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PostSubject: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:27 am

...among me anyway... Embarassed

So... I had this itchy spot on my toe and didn't think much of it.. then it started to grow a blistery rash. Not worry I thought, I had athletes foot in boot camp and it was a similar feeling. I bought some Antifungal cream and thought that was the end of it. It did stop the itch and then the blisters dried and the skin peeled. The problem is, the blisters keep returning and the skin keeps peeling... it's like an endless cycle. And when the skin peels, it's not a little flaking, it leaves raw red skin exposed. So far it's only concentrated between two toes but I have a few itchy spots on other toes as well, but nothing as severe.

My question is... should I keep treating it as athletes foot or is it something more serious? Advising me to see a doctor is no help because I live in America... land of the buy your own health insurance! Until Universal Healthcare is a reality, I am forced to treat things at home. I have no money to see a doctor... that's why I'm asking you smart people here! If I need a prescription medicine, driving across the border to Mexico is an option... but I really hate going to Mexico so I hope I don't have to resort to that.


..I am not camera shy and am willing to post pictures of the affected foot if anyone needs to see it to give a proper diagnosis. Suspect ...but don't ask me for a picture just to serve your foot fetishes! ...I'll gladly give you a sexy picture of my feet for that sort of thing... Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:56 am

Hiya Cricket darling! OK it sounds like big time atheletes foot. Tricky to treat as you know!

My brother Mig gets it regularly and I use tea tree oil to treat it, and works everytime. The important bit is to make sure you dry really well between your toes everytime you bathe/ shower whether you have Atheletes foot or not, and use the powder for AF in your shoes.

Also suggest you stop wearing trainer shoes if you wear them as they are a prefect breeding ground! Good luck.
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:09 pm

Hiya gallega dear!

Thanks for the tip about the Tea Tree Oil... I'll buy some later today and give it a try.

I live in my Skechers D'Lites! I've just bought a brand new pair because I wore the other ones until they fell apart... I don't own any other kind of shoe and I don't know how I would live without them! I don't wear shoes around the house, so my feet get plenty of air... since I don't really do anything but sit around the house. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:05 pm

Is there a doctor in the house????? (there's a couple who I know dress up as nurses on weekends, but that doesn't count) My advice - go to an online diagnostic centre (the British NHS have a good one I believe) if you can't find a reasonable doctor in the whole of the USA. I think that using Tea Tree oil on open skin is not to be advised.
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:35 pm

you're right Tom about not applying it neat! I tend to dilute it in almond oil, roughly 20 drops in a 250ml bottle. Important bit is making sure feet are properly dried everytime you wash 'em. I think its about Crick having to pay high costs to see a doc hence the request for help, so your advice is somewhat unhelpful ya misery lol!!!! Well apart from not neat application.

Cricket get some anti fungal powder to put in your trainers overnight.
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:48 pm

All I did was suggest that she logged on to an NHS 'walk in' site!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:56 pm

lol!!!! so simple!
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:06 pm

Lavender essential oil could be used too, as it's anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and an antiseptic but again, don't use undiluted, blend a couple of drops to approx 10 of a carrier oil.
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:47 pm

gallega100 wrote:
lol!!!! so simple!

Yes - as simple as this, which took me exactly 4 seconds to bring up on my first attempt (including typing), and there are online diagnostic pages from the NHS as well:
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Athletes-foot/Pages/Treatment.aspx
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:01 pm

Can Crick link into NHS websites from the USA? Suppose she'll let us know when she next logs in.
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:29 pm

I think Gall was just a bit confused that you were trying to be helpful, Tom - I thought it was good advice!
I think tea tree works well and I've certainly found it efficacious fot athlete's foot.
Or you could look at it like Tony out of "Men Behaving Badly" who says he quite likes it as it means that little fungus has chosen you...
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:32 pm

It's just occurred to me though, do you not have pharmacies over there? A pharmacist could give you advice - or does that cost too?
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:33 pm

Yes, Crick can log in from the States. Pharmacies aren't as qualified over there as they are here, I think.

Am - go to Private Messages, I've sent you a question which I'm dying to find out the answer to...
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:45 pm

Oh Tom - NOW I'm scared....
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:00 pm

Actually Crick, have just found this aromatherapy remedy which combines tea tree and lavender for athlete's foot - may be worth a try, I think these natural oils are bloody good, for what it's worth:

http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_4454803_make-aromatherapy-oil-athletes-foot.html?cr=1
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:21 pm

I can't believe this thread has stayed on track for 15 posts!!!!


It's a new IYCSTH record!!! bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:31 pm

Thanks to everyone for the helpful advice! The links were helpful, and I learned from the NHS site that the rash keeps returning because I stop treating it when it goes away... I should keep treating it for at least a week because the fungus is still there even when the rash is gone.

I always dry my feet thoroughly because I learned the "hard way" in the Marines and now it's become a habit... that's why I'm surprised that I have athletes foot. I haven't had it for many years... and my husband uses the same shower as me and doesn't have any symptoms... that's why I was worried it may be something more serious.

Lucky for me, I live right across the street from a store that sells aromatherapy oils and other natural healing products... they are not common in my area... I'll go there in a little while and see if they have what I need. ...if not, I'll just go to the pharmacy and get a new antifungal cream... I don't think what I'm using is strong enough.
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:35 pm

TheCat wrote:
I can't believe this thread has stayed on track for 15 posts!!!!


It's a new IYCSTH record!!! bounce

I was a bit shocked too! You've had an amazing effect Crick - well done!!
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:41 pm

I like to keep things on track... it's a pet peeve of mine... any thread I start will not be easily derailed! (I can see that I've probably tempted a few with a challenge by saying that).

Now enough about that... let's talk about my feet!
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:44 pm

You'll probably find you won't get your own way very often Crick, particularly if you make a big deal about it!
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:45 pm

Yes, that is true. You may well be peeved frequently!
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:48 pm

Maybe we should start deleting posts that don't TOE the line (do you see what I did there?)



Actually I've got athlete;s foot at the moment too - I can't understand it cos I never run anywhere!

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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:48 pm

You've just about nailed it Am, not many will find it easy to toe the line
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:50 pm

The only thing that bothers me right now is the fact my toes are very itchy!
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PostSubject: Re: Fungus Among Us   Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:51 pm

We could start a slight diversion from this thread, but still relevant - what is worse, athlete's foot or verruccas?
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