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Eczema or Athlete`s Foot?

03/15/2000

Question:

How common is eczema of the feet? Is there any way (besides going to the doctor)that you can tell the difference between eczema and athletes foot? I don`t have enough money to go to the doctor. Thanks!

Answer:

You don`t provide too much information about your condition. Often eczema and athlete`s foot affect different parts of the foot and with some experience it is possible to distinguish. If your toe nails are yellow and thick, it is likely that you do have a fungus. Look between the 4th and 5th toes. If the skin is white and scaly, you probably have a fungus. There are other conditions that can affect the feet that can resemble athlete`s foot or eczema. You can try applications of chlortimazole available without prescription from a drug store. It is cheap and if you have a fungus, your foot or feet will get better. If not, you will need to see a doctor. If you live in the Cincinnati area, we will see you even if you do not have insurance.

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Response by:

James J Nordlund, MD
Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati