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How to treat the peeling skin on my big toes?

How to treat the peeling skin on my big toes?

Peeling skin: Skin peels so that dead cells can be eliminated and new cells can emerge. Several different conditions can cause the skin on the area of the toes to peel. They include athlete's foot and dry skin. Skin on the toes that continues to peel may require a visit to the doctor. Read more

Red Scaling Rash (Definition)

Red scaling rashes generally fall into the category of "eczematous", meaning "like eczema". Eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, allergic or irritant contact dermatitis, and some bacterial and fungal infections fall into this category. Red scaling rashes are often itchy and can ...Read more


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Can you have athlete's foot without cracked peeling skin? I've had athlete's foot before and it was cracked and peeling skin between my toes. Now I have itchiness and burning between my small toes, but no signs like before. Is this also athlete's foot? Wi

Can you have athlete's foot without cracked peeling skin? I've had athlete's foot before and it was cracked and peeling skin between my toes. Now I have itchiness and burning between my small toes, but no signs like before. Is this also athlete's foot? Wi

Different: Different fungi exhibit different patterns and characteristics. As dr. Fowler suggested, try using an over-the-counter anti-fungal like lotrimin, Lamisil or tinactin, (tolnaftate) twice a day. If you don't see any improvement in a few days, see a podiatrist or dermatologist, as it might not be a fungus. If you do see an improvement, keep using the cream twice a day for 30 days, since fungal spores live for 30 days. If you keep getting athlete's foot, you might want to keep using an anti-fungal cream once a day for life. There is also something called a steri-shoe, which is an ultraviolet light that will sterilize the insides of your shoes in 40 minutes. If you keep getting reinfected, you might want to invest in that. I've attached a link. Read more

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Soles of feet are red, tender look swollen. Hard and peeling skin on the back of toes, hard skin and sore. Used athletes foot 5 days didn't help?

Soles of feet are red, tender look swollen. Hard and peeling skin on the back of toes, hard skin and sore. Used athletes foot 5 days didn't help?

Tinea Pedis: It sounds like a tinea pedis or athletes foot. Fungus can be very resistant to medication. Put lotrimin (clotrimazole) AF cream as well as hydrocortisone cream 15 three times a day for a week. Also, dry feet and toes carefully, then apply gold bond powder into your socks immediately after bathing or swimming. Good luck. Read more

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Dermatology question about the peeling skin on my foot?

Dermatology question about the peeling skin on my foot?

Why the peeeling: Many conditions can cause peeling of the skin from fungus to psoriasis. Viruses, dyshidrosis, and dry skin can also all cause peeling of the skin. A fungal cultore or microscopic test may be helpful. Read more

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What's a good way to cure dandruff, peeling skin on nose, constantly stuffy nose, and foot eczema?

What's a good way to cure dandruff, peeling skin on nose, constantly stuffy nose, and foot eczema?

See below: All thesee may be related or totally unrelated the best thing to do is to see a dermatologist and see if they are realted or not and then get treatment for them. Read more

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One foot has small red itchy bumps and scaly peeling skin. 2 different dermatologists diagnosed 2 different conditions. Still no relief. Help.

What are: The 2 diagnosis. Can you show the rash. Will be concerned with scabies or contact dermatitis or impetigo but without picture or diagnosis of the previous Dermatologist or the treatments that did not work it is just a guess. Read more

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My husband has very swollen feet with burning, peeling skin he has a history of eczema and they hurt to move. It doesn't itch. Is this a foot fungus?

My husband has very swollen feet with burning, peeling skin he has a history of eczema and they hurt to move. It doesn't itch. Is this a foot fungus?

Not necessarily: If his feet are very swollen this can cause cracks in the skin and cause the skin to blister or peel. This could be due to eczema or just from the swelling. They can be painful due to the skin being broken to move them. Best to have them checked out, he may need a steroid cream, compression, or it could be a fungal infection, but the only way to know would be to have them looked at. 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 cause skin peeling at the bottom of my big toe?

What can cause skin peeling at the bottom of my big toe?

Fungus: Or dry skin would be my thoughts. Try and an antifungal cream available at the drugstore. Read more

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My teenage son has skin peeling on the bottom of his foot/toes as well as a red bump on top near his toes that hurts, could it be athletes foot?

My teenage son has skin peeling on the bottom of his foot/toes as well as a red bump on top near his toes that hurts, could it be athletes foot?

Could Be: It's possible to be an athletes foot infection. I would try a combination of over the counter antifungal and topical steroid. If no improvement see a Podiatrist or Dermatologist. Read more

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How can you get rid of unsightly skin peeling from athletes' foot?

How can you get rid of unsightly skin peeling from athletes' foot?

Topical Antifungal: Most athlete's foot responds well to topical antifungals, many of which are available over the counter. It is important to apply twice daily to clean, dry skin. Ask your pharmacist to direct to the location of the topical antifungals they carry. Read more

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3.5 weeks postop foot surgery and have excessive skin peeling that extends up to an inch away from incision. Is this normal?

Yes and no: Your use of the word "excessive" implies it is not normal, and so if your concerned about it I would let your surgeon know. That being said, some degree of skin peeling is normal when skin is covered by a bandage or cast as the covering of the skin prevents the usual loss of the epidermis the usual and more gradual way. The skin prep itself that was used during surgery can also contribute. Read more

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Sore & swollen foot after the gout has been gone for 2 weeks now its purple & skin peeling any explaination?

Sore & swollen foot after the gout has been gone for 2 weeks now its purple & skin peeling any explaination?

Get reevaluated: Skin peeling is normal as the swelling goes down after the gout resolves. Purple is congestion where blood is being pooled in the toe as it is slowed down in its return to the heart. If the pain was completely resolved and returned or the same see you doctor. If it is improving then its normal. Read more

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