Allergies Affect the Entire Body, Even the Feet
Two types of skin allergies, also called dermatitis, are triggered by substances making contact with the skin. Those types of allergies are: primary irritant dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. Primary irritant dermatitis is the skin's reaction to contact coming in contact with an irritating substance or material. This reaction is a non-allergic reaction. However, allergic contact dermatitis is just the opposite. It is an allergic sensitization to various materials or substances.
People working in places where their feet are exposed freqeuntly or for an extended amount of time to hot water, chemicals, oils, or wet cement may develop primary irritant dermatitis. Some substances are not harmful if utilized appropriately. However, improper use can cause serious contact dermatitis. Allergies like these are especially hazardous for diabetic patients. For primary irritant dermatitis, soaking feet in solutions like bleach diluted in water, vinegar, salt water, or Betadine, may be helpful. However, you have to be very careful when trying remedies like these. Do not use too much of these solutions. If you use too much bleach, for example, it can be harmful to you and can even burn your skin.
Allergic contact dermatitis is caused by contact with substances that sensitize the skin. Every time your skin comes in contact with the substance, an inflammatory reaction takes place. There are many different things you could be allergic to. Some people are allergic to the substances in sock dyes or different kinds of shoe materials. Adhesive tapes can lead to an allergic reaction which causes blisters or a rash. Due to the warmth and the moisture built up under the tape, an acute Athlete's Foot infection can also occur. Treatments for skin allergies may include applying cool compresses, topical steroid compounds (like hydrocortisone creams), and antifungal creams.