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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Athlete's Foot (Definition)

Also known as tinea pedis, this is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet. It is usually seen as red, itchy skin between the toes and ...Read more


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How long does it take to get a foot fungus? I showered after my boyfriend Monday who has a foot fungus

How long does it take to get a foot fungus? I showered after my boyfriend Monday who has a foot fungus

Be prepared...: This all depends on what you mean by "get" a foot fungus. We are surrounded by fungi and exposed to potential infection daily. When the conditions are right, the fungus will thrive. Warm moist areas are the best. The already present spores will activate and begin feasting on your skin within days. Having them and having them infect you are two different things. ...Read more

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How long can the athlete's foot fungus live outside of the body?

How long can the athlete's foot fungus live outside of the body?

Forever: Fungus is in the environment and survives indefinitely. However, if you are concerned about your shoes or shower, as long as you take precaution and use anti-fungal creams and spray you can prevent re/infection. Remember fungus like dark, moist areas. ...Read more

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How long does athlete's foot fungus survive on hard dry surfaces?

How long does athlete's foot fungus survive on hard dry surfaces?

See below: Athletes feet / fungal foot infections if left untreated can last for years. Typically oral antifungal meds such as lamisil, (terbinafine) gris peg, Diflucan for 45 days in combination with topical antifungal creams gels or lotions can kill the fungus fairly effectively. Often a bacterial component is present and a antibiotic pill or cream must be added as well. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of foot fungus, can it grow into other parts?

Several: Tinea can spread to other areas of the body by contact. It can get deep into the body and become a systemic infection. Cases have been seen that are so bad it is difficult to walk. ...Read more

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Can foot fungus grow on the slippers I wear? I have a fungus now that I been treating

Can foot fungus grow on the slippers I wear? I have a fungus now that I been treating

I agree...: With Dr. Inwood. There is now a spray called "Clean Sweep" by Tetra Medical that has nanosilver to help provide an antimicrobial barrier in shoe gear. You may want to try this as well. ...Read more

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How long can a foot fungus last outside of the human body?

How long can a foot fungus last outside of the human body?

Fungus has spores: Spores are like tiny seeds, inert until conditions become favorable for growing into fungus. Spores are extremely difficult, and for all practical consideration, impossible to fully eradicate. They can survive for hundreds of years. ...Read more

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A brownish patch on top of my foot, maybe a centimeter long. Is it some sort of foot fungus?

A brownish patch on top of my foot, maybe a centimeter long. Is it some sort of foot fungus?

Consult a doctor: Without providing a photograph one should be extremely careful with regards to hyperpigmented lesions. While, it can be something so mundane, one must be better safe than sorry. Fungus on the foot is usually scaly skin, sometimes red patchy skin. A newly found patch is likely a dermatitis of some variety. A quick visit to a dermatologist or podiatrist should give you an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why does it need so long to get rid of athlete's foot fungus?

Fungus is everywhere: Usually fungus infections of the skin will take 7-14 days to resolve wtih a good topical antifungal using it appropriately. If you are not consistent it is hard to get rid of it. Once it does clear you have to continue to use a topical on a regular basis to keep it from returning. If you are suseptible to the fungus, it is likely to return without regular treatment.
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Is there an easy and fast way to take care of foot fungus from pedicure?

Not easily: There is a good topical medication called formula 3 for mild-moderate nail fungus. Otherwise I tend to prescribe Lamisil (terbinafine) pills, which work fairly well. Avoid the whirlpool at the nail salon and bring your own nail clippers there to prevent re-infection. ...Read more

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How long does athlete's foot fungus survive on objects like shoes and floors?

Depends: It depends if the floors/shoes are wet/moist or dry. Fungus doesn't like dry climates but absolutely loves warm, moist areas like a locker room floor or a shoe. ...Read more

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How long does the athlete's foot fungus live on dry, hard surfaces, like a wooden table or floor? Is it killed by alcohol?

How long does the athlete's foot fungus live on dry, hard surfaces, like a wooden table or floor? Is it killed by alcohol?

Fungus: It is not killed by alcohol. Fungus is a spore forming organism that can live 6 months or more when not in contact with a host. It is susceptible to heat, so steam cleaning will kill it as will lysol and other cleaners. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to shower together with my boyfriend if he has foot fungus? Will it spread to me? Are there any precautions I should take?

It's worth it: Even if it wasn't, the superficial fungi are all over the environment. A person who has a visible infection shouldn't be regarded as presenting an infection hazard. I trust he's getting treated -- tolnaftate is a good, easy-to-get remedy for most tinea pedis infections. ...Read more

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Do I have a foot fungus? How can I get rid of dead peeling skin on my feet? I have very dry feet, the skin on the bottom of my feet have been peeling for as long as I can remember, I tried using a pumice stone, soaking them, getting a pedicure, but noth

Do I have a foot fungus? How can I get rid of dead peeling skin on my feet? I have very dry feet, the skin on the bottom of my feet have been peeling for as long as I can remember, I tried using a pumice stone, soaking them, getting a pedicure, but noth

There: There are several conditions that can cause peeling of the skin on your feet. Any process that triggers rapid renewal of the epidermis on your feet will contribute to thickened, peeling skin; in many cases this problem is merely due to an occupation that demands a lot of walking or standing.
Your doctor can readily diagnose a fungal infection by obtaining a skin scraping and examining it under a microscope. If this doesn't reveal the cause of your peeling, he/she can investigate for other potential causes (circulation problems, dyshidrosis, ichthyosis, autoimmune disorders, etc.).
If you haven't seen your doctor about this issue yet, I recommend you do so. ...Read more

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What can I do for foot fungus?

What can I do for foot fungus?

Foot fungus easy to: Try over the counter Miconazole cream or Clotrimazole cream. Rub on twice a day for 2 weeks and if not better see a dermatologist. There are other conditions that can look like a foot fungus but it may be something else. ...Read more

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Are there any remedies for foot fungus?

Sure: Try an over the counter cream first. If the fungus is resistant, you may need an oral antifungal agent or sometimes a shoe disinfectant as you could be chronically reinfecting your skin.... ...Read more

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How many kinds of foot fungus are there?

Technically...: If you mean KINDS as to type of species - it's quite numerous but the most common is trichophyton rubrum. Tinea pedis (aka foot fungus) is an infection which is the result of microscopic fungus organisms that lives on dead tissue of the hair and outer skin layers - TYPES include inter digitally, moccasin-like or vesicular. Onychomycosis describes fungal infection of the nails. ...Read more

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What are the ways for treating foot fungus?

What are the ways for treating foot fungus?

Topical antifungals: Oral medication can be used for sever cases. ...Read more

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Can foot fungus spread throughout the body?

Can foot fungus spread throughout the body?

Superficially Yes!: Contaminated hands are generally the culprit. If you are caring for fungus on the foot using a topical powder or topical cream--wash your hands afterwards because you can spread the fungus to other areas of the skin; dry the feet with a different towel than the groin. ...Read more

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I have foot fungus - what should I not eat?

I have foot fungus - what should I not eat?

Funfus: A fungal infection is not related to what you do or do not eat. That infection is caused bu a fungal organism (of which there are many) that colonizes dead skin. Bathing does not wash it off. You need to see your podiatrist for topical medication that will help. Sometimes that is otc and sometimes it needs to be prescription. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does a foot fungus actually look like?

Several ways: It can look dry and scaly.
It can look red and white with maceration of the skin
it could be bleeding and cracking. ...Read more

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What happens if foot fungus goes untreated?

Sometimes nothing: Other times it can spread...Can spread to different body parts. If it is inbetween toes it can cause a deeper infection thru cracks in the skin. Oftentimes, fungus on the skin will cause fungus on toenails.....Best to get rid of as usually a cream for a couple of weeks is pretty effective. ...Read more

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Need I wash my bed sheets for a foot fungus?

Need I wash my bed sheets for a foot fungus?

Yes: It would be wise to wash the sheets to help prevent spread of the fungus. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of athlete's foot and foot fungus?

What are symptoms of athlete's foot and foot fungus?

Athletes foot: The symptoms are athletes foot include scaly skin with redness and pruritus which means itchiness. Also foot fungus can cause it an odor. ...Read more

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Can you please list the risks associated with foot fungus?

Fungus: The problems they can cause is an open portal to bacteria that could possibly develop a serious infection. ...Read more

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What's the best way to fight foot fungus or athletes foot?

Foot fungus: The best way to treat a foot fungus is to use it a topical anti-fungal cream. You may need a prescription anti-fungal cream depending on the severity of the fungal infection. ...Read more

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Fungus (Definition)

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