Do you have a sore or itchy toes?
Maybe you have Athlete’s Foot or maybe it is something more or less serious.
Skin conditions that cause the feet to itch include: allergic contact dermatitis, which can be caused by something like new laundry detergent, athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis (fungal infection) atopic dermatitis.
Is itchy feet a sign of diabetes?
Itchy skin can be a sign of diabetes, particularly if other diabetes symptoms are also present. High blood sugar levels over a prolonged period of time is one cause of itchy skin. In some cases, itchy skin may be caused by complications of diabetes such as nerve damage or kidney disease.
Can kidney or liver problems cause itching?
In terms of internal diseases. Itchy skin can be a symptom of an underlying illness. These include liver disease, kidney failure, iron deficiency anaemia, thyroid problems and certain cancers, including multiple myeloma and lymphoma. Again, this is something that needs further investigation by your General Practitioner at Mountain Medical Centre
Or it could just be Athletes Foot
The itching is so itchy though, isn’t it?
We just can’t help ourselves….. We feel the itch, the brain sends down a message which gives you the urge to scratch that itch! Scratch, scratch scratch….. even writing this we feel like scratching!
Which of course is the worse thing you can do.
Itchy feet can be very bothersome and even disrupt your sleep, therefore seeking the advice from your Doctor should be your first step.
If it is Athlete’s Foot
What you are scratching could be highly contagious which in the case of Athlete’s Foot, is certainly spreadable, very easily and quickly. Scratching could also be causing more irritation and secondary infections.
Besides, when you scratch, it gets under your fingernails and could spread along your fingers.
People even scratch their toes with their other foot so then the contagious infection could now be transferred to the other foot. The cycle can be endless, so resisting the urge and seeking medical advice is the best solution.
Bacteria can be spread through scratching – yes a simple scratch
Like with all skin conditions, you need to be wary about where you stand or walk, especially if you are going barefoot. Just standing in the shower, particularly public showers is going to possibly affect the next person to shower after you.
It is easy to get cuts and blisters on the feet, maybe through going barefooted, or perhaps wearing tight fitting shoes and boots, or shoes and boots that do not allow for adequate breathing.
Inter digit Athlete’s Foot or more simply known as an infection between your toes, is the most common type of infection that can be picked up from these wounds if left untreated.
Athlete’s Foot is a fungal disease and is easily transmittable.
Mountain Medical Centre is fully equipped to deal with these types of symptoms and our team of Doctors, Nurses and Podiatrist work together to help you resolve or better manage skin conditions, Athletes Foot and other infections.
You should seek medical advice immediately if your symptoms are coupled with more serious internal organ disorders or diabetes.