Eczema can affect any part of the foot but most typically develops on the toes, heel, sides and ball of the foot. While there is no specific cure for foot eczema, treatment aims to reduce the itching and inflammation and to help the skin to retain moisture. There are a number of different types of foot eczema, the most common being atopic dermatitis. Here we will look at the most common types of foot eczema, what causes them and the symptoms associated with them and then we will go on to look at the best ways to treat eczema. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of foot eczema. It is a chronic condition, which means it is long lasting. It typically starts during childhood before the age of two and in some cases persists through teenage years and into adulthood.
Eczema of the Foot
Pompholyx (dyshidrotic eczema) - NHS
The blisters are usually itchy and may be filled with fluid. Blisters normally last for about two to four weeks and may be related to seasonal allergies or stress. The exact cause of dyshidrotic eczema is unknown. Experts believe that the condition may be related to seasonal allergies, such as hay fever , so blisters may erupt more frequently during the spring allergy season. Some doctors think that dyshidrotic eczema may be a type of allergic reaction. You may be more likely to develop dyshidrotic eczema if your hands or feet are often moist or in water, or if your work exposes you to metal salts, such as cobalt, chromium, and nickel. Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is more common in children and infants than in adults.
What is dyshidrotic eczema?
Back to Health A to Z. Pompholyx dyshidrotic eczema is a type of eczema that causes tiny blisters to develop across the fingers, palms of the hands and sometimes the soles of the feet. The palms and sides of the fingers and sometimes the soles of the feet then erupt into tiny itchy blisters that may weep fluid. In severe cases, the blisters may be quite large and may spread to the backs of the hands, feet and limbs.