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Have itching and split skin of athlete's foot in toe. What should be done?

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Very bad itching in leg between fingers and toes sort of Pale, flaky & split skin of athlete's foot in a toe
Posted Tue, 11 Dec 2012 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar 2 hours later
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

I have seen your pictures. It appears that you are suffering from a condition called Intertrigo. This is a kind of skin condition which occurs in the flolds and skin creases and can be itchy, flaky, foul-smelling and sometimes with redness or cracking of the skin. It is often accompanied by a fungal infection.

I would advise you the following remedial measures:

- Wash the affected areas three to four times daily with diluted potassium permanganate solution (potassium permanganate crystals or solution should be available with your local chemist)

- After washing and patting dry with a clean cloth, apply a thin layer of an anti-fungal cum anti-inflamatory cream like Candid B, twice a day over the affected areas.

- Keep the affected areas always clean, dry and sweat-free.

- Avoid wearing tight shoes or socks for long periods of time.

- Avoid using any strongly perfumed soap or shower gels.

If these remedial measures are followed, your problem should most likely settle down gradually within a week to 10 days. In case it doesn't, then you have to see a dermatologist for a detailed evaluation and further treatment.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
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