The Case of the Incurable Foot Fungus

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My skin is not the best skin. In

2021
DATE

, I had surgery to remove an invasive skin cancer from my nose. I’m committed now to a life of sunscreen. But there was another problem with my skin…

one
CARDINAL

lurking beneath the socks. A brownish-grey discoloration on my feet that was spreading up the back of my legs. The spreading was a big concern, so I sought medical advice.

In

Q1 2020
DATE

, a doctor identified it as a classic case of athlete’s foot and prescribed a

2%
PERCENT

cortisone concoction, didn’t work.

In

Q4 2021
DATE

, a dermatologist identified it as athlete’s foot, prescribed me a $

200
MONEY

anti-fungal ointment, didn’t work.

In

Q1 2022
DATE

, that same dermatologist got mad at me for using the whole tube of $

200
MONEY

ointment and told me to refill the prescription. I squeezed out the dregs instead, didn’t work.

In

Q2 2022, a month later
DATE

another dermatologist at the same office skipped past the cancer screen and prescribed a $

25
MONEY

anti-fungal cream for the foot issue, didn’t work.

In

Q4 2022
DATE

, an allergist saw the discoloration on my legs and prescribed me a $

25
MONEY

antihistamine cream, didn’t work.

Now,

Q3 2023
PERSON

, and the problem still hadn’t resolved itself. I’ve been living with this gnawing feeling about the incurable fungus crawling up my legs… that is until I saw a new dermatologist!

After a cancer screening (no cancer, yay!) I explained the athlete’s foot situation. He looked at my legs and said plainly, “That’s not athlete’s foot. It’s

Disney Rash
PERSON

.”

Excuse me!? There’s no way “

Disney Rash
WORK_OF_ART

” is real. Sensing my doubt, he explained that

Disney Rash
PERSON

is an exercise-induced vascular issue where the heat and blood pumping causes fragile capillaries in the legs to burst, leaving small iron deposits which causes the ruddy discoloration. Not uncommon among visitors to

Disneyland
FAC

, hence the name. The non-exercise-induced version is

Shamberg
PERSON

’s disease, that’s what I have.

So… it’s not an incurable fungus crawling up my body after all. It’s my weird skin being weird. What a relief!

Shamberg
PERSON

’s disease is an incurable disease, but it’s not life threatening nor a reason to nuke the shower with bleach

everyday
DATE

. Instead of a $

200
MONEY

cream, he prescribed a bottle of over-the-counter

Vitamin-C. Incredible
PRODUCT

.

I bring this up to prove all doctors are lying vipers because if there’s

one
CARDINAL

thing that I believe, it’s that having a pathway forward for you health is life-changing. The difference between having a pathway forward versus no pathway forward is magical and makes me light-headed to think about. Less uncertainty, less shame, less burden. For

years
DATE

I’ve been queasy and embarrassed about the mystery fungus consuming extremities infecting anything it contacts… all for nothing. I’m not a “get a

second
ORDINAL

opinion” guy (or

fouth
ORG

opinion in my case), but I’m sort of turning into one. Even though doctors do a lot of schooling, I’m realizing their experiences inform their intuition, just like regular folks.

Anyways, health. Take care of yourself. Please. Go see a doctor about that weird foot fungus because it might not be a foot fungus at all.

This past couple months
DATE

has driven home to me the idea that good health is fragile. We will all encounter some medical uncertainty in our lives –some trivial, some serious– and my hope is that you find a pathway forward for whatever ails you.