Allergies and Your Feet

Summary of Chapter 4

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.– Theodore Roosevelt

My Feet Are Killing Me by Celebrity Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine

Allergies and Your Feet

Are you experiencing red to brown, bumpy, swollen blotches or spots that are ugly and itchy? Does your skin appear thickened, cracked, or scaly with blisters? Are they raw and sensitive? Have these symptoms not only cropped up on your feet but climbed up your ankles too?

Some causes of foot allergies include sweating, hot humid weather, stress, dry skin and allergies to foods such as eggs, milk, fish, soy, and wheat. Some allergies can be genetic. New pairs of shoes, stockings, or socks can also cause a foot allergy. For example, if you are allergic to nickel, you will also react to substances called “chromates” used in the shoe-dying and leather-curing process, and various leather dyes also can lead to an eruption of blisters and bumps.

Foot allergies can be very painful and hard to understand. However, armed with a basic understanding of what’s going on down there as well as the possible reasons why they are having an allergic reaction and common offending agents. As well as try a few remedies at home prior to heading to a doctor.

In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine answers the following questions and topics:

  • What does a foot allergy look like?
  • What causes foot allergies?
  • What are some complications that can result from an allergic reaction?
  • How can you get rid of a painful allergic reaction (at home)?
  • How can you get rid of a painful allergic reaction (At your doctor’s office)?
  • Real Patient Recap – Dr. Levine tells the story of how she helped a client stumped by a sudden and severe foot allergy identify the problem and get sweet relief.

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