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Old 01-27-2007, 12:06 PM   #1
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Dry, cracked skin on toes

As a child growing up in New England, I would develop dry skin and painful cracks on my toes every winter. The cracks were generally on the big toe and would bleed and sock fibers would adhere to them. Creams and lotions would help somewhat, but the problem would recur each winter with the onset of colder weather. A consultation with a dermatologist led to a skin test, one of which was positive (?) and after a resulting injection the problem never came back. I recall that the Dr said it was "Toe for my toes" and he, my mom and I had a laugh about it. That and the fact that it never came back made the visit stick in my mind. My four year old son has now developed the dry skin between the toes part of this condition. When I related my experience to his pediatrician, he smiled and said he had never heard of such an injection, and prescribed a cream,"triamcinalone acetonide" to smear on his toes when the condition occurs. My assumption is that this is indeed the same condition that I had and I would like to avoid his going through what I did. Unfortunately, I can find no info on this on the web and Mom recalls the doctor visit but not the details, as this was about 30 years ago. I would like to have some concrete info when we go his pediatrician again with the probability of seeing a specialist afterward. Does anyone have any experience with this or info? It would be greatly appreciated.

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