While the big toenail does have onychomycosis, that episode of Athlete's Foot wasn't Athlete's Foot. A week later when the same itch and angry red blisters broke out between my fingers and palms, behind the ears and around the lips, I hightailed it to the skin doctor.
I was like, "WTF, is it HMFD???!" It wasn't. It was a simple and annoying case of dyshidrotic eczema. The doctor suggested that it could be spring allergies. You should have heard how loudly I swore. Yeah, it was March and April, but I live in Singapore where it's hot and hotter. Flora and trees bloom all year round. What spring!!!???
A combination of antihistamines and steroid creams settled the outbreak. But it left tiny bumps all over the skin that won't go away and they continue to lurk and become irritated and itchy for dunno-what-reasons, resulting in them flaring to become liquid-filled 'eyes' that look like sago seeds. They won't go away if ignored. Gotta slap on moisturizers or aloe vera to soothe them, and if necessary, a thin layer of steroid cream. So humidity caused the eczema outbreak, and now a dry climate might irritate it if the skin isn't moisturized enough. GROWL.
In this climate, I use mainly body oil. Didn't bother to pack in a large amount of moisturizers or steroid creams. Simply brought the existing tube of steroid cream that's almost finished. It's sufficient for two days. Went to the nearest Target and Walgreens to stock up on the moisturizers to be used here. :( Filled out a local prescription of two extra tubes of steroid creams at the pharmacy and topped up on antihistamines. It's spring in the northern hemisphere. The pollen and dunno-what in the air are making the eyes swell and sinuses flare. But you know what, the eczema on the skin calmed. WTF. Boohoohoo.
No thanks to the cortisone causing the skin to atrophy, in this drier climate, all the climbing, walking and whatever, the skin on the fingers and palms, and bits of the feet have split. They don't hurt too badly lah. And I already use the creams very sparingly. Grrrr. Antiseptic lotion to the rescue! Nothing beats the mantra of 'moisturize, moisturize, moisturize'. Zzzz.