Dr. Suzanne Levine
They may not be able to sniffle, sneeze, or wheeze, but your feet, just like any other part of your body, can be affected by allergies.
What causes foot allergies?
Some causes of foot allergies include sweating, hot humid weather, stress, dry skin and allergies to foods such as eggs, milk, fish, soy, and wheat. Some allergies can be genetic. New pairs of shoes, stockings, or socks can also cause a foot allergy.
What are some complications that can result from an allergic reaction?
Allergic reactions aren’t just uncomfortable; they can lead to serious skin infections like staph, discoloration, and thickening of the skin due to scratching. Prolonged itching and scratching may also lead to increased sensitivity of foot skin. Occasionally even permanent scars can result.
How can you get rid of a painful allergic reaction?
- Wear cotton socks, white if possible, and change them frequently.
- Over-the-counter antihistamines like Benadryl can alleviate itchiness.
- Soaking in a basin of warm water with uncooked oatmeal, Aveeno, or baking soda can soothe your symptoms.
- Moisturizing the skin helps, too, as can applying chamomile essential oil, primrose oil, or witch hazel.
The Teatime Foot Trick
Tea is an excellent source of tannic acid, which can be very soothing. Place your feet in a bathtub or basin of warm water that contains three tea bags and soak for at least twenty minutes.
At your doctor’s office:
If the allergy won’t subside easily, you may want to see an allergist.
A podiatrist can also try light therapy, so talk to your doctor about phototherapy.