Normally, the skin protects other parts of the body. It helps in retaining water and protecting vital organs against external elements such as heat, wind and cold. Often, feet are covered by shoes and socks which may limit their exposure to various elements. However, one may still expose their skin to extreme dryness. It's crucial to understand the symptoms, causes and treatment options of peeling feet.
Several factors and conditions may cause the feet to peel. They can be categorized as environmental factors and other conditions.
Athlete's foot is a type of fungal infection that typically occurs in the feet. It starts around the toes before spreading to the rest of the feet. Initially, it looks like a scaly red rash. As the condition advances, the skin gets itchy as it peels off. One can have the fungal infection on one foot. The condition spreads quickly in poorly maintained spas. Avoid walking barefoot in such places to avoid contracting this infection.
Most dermatologists treat athlete's foot patients with anti-fungal powder and cream. It's advisable to keep feet dry and clean. If the condition doesn't improve, it's wise to seek a prescription for anti-fungal treatment. Also, if you are diabetic and you notice any athlete's foot related symptoms, consult a dermatologist urgently. Diabetic patients are highly susceptible to athlete's foot complications including skin damage and ulcers.
Shoe dermatitis is a constant irritation which occurs when an individual's skin reacts to particular materials in their shoes. Such materials include nickel, formaldehyde, leather and rubber. It manifests as blisters, dry skin, swelling and itchiness. If one continues wearing the same shoes, the condition may worsen.
For treatment, use an over-the-counter cream containing hydrocortisone. It helps in reducing itchiness. However, if the symptoms last for over a week, visit your doctor. They may perform an allergy test to determine the actual cause of the irritation.
Dyshidrotic is eczema that mostly affects feet and hands. It causes itchy blisters between the toes which may be due to allergies, stress or contact with certain metals. Normally, these blisters disappear after several weeks. As eczema heals, the blisters cause feet dryness and peel off.
Apply a cold compress or a genuine cooling lotion to relieve the itchy sensation. If the condition worsens, your dermatologists may give you a steroid cream prescription.
Psoriasis is a distinct autoimmune health condition which shortens skin cells' lifespan. It causes thick cell patches which accumulate on the skin surface. As they thicken, they appear scaly, silver or red.
At times, these sores are itchy or sore. In some scenarios, the feet may bleed as a result of dead skin cells peeling off. Toenails may also thicken.
There is no definite treatment for psoriasis. Current management therapies include topical corticosteroids. They aid in reducing inflammation and symptoms.
One may smear salicylic acid on the affected part. It helps in removing dead cells hence moisturizing the skin and keeping it clean. Furthermore, it's advisable not to scratch skin patches to avoid a recurring infection.
If you experience itchy and painful skin inflammation on your feet, it may dissipate within a week. However, if it persists for several weeks, it's prudent to see a doctor. If at-home treatments seem not to work or your peeling feet condition doesn't improve. Your doctor may give you a prescription treatment.
Peeling feet is common. There are a variety of conditions that may cause peeling feet including psoriasis, athlete's foot and eczema. It's prudent to urgently seek medical attention if your feet's skin swells and peels off. You can fully recover within two weeks if you adhere to the prescribed medication.