Allergens are everywhere—floating in the air, rubbing off of plants, shedding from your pets, and so on. They make you sneeze, burn your eyes, and create hives on your skin. What most people don’t realize, though, is that your feet can suffer from allergy symptoms, too. Foot allergies, while uncommon, can make wearing shoes very uncomfortable and difficult for you.
Your body can be sensitive to a wide variety of irritants. Sometimes it doesn’t even take much exposure to the allergen to set off symptoms. Normally people don’t think of the feet as being sensitive to allergies, but the skin on your lower limbs can develop contact dermatitis just like anywhere else on your body. Contact dermatitis means your skin reacts when it touches something it doesn’t like. Your feet might break out in a rash, or swell up, or develop hives. Painfully itchy feet is the most common symptom. Once your feet react to an allergen, walking around and even wearing shoes can be quite uncomfortable for you.
Normally your feet are protected by your shoes, so they aren’t exposed to irritants that could cause reaction. Unfortunately, though, shoes don’t guarantee safety from foot allergies—because your shoes themselves might be the source of the problem. Certain chemicals in the rubber, leather, glue, or dye of your footwear can irritate the skin and make wearing those shoes very painful. Contact dermatitis from a shoe allergy is not common, but it has a huge impact on the lives of those who live with it. You have to carefully test shoes to see it they’ll irritate your feet before you can wear them full-time.
The good news is that there are ways to alleviate discomfort from itchy feet. Some topical medications can help combat the irritation and ease the burning discomfort in your skin. The only way to avoid the problem in the future, though, is to actively avoid the allergens. Let our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas help you keep your feet comfortable and healthy. Call (702) 839- 2010 to make an appointment to ease the itching today.