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Itchy Feet – Causes and Cures Part 2

As discussed in part 1, itchy feet can occur due to a variety of reasons. Part two focuses on further reasons why this may occur.

 

Dry skin

Dry skin can occur as a result of numerous factors involved in our day to day life. The use of household skin irritants such cleaning products, floor polishes, air fresheners, and laundry detergent are products which strip skin of essential water and oils, leading to dryness and irritation. In some people, dry skin can progress to more severe skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis. Moreover, long hot showers and baths can alter the skin moisture balance and dry the skin out. Sometimes dry skin is a matter of genetics and can be inherited from parents. It may also be caused by certain medical conditions and medications. It is important to take care of dry feet right from the start, as if neglected, the dryness gets more severe and cracks might form on the heels. These can get deeper and deeper and potentially become infected and painful.

The best way to combat dry feet is to apply a moisturiser to the skin daily after the shower and to drink lots of water. An emollient containing urea, will help soften the skin and restore the skin’s moisture balance.

Bug bites

Depending on the season, you might be experiencing itchy feet from pesky mosquitoes and other insects. Bug bites trigger an inflammatory reaction in the body, including a release of the chemical histamine, causing itchiness in a focal area.

Bug bites can also bring swelling, redness, and irritation. These bites are often painful in the middle and itchy all around. A commonly used product to relieve bug bites itchiness is calamine lotion which can be easily found  at the grocery store. Another option would be to use a topical antihistamine like Benadryl depending on the severity of the itch. Ice or a cold compress can help quiet some of the inflammation and relieve the itchiness as well.

Allergies

Allergies to certain types of foods and  medications can cause the skin on the feet as well as other parts of the body to develop itchy rashes or bumps. Other products such as tape, iodine, latex, elastic in socks, rubber in thongs can also cause allergies in some people. The best way to tackle this issue is to avoid using the allergenic products all together and taking antihistamines to calm the body’s reaction to the product depending on the severity of the situation.

 

Make sure to inform your health practitioner of any allergies you might have prior to commencing any treatment.

Please call us on (03) 8645 9800 or book in online with one of our friendly podiatrists today if you are concerned about itchy feet!

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