There are times we could be careless and ignore the possible causes of our actions. There are millions of microorganisms living with us, some can be beneficial while some can be a threat. When in public areas we should always take precautions if we dont like to end up like the man in Texas who caught muscle eating disease infection upon going barefoot while showering at the gym.
The man took notice of a single wart that popped up on the sole of his foot that immediately grew into five and developed into an open wound. When the infection hasnt been fatal, the man thought home remedies he found on the internet could be helpful but despite trying everything to heal it, without professional care, the infection just got worse.
It took six months before he finally thought of seeking a doctor. He underwent skin graft surgery using fish scales to repair the open wounds. The man emailed his condition to the Rod Ryan Show on KTBZ-FM The Buzz and wished to become anonymous. Through reaching out to the show, the anonymous man hopes to warn others about why you should always wear shoes in public showers.
The man is training for a marathon at a local gym. According to him, There are few occasions where I left my flip flops that I would use when I showered, but not wanting to go back to work sweaty and smelly, I made the decision to shower barefoot
After the incident, the man took notice that there was a part of his left foot which is harder than the rest of the flesh, it began to itch but he ignored it.
He didnt want the condition to impact his training so he ignored it and tried home remedies he could find online. He tried duct tape, banana peels, vinegar, and Over-the-Counter acid treatments but he wasnt successful in doing so.
His entire foot would swell and the pain was bad. He couldnt walk or even put his leg down as the blood rushing to his foot would cause the skin to swell and put him in excruciating pain.
The doctors he saw treated him with cantharidin, an agent made from a beetle that causes the area it comes in contact with to blister. Every week, the doctor cuts away the blistered skin and apply ointment onto the fresh skin. But then, the virus began to spread and the treatment wasnt working.
Soon he underwent a skin graft trial before the wounds finally started to close up. Its been two months since his surgery and he will need at least one more month for him to walk properly again.
Viruses live everywhere. What happened to the Texas man should serve as a warning that we should always wear shoes in any public area where there is water.
Take care of your feet so they can take care of you, he says.
Filipino workers abroad are known to be hygienic, hence; most restaurant crews in the Middle east are made of Filipino. But this does not mean they are not going to catch if viruses live everywhere.
What are other types ofmuscle eating disease?
The most well known of the muscular dystrophies is Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), followed by Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD).