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Preventing foot odour with zinc oxide coated socks

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Dr Punyawee Ongsri, Mahidol University, Thailand
EADV 2020
A Thai, double-blind, randomised controlled trial revealed that wearing socks coated with nanoparticles of zinc oxide led to less bromodosis and pitted keratolysis in military cadets during field training. “While completing an internship as a naval officer in the medical department, I saw a high number of foot infections in military personnel. I wanted to find a way to prevent and treat these fungal and bacterial infections and those conditions associated,” Dr Punyawee Ongsri (Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand) explained the motivation for the presented study [1]. Metal oxides have shown antibacterial action for a wide range of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant species. They act by generating reactive oxygen species that may destroy bacterial walls and, for example, induce bacterial DNA damage. “Antibacterial efficacy is determined by size and concentration of the particles,” stated Dr Ongsri. Previous studies ha...

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