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I went back a couple pages and don't see this topic.<br><br>
I have athlete's foot. Well one athletic toe.<br>
Here is how it goes. I tried several brands of athlete's foot med. Husband got tired of hearing about it and went to the pharmacist who recommended some off brand at 2x the strength of the 'tuff actin' variety. It says treat infected area 3x/day and change socks 2x/day. I do this or even more. I'm barefoot mostly. Shoes maybe 5 hours a day tops on any given day. So the athlete's foot heals but I use the med.s for an extra week anyway, just to be sure the fungus is good and dead.<br>
Then I go to a wedding or party or some function where I have to wear real shoes. A day or 2 later the athlete's toe is back. I switched out ALL of my dress shoes. So I'm not re-contaminating. Maybe it's not the dress shoes. Maybe it is a coincidence? Maybe I only wear shoes other than gym shoes once a month and my fungus is on a recurring/dormant cycle that coincides? (Gym shoes have either been traded out or HOT water washed)<br>
I honestly don't know how long I've been fighting this. Same toe. Same spot. At least 6 months. At least!<br>
So please help me, what gives?<br>
Mel
 

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Hi Melistic! I don't think it is completely curable. My two toes on the outside of both feet have that. Anytime I have to wear a shoe without ventilation around the toes, don't rotate my running shoes and use an anti-fungal foot powder, it will come back. Have had it since I was a teen and I am turning 60. I suppose you could fashion a device that would keep your toes spread apart. Ever heard of a Duck with athletes foot?<br>
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Are you prone to getting eczema? For years I thought I had athletes foot. I tried every OTC medicine available to no avail. I finally went to the doctor and he said I had eczema. A couple of days of a sterroid cream cleared it right up.
 

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omg Larry do not even tell me I'll have to fight w/ this for 50 years!!<br>
Cool Brutus!<br>
eczema? no, dry skin yes? I have/had some steroid cream around here somewhere. hmm. Prolly pitched it when I moved though.<br><br>
Today there is a gaping hole where there should be skin. Doesn't itch today so I guess it's a trade off.
 

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have you tried soaking your feet in salt water or vinegar solution? Doing so a few times a day can make the foot inhospitable to the infection.
 

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Do you shower anywhere but home? I had athletes foot for a good ten years when I was in high school (got it from my dad) and college (apparently kept getting it from the shared showers in the dorms and later at the gym). It did not completely go away until I was no longer going to a gym.<br><br>
Also do you ever wear anything but white athletic socks? Dark socks can play a role.
 

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You can also consider seeing a doctor. That could help exclude the possibility that it's something other than athlete's foot, and if it is a fungal infection and you tell the doc that otc treatments have failed, he can prescribe ketoconazole cream.
 

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let's see only white socks, shower at home<br>
saw doc. he said whatever he had would not work any better than otc. I think i need a new doc anyway. He so much as called me fat which I am distinctly not and he is?<br><br>
salt water or vinegar hmm. that's a new one. Several times a day? wouldn't that just breed soft skin conditions ripe for infection? then again I'll trust advice from your feet.<br>
what kind of salt? table salt? Epsom salt?
 

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you can use either salt. i would put 1 cup in a bucket and soak. There are a ton of "folk" remedies out there for it. I thought i had it last year, but i had something far worse and not a fungus, lol. But before a proper diagnosis, i tried everything possible <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Salt would definitely dry out your feet, not make it soft, as would rubbing alcohol.
 
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