FAQ’S about Feet Eczema

  • Preservatives in shoes
  • Excess sweating over feet
  • Excessive sweat accumulation due to continous prolonged use of shoes
  • Use of scented products
  • Stress
  • Prolonged contact of feet with water and detergent on regular basis
  • Elastic material in socks
  • Excessive friction
  • Leather
  • Plastic
  • Dyes
  • Rubber (such as latex)
  • Substances which are used in hardening of leather such as chromium, glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, etc
  • Prolonged contact of feet with water and detergent on regular basis
  • Nickel found in buckle of shoes

Feet eczema does not spread to others from the patient. Therefore, feet eczema is not contagious. If eczema does not improve or family spread occurs or nail is thickened, yellowish or crumbly, visit a dermatologist for a final diagnosis. Fungal infection of the feet may be contagious.

Yes, eczema can spread to other body parts through itch-scratch cycle. Scratching triggers the release of inflammatory substances that can create more inflammation and eczema subsequently.

Dry and humid weather generally aggravates the feet eczema due to excessive sweating.

The moisturizer should be applied all over the feet (including web spaces) twice or thrice daily (especially after washing the feet or whenever the skin over the feet is dry).

  • Reduce the stress level by regular exercise.
  • Regular hydrate the feet by applying moisturizers after showering or bathing.
  • Avoid any accumulation of sweat over the feet.
  • Regular washing the feet to avoid the build-up of dead skin and bacteria
  • Avoid being in contact with detergent / water for prolonged time
  • Identifying the allergen by performing a patch testing
  • Cotton socks should be preferred
  • Avoid scratching
  • Common irritants should be removed from the household
  • Gentle skin products with low pH between 4-6 should be used; example use syndet soaps or suitable cleansers should be used
  • Moisturizing feet gloves could be used

There is no permanent cure to feet eczema. But, avoiding the triggering factor and proper treatment can help you to get rid of symptoms to a great and keep the disease under control.