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Itchy Big Toe

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Unregistered, May 21, 2009.

  1. Unregistered

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    My big toe on my right foot is extremely itchy, i dont have any itchy spots on ANY other part of my foot or any part including big toe on my left foot, its just the part of my right big toe where the toe bends and it has no obvious fungal infection, no redness (except for when i scratch it), and no bumps, etc. just itches and i cant figure out why, no burning, and i know its not Athletes Foot because then i would be itching on both feet most likely and it would be the entire foot.
    Discuss, any thoughts/help here?
     
  2. tuhraycee

    tuhraycee New Member

    I have the same problem exactly. I'm scouring the net trying to find what's wrong. I woke up with the crease under my big toe itching like CRAZY. Now at the end of the day (it's been itching all day) it feels stiff - like the skin is stretched.
     
  3. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    I too have an itchy big toe... weird, right?! however, mine is on the very tip of my right big toe, close to the nail bed. I have no other symptoms. It is just an itchy spot on the toe with NO redness or bump(s). It has been itching in this one isolated spot for a year and a half, on and off; recently more on than off and driving me (and my husband) crazy! does any body have a clue as to what this could be? neurological?...???
     
  4. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    DISCLAIMER:
    THE FOLLOWING IS OFFERED GRATIS AS GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY, AND, AS SUCH, MAY NOT BE APPLICABLE TO THE SPECIFIC QUESTIONER AND/OR HIS/HER PROBLEM. IT IS CLEARLY NOT BASED ON ACTUAL KNOWLEDGE AND/OR EXAMINATION OF THE QUESTIONER OR HIS/HER MEDICAL HISTORY, AND IT CAN NOT AND SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON AS DEFINITIVE MEDICAL OPINION OR ADVICE. ONLY THROUGH HANDS-ON PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH THE ACTUAL PATIENT CAN ACCURATE MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS BE ESTABLISHED AND SPECIFIC ADVICE BE GIVEN. NO DOCTOR/PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS CREATED OR ESTABLISHED OR MAY BE INFERRED. THE QUESTIONER AND/OR READER IS INSTRUCTED TO CONSULT HIS OR HER OWN DOCTOR BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH ANY SUGGESTIONS CONTAINED HEREIN, AND TO ACT ONLY UPON HIS/HER OWN DOCTOR’S ORDERS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. BY THE READING OF MY POSTING WHICH FOLLOWS, THE READER STIPULATES AND CONFIRMS THAT HE/SHE FULLY UNDERSTANDS THIS DISCLAIMER AND HOLDS HARMLESS THIS WRITER. IF THIS IS NOT FULLY AGREEABLE TO YOU, THE READER, AND/OR YOU HAVE NOT ATTAINED THE AGE OF 18 YEARS, YOU HEREBY ARE ADMONISHED TO READ NO FURTHER.
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    If there are absolutely no skin manifestations, the itching is probably nerve mediated. Itching is a poorly understood phenomena and it may be difficult or impossible to determine a specific cause.
     
  5. itchytoeman

    itchytoeman Guest

    We must all unite. My big toe itches too!!!! Like hell fire and brimstone raining down on the soul of my poor toe!!!!!! I've highly considered cutting it off due to the fact i am afraid that it could be a disease that will spread to my brain and cause my brain to itch uncontrollably. If this happens i promise all of you i will kill myself! Please save my itchy big toe madness.... This isnt contagious is it?!
     
  6. Alexia

    Alexia Guest


    I just got back from the emergency room. I itched my big right toe into a huge blister. (I rubbed it viciously on any rug I could find to get to the itch.) They x-rayed it, cut the blister open and the flesh is healthy underneath with no signs of fungus and there's no splinter. The doctor wants to send me to a foot doctor in case there's a fungus. After reading all these posts, I'm going to save my money. The only helpful advice I've read on the internet that seems to work is aspirin. I tool one and my toe has settled down for now.
     
  7. My second toe on me left foot itches like hell all the time. Its the right side on both creases where the toe bends. I itch it to a blister probably once a week, the blister subsides and I'm back at it. The sad part is that I need to use tools to scratch because fingernails just don't do the trick. I too am cosidering amputation! I wish I could find an answer as to what causes the itch.
     
  8. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    DISCLAIMER:
    THE FOLLOWING IS OFFERED GRATIS AS GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY, AND, AS SUCH, MAY NOT BE APPLICABLE TO THE SPECIFIC QUESTIONER AND/OR HIS/HER PROBLEM. IT IS CLEARLY NOT BASED ON ACTUAL KNOWLEDGE AND/OR EXAMINATION OF THE QUESTIONER OR HIS/HER MEDICAL HISTORY, AND IT CAN NOT AND SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON AS DEFINITIVE MEDICAL OPINION OR ADVICE. ONLY THROUGH HANDS-ON PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH THE ACTUAL PATIENT CAN ACCURATE MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS BE ESTABLISHED AND SPECIFIC ADVICE BE GIVEN. NO DOCTOR/PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS CREATED OR ESTABLISHED OR MAY BE INFERRED. THE QUESTIONER AND/OR READER IS INSTRUCTED TO CONSULT HIS OR HER OWN DOCTOR BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH ANY SUGGESTIONS CONTAINED HEREIN, AND TO ACT ONLY UPON HIS/HER OWN DOCTOR’S ORDERS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. BY THE READING OF MY POSTING WHICH FOLLOWS, THE READER STIPULATES AND CONFIRMS THAT HE/SHE FULLY UNDERSTANDS THIS DISCLAIMER AND HOLDS HARMLESS THIS WRITER. IF THIS IS NOT FULLY AGREEABLE TO YOU, THE READER, AND/OR YOU HAVE NOT ATTAINED THE AGE OF 18 YEARS, YOU HEREBY ARE ADMONISHED TO READ NO FURTHER.
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    I'm sure you've not really considering an amputation, but be aware that if your itch is resultant from a nerve problem proximal to the toe, as well it might be if there are no local physical manifestations such as skin eruption, you may well trade an itchiy toe for an itchy "phantom" toe. A phantom appendage is one which continues to have symptoms even after an amputation if the remaining sensory nerve which formerly served it is irritated. You don't however state if the scratching relieves the itching, but scratching a toe which itches because of a proximal nerve problem will not relieve the itching. That may be one way to help discern the locus of the problem.
     
  9. Doggie

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    I have the exact same problem with the first writer. I experienced it for the first time when I had a sick puppy from the shelter living in my house. The puppy turned out to have demodex (as well as distemper), which is a skin problem, creatures living in the skin. Some time later, my big toe started itching like crazy. This happened 3 years ago. Since then it happens every 5-6 months. There is absolutely nothing on the skin except for the fact that I tear it apart from itching. Then suddenly it is gone. A few months later it happens again, sometimes on my other foot. I wonder if it is a type of parasite or was it a coincidence that this whole thing started when I had the sick puppy at home.
    By the way the pup died from distemper :(, the itching doesn't.
     
  10. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    Since you mentioned it, there ARE a couple of species of Demodex mites which infect humans, although I don't know what if any symptoms they cause. As far as I know, it is rare that the species that infect dogs infects humans.
     
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  11. Beulah Zanzibar

    Beulah Zanzibar New Member

    My itch is on the ball of the big toe. The itch has come and gone over the last 2 years and it usually returns when I heat my feet in bed with a magic bag (grain bag) and won't go away even though I stop heating my feet. From then on it can be there during the day as well as at night and drives me crazy. Two things work. Using an ice pack on it and/or applying an astringent (in this case distilled witch hazel). I use the ice pack until the itching has been gone awhile. If/when it comes back, and to avoid frost bite, I apply a cotton pad soaked in the witch hazel and tape it on. This I leave on all night so I can sleep. The effectiveness of these 2 things suggests to me there is some swelling that is perhaps pressing on a nerve to cause the itch. I hope that helps since I know how after a while the itch does make amputation seem desirable.
     
  12. Urgelwolf

    Urgelwolf Guest

    It is some comfort to know that I am not the only one in the universe with an unexplained itching in my big toe- the inside side of my left one in my case. It occurs without any known cause and can last for weeks, sometimes itching quite intensely. No external symptoms and scratching it has does not relieve the itch.
     
  13. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Itchy 2nd Toe

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one with this issue. My husband looks at me as if I'm crazy as I'm doing all but tearing my toe off on the rug. Thank you Foot Doc for sharing the information to deter me from chopping off my toe if it ever comes to that. I must say it would really stink to be without a toe and still be itchy. I will be trying the ice pack and some witch hazel tonight. Happy Valentine's Day!
     
  14. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    I have the same exact symptoms! I have had them for a few years but thought perhaps I was going crazy as I've never heard of anyone else experiencing this . I have tried athlete's foot cream even though I now it isn't athlete's feet. The itching can be really bad. Thanks for the sanity check. Nerves never occurred to me but I'll explore this angle. Thanks...
     
  15. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    I too suffer with an itchy big toe. The ball of my right toe itches all the time. I do not notice as much during the day because I am so busy at work, but at night the itching drives me crazy. Berber rugs, hair brushes, pen caps, coffee table edges, the spiral wire of notebooks are objects I use to help relieve the itch.
    This itchy toe craziness started three years ago. I wonder if I damaged some nerve by participating in a "Polarbear Plunge" event.
     
  16. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Could it be that your toe is just itchy? just like any other part of your body. everyone has the same symptoms and they itching isnt constant. so could it be its just an unusual spot to have an itch so that is why it seems like something is wrong. people itch all day on different body parts. It is very possible that all the itch is, is an itch. I too have an itch that happens on my big right toe every once in a while. but my thumb itches also, and so does my arm and shoulder and back, etc.
     
  17. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    obviously you DO NOT suffer from "itchy toe syndrome" because if you did you would know this is not a normal itch buddy. it is driving me insane too folks i also considered chopping it off... il be drunk one of the nights and BANG it will be gone HELP!!!
     
  18. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    wow there are so many of us who feel the need to rub scratch and pick at the bottom join of are big toe i know i have attacked it with may inanimate objects not just rubbing it on a rug i burnt it with the metal head of a lighter after holding down the flame for a minute DONT TRY IT felt grate till the blister , i thought i was just me with this problem , But what causes it and why is it only on a tiny precise point on the toe????????
     
  19. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    omgosh
    i'm not the only oe!!
    my left big toe has been itchy for over a year
    except my itch is all over the big toe, esp. at the crease+inside crease -____-
    the top of my big toe also itches, the skin right near the cuticle of the nail.
    in order to stop itching it, I put a band-aid over it, but I usually end up ripping off the band-aid and just scratching it like CRAZY
    I thought I was the only one. I actually have a small bump on the inside crease, but that's probably from my super scratching.
     
  20. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    for as long as i can remember BOTH my big toes have had an itch AS WELL as my thumbs!!!! The rest of my toes and fingers are fine.... I am constantly scratching them, every 20 seconds if i think of them. There are no bumps and i don't think i've got skin problems because i'd think other fingers/toes woukd have thesame problem..... It's an absolute pain in the butt!
    V
     
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