Are you worried that your foot symptoms could be eczema?
Are you suffering from itchy, red and blistered feet? Of course, this issue can be mighty unpleasant and not something you should just have to deal with. It can be challenging to tackle the issue effectively if you aren’t sure what is causing your symptoms. Could it be eczema or is it a nasty bout of athlete’s foot? What puts someone at risk for developing eczema on their feet? Our West Orange, NJ podiatrists have the answers.
Dyshidrotic eczema (also referred to as dyshidrosis) is when eczema appears on your feet and hands. If you have this condition you will notice itchy fluid-filled blisters on your feet. They typically last a couple weeks and you may notice flare-ups occur while under stress or when exposed to a certain allergen.
Am I at risk?
It’s believed that you are at greater risk for developing this type of eczema if you have high levels of physical or emotional stress. If you have seasonal allergies this may also leave you more susceptible to developing this skin problem. Those who are exposed to metal salts such as nickel or chromium may also be at an increased risk of developing this form of eczema.
What are the symptoms of dyshidrotic eczema?
Those with this skin condition will have blisters on their feet or hands. These blisters can sometimes grow rather large and also cause pain. These blisters are typically itchy and the skin surrounding these blisters may be dry and flaky. You may also notice that the skin is cracked. It can take several weeks for the blisters to finally dry up and for cracked skin to heal.
How is it treated?
Fortunately, there are many ways to tackle this problem. There are certain corticosteroid creams that you can apply on the skin to treat more mild flare-ups. You may be prescribed a stronger medication if you have a more serious outbreak. Other treatment options include:
- Anti-itch creams
- Draining large, painful blisters
- Immune-suppressant creams and lotions (a less common treatment)
- Dietary changes
If you are dealing with any of these symptoms of eczema then it’s time you visited Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ to treat your issues and get your foot health back on track.