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Does toe fungus always smell bad?

Does toe fungus always smell bad?

Not necessarily: Fungus may not necessarily have a bad odor. If one were to thoroughly wash the affected area the smell may go away even though one may still have an underlying fungal infection. The odor one may smell that is often accompanies with a fungal infection may be due to bacteria or excessive sweating or moisture in the area. ...Read more

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I think I have a toe fungus but i'm not sure. My big toe smells bad, and it's weak at the tops it smells like really bad chesse ya i know it's gross but it's not my fault. I washed it and clipped it so it isn't that bad any more i just want to know what i

Not : Not all discolored or thick or "smelly" toenails are fungal. The only way to tell for sure is by taking a culture. I have written a health guide about this, and am attaching the link to this below. Hope it helps! ...Read more

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Toes get red and hot in bed, sometimes during day too. Feel warm to touch.Feet smell even after shower don't think l have fungus.

I think it is: reasonable for you to first exclude infection such as fungus. The odor makes one suspicious...you may need to visit a dermatologist to obtain a scraping or culture. There you could also discuss the possibility of erythromelalgia. Primary erythromelalgia is caused by a rare gene mutation affecting males>females. Secondary erythromelagia sometimes accompanies bone marrow diseases. You need full eval ...Read more

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Why do my 11 year old's feet smell so bad? He doesn't have athlete's foot/fungus.

Why do my 11 year old's feet smell so bad?  He doesn't have athlete's foot/fungus.

Are his socks: A little on the wet side at the end of the day? He may sweat....There are many sweat glands on the bottom of the feet, and this may be a potential problem. Try soaking his feet in warm water and tea bags...The tannic acid in the tea will dry out the feet from over active sweat glands and then the smell usually dissipitated as well when the sweating is controlled. Start off nightly, and go to weekl. ...Read more

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What is the best doctor to see and method for getting rid of bad toe fungus? I've had toe fungus for over 20 years if that makes a difference.

What is the best doctor to see and method for getting rid of bad toe fungus?  I've had toe fungus for over 20 years if that makes a difference.

PCP or podiatrist: Your family doctor can treat that issue as can a podiatrist. Both can prescribe medication to treat the issue. If you desire alternative treatment such as laser (not covered by insurance) then see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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How to get rid of bad foot fungus? Small holes on the bottom of my feet. Also they have a strong bad smell.

How to get rid of bad foot fungus? Small holes on the bottom of my feet. Also they have a strong bad smell.

Clotrimazole cream: Try over the counter clotrimazole cream 2 X each day for 10 days. If there is still a problem then you should go to your dermatologist to get the skin tested and make sure it is a fungus that is causing your problems. ...Read more

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Husband has bad fungus in toe nails. Thick, yellow/brown disconnected. What can he do? Will vinegar soak help? consq of not treating?

Listen to body: Since your husband has multiple problems addressing them by lowering carbs and eating 6 meals of healthy foods more vegetables and high quality protein will improve his ability to eliminate fungus and become healthy. Meanwhile topical vinegar soaks for 5 minutes every day before a shower can help control topical growth of fungus. ...Read more

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Can an old lingering case of condyloma cause palpable or swollen inguinal nodes? Also could bad toe nail fungus cause this?

Nail fungus: Would not cause it, depending on the etiology of the condylomata it is possible. For example condylomata could be secondary to syphillis and syphillis can cause swollen lymph nodes. (i just used syphillis as an example). ...Read more

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Fungus (Definition)

Consisting of a florid overgrowth due to exposure to ...Read more