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Skin peeling, discoloration on the toe, probable fungal infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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Practicing since : 2004
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   i have a query regarding skin troubles
Doctor :   please proceed with your query
User :   every 2-3 months my toe skin turns black, becomes dry and then peels off
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender
User :   23 male
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   in which toe is this happening
User :   right foot 2nd
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   may i know if you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   no.. let me also add here that before it becomes black.. there is a lot of itching.. i have also observed that whenever i expose my toe to sunlight, it trigger this
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   may i know if you changed your foot wear anytime and then this happened?
User :   no this is happening for the last 5-6 months now.. and has happened 3 times till now
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   may i know if you have diabetes or high blood pressure
User :   No
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   do you have any medical conditions or illness?
User :   none
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   may i know if you have consulted the doctor on this
User :   not yet
Doctor :   ok
User :   this happens only once in 2 0r 3 months
Doctor :   let me explain it to you
Doctor :   this with your description looks like a fungal infection
Doctor :   there are many factors triggering this
Doctor :   seasonal changes , perspiration , accumulation of moisture , friction due to foot wear and low immunity levels can all be contributing
Doctor :   fungal infections present with itch , then skin color changes and peeling as well
Doctor :   other cause could be dry skin
Doctor :   and hence the itching due to lack of secretions
Doctor :   sun light exposure may increase the itching as it triggers an inflammatory rection
Doctor :   are you there?
User :   yes
User :   so what can be done to get rid of this fungal infection?
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   i will help you
Doctor :   1. after you take bath, make sure you wipe away all the water in between the toe spaces
Doctor :   keep all the area dry
Doctor :   2. you can try CANDID dusting powder, use it as a talc in the area every day
Doctor :   3. avoid wearing tight foot wear, shoes if possible till it heals fully
Doctor :   4. avoid nylon socks
Doctor :   prefer cotton one
Doctor :   5. you can also try applying CLOTRIMAZOLE cream over the area , it is an antifungal cream
Doctor :   you must consider showing this to a DERMATOLOGIST
Doctor :   they need examination and then only final diagnosis can be made
Doctor :   also you can apply vit e rich moisturizing cream if peeling occurs later , this would work for dry skin
Doctor :   avoid itching and rubbing the area do not scratch control it
User :   ok.. i will out your suggestions and if the problems still persists, will consult dermatologist then
User :   anything else that i should consider?
Doctor :   nothing else
Doctor :   just follow these instructions
Doctor :   i hope it improves
Doctor :   are there any other questions for me ?
User :   no.. thanks for the help
Doctor :   pleasure here
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   good night
Doctor :   bye for now
User :   thanks. good night
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