Eczema is a general term that includes many conditions that cause inflammation of the skin. Eczema can occur on any part of the body including the foot. It occurs in both children and adults and is not contagious. There is no known cause for eczema, but it often affects people with a family history of allergies.
Symptoms can vary from person to person and can include:
- red to brownish-gray patches
- extremely itchy patches of skin
- raised bumps which when scratched can leak fluid
- cracked and dry scaly skin
Many factors can also worsen this condition including bacteria and viruses, stress, sweating, soaps and detergents, and food allergies.
Although there is no cure for this disease, treatments make it very manageable. The most helpful treatment is to prevent scratching. Cold compresses can be applied to help reduce itching. Lotions and creams are often used to help keep the skin as moist as possible. Other cream based medications are used to 1) control itching and inflammation (corticosteroid creams), 2) repair the skin, and 3) fight infection. Severe itching can be controlled by oral antihistamines or oral or injected corticosteroids such as prednisone. Exposure to the sun and other light therapy are effective, as well as treatment for stress.
The first step in effective treatment of eczema is a correct diagnosis. After examination and diagnosis, a foot and ankle surgeon can recommend the best treatment.
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