Never Ignore Itchy Feet: 14 Diseases that May Cause Itching in Feet

In most cases, itching of the feet is caused by dryness of the skin, especially during the winter. However, another very common cause is the excessive development of fungi, also known as mycosis, which can be treated with antifungal ointments which can be best advised by a dermatologist.

However, we often make mistakes relating the itching in the feet with the fungus. The fact is that, there are many reasons why you can have itching in your feet and not always it is problem of fungus. This itching is very uncomfortable and the best thing to do is to visit the doctor if the itching does not go away in more than two weeks.

Here are some diseases that can cause your feet to itch

1. Dry skin

The skin of the foot can dry out easily because there are no sebaceous glands in this region and, in addition to this, people often neglect to hydrate the feet. This dryness can cause intense and persistent itching if left untreated.

What to do: Treating dry skin is simple and involves placing moisturizers on your feet daily after bathing. The ideal thing is to opt for nutritious creams and that contain urea or salicylic acid in their constitution. These components help to remove the dead skin.

2. Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy consists of a set of alterations that occur in the nerves of the body, causing symptoms such as pain, tingling, lack of strength, sensitivity in specific regions of the body, lack of sensitivity and itching. Generally, this disease is caused by diabetes mellitus, leprosy, severe malnutrition or autoimmune diseases.

What to do: Treatment is done according to each person’s needs. Analgesics may be prescribed for pain control. In addition to this, physical therapy sessions may also be used to rehabilitate affected areas.

Additional reading: Are you having bad foot odor? Try aloe vera for smelly feet and other home remedies.

3. Psoriasis:

Is a skin disease that causes symptoms such as red spots, dry scales, dry and cracked skin, itching, and pain.

What to do: Psoriasis has no cure but can be treated with skin creams and ointments, as well as immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory medications, and ultraviolet light treatments may also be recommended.

4. Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a type of mycosis of the skin caused by the fungi Trichophyton, Mycrosporon or Epidermophyton, which mainly affects the sole of the foot and between the toes, causing intense itching and scaling.

What to do: The treatment consists of the application of antifungal creams or ointments.

5. Tungiasis

Tungiasis is a disease caused by a type of flea called nigua, pique or jigger and whose scientific name is Tunga penetrans. This parasite enters the skin mainly through the feet, where it develops rapidly causing symptoms such as pain, intense itching and redness of the region.

What to do: In order to treat this infection, the parasite must be removed from the skin in a health center. In addition to this, creams can be used to facilitate treatment, as recommended by the doctor.

6. Hand, foot and mouth disease

The disease of hands, feet and mouth is very contagious, and is caused by the coxsackie virus, causing symptoms such as high fever, sore throat, lack of appetite, appearance of thrush in the mouth and small blisters on the hands, feet and around the mouth, which can cause intense itching.

What to do: Treatment involves giving fever medications and anti-inflammatory medications to relieve itching and discomfort.

7. Allergy

Allergy in the skin is characterized by an inflammatory reaction that can manifest in different regions of the skin, which can be caused by food, cosmetics, medicines, sun or insect bites, causing symptoms such as itching, redness, peeling, irritation and the presence of spots or red or white spots.

What to do: Generally the treatment is done with anti-allergics, prescribed by the doctors.

8. Poor circulation

Poor circulation consists of the difficulty of blood to travel through the veins, causing symptoms such as cold hands, swelling in the feet, tingling sensation, itching in the feet and legs and pain in the legs with the appearance of varicose veins.

This problem is more frequent in women, and can become more intense during pregnancy, causing an accentuated inflammation in the feet.

What to do: To improve blood circulation, you should practice frequent physical activity, wear elastic compression stockings, avoid sitting or standing for a long time, reduce salt intake and maintain your ideal weight.

9. Contact Dermatitis: It is an allergy on the soles of the feet, which can be caused by soap, talcum powder, creams or other products. The symptoms are redness and itching.

10. Keratolysis: It is a bacterial infection, caused due to excessive sweating and adherent clothing. For treating such cases, antihistamines and corticoids. Sometimes even ultraviolet rays are used.

11. Dyshidrosis or Dyshidrosis Eczema: It is dryness or lack of hydration in the skin of the feet, protuberances or blisters appear. It is treated with moisturizing cream after bathing.

12. Hypothyroidism: It is the disease of the thyroid gland. The gland works in a smaller proportion than normal. If the itch is in the skin of the foot, consult your doctor and ask for verifing the functioning of your thyroid.

13. Hyperthyroidism: The disease occurs when this thyroid gland works in a greater proportion than your body requires.

14. Diseases of the liver or kidney: These organs fail with chronic diseases, and cause itching of the feet.

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