LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Tending her garden in open-toed shoes, Darlene Hoover, a Westlake resident, ended up with a itchy, painful fungus that will not go away.
"They treated me for ring worm, I had antibiotics, anti-fungal and it just kept growing," she explained.
Hoover believes she has a fungus called Madura Foot, a fungus that usually thrives in tropical or sub-tropical climates and is often concentrated in the foot. After running several tests, she says, doctors are still unsure what type of fungus she has. Hoover has already beat breast cancer and says she is determined not to let a fungus take her down.
Hoover says she grew up going barefoot outdoors and it is a hard habit to break.
"It's not like when we were kids. We all went barefoot our whole lives. What'd you get? A bee sting? Maybe a ring worm? That's it. I'm told now you can't go barefoot anymore," said Hoover.
Hoover is now taking an anti-fungal medication that seems to have slowed the growth.