How Our Wichita Podiatrist Can Help You With Skin Allergies on Feet

Contact dermatitis, also known as skin allergies, occurs when feet become inflamed and irritated from exposure to a particular substance. The condition presents a range of symptoms, from redness and itching to rashes and blisters. If you don’t know what you came in contact with, or think you might be having an allergic reaction to something, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Weaver at Central Kansas Podiatry Associates for a thorough examination. 

Understanding Skin Allergies on Feet

Most patients come to our office with one of two types of contact dermatitis.

Allergic dermatitis

This condition develops because of an allergic reaction or sensitivity to a particular substance. It can be immediate and chronic or eventually develop with repeated exposure to the allergen over time. Common allergic dermatitis triggers are: 

  • Antibiotics and other medications
  • Certain skin care products, especially scented ones
  • Different types of metals and materials, such as such as nickel or leather
  • Plants like poison ivy and poison oak
  • Preservatives or chemicals

Airborne allergens can also cause allergic dermatitis.

Irritant dermatitis

A non-allergic reaction to an irritating substance, irritant dermatitis is caused by prolonged exposure to, contact with, or improper use of an alkaline or acid substance. Typical substances that trigger irritant dermatitis include:  

  • Bodily fluids
  • Detergents and soaps
  • Hair dyes
  • Household cleaners
  • Nail polish remover
  • Pool chlorine
  • Solvents, paints, and varnishes
  • Epoxies, plastics, and resins

Symptoms of Skin Allergies

Symptoms of contact dermatitis include, but aren’t limited to: 

  • Redness or rashes
  • Itching and/or burning
  • Flakey, scaly, or crusty skin
  • Blisters oozing pus
  • Swelling
  • Painful bumps

Upon contact with a known irritant, the exposed area of skin should be washed and rinsed thoroughly.

Diagnosing and Treating Skin Allergies in Dr. Weaver’s Office

Treatments to provide relief of contact dermatitis include emollients for sensitive skin, topical steroid skin creams, antibiotic ointments, or even prescriptions. Always consult a doctor before using any type of medication. Dr. Weaver will also conduct tests to identify trigger allergens to help you with long-term foot health.

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