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A 44-year-old member asked:

please advise what is the cure/treatment for trench foot?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Keeping feet : Clean and dry is key, if you already develops the condition then it ust be seen by a doctor to evaluate circulatory situation and ensure no ensuing infection develops by properly treating any skin changes.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

Are the symptoms of trench foot bad? Smelly?

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Dr. Richard Feinstein
Dermatology 53 years experience
Painful wet feet: The name trench foot was given to soldiers who never removed their boots, during world war i, and so they had poor foot hygiene and developed painful infections of the feet. U.S. Soldiers in vietnam also had problems with foot infections because of wet feet that were not washed and dried often enough. Certain germs give a foul smell to the feet. The term trench foot is not used much anymore.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What do you recommend for trench foot?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
See doctor: This is not treatable with otcs. This requires systemic medications and possible debridement of dead tissue to clear this significant a skin problem which occurs form prolonged wearing of boots in wet conditions.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How do soldiers avoid trench foot?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kristin Cox
Wound care 19 years experience
Dry feet.: It's important to keep your feet dry as possible. Carry an extra pair of socks with you at all times. Wet feet become macerated which allows bacteria and viruses in under the protective layer of skin.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How to know if I have trench foot and if so what do I do about it?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kristin Cox
Wound care 19 years experience
Dry feet.: It's important to keep your feet dry as possible. Carry an extra pair of socks with you at all times. Wet feet become macerated which allows bacteria and viruses in under the protective layer of skin.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What's the cure / treatment for trench foot?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Dry foot: Trench foot is due to long expotosure to water. The treatment requires the foot to dry.Remove wet socks and shoes, air dry the foot. Powders can be applied if skin is not split.

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