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A 24-year-old female asked:

Is severe fungi on the foot curable? i have had fungus on my feet for over 5 yrs now tried every over-the-counter cream nothing works what shud i do?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 33 years experience
See a doctor: Prescription medications (topical and/or oral) may prove more efficient than over-the-counter remedies. Plus, a podiatrist or dermatologist might be able to tell you if it is something other than fungus. Good luck.
Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 18 years experience
Yes it is : Over the counter products must be used religiously and even then they can be ineffective. See your regular doctor to first get diagnosed if haven't already and to get prescribed oral anti-fungals. Can try topical prescribed anti-fungals as well, but less reliable if used alone.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
To start with...: It may be athlete's foot. The best otc medication (in my opinion) is lotrimin (clotrimazole) ultra. Socks should be a synthetic material like those manufactured by thorlo [http://www.Thorlo.Com/]. Dilute vinegar soaks are good as well. A new product called "clean sweep" can be used to sterilize the inside of your shoes too. (http://thetetracorp.Com/products/clean-sweep/) see a podiatrist for more options.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
if the fungus is severe as was stated in the question, I would also consider an oral antifungal agent.
May 8, 2013
Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 42 years experience
I'd also ask the podiatrist or dermatologist to perform a biopsy to make sure that it really is a fungus. Sometiems what looks like a fungus and seems like a fungus may be something else entirely. You may also need a prescription antifungal to do the job. recently I've heard that a 20% urea cream can enhance the effects of the topical antifungals.
May 8, 2013

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