Achoo! Skin Allergies

People all over the world know that allergies can really mess with their entire body. Not only do allergies make you sneeze, cough, wheeze, and itch, they can also cause havoc for your feet. As allergens attack your feet they can become itchy, red, warm, and scaly. Allergies come from many different sources.

The first category of skin allergies is called irritant dermatitis. This type of allergy can be caused by a variety of substances. If there is improper use of or contact with an irritating substance, you may see this type of reaction. The substances that commonly cause a reaction are typical everyday household items. Soaps, detergents, oils, perfumes, fabrics, and even juices can all cause irritant dermatitis. This is often due to the acidity or the alkalinity of the substance that comes in contact with the skin. Another source of this type of reaction is hot water. If water gets too hot, it can cause a rash and an irritant dermatitis reaction. 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 the outside. Hair products, antibiotics, latex, adhesives, fragrances, plants and even soap can cause this type of reaction. Another common cause of this type of reaction is interaction with animals or foods that do not agree with the body. Allergic dermatitis can be chronic or due to exposure over time. It does not usually get better, but can ease when flare-ups calm down. Pollens, oils, and other such airborne allergies can also cause this type of reaction.

Symptoms

  • Warm skin
  • Scaling
  • Crusting
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Swelling

Treatment

  • Topical Steroids
  • Prescription Medication

Do you have a rash on your foot? Are your feet red, itchy, and scaly? These symptoms could be due to skin allergies and should not be treated lightly. Podiatrist Bruce G. Blank, DPM can help you get your allergic feet happy and healthy. Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville, Ohio, and also Wheeling, West Virginia, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today. Kick those allergies to the curb.