Foot fungus that causes dry skin
The skin on top and the bottom of the foot experiences some of the most extreme conditions found anywhere on our bodies. We pound the skin with our activities. We rub it with tight shoes. We trap it in hot, wet shoes. Its amazing how the skin on our feet can respond so quickly to keep up with our demands and lifestyle.
Occasionally we do see problems with the skin of the foot. And by far, the most common problem we see is dry skin. A discussion of dry skin of the foot can be broken down into several categories based upon the location of the dry skin. Is the dry skin on the top of the foot? The bottom? The location of the dry skin makes a difference in determining the reason why the skin is so dry. This chart summarizes some of the reasons for dry skin based upon the location on the foot.
Top of the foot
- Seasonal (dry winter air)
- Dyshydrosis (lack of perspiration)
- Hyperhydrosis (excessive perspiration)
- Excessive bathing or soaking the feet
Bottom of the foot
- Chronic fungus infections
Dry skin on the top of the foot is usually due to a change in the environment of the normal skin. Normal skin requires us to drink plenty of water each day, particularly in the winter. So if we become dehydrated, the superficial layers of skin will begin to flake away (exfoliate) prematurely. We can contribute to this process by drying the foot with excessive soaking. For instance, Epsom Salts may be helpful in many foot conditions but repeated soaking will tend to strip away the normal oils found in the skin and dry the skin. That's why frequent soaking is discouraged in patients with diabetes or poor circulation.
Diabetics can see unique skin changes due to their disease. Dyshydrosis or loss of sweating is a common condition found in end stage diabetes as a result of loss of function of the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system controls many of the functions that we take for granted such as bowel motility, salivation and perspiration. Perspiration is a function controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system. Once a diabetic losses the ability to perspire, its all the more important to treat dry skin to prevent cracking. Cracking or fissures may allow bacteria to break through the skin resulting in an infection. It's important for all diabetics to learn and practice good diabetic foot care.
The majority of cases of dry skin on the bottom of the foot are due to low grade chronic fungal infections. Many patients describe trying every skin lotion with no success when treating dry feet. Thats due to the fact that the bottom of the foot is a common place for fungal infections. Acute fungal infections show bubble and blisters. This isnt true of a chronic fungal infection. A chronic fungal infection, often called tinea rubrum, looks just like dry skin and often shows an erythematous (slightly red) base due to the inflammation caused by the fungus in the skin. Most importantly, when you see dry skin on the bottom of the foot, think fungus.
For more information on fungus infection of the skin, visit our pages on athletes foot. Also, be sure to view our pages on dermatitis of the foot.
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Jock itch or in this case butt itch
Causes And Symptoms
Jock itch is caused by a tiny fungus which grows best in dark, damp conditions. It's a common fungus which often infects men who perspire heavily or are obese. It can be transmitted to your groin from your feet. You probably know the symptoms: chafed, itchy, or irritated skin in the groin, inner thighs, pubic or anal areas. You may have it at the same time you have athlete's foot. It usually happens when you've been perspiring heavily, during sports or hot, humid weather
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"Prevalence of the condition is affected by personal hygiene and daily activity. Athlete's foot is most common in men from the teens to the middle age and in people with compromised immune systems."
"Most individuals with athlete's foot have no symptoms at all and do not even know they have an infection."
"People with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other immune problems may be more prone to all kinds of infections, including fungus
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