Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dirty Thongs

It seems the foot police have played an ace card (sic. or so they think) in their fight against flip flops with a new health warning about wearing thongs. The G string for the foot kind of thong or Havaianas can be a health hazard according to experts. Not just the same old same old about non supportive shoes this time but something more cunning. A recent article in the New York Daily News revealed alarming new health hazards about thongs. Shoes worn for two days in the Big Apple were put to the test and they were found to contain large colonies of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. This is a common pathogen found on the skin and the cause of local infections such as boils but is not considered dangerous in people with a healthy immune system . The bacteria thrives in warm, moist environments but is usually contained with normal skin hygiene. People who go bare foot or wear thongs are more likely to over expose their skin to the UV rays which is by far potentially more dangerous. So good hygiene and ‘slip slop slap’ makes good sense for thong wearers.

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