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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 19, 2017

Allergies can be a real pain to deal with. They make you itchy, your nose runny, and your body congested. Allergy sufferers often feel quite miserable and desperately wish for the symptoms to be relieved. There are more types of allergies than the basic ones that we often link to the typical seasonal allergies. There are also allergies that can affect your feet. These allergies are usually in the form of some type of dermatitis or rash or other reaction to an irritant. They can range in severity and consistency. A lot of people suffer from skin allergies on their feet and may not realize it. Specifically, there are two categories of allergies that your feet can suffer from.

The first category of skin allergies is called irritant dermatitis. This type of allergy can be caused by prolonged exposure to, contact with, or improper use of different types of substances. The substances that usually cause a reaction are typical everyday household items. Laundry detergent, soap, hair spray, shaving cream, deodorant, and many other household items can cause irritant dermatitis. This is often due to the acidity or the alkalinity of the substance that is in use. Another source of this type of reaction is hot water. Believe it or not, water that is too hot can cause a rash or other symptom of irritant dermatitis. In order to avoid such symptoms, use warm water when washing as opposed to hot.

Another type of skin allergy is allergic dermatitis. This is due to an allergic reaction to a substance. Again, typical household products often cause this type of reaction as well as common irritants from outside. Hair products, antibiotics, latex, adhesives, fragrances, plants and even soap can cause this type of reaction. Allergic dermatitis can be chronic or due to exposure over time. Pollens, oils, and other such airborne allergies can also cause this type of reaction.

Symptoms

Treatment

  • Topical Steroids
  • Prescription Medication

If your feet are itching, red, warm, or crusting, it is important to see a podiatrist right away to rule out any severe causes. These symptoms could be due to skin allergies and should not be treated lightly. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you get your allergic feet back on track again. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Do not let your feet suffer any longer.