Our skin is the largest organ in the body. It does a fantastic job in keeping invaders out but it also can cause problems when we have an allergic response to either internal or external allergens. Our skin will also tell us when something has gone wrong with the internal workings of our body.

Your feet can come into contact with all kinds of contact allergens such as poison oak and ivy when hiking during the summer. Chemicals such as adhesives from bandages, rubber found in shoes, fabric softeners or laundry detergents, dyes, and fragrances can also cause a flare-up in some people. Oral or topical histamines can help resolve the itching and inflammation.

If you have itchy eyes and a stuffy nose due to hay fever in the springtime or mold in the winter you've encountered atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis can also show up as itching and inflammation on the feet. Another kind of dermatitis, neurotic dermatitis caused by anxiety can also be expressed through your feet. Steroids can work to alleviate the symptoms and moisturizers can prevent the skin from cracking and flaking.

People with circulation problems from congestive heart failure and other conditions can experience venous stasis dermatitis. Because liquids often pool in the feet and legs of patients with these condition, the skin can become rough, dry, and flaky. Compression stockings can help reduce the swelling in the feet and moisturizers can help with dry skin.

If you or a loved one is experiencing red, inflamed, swollen, or itchy feet make an appointment with the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City by called us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

Dr. Rion Berg
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A podiatrist in North Seattle treating families for over 40 years.