Foot Rash Treatment
Foot rash is defined as an eruption on the skin of the foot. The foot rash can be caused by a variety of causes, which can be in the form of eczema, which is usually itchy in nature. Foot rash can also be caused due to the allergic reaction to some allergen, which you might come in contact with, for example poison ivy. There is another common reason for foot rash which is called as athlete’s foot, which is caused due to fungal infection. The basic symptom of foot rash is itching, cracks, blisters and peeling areas between the toes and the soles of the feet. Foot rash treatment depends upon the symptoms and causes of foot rash. So it is important to know about the causes of foot rash.
Cause of foot rash
- Heat rash, a type of skin rash which commonly occurs in hot or summer season.
- Contact dermatitis, a skin condition with itchiness, inflammation and redness of the skin.
- Measles, a contagious disease caused by virus that affects the respiratory tract.
- HIV infection, an acronym for the human immunodeficiency virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency disease.
- Dry skin, a condition in which the skin feels rough and scaly and are seen particularly on the lower legs, elbows, and forearm.
- Q fever, a zoonotic disease caused by Coxiella burnetii which is a species of bacteria.
- Ichthyosis, a fish-like scaly dry skin area.
- Erythema nodosom, a condition that occurs in conjunction with the variety of diseases.
- Pyoderma Gangrenosum, inflammation of skin characterized by small red bumps or blisters
- Dyshidrotic dermatitis, a disorder of the skin which is due to stress, hot and cold weather, metal implant and smoking.
- Interdigital- Interdigital refers to softening of the skin, inflammation and scaling of the skin, which occurs between the outer toes. It can also spread to the surrounding skin.
- Ulcerative- It also occurs between the toes, and causes erosion and ulcer which is developed as a result of bacterial infection
- Moccasin type- In this type, scaly eruption is observed on the sole of the feet with redness which may further extend at the front of the foot.
- Vesicular- It is an immunological response to the fungus. In this case, eczema like reaction occurs with small blisters that appear on the foot. It can also be observed in the hands.
Treatment for foot rash
- Keep your feet dry and clean
- Apply oregano to the affected area
- Dry your toes well after swimming, bathing or showering
- Take showers regularly, as it would reduce the spreading of fungus
- For keeping the feet dry, sprinkle some cornstarch on to it
- Wear cotton socks, as it will reduce sweating and make a habit to change it regularly 2 times a day
- Use moisture wicking socks to clear away the sweat
- Use ice packs to soothe the swelling
- Cold gel or frozen green peas will also help to reduce swelling and pain
- Use powder, an antifungal like non prescription micatin on shoes and feet to dry them
- Wash your feet before applying any powder or any home remedy for foot treatment, as it washes off the sweat
- Apply a mixture of baking soda with little water, as it will relieve the itch and burn between the toes and feet
- Use raw, sliced garlic in between your toes while wearing socks and shoes
- Use of oral medication
- Use of steroidal tropical cream
- Use of petroleum jelly or similar products like tar ointment, or zinc paste to heal and cracks of the foot
- Apply a mixture of saline, tap water, and 10% aluminum acetate
- Use of antihistamines to reduce allergic reactions
Foot rash is not a very dangerous problem, but regarding the treatment of foot rash, the above measures should be followed. One thing should be kept in the mind that no disease or problem should be considered small. So it is recommended to solve the problem at the earliest, so as to keep the other problems away.