Itchy feet can be incredibly annoying, especially when you have shoes and socks on and can’t seem to get to the itch. Not only does it cause stress, but it can significantly impact the quality of your life.
If you’re suffering from itchy feet, you’re probably wondering what is causing it and what you can do about it. Here are some possible causes for your foot discomfort:
This is a fungal infection. Many people come in contact with the infection when using public pools, showers, and even gym locker rooms.
Signs of athlete’s foot:
- Scaly red rash on the feet and between the toes
- Peeling skin
- Unrelenting itchy feeling
Unfortunately, this fungal infection will not run its course and go away on its own. You need topical treatment for it. There are many creams over-the-counter at your local drug store, but they aren’t always effective. If you use it and it doesn’t work, contact a podiatrist for something stronger.
Mosquitoes and Other Bugs
There is nothing worse than having a mosquito or other bug bite you on the feet, especially in several places. In addition to the itching, you may experience swelling and redness.
The best way to relieve this cause of itchy feet is to apply a cold compress to the area. This condition will run its course, but there are some anti-itching creams you may want to get to help you get through the healing process.
Scabies is like bugs, but deserve their own section. These are microscopic mites that burrow themselves into your skin. While they may get into your feet, they can move all over your body and end up in your hands. The signs scabies is the cause of itchy feet are thick, crusty, dry sores on the feet.
An allergic reaction on the skin, also known as dermatitis, can cause itchy feet. The most common allergens people react to are soaps, lotions, dyes, and some types of plants.
The symptoms of dermatitis are usually redness and itchiness. The best way to treat it is to remove the allergen. It’s not always easy to do that when the cause is unknown.
Anti-itch cream can help relieve the symptoms. If the rash becomes too unbearable, a foot doctor can help identify the cause and other treatments.
People who suffer from diabetes often suffer from dry skin, especially on the feet. This dryness can cause the skin to be itchy.
The itchiness is bad enough, but what is worse is that diabetics are at an increased risk for open sores, foot fungus, and other inflammatory conditions that also cause intense itchiness and discomfort.
Those who suffer from diabetes should visit a podiatrist regularly to ensure their feet are in good health.
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