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Eczema and Blisters on the Feet

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Foot dyshidrotic eczema, also known as pompholyx, is a skin condition characterized by small, intensely itchy blisters that appear on the soles of the feet and edges of the toes. This condition tends to flare up for a few weeks and in some cases, can be chronic. It is most common in adults aged 20-40, with a higher prevalence among females. Symptoms of foot dyshidrotic eczema include a burning or prickling sensation on the skin, followed by the sudden eruption of tiny blisters that may weep and become infected. This condition can cause pain, itching, fluid-filled blisters, sweaty skin, dry and flaky skin after blisters clear, and possible dark spots for individuals with darker skin tones. The exact cause of foot dyshidrotic eczema is unknown, but it is thought to be genetic and can be linked to hypersensitivity to certain allergens, such as exposure to metals or fungal infections like athlete's foot, and excessively sweaty feet. Stress and warm weather may also lead to flare-ups. If you have anything resembling this condition, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment. 

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Barbara Davis of Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Gilbert, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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