Eczema, also known as dermatitis, affects roughly 30 million people in the US. It can appear anywhere on the body, but it’s often found on the feet, toes, and lower legs. Conditions from this itchy situation can range from dry, flaky skin to blister, rasher, or even ulcers. The chance for infection with eczema is reason to take it serious.
Is there more than one type of eczema?
- Atopic Dermatitis is the most common type and most often affects children and teens bringing about dry, sore, and inflamed skin. This uncomfortable, often extremely itchy version of eczema is found under the heel and around the toes.
- Discoid eczema usually presents as circular groups of red or brown spots. These sores can become inflamed and weep. This type of eczema is more common in adults and can be triggered by inflammation, blood flow issues, or skin damage such as insect bites.
- Contact Dermatitis stems from an adverse reaction to everyday items. It can be brought about by soap or shampoo or allergens like wool or plant matter.
What triggers eczema?
- Allergies and irritants - common ones include detergent, clothing fibers, certain foods, dust mites, pollen, etc.
- Hormones - pregnancy and menstrual cycles can increase women’s risks of eczema.
- Stress - eczema often pops up when your body feels overwhelmed.
- Damp feet - footwear that lets in moisture or socks that are not breathable can produce an environment for eczema to thrive.
- Weather - cold weather can lead to itchy, flaky feet.
How can I alleviate eczema symptoms?
There is no cure for eczema, but there are several ways to help manage the condition. You and your podiatrist can work together to find a plan that works for you!
- Moisturize. After a shower, use a non-scented, moisturizer everywhere except between your toes. Well-moisturized feet have fewer flare-ups.
- Avoid allergens. If you know you have allergies to certain foods, detergents, soaps, or other products, try to avoid them at all cost.
- Manage stress. Reduce your stress levels to keep your eczema at bay and improve your overall health. Stretching, exercising, and meditating are all great starts to help reduce stress. Find one that you feel motivated to continue!
Get help from a podiatrist
At Tipton & Unroe Foot & Ankle Care, we can help you find the right path to managing your eczema. Our team of dedicated podiatrists provide expert podiatric care for the whole family through tailored treatment plans that are effective and comfortable. If you are suffering from eczema, toenail conditions, or other foot problems, get in touch with our podiatrists for an appointment! Contact our offices in Louisville, LaGrange, or Bardstown, KY to schedule an appointment today!