Foot/Toe skin problem

Hi. This is my first post here so I do apologize in advance for any errors regarding the format of my question. My toes have a thick, black and itchy portion on them. Its below the edge of the toenail. It would itch like crazy for days then if I keep on scratching it, it will become dark brown in color, then the skin will become thick, then after a while I can just peel it off. Sometimes, if its not thick enough and I peel it, it would leave a small wound. Then after a few days, it will start over again. I haven’t been to any doctors yet, because I feel embarrassed about it. I’m planning to go, though. I’ve been putting lotion on all of my toes before I go to sleep. Hope you can help me. I also took some pictures because I don’t think I was able to describe it clearly.
Pics: http://imgur.com/a/RTbaY

2 Responses

  1. Foot-com

    Thank you so much for your reply! I’m going to try that combination.

  2. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question and thank you for sharing the pictures.

    I would start by using an over- the-counter steroid such as hydrocortisone cream. Apply this 2 – 3 times a day and try not to pick at them or peel off the discoloration. When we have inflammation in our skin it can start to change color – hence the darkening you are noticing. I wouldn’t suspect a fungus in your case but if you want to include some anti-fungal treatment you can mix the hydrocortisone cream with tea tree oil and apply 2- 3 times a day.

    Try to make sure your shoes are not rubbing on the top of your feet as sometimes we can get dermatitis (skin inflammation) from materials in the shoes. I would use the hydrocortisone/tea tree oil combination for a good 4 weeks before determining if it is working. If you do not notice an improvement after 1 month of continuous use then I’d see either a Dermatologist or a Podiatrist.

    I hope this helps!

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