Allergies Can Affect The Entire Body, Even The Feet
You may have heard of dermatitis, a skin allergy caused by substances coming in contact with the skin. What you may not know is that there are actually two types of dermatitis: primary irritant dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis.
Primary irritant dermatitis is a non-allergic reaction that occurs when the skin is exposed to an irritating substance. Allergic contact dermatitis is an allergic sensitization to various things.
Either type of dermatitis can affect the feet.
People who work in areas where their feet are exposed to irritating substances repeatedly or for prolonged periods of times, such as hot water, oils, chemicals, or wet cement, can suffer from primary irritant dermatitis.
Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when the skin is exposed to some substance, which can vary according the person. Some people are allergic to certain shoe materials and some to substances contained in sock dyes. Adhesive tape can cause an allergic reaction as well.
There are ways to treat both types of dermatitis. There are some solutions you can soak the feet in to help with primary contact dermatitis that are safe is used properly. However, if the solutions are not used properly it can lead to serious contact dermatitis, which can be particularly dangerous to diabetics.
To help relieve pain caused by allergic contact dermatitis, you can use a cool compress. To treat the allergic reaction, you can try using a topical steroid compound, such as a hydrocortisone cream.
If you are suffering from a foot or ankle problem and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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