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I have athletes foot and also a terrible dry cough with gagging. Could they be related? Can a foot fungus travel to the lungs if left untreated?

I have athletes foot and also a terrible dry cough with gagging. Could they be related? Can a foot fungus travel to the lungs if left untreated?

Unlikely: Theoretically possible, practically unlikely. The two are most likely unrelated. You should get your athlete foot treated ...Read more

Dr. Jordan Steinberg
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I am using ketoconazole for athletes foot. My skin peeled off from left and ajacent toe. How much time will ketoconazole take to restore my skin back?

Weeks: Medication for fungus infection works slowly, so use for several weeks is the minimum, and use for several weeks beyond clearing is recommended to prevent a recurrence from incomplete treatment. ...Read more

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Inbetween, y left middle and "ring" tow are 2 grey looking "blisters" they seemed to grow over night. Assuming athletes foot? Hurts to stand on foot

Inbetween, y left middle and "ring" tow are 2 grey looking "blisters" they seemed to grow over night. Assuming athletes foot? Hurts to stand on foot

Probably: Most likely you do have an athlete's foot infection which is a fungal infection, however, you have a superimposed bacterial infection which could develop pus and must be treated with antibiotics, especially if you have diabetes. You should have it checked. ...Read more

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Doc says peeling on left foot is not tinea pedis nor athletes foot. Still prescribed Clotrimazole. Peelings are there, should I still apply the cream?

Doc says peeling on left foot is not tinea pedis nor athletes foot. Still prescribed Clotrimazole. Peelings are there, should I still apply the cream?

Peeling: It is possible that there is some fungal component (tinea pedis and athlete's foot are the same thing), but a sample of the skin should be sent to a lab for culture and identification. See your podiatrist or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Skin under the left foot still has small peelings under the toes. Doc said it wasn't tinea pedis or athletes foot. Should I still apply the Clotrimazole?

Skin under the left foot still has small peelings under the toes. Doc said it wasn't tinea pedis or athletes foot. Should I still apply the Clotrimazole?

If the doc said: It wasn't Tinea pedis what did the doc say it was? Wouldn't it be weird to tell you what it's not andnottell you what it is? If its not fungus, then I don't see the point in the antifugal cream. ..so is it just dry skin? Eczema? Was a skin scrapping taking? ...Read more

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What happens if I have athletes foot for a long time?

What happens if I have athletes foot for a long time?

It gets worse: If left untreated the fungus can continue to spread and make it more difficult to treat. ...Read more

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Can I do pe with athletes foot?

Can I do pe with athletes foot?

Athletes foot: Yes as long as not very painful and you are not having contact sports where the area can touch other children ...Read more

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What does athletes foot look like?

What does athletes foot look like?

Rash: A peeling itchy rash on the feet, between the toes and arch of the foot. ...Read more

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Can athletes foot go away on its own?

Can athletes foot go away on its own?

Rarely.: Athletes foot is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet. It is very common and often becomes chronic spreading to the toenails.
If 2 weeks of over the counter remedies are not working, see a podiatrist. Keep feet clean and dry, especially between toes. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure athletes foot?

What is a good way to cure athletes foot?

Topical Antifungal: Athlete's foot responds well to topical treatment, many of which can be procured over the counter. It is important that you apply the medication twice daily to clean and dry feet. Because you mention between the toe, apply a thin sparingly layer to these areas and allow them to dry well before putting on socks and shoes. Ask your pharmacist to direct you to the topical athlete's foot creams. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure athletes foot?

What is a good way to cure athletes foot?

Topical antifungal: Cream...Often the prescription kind is better than the over the counter. Keep feet clean and dry, especially between the toes; avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row, the shoes may need to be treated as well; socks should be the kind that wicks perspiration, cotton isn't as good. Those are the best general measures, but it is a challenge nevertheless. ...Read more

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What should I do to take care of athletes foot?

What should I do to take care of athletes foot?

Not so simple: Ventillate feet. Get air & light on feet. Do not worry about public places! Do not wear sox in bed. Otc antifungal cream for a long time & expect to use again. Maybe use forever. Look for generics to save money: miconazole, clotrimazole, ketoconazole, terbinafine are usually found easily. If you fail to see a dramatic improvement after a week, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have symptoms of athletes foot?

How do I know if I have symptoms of athletes foot?

See below.: Itching, scaling, skin peeling, soreness are typical symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you help? Could rubbing achohol cure athletes foot?

Can you help? Could rubbing achohol cure athletes foot?

No: Athletes foot is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet and requires an anti fungal to cure it. ...Read more

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Please describe the most effective athletes foot medication?

Athletes foot meds: The most effective medication for athletes foot is an anti fungal that is both bacteriocidal and bacteriostatic. ...Read more

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Is there any risk of contracting athletes foot if you never go to locker rooms or indoor pools?

Is there any risk of contracting athletes foot if you never go to locker rooms or indoor pools?

Yes: Atheltes foot fungas can reside on any moist surface. You are decreaseing your chances by not exposing your self to pools and locker rooms that have a high amount of traffic from people and moisture. ...Read more

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How serious can infected athletes foot be?

How serious can infected athletes foot be?

Seek treatment: An infected athletes foot can be very dangerous especially if the infection gets into your blood stream, k do not neglect it. See doctor or podiatrist for immediate treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a good cure for bad athletes foot?

Is there a good cure for bad athletes foot?

Tinea: Caled tinier pedis and you can try otc meds but is severe see podiatrist for rx medication. Avoid wearing same shoes everyday, they need to dry out. ...Read more

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What are itch relief suggestions for athletes foot?

What are itch relief suggestions for athletes foot?

Antifungals.: Athlete's foot is a fungal infection in the skin of your feet. It can happen between toes and along the soles of your feet. Change your shoes regularly and let them air out. Keep your feet clean, wear cotton socks, dry between your toes after showering, and use an antifungal cream on your feet. Some cases require a prescription, so see your doctor if things don't improve in a few weeks. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to how long is the cure for athletes foot?

Kinda depends: How bad of a case you have it. I would say 2-3 weeks is very reasonable. But, their is definately a recurrence rate. Keep in mind if your shoes are contaminated or things like that it may delay treatment as you may be recontaminating. ...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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For how long is athletes foot that's being treated contagious?

Immediately: Athletes feet is another term for fungal infection of the skin. Although there are many different types of fungus, they spread and multiply by little flakes or vesicles on the skin. By the time you notice the scaling skin, it's already dividing enough to spread itself by flaky skin. If you have scaling, flakes of skin coming off your feet, it's trying to spread itself so it's contagious. ...Read more

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Hi floucinonide cream is really good cream medicine to athletes foot or not., thanks?

Hi floucinonide cream is really good cream medicine to athletes foot or not., thanks?

Symptoms: Yes, it's appropriate to treat some symptoms of athlete's foot, but it does not treat the pathology (fungi infection). It will reduce redness and itchyness to the feet, but the fungus may still be present. Good luck. ...Read more

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Get rid of athletes foot fast?

Get rid of athletes foot fast?

Tinea pedis: lotrimin (clotrimazole) cream plus hydrocortisone 1% applied together three times daily until resolved. Prevention : good drying between toes after bath shower, swimming. Gold bond powder to feet when dried. :) ...Read more

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How can I get rid of athletes foot?

How can I get rid of athletes foot?

Use of: Antifungal creams or powder otc and wearing open toes sandals or flip flops. Avoid moisture ...Read more

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Athletes foot. How do I get rid of it?

Athletes foot. How do I get rid of it?

Start with a topical: Antifungal cream. Currently, the best thing going is naftin (naftifine) 2%, available by prescription only. Otc antifungal creams can be ok as well. On top of this, you must change the environment in which the feet reside. Feet must be kept clean and dry, especially between the toes. Use powder on the feet daily; change shoes daily; you may want to treat the shoes too, with sprays or an uv sanitizer. ...Read more