A rash on the feet refers to a visible inflammation of the skin. While life-threatening skin rashes on the feet are relatively rare, they do occur. A rash on the foot can be brought about by a variety of causes.
For instance, it can be an allergic reaction to the material used to make a shoe or to a specific plant such as poison ivy. Another major cause of foot rash is a fungal infection. It is important to learn the different types of foot rashes and the preventative measures to avoid them.
Want to know the different types of foot rashes and what they mean?
This rash is caused by a fungal infection and is highly contagious. Athlete’s foot causes a ring-shaped rash called tinea pedis. It normally appears on the sole or top of the feet. It also appears between the toes. There are two types of Tinea infection: chronic tinea pedis and acute tinea pedis.
Chronic tinea pedis causes a scaly rash which is easily mistaken for dry skin. This is usually noted on the bottom of the feet. Acute tinea pedis results in a painful red and blistering rash. Athlete’s foot is treatable with prescription strength creams or antifungal medications.
Athlete’s foot is most commonly acquired in locker rooms, swimming pools, public showers and fitness centers. It is important to wear sandals in these areas.
This is one of the more common types of foot rashes. It is brought about by direct contact with a substance you are allergic to and causes a red and itchy rash. Examples of substances that may result in this itchy rash include:
In addition to the red rash, other symptoms of contact dermatitis include severe itching, blisters, bumps, and burning. There are two types of contact dermatitis: irritant and allergic contact.
Irritant contact dermatitis is a nonallergic skin reaction that occurs when a substance damages the outer layer of the skin. Such substances include rubbing alcohol, solvents, shampoos, and detergents.
Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when a substance you are sensitive to triggers a reaction in your skin. It’s triggered by a substance that enters into your body. These allegens include various foods, medicines, or flavorings.
To avoid contact dermatitis, stay away from substances you are allergic to. We recommend washing your hands when it comes into contact with a harsh substance. Don’t forget to wear protective clothing.
Common among children, atopic dermatitis makes the skin red and itchy. Also referred to as eczema, this condition affects people of other ages. It can start before age 5 and may persist into adulthood.
There are several symptoms of atopic dermatitis. You may have:
- Severe itching especially at night
- Dry skin
- Small raised bumps
- Sensitive and swollen skin
- Red to brownish gray patches
- Thickened and scaly skin
One of the main causes of atopic dermatitis is a gene variation. The gene variation affects the skin’s capability to protect itself. As such, the skin gets affected by irritants, environmental factors, or allergens.
Getting the Best Care for Foot Rashes
There are preventative methods for the foot rashes listed above. For instance, wash your feet with gentle soap, dry yourself thoroughly, especially between the toes, and avoid substances you are allergic to.
For more information on podiatry care or to schedule an appointment with one of our foot specialists, contact Family Foot & Ankle Centers today!