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Old 09-14-06, 11:16 AM   #1
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athlete's foot?

So i know lots of you wear cycling shoes and wear them every day and sweat in them. wel i have this weird/painful prob with my big toe. I have been living in korea and this was 3 months back in monsoon season my shoes got soaked in the rain, all the way thru to my socks. i got to office, and didn't notice till like lunch time. later that day on the big toe the side of the nail started itching, then hurting like deep between the edge of nail and skin.

this went away. and then 3 months went by. recently the toe has had these nasty blisters erupting (not friction blisters, i wear flip flops everywhere), also it itches, hurts, area around nail is swollen. i can peel layers of skin off easily. its not dry and flaking off, just peeling off. sometimes since the toe skin is so thick the blisters can't erupt thru and they dry up under the skin, so they form like brown calluses that itch and i have to peel open and wash. the edge of the toenail is turing white and it think because is not connected to the skin underneath anymore and i think this infection is going underneath the nail now.

it is truly disgusting, bothersome, and painful. I tried tolnaftate (antifungal cream), hydrocortisone, foot powder, even citrus from fresh squeezed grapefruit. nothing helps and its getting worse and spreading (blisters are forming farther from original area).

I am going to see a doctor in a week i hope. I thought my body could fight this and i even took special care of my toe, washing it and peeling off dead skin. well i give up. i think i need antibiotics now.

anyone had this prob before? I looked online and the closest thing i can think of is it's a rare athlete's foot vesicular infection. I will keep you updated on what doc says.

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Old 09-14-06, 11:22 AM   #2
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my toe nail got infected once and i squeezed out neon green puss. it was the most disgusting thing ive ever seen myself do. maybe you have a toenail infection? or jungle rot.
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jungle rot? eww that sounds bad. dude i hope its not so bad where they gotta cut off my toe. i need my toes, esp the big one.

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"Jungle rot" is military jargon for fungal foot infection that is typically contracted in tropical climates.

The symptoms themselves are caused by the least common form of athlete's foot, producing painful sores on the top of the feet. These are caused by an allergic reaction, technically called an id reaction, to the fungus itself, Trichophyton mentagrophytes. Sores may also form on other parts of the body as the infection progresses, most commonly the chest, arms, and sides of the fingers. Topical antifungal creams and sprays are usually used to treat jungle rot when it arises."

strange i went to doc a few weeks after that toe incident began because these blisters were forming on my back and hurt and itch like hell. doc diagnosed it as shingles but i seriously doubt her. I'm 19 and healthy, why woudl i get shingles suddenly?
perhaps that is the Id reaction and my "shingles" on my back and this infection on toe are related.

damn i wish i could see a doc now!
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Old 09-14-06, 02:15 PM   #4
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doc diagnosed it as shingles but i seriously doubt her. I'm 19 and healthy, why woudl i get shingles suddenly?
perhaps that is the Id reaction and my "shingles" on my back and this infection on toe are related.

damn i wish i could see a doc now!
Best to see a doc ASAP ... a specialist if you can... Podiatrist, or even dermatologist if the blisters on your back resmble the ones on your feet. WEBMD only helps to make you think you're more sick. I looked up my symptoms for a rash once... WEBMD told me I had hepatitis... Turns out I'm allegic to lavender. My father has been dealing with jungle rot since vietnam... you should smell his feet after a day working.
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Old 09-14-06, 08:30 PM   #5
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you mean jungle rot doesn't go away???
Well I do wear flip flops everywhere and I go barefoot indoors so my feet are dry almost all the time. Is jungle rot serious? Does it contaminate to others? Like will i still be able to go barefoot on wrestling mats? I need to be able to because I do martial arts.

Yes WebMD does screw with your fears. I thought I had shingles or possibly herpes gladiatorum. for a month i wouldn't let my family use the same towel as me. Im not sure what it was now that the blisters have dried up and are gone. I shoulda have asked they do lab testing on it.

Well I'm flying back to Cali tomorrow from korea and when i get there, im scheduling an appt with dermatologist right away. thank you for your advice!
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When I was in high school, maby 15 years old, boils erupted underneath my feet for no apparent reason. I would scratch until my feet were raw cuz it was ichy as hell. Eventual after a year it disappeared on itself.

My only regret was that I didn't go to a doctor sooner. Years later I went to the doctor cuz I had a rash (but I wont say where). He said I had eczema. Aperently eczema is stress induced and also caused by the environment.

He gave me cream to rub on the affected areas. I also try to lessen to lessen the environmental triggers that agravate my condition. For example, I try to use cold water insted of warm or hot water when I wash my hands cuz for some apperent reason warm water is a triger for me. Hope this helps.
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I'm not sure if jungle rot goes away... I just know what his doctor told him...

as far as warm water... I get a rash on the back of my hands if I wash with warm or hot water... something about hot water robbing your body of moisture... So i'm always sure to lube up.
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I guess it could be an allergic reaction but its only one area of my toe and getting worse. today its swollen alot more, almost numb when i touch the skin. And there's evidence of toenail fungus; my toenail is peeling off in layers now.

I always wear the same flip flops so maybe something in my flip flops causes it. I'll switch to new flip flops for a few weeks.
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Lysol, Dr Scholls and Gold Bond ...

A few things help:

1) Keep your shoes in a mesh bag along with a bottle of Lysol or Dr Scholls spray. Spray your shoes after every time you use them.

2) Sprinkle Gold Bond or Dr Scholl's powder into your socks before the ride. The powder soaks up the moisture.

3) Do not use socks twice in a row. Fresh socks every ride ... just like underwear.
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Old 09-16-06, 11:52 AM   #10
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Get thee to a doctor ASAP. What you have can very easily turn into
a blood infection. DON'T MESS AROUND WITH IT ANYMORE YOURSELF
OR YOU'LL SPREAD IT TO OTHER PARTS OF YOUR BODY ESPECIALLY
YOUR EYES !!

ya don't want no stinking fungus in your eyes,mate. NO,you don't.
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If what you have is realy athlete's foot then its a fungal infection and antibiotics will do nothing for you. Its called Candida actualy and having an obvious infection in your toe is just an outwards sign of an internal infection and it realy lives in your colon(large intestine). Look into Candida and the best advice I can give you is that you HAVE to cut out the sugar and carbs. If you have a sweet tooth or your eating a lot of rice and wheat then your feeding it BIG TIME. I suffered from a systemic Candida infection for many years and I have beaten it so it can be done but its not easy. It requires effort and dedication.

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No you can NOT go barefoot on MA mats. That's just gross, do you want to spread it around? People spread althetes foot by using the same shower as other people and that's sprayed with water.

If you want to continue MA you have to tape your feet up to cover the infection. Ask you doctor, have you seen one yet?
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see a doctor and assess it.
fungal infections are the worst since they require long treatment to kill it off, I had the type of athlete's foot which affects the sides and soles on one of my feet, it never spread to the other foot but tried various medications(3 month daily dosage) to no avail.

the only that eventually worked was the lamisil liquid spray twice a day keeping my foot aired out a lot and not in shoes and socks for long for a THREE months. I had tried the creams before but it was too much work to rub my foot with cream twice a day for so long.
real PIA to do this everyday.
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there are two things it could be...yes, sounds like athletes foot. bleach your flip flops (or throw them away) and bleach your shoes and socks. also, it's possible you have developed a sensitivity to latex. I have the same blisters and skin peeling when I have to use latex gloves at work. I normally have the latex free gloves but someone keeps accidentally ordering latex in my size. I work in the medical field so I'm wearing gloves most of the time. Latex allergies/sensitivity develop over time. if you're wearing flip flops all the time, chances are they have latex in the rubber/plastic/ whatever. between you big toe and the second toe is going to see a large amount of exposure to this. this is just another possibility, but keep it in mind, and see the Dr.
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jeeze stop wearing flip flops and going barefoot. as cool and hip as they may seem,
it only makes you dirtier and more likely to have problems. you are allowing so much
bacteria and mold to invite itself to your feet and toenails. cover them feets

get decent shoes and a supply of clean white socks. and change socks 3 times a day.
put them on in morning, change at lunch, and when you get home. and see a doctor.

bleach your socks seperate from your other laundry.
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I have a cheap and easy cure.

Boil some water (enough to soak your feet in)....pour the water in a bucket and add bleach....slowly submerge your feet in the water (as hot as you can handle but make sure you don't scald yourself). Soak until the water is luke warm. Do this every day for a week and it will go away. Boils on your back are likely from scratching the area and then scratching your bike. I've seen people with athlete's foot on their face!!
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jeeze stop wearing flip flops and going barefoot. as cool and hip as they may seem,
it only makes you dirtier and more likely to have problems. you are allowing so much
bacteria and mold to invite itself to your feet and toenails. cover them feets
Some people have no clue. The fungus(if that is what you have) is only going to grow more if you cover your feet. Yes flip flops are an excellent idea for an infection. The reason fungus are so hard to cure is that they are eukaryotic cells just like human cells. There are few drugs out there that can kill yeast/fungus and not kill us. Bacteria are much easier to create drugs against.

While you are waiting for your Dr appt, try using Lamisil. It works far better than tolnaftate. Wash your feet as often as you reasonably can. And, for Pete's sake, don't boil or bleach your feet. Bleach, may kill just about anything on a nonporous surface it won't do any more than good old soap and water on your feet. It may also open your skin up(bleach is caustic!)so that the infection can do deeper.

The topical lotions do penetrate your skin somewhat and will do a much better job than bleach. But in the end, you may have to take a systemic drug to clear this up. By getting it cultured, the doc can be more accurate in his treatment.
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