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    Scaly skin on big toe knuckes--and nowhere else!
    Stevie94114 posted:
    I've learned to live with this, but would love to learn of a cure. My dermatologist suggested a urea-based cream, Flexitol, that does soften the skin, but if I stop using the cream, the scaly skin returns within less than a week.

    On many backpacking trips in the 1970s, I shared socks with a colleague who had this condition and I'm pretty sure I must have picked it up from him. He said it was a fungus he had developed in a Philippine jungle.

    I've tried ALL of the over-the-counter treatments for athlete's foot, but nothing permanently makes this condition go away. I've had athlete's foot and this really is different--no itching or burning, only terribly dry, thick, cracked skin--and only on the knuckles of the big toes, no other toes and nowhere else on my body.

    Thanks to anyone who has information or ideas!
    saywhatnow responded:
    Just letting you know that you're not alone, I have the exact same problem. I've never been exposed to anything like a jungle fungus so I doubt that is the cause, however. Thanks for saying that Flexitol helps, I haven't found anything that can make it go away so far so i'm going to give it a try.

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