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How to control Cracked, Yellow, Thick Nails and Itchy, Peeling Skin


“My feet sweat, I have itchy peeling skin, unmanageable odor, thick, cracked, yellow nails and unmanageable fungus infections keep reoccurring. Dr. Bob what do I do?”

         As a practicing podiatrist and fungus expert for over a decade in Los Angeles, CA; I hear (and smell) this very quote almost daily. Weather it’s peeling itchy skin in-between toes, thick, yellow, cracked nails or a fungal odor that fills the room every time you take off your socks; Let’s discuss some simple steps to help remedy these issues.  
Peeling, Itchy, Smelly Foot
         Moisture is one of the main causes of fungal infections of the skin and nails. This is due to the fact that fungus loves moisture.  The process is quite simple.  As your feet sweat moisture and heat build up in shoes creating the perfect breeding ground for fungus.  Thus, the fungal cells multiply and overpopulate the skin and nails, leading to an infection.  Although fungal infections are not dangerous and do not cause internal body infections, they can cause unsightly changes to the skin and nails including: peeling and blistering skin, inflamed toes, irritated skin in-between toes, cracking yellow nails, and a stinky stench.

So what do you need to do?  Most important is to keep your feet dry.  Try using an anti-perspirent spray on the skin.  This can be the same type used for under the armpit. 

In addition, try to wear new socks every day and make sure they are moisture resistant.  For athletes worried about fungus, try using coolmax socks and for dress socks try using wool or polyester because cotton holds moisture. 

Finally, consider using a product to help prevent nail and foot fungus infection and also to help treat the infection if it persists. PediMD Skin Moisturizer has anti fungal properties that can treat and rehabilitate the skin while also helping moisturize and prevent future fungal infection. PediMD Nail Lacquer can help treat fungus and to recover nails from being thick, yellow and cracked. The PediMD Nail Treatment can also be used as a sealant to prevent toenail fungus infections from reoccurring.

Control Cracked, Yellow, Thick Nails and Itchy, Peeling Skin with PediMD


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I have had fungus on three of my toenails for about two years. I never paid much attention to it but recently the skin around my big toe has become inflamed and as a result my toenails constantly itch.  
I just purchased PediMD Anti-fungal products off Amazon. I will also begin to change my socks twice a day and dry my feet well. Its finally time to get rid of this pesky condition.  
My question is: Will it take longer for my fungus to clear because I waited so long to treat it?  
Posted @ Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:45 PM by John Silva
My daughters toe nails have become very thick and the skin around the nail is inflamed,but she says it's not hurting what could it be?
Posted @ Sunday, June 26, 2011 9:45 AM by vicky
The answer to your question is, Absolutely! The longer that you wait to treat a fungal infection the more time it has to spread and the longer it will take to eliminate the fungus.  
I think that you are lucky that only three of your nails are infected and I would recommend that you apply PediMD to all ten toes in order to prevent the fungus from spreading.  
Good luck with the treatment.  
-Dr. Bob 
Posted @ Wednesday, June 29, 2011 1:56 PM by Dr. Bob Baravarian DPM
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