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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 42 years experience
A wart is a viral: infection of the skin. To get a wart, you must be exposed to the virus AND be susceptible. Not everyone is susceptible, and not all body parts are susceptible, and susceptibility can change over time. The virus is the human papilloma virus, but there are 99 species of this, and the one that causes warts is NOT the same as the one that's associated with cervical cancer. They can be very stubborn.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 42 years experience
As others pointed: out, athlete's foot is caused by a fungus infection of the skin. It's spread by fungal spores which don't wash out or are killed by the heat of a drier, and spores live 30 days. While any topical OTC anti-fungal will clear up an athlete's foot condition in a few days, it's important to use it for at least 30 days while the spores are still around or it usually recurs.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 42 years experience
If you're a: Type 1 diabetic, while exercise is an excellent means by which to keep your glucose in check, nothing will make you NOT a diabetic. But if you're a Type 2 diabetic, a disease of insulin resistance, with enough exercise and a rigid diet, it's quite possible to come off all oral medication for your Type 2 diabetes.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 42 years experience
Tendons receive a: poor blood supply and as such, take a long time to heal. You might want to inquire about a course of physical therapy, a period of immobilization or anti-inflammatory medication or a combination of all these. Another possibility is the diagnosis is incorrect and something else is going on.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 42 years experience
Yes, but...: only if another nail or skin, yours or someone else's, is susceptible. You can spread mushroom spores all over the neighborhood, but only certain lawns in certain spots will sprout mushrooms. It's the same thing on the human body. If another nail on you or someone you're close with is susceptible, then there is a risk of transmission. If not, they're safe.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 42 years experience
The thing with: athlete's foot is fungal spores live 30 days, so you must treat it for at least that long, even if it clears up in a few days. Also, there is a genetic predisposition to some fungi. If you're one of those people, you should be applying a cream daily FOREVER. Lotrimin, Lamisil and Tinactin (tolnaftate) are my personal favorites (in that order). Use the cream, not the gel or powder or spray, and use a tiny am
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 42 years experience
It will hurt more: if you hold the needle on the flame for a few hours too. Other than the risk of going to jail for practicing without a license, do you really want to be doing that sort of stuff on yourself? Do you really need us to tell you your best course of treatment is to bring your foot to a doctor?
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 42 years experience
Jublia, (efinaconazole) a topical: liquid for nail fungus was just approved by the FDA as the ONLY topical drug effective on nail fungus. It's insanely expensive (thousands over the 11 months you need to use it), and not as effective as oral Lamisil (terbinafine). Talk to your podiatrist or dermatologist about pulse therapy Lamisil (terbinafine).
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 42 years experience
Assuming: your diagnosis is correct, topical over-the-counter anti-fungal creams work very well, but since fungal spores live for 30 days, you must keep using it for 30 days, even if it clears up in only a day or two. If it doesn't clear, it's probably not a fungus.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 42 years experience
Probably more a: soft tissue problem like a tendonitis, common in CP. Talk to your doctor about this.
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