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Toenails are brittle, thick and with white scratches. GP was sure it was fungal but nail sample came back as normal. What can it be and what can I do?

Toenails are brittle, thick and with white scratches. GP was sure it was fungal but nail sample came back as normal. What can it be and what can I do?

Not so Fast....: Where and exactly how the specimen is harvested for culture is directly influenced by the experience of the physician harvesting the specimen. There is definitely a learning cure to be reckoned with. If the specimen was cut from the free edge, it often comes back normal. You need to have this done by a dermatologist that has experience in the procurement and handling of the specimen. ...Read more

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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


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When its cold I suffer from burning sensations in my foot bottom to the extreme that it causes me to scratch hard. Why might this be?

When its cold I suffer from burning sensations in my foot bottom to the extreme that it causes me to scratch hard. Why might this be?

Circulatiin: Can be an indication of poor circulation or possibly raymauds disease where blood vessels constrict and spasm due to the cold. See your doctor. ...Read more

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The bottom of my foot feels so hot, so it itched and I was scratching. Then i, they burn. What could this be?

The bottom of my foot feels so hot, so it itched and I was scratching. Then i, they burn. What could this be?

Hot feet: The first right thing to do - because there are a lot of possible causes here - is to see your podiatrist for an exam and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Itching in the foot with swelling after scratching. Has taken anti allergic drugs but no effect. What could this be?

Itching in the foot with swelling after scratching. Has taken anti allergic drugs but no effect. What could this be?

Contact dermatitis: The causes of itching could be many including allergy, fungal infection, insect bites etc. Scraching can often induce swelling. See your physician if symptoms continue. ...Read more

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What is it when your foot and between our toes itch off and on for about 20 minutes scratching does not stop the itching?

What is it when your foot and between our toes itch off and on for about 20 minutes scratching does not stop the itching?

Acute athlete's foot: The first thing that comes to mind is that this is one of the presentations of acute athlete's foot. Use drying soaks (epsom salts or dilute vinegar) and a topical antifungal... I prefer patients use lotrimin ultra or Lamisil (terbinafine) cream. You can use certain-dry pads or solutions to decrease perspiration. If this doesn't work, see a podiatrist and be sure to inform them of what you have tried already. ...Read more

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My son is 6 years old. He scratches his self all day long from head to foot he take bath and still be scratching and when he scratched he leave whips.

My son is 6 years old. He scratches his self all day long from head to foot he take bath and still be scratching and when he scratched he leave whips.

Eczema: Typically, this story is due to eczema, also called atopic dermatitis. Usually the skin seems somewhat dry. Skin moisturizers are an important part of the therapy. Sometimes, steroid creams are also necessary. Limiting exposure to water and soaps helps by decreasing one of the causes of the dry skin. Antihistamines may help with the itching. See your pediatrician for help and advice. ...Read more

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Hi all. My father is a diabetic. He has a prolonged scratching unopend redish wound on his foot where it doesn't touch the ground. Could anyone please tel?

Hi all. My father is a diabetic. He has a prolonged scratching unopend redish wound on his foot where it doesn't touch the ground. Could anyone please tel?

Your dad: Should see a podiatrist. Diabetics and prolonged non healing wounds are a recipe for disaster. He is at risk for losing his foot. A podiatrist should examine the wound, check if your dad's circulation is adequate to heal, see if his shoes are a good fit and proper for his feet. Check his neurological status etc. Please make sure your dad sees one. ...Read more

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My wife found a strange looking insect bite on her foot. Not sure if it’s dangerous to her. 3 straight scratch marks and small black dot. Not itchy.?

My wife found a strange looking insect bite on her foot. Not sure if it’s dangerous to her. 3 straight scratch marks and small black dot. Not itchy.?

Dangerous?: Doesn't sound like it is especially if it is just marks and no symptoms, pain, fever, redness swelling or itching? Sure it was an insect bite? Hard to say without a picture or more history but it is unlikely to be of any consequence if it does not bother her. Would see a practitioner if it is still of concern. ...Read more

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I scratched myself with dirty metallic edge of a chair in the foot. The blood was very little and my skin doesn't have a cut (not even 1mm)need a shot?

I scratched myself with dirty metallic edge of a chair in the foot. The blood was very little and my skin doesn't have a cut (not even 1mm)need a shot?

Tetanus: It si always safest to stay up to date on tetanus vaccination. If you are not up to date, contact your doctor so that you can get the vaccination. ...Read more

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Bug bites on foot &butt. @1st pink. Scratched all. Next day, foot ones were red & bigger. Butt stayed pink. Foot skin: thin=internal bleed? Allgonenow

Bug bites on foot &butt. @1st pink. Scratched all. Next day, foot ones were red & bigger. Butt stayed pink. Foot skin: thin=internal bleed? Allgonenow

No internal bleed: Sometimes superficial bleed where you scratch but that does not swell. The bug bite starts an inflation reaction and that will cause swelling that is short live dad you found. ...Read more

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I went to the doctors and he said that I have athletes foot so he gave my a topical cream but I was scratching it and then it just became worse, and t?

I went to the doctors and he said that I have athletes foot so he gave my a topical cream but I was scratching it and then it just became worse, and t?

Mix n match.: So why not mix the topical anti fungal cream with just a little topical hydro-cortisone cream (otc). This should not only take care of the fungus but also stop the itch. ...Read more

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I was going outside and the screen door caught my foot leaving a scratch. Now it is very swollen and painful. I noticed a small pus bump also?

I was going outside and the screen door caught my foot leaving a scratch. Now it is very swollen and painful. I noticed a small pus bump also?

See doc, in meantime: Disinfect with betadine. Keep dry. Place triple antibiotic ointment and keep covered with sterile gauze. Change dressing once to twice a day. But definitely get it checked out by ur primary doc, and if u don't have one, then amen urgent care clinic is fine. ...Read more

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Having small on & off burning sensation on my palms & sometimes below my foot causing me to scratch since itches a lil 4 a wk. What can this be?

Having small on & off burning sensation on my palms & sometimes below my foot causing me to scratch since itches a lil 4 a wk. What can this be?

Itching in pregnancy: Thre are several causes for itching during pregnancy - and it sommonly affects the palms and soles. It's normal, but annoying. Try moisturizing lotion, and oatmeal baths. Avoid heat and hot baths. ...Read more

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Stepped on (friendly) stray cat's tail & it scratched my foot (small scratch, bled a bit). 12 days later cat still is friendly/normal. Rabies concern?

Stepped on (friendly) stray cat's tail & it scratched my foot (small scratch, bled a bit). 12 days later cat still is friendly/normal. Rabies concern?

The cat would be: Dead by now if it was rabid, so I don't think you have anything to worry about, and 12 days, assuming it was rabid, you'd be feeling sick by now. ...Read more

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I have two hot, mildly swollen bumps. One on my foot and one on my knee. I have scratched both raw.

I have two hot, mildly swollen bumps. One on my foot and one on my knee. I have scratched both raw.

Bumps: Ok, it is tough to say what they may be, especially over the computer. Scratching them raw was not a good idea, as that increases the risk of them getting infected if they were not already. See the Doctor for an examination and diagnosis of them so the proper treatment can occur. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Since I had the reaction to hair dye, my rash is weeping clear fluids and I scratched my foot too hard and now it also is weeping. Is this normal?

Since I had the reaction to hair dye, my rash is weeping clear fluids and I scratched my foot too hard and now it also is weeping. Is this normal?

No: It sounds like eczema, contact eczema / atopic eczema, you need to see your doctor /dermatologist, meanwhile keep the area clean and dry, you may apply OTC hydrocortisone cream in the interim till you see your doctor ...Read more

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In the middle of my sole of my right foot, just below where the ball of my foot be, there is a tingle every once in awhile. Always the same spot. Not all the time. No pain, or burning. If I scratch it, it itches more. What could it be?

In the middle of my sole of my right foot, just below where the ball of my foot be, there is a tingle every once in awhile. Always the same spot. Not all the time. No pain, or burning. If I scratch it, it itches more. What could it be?

Several things: It sounds like you may have an allergy on the skin or prior insect bite. I don't think it is a serious problem but it would pay to have your family physician look at your foot. ...Read more

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Allergy between my foot fingers what I should use to feel better cuz sometimes they are blooded and as if I need to scratch them.

Allergy between my foot fingers what I should use to feel better cuz sometimes they are blooded and as if I need to scratch them.

Athlete foot: Sounds like you have a fungal infection between your toes. You need to keep them dry, try wearing open shoes if you can and use an antifungal cream between the toes. ...Read more

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I had a black spot show up on my toe of my right foot, it looks like a spec of dirt but black and won't scratch off wash off or anything?

I had a black spot show up on my toe of my right foot, it looks like a spec of dirt but black and won't scratch off wash off or anything?

Capillary leak.: Leave it alone. It is probably blood trapped beneath the skin. Some times small capillary vessels can leak a bit of blood. Days later, the blood turns a dark color. Use your camera function to take a photo for documentation. Compare the photo to the toe in a few weeks. If it enlarges, then mention it to your doctor. In all likelihood everything will be fine. ...Read more

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I scratch my foot really bad and I have very big veins and now it is bleeding very dark and my toes are all tingly. What could be going on?

I scratch my foot really bad and I have very big veins and now it is bleeding very dark and my toes are all tingly. What could be going on?

U HAVE SCRATCHED OFF: ..the dermal layer, & have a full thickness loss over the vein. Elevate, ice, mild pressure & it will stop bleeding and heal. Use an antibiotic cream, was often with soap and H2O. next time have some OTC steroid cream handy, & apply it 2 an area U start 2 scratch, & hands off. ...Read more

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Got stray cat scratch on foot it bled. Cleaned with piodine alcohol pad got tetnus inj also. No swelling or anything do I need anymore treatment or dr?

Got stray cat scratch on foot it bled. Cleaned with piodine alcohol pad got tetnus inj also. No swelling or anything do I need anymore treatment or dr?

Probably not: Watch for signs of infection: increased redness, warmth, swelling, swollen lymph nodes, pain, or fever. If any of these signs and symptoms develop, you should see a doctor for some further tests and antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Bottom of my foot had little bumps in a cluster that itched and I scratched it and they turned into what looks like a blood blister, any idea?

Bottom of my foot had little bumps in a cluster that itched and I scratched it and they turned into what looks like a blood blister, any idea?

ITCH/SCRATCH SOLE: SOUNDS AS IF YOU PROBABLY HAVE ATHLETE'S FOOT.
TRY ONE OF THE OVER-THE-COUNTER ATHLETE'S FOOT REMEDIES AND IF IT DOESN'T GET BETTER IN A WEEK OR TEN DAYS, SEE A DERMATOLOGIST.
BEST LUCK. ...Read more

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Dropped 50pds on the top of my foot I have a burning feeling only last a few seconds Almost like a sunburn when scratched when I point toes its sore?

Dropped 50pds on the top of my foot I have a burning feeling only last a few seconds Almost like a sunburn when scratched when I point toes its sore?

Neuropathic pain.: You injured the nerve on the top of your foot, a branch of the distal peroneal nerve. The nerve is irritated, causing spontaneous pain. This is something you just have to let resolved, but there are certain medications, such as anti-seizure drugs that could come the pain. In the meantime. ...Read more

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I have a rash on the top of my foot and it's very itchy. I scratch and make it bleed. I have been to a dermatologist and She precribed meds not workin?

I have a rash on the top of my foot and it's very itchy. I scratch and make it bleed. I have been to a dermatologist and She precribed meds not workin?

SO????: What was the diagnosis? EXACTLY which meds are not working????? Tell the dermatologist to reevaluate you and adjust the treatment. A bird is in my tree. What did I have for lunch and what's the bird's name? ...Read more

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What can I do to treat it? It's painful. I scratched the top of my foot during my sleep and woke up with a open sore. It now has a scab with redness around it.

What can I do to treat it? It's painful. I scratched the top of my foot during my sleep and woke up with a open sore. It now has a scab with redness around it.

Wound treatment: Simple wound care includes cleansing the wounded area with soap and water daily. Apply antibiotic ointment and a sterile dressing to the area daily after cleansing. If the redness worsens, you should see your podiatrist for treatment of possible infection. ...Read more

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I got a scratch from my puppy on my foot. It's a little red and inflamed around it. I was wondering if that was normal...or if it could be something worse like a flesh eating bacteria?

I got a scratch from my puppy on my foot. It's a little red and inflamed around it. I was wondering if that was normal...or if it could be something worse like a flesh eating bacteria?

Puppy scratch: This is likely a reaction to a scratch. Very unlikely to be a "flesh eating bacteria". Recommend cleansing the wound with soap and water, keeping it clean and dry, and seeking routine evaluation by a healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Has fever for 2.5 days; taking paracetamol & cough medicine (hasn't seen a doc yet). It's 2:30 am &she is scratching her foot for past hour?

Has fever for 2.5 days; taking paracetamol & cough medicine (hasn't seen a doc yet). It's 2:30 am &she is scratching her foot for past hour?

You're scratching he: You are probably giving too low a dose of paracetamol. 10-15 mg/kg/dose every 4 hours. That is most common reason it does not work. I don't know why she is scratching. See her doc. ...Read more

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My 11 month old has hand foot and mouth disease its really bad on his face is there anything I can put or use on his face? He scratching it bad!

My 11 month old has hand foot and mouth disease its really bad on his face is there anything I can put or use on his face? He scratching it bad!

Keep it clean: The primary worry with any large area affected by blistering is the open areas can become secondarily infected with bacteria. Gentile cleaning several times a day with an antibacterial soap will help most heal as quickly as possible. Cleaning also washes away the salt from sweat that makes the areas itch. Some use antibiotic ointment or cream for worrisome areas. ...Read more