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Dr Dawn:
Some common conditions are clear from their name and athlete’s foot is no exception. Basically the sweatier your feet get and the more time you spend in trainers, the more likely you are to suffer.

Athlete’s foot is simply a fungal infection of the skin on the feet and symptoms classically include flaky itchy skin, particularly between the toes and often associated with a red rash. If left, the skin can crack and become white; it may even peel and blister and it will also make your feet smell quite unpleasant.

If untreated the infection can spread and involve large areas of the foot, even the toenails, causing them to go flaky and yellow.

The condition is easily spread in communal changing rooms and showers but anyone can develop it if their foot comes into contact with skin from an infected person.

Fungus that causes athlete’s foot thrives in warm moist areas, but the good news is athlete’s foot can usually be treated quickly with over-the-counter anti-fungal creams, powders or sprays. Your pharmacist will be able to advise on appropriate treatment but if you’re no better after two or three weeks you should see you doctor to confirm the diagnosis.

And to avoid athlete’s foot in the future, change your footwear daily and allow shoes 28 to 48 hours to really dry out properly. If that’s not feasible, then use a hair dryer on a cool setting to help them dry out more quickly. Your feet are more likely to sweat in trainers so try to avoid wearing them as much as possible and never wear shoes without socks or tights. Don’t share footwear or towels and in communal bathing areas, wear flip flops.

When it comes to feet, nature knows best so when at home spend as much time as you can barefoot.

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Quick Health Advice: Athlete’s Foot

If you spend a lot of time with your feet crammed into sweaty trainers, then you might be familiar with Athlete’s Foot. In this exclusive guide, Dr Harper discusses the symptoms of this common fungal infection of the skin on the feet, and how it is spread. She also advises on the quick and effective over-the-counter treatments available, and offers practical tips to ensure that your feet don’t mature into something that would feel more at home on a cheese board!

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I had problems with my feet since age if 14 Im embarrassed to go swimming n wear socks all time . over grown yellow crusty thick n pain full I went doctors about 2 months ago but he said cut down n give sample I have 2 kids not had time to n forgot. Pls help





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the side of my big toe has hard dry skin peeling from it ive been picking at it now the skin underneath is red I thought I got into poision ivy cuz its was burning alotso I started to put gold bond lotion on it seemed to dryed it out now its peeling do u know what it might be





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My skin is peeling between my toes I had a little bit of pain on one of my little toes and I soak my feet in Listerine it took the pain away and I bought cream for it will that work if I soak my feet in salt and water will it help





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I went to my doctor a week ago just to get my foot checked out to see if I have athletes foot, she said it was and I also pointed out that I had the same rash and itchy skin between the toes, on the sole of my foot as well as on my hands. I only had a small rash on two toes but they were really itchy same as my hands. My doctor prescribed me some Daktarin cream but since using it twice a day like my doctor told me it has now spread to four toes and is now blistering which I don't think is right. so do I go back to the doctor for another check up or do I carry on for another week. It can be really painful at times.





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I had a case of vesicular (blistering) athlete's foot that persisted for 2 months before I finally found a healthcare provider (a wonderful podiatrist-surgeon) that knew exactly how to cure it. It started between my toes and quickly spread to the area of my foot called the "instep." To cure it, the doctor first cleaned the area with Iodine and a gauze using firm, uni-directional swipes. Next, with another gauze, he wiped the area down with alcohol. With a sterile blade, he cut off the tops of the blisters to allow them to drain, and trust me, a lot of YUCK oozed out. He repeated the cleaning with Iodine and Alcohol. Then, he placed prescription anti-fungal + steroid cream (all in one) to the affected sites. It has to be all in one because the steroid stops your skin from reacting with blisters, peeling, etc. allowing the anti-fungal to penetrate more deeply and do a more thorough job. He finally bandaged the area with gauze and self-adhesive bandage. I wore this for 2 days and kept my foot dry when I showered. On my follow up, we cleaned the area in the same manner again. Applied the cream, and I am still applying this cream day and night to the area and wearing crocs only for ventilation. It's drying up, healing and flaking away revealing my normal skin again. I have another 3 full weeks of treatment to go before I am done. It take approx. 2 weeks to kill all fungus and another 2 weeks to be safe it's all cleared up in totality. Good luck. I know this thing is unsightly, irritating and a medical nuisance, but with persistence and being consistent it is quite easy to cure.





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My friend has spost with a wright bit in the medle off it and it is so icter she can not but her shone on can you pls tell me what it is





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I get red itchy spots on the bottom of my feet and they sting after I itch them, they are so irritating also I get dry skin dots that are itchy and cause the skin on my feet to peel of, it looks really unattractive. is there a way to get rid of them? I don't even wear shoes that require socks





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sounds like athletes foot have you tried an anitfungal i prefer canesten but daktarin works too

-My feet have been itchy , red and skin kind of peeling off lately ..It's SOOOO irritating sometimes i just cry , What can i do? Pleeeaase help me figure out what to use or do. Thank you





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sounds like athletes foot try an anti fungal like canesten hydrocortisone that works for me

For the last 6months my toe nails on my big toes havnt grown. I got given a cream when i went to the doctors the first time but it dint work at all. Second trip to a different doctor, he says the cream is useless and he took some clippings and sent them off for tests. The results came back all clear.My feet look normal and and my toenails are a normal colour. its just that they will not grow one little bit. Any ideas?





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I have suffered with this for years now and nothing I do seems to work. I have had athletes foot my toes are sore and toe nails hard a bulky and yellow within the last 2 weeks i have open wound on the side of y foot a massive blisters under neath and horrible hard dry skin witch makes me want to chop off my feet.





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