If dry, itchy skin on your feet and ankles has you feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious, the cause may be dermatitis. At Local Foot Doc, in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, board-certified podiatrist Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and his team of doctors can help you manage dermatitis, including with prescription medication. For your convenience, there are two offices in Brooklyn and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
Dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a group of chronic skin conditions that cause itchy rashes. The conditions grouped under dermatitis are distinct from each other and vary in severity from case to case. However, there are a number of common symptoms and signs, which include:
Dermatitis affects both children and adults, though certain forms are more prevalent among particular age groups. The rashes can appear anywhere on the body but most commonly affect the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands, and feet.
Common forms of eczema include:
The most common form of eczema usually begins in childhood and becomes milder in adulthood. Atopic dermatitis is often comorbid with asthma and hay fever.
Contact dermatitis is a form of dermatitis in which contact with certain substances or irritants -- including bleach and industrial chemicals -- inflames the skin,.
Dyshidrotic eczema causes small, itchy blisters to form on the fingers, toes, palms, and soles of the feet.
Schedule an appointment at Local Foot Doc if your itching, pain, and discomfort are bad enough to interfere with your sleep and everyday life.
While there is no cure for dermatitis, the condition is manageable. Treatment primarily focuses on reducing itching and other symptoms. Over-the-counter and prescription topical medication can reduce itchiness, swelling, and redness.
Maintaining a consistent skin care routine will also help you to manage your eczema. Your doctor can recommend moisturizers, creams, and cleansers that will help keep your skin from drying out or becoming infected.
In addition to medicine and skin care, a crucial component of dermatitis treatment is identifying and avoiding triggers or irritants. Triggers can include various allergens, chemicals, materials, foods, and stress. They’re different for each person and depend in part on the type of inflammation.
Note that these triggers do not cause dermatitis in the first place. Rather, dermatitis is one way a person’s body is wired to respond to certain triggers and irritants. That means minimizing your exposure to these triggers can help to reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups.
Don’t wait to learn what triggers you. Schedule an appointment at Local Foot Doc online or over the phone.