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Athlete's Foot is Waking Me from REM Sleep

post #1 of 25
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Never had this before. OMG, the toe itching is unbearable. I've considered amputation, if only to fit into standard width shoes someday. I've been attacking it with $20 antifungal creams, cortisone, Listerine footbaths... The shit likes to wake me from deep sleep. It takes hours for the itching to subside. It has really messed up my sleep patterns. Anybody else ever suffer from this ? I'd rather even listen to FM modern country music than deal with this malady.
post #2 of 25
Have you tried going to a doctor?
post #3 of 25
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Originally Posted by nahneun View Post
Have you tried going to a doctor?

Monday if the itching doesn't subside.
post #4 of 25
Make sure not to transfer the fungus to your balls.
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by TGPlastic View Post
Make sure not to transfer the fungus to your balls.

lol. But seriously, have you tried washing with plain old soap? Maybe try some cold water after, the bacteria/fungus on your feet could be thermophilic.
post #6 of 25
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Make sure not to transfer the fungus to your balls.
QFT. Put socks on before underwear, srsly.
post #7 of 25
I find Polysporin first aid ointment works much better for this than any of those antifungal creams. Rub it on, put on some clean white socks & go to sleep.
post #8 of 25
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I find Polysporin first aid ointment works much better for this than any of those antifungal creams. Rub it on, put on some clean white socks & go to sleep.

really? that's really surprising because polysporin is an antibiotic. how many times has it worked for you?

for non-OTC treatment for athlete's foot, one can use nizoral shampoo and see what kind of success they have with it. only limitation is that the non-prescription strength nizoral isn't very strong.
post #9 of 25
Have used it many times. Why is that so surprising? Can't this be an issue with bacteria as well as fungus?
post #10 of 25
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Have used it many times. Why is that so surprising? Can't this be an issue with bacteria as well as fungus?

the active ingredient in polysporin is the antibiotic, bacitracin. bacitracin inhibits bacterial cell wall cynthesis. it's surprising because fungi don't have a peptidoglycan cell wall. i'm not saying that you are imagining things, i'm just surprised by it.
post #11 of 25
I tried the Polysporin one night when I was in about the same condition as the OP and it was the only thing I had, and it was like whoa that worked. My question is, once the skin is open, is it possible that bacteria are causing the problem rather than just the fungal infection?
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by imhotep View Post
really? that's really surprising because polysporin is an antibiotic. how many times has it worked for you?

for non-OTC treatment for athlete's foot, one can use nizoral shampoo and see what kind of success they have with it. only limitation is that the non-prescription strength nizoral isn't very strong.



Can I put the footcream on my head? It says not to, but I'm all about the extra-strength.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by JoelF View Post
I tried the Polysporin one night when I was in about the same condition as the OP and it was the only thing I had, and it was like whoa that worked. My question is, once the skin is open, is it possible that bacteria are causing the problem rather than just the fungal infection?

it's possible you could have a secondary staph bacterial infection or something of that sort. but the fungus would still be sticking around as well.


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Can I put the footcream on my head? It says not to, but I'm all about the extra-strength.

lol. probably not a good idea. but if you do, maybe mix one part footcream with one part bumcream.
post #14 of 25
Get clotrimazole cream and rub it well into the skin around all your toes, and in between, twice a day. Then, before you go to bed, use some hydrocortisone cream in the same places to knock out the itching.
post #15 of 25
Give them a vodka bath!
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