just too much fun! Plus, I do watch where I step and most of the grounds that I would take my shoes off on are places that are very well maintained. That and I have never heard of anyone -ever - having this actually happen to them. And I live in the Midwest. In the country.
chicchick chicchick 9 years
Yuck! I always walk around barefoot - every chance I get...
SublimeChica SublimeChica 9 years
Maybe it's because I grew up in the country...I just never really cared before. But now I most certainly will! That's scary.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Personally, I'm just really careful on public grass and a little more relaxed on my own lawn. Knowing the dangers helps you to be a little more careful but not wearing shoes is just too much fun for me. Keep your tetanus shot updated and watch for animal feces(duh!).
jesser80 jesser80 9 years
Way to kill one of the simple pleasures of summer. I think I'm going to ignore this and just live it up a bit. Sharp grass blades be damned!!
wren1 wren1 9 years
Eww, gross.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Dear lord...
AMP AMP 9 years
Last time I laid down in the grass I got a rash :(
skigurl skigurl 9 years
peace of mind*
skigurl skigurl 9 years
i cut my two open last summer and needed stiches - unfortunately i can't remember how i cut it, and didn't realize how bad it was until the next day but thankfully i was able to tell the doctor in the ER that i did have a recent tetanus shot! i happened to get a new doctor about a month earlier and she gave me one! that gave me piece of mind!
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