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5 yr old has severely itchy toes with no rash

My 5 yr old has been complaining of itchy toes, both feet, just the tips.  For the past week, she cries the itch is so severe.  There are no visible signs of Athlete's feet, rash, sores, cracking, but she hates wearing socks so I am thinking it could be fungal vs allergies.  She has no known allergies to foods, environment or medications. Benadryl has not even been helping.  She has always been mildly itchy to wearing socks or itchy clothes but never has she cried so much over an itch.  Coincidently she got the H1N1 Flumist last week the day the itching peaked to this level. She did not spike a fever, just developed sinus congestion and bloody mucus in the nose. She has never has any reaction to previous vaccines and it may be purely coincidental.
Does anyone have a child with itchy feet who refuses to wear socks?
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Hi, my daughter has the same symptoms and she didn't get the vaccine. So I am writing this to hopefully set your mind at ease. I don't know what the problem is, if you find out please let me know. :)

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My daughter also loves running around barefoot (born and raised in Hawaii for 2 years but now we're back on the mainland).  She has recently been complaining of itchy feet at night and telling me that it hurts.  No visible rash, athletes foot, cracks or anything to give me an indication of what the problem could be.  She doesn't care for socks and I recently assumed it was because her feet would sweat and it was uncomfortable for her so I didn't push it too much unless we were out and about.
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I am desperately trying to find answers as well. My 8 year old son, for about a month, has cried at night because the itch between his toes and at the ends of his toes is so severe. There is no sign of a rash or bug bites. I do not know what to do. I think a doctor would say well there is no sign of any rash... what should we do. I do not want to pay money for nothing, but I need to help relieve his pain. It is not pain, just itch. But it is pain when they cry about it and we can not help ease it! Can anyone help??? FYI: We didn't have the vaccine
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I have just started with chilblains again after many years.  Maybe you should look at this.  If your child doesn't like socks and her feet get icy cold it damages the vessels and when the feet warm up again it can be excruciating and itchy.  There's not always a rash, it can be anywhere on the feet and it is common on the ends of the toes, which will feel like they are so hot and itchy that they are going to explode.  Keep feet moisturised and get a cream from the pharmacy for when the itch is bad.  Don't let the feet get too cold that they go icy as it causes more damage, but I know from experience that cool feels good in the short term, if applied just so the itch goes down.  Maybe a cold cloth followed by  a dry cloth to pat dry and gently massage soothing creme with no perfumes.
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I have had this same issue, severely itchy toes, primarily on one foot, and for no apparent reason.  I have found relief simply by wiping the itchy area with rubbing alcohol.  Within minutes the itching always stops.    
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My son is 6 yrs old and we also are having the same problem. But he wears socks and tennis shoes everyday. Even when we are home he wears socks. So I have no idea what this could be. There is no rash ect. We have tried everything from Benadryl to Cortizone cream to a cold wash cloth. I even went to a pharmacist and asked her what she recommended and she said Athlete's foot cream and that still hasn't helped. He cries till 3 am.
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My son is 5 and has the same problem.  He has not had the shot. But I'm desperate, I've taken him to the doctor.  They have prescribed creams and anti fungal spray. Nothing helps.  I've asked for a blood test to determine if there is something there.  Hope I get answers and my son gets relief.
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I have recently comed with the same problem my 6 year old. Complaints of itchy toes specially at night ,we always clean the floors almost every two days and keep everything else in the house neat and clean he wears he's shoes all the time and always socks @ home , he did get the vaccine but it has been over two or three years I'm starting to worry , hope someone has some info out there.
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My daughter just started having the same itchy problems as all the other kids listed above. My daughter will be 5 this year. Here is my solution being doctors can not diagnose this disease properly. Two nights ago, my daughter woke up at 1 am crying and screaming she can't stop here feet from itching. I sprayed a medication for athlete's foot and coated it with benadryl gel and rubbed her head til she fell back to sleep. The next day I washed her feet in a highly diluted clorox (with water). The sodium carbonate in the bleach will kill the fungus growing if its athletes foot. At night I let her play in the tub while soaking in Aveeno soothing bath treatment. Then I coat her feet with some spray and gel before bed. I may give her a small dosage of benedryl liquid to help her sleep and will block antigens if it is allergy related, but contact pharmacist for dosing.Just to give you some comfort. This remedy has shown improvement already!!!
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My 8 year old son also has had this problem.  We have been to see the doctor twice....the first time he said it was dermatitis something or other and gave us a steroid cream.  Two days later it got so bad my son said he wished they would just cut his toes off, so he didn't have to worry about it anymore. His toes get swollen and purpley :/  I took him back that night to a different doctor, who had no idea what it was.  I told her about the Chilblains thing and she looked it up on the internet right there and said that it did sound like that.  She took pictures and said she was going to talk to some other doctors about it.
   The next day she called me and said that she talked to the first doctor and that we should just keep using the steroid cream.  She also told me to maybe keep him inside for a while. That was two weeks ago.......It did get better, but last night it flared up again (he has been grounded, so it's not from being outside)....we are trying the cold water thing right now and he says that it is helping.  Thanks glennigogs for the advise .  
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I never reposted regarding my daughter's mysterious "itchy" feet. It turned out to be peripheral neuropathy- a painful burning tingling sensation that would come and go but got progressively worse over a couple weeks. She was not initially describing it as pain, as a 5 year old has limited medical vocabulary. It was determined to be a mild, sensory form of Guillain Barre Syndrome caused by the H1N1 Flumist she had received. GBS can cause paralysis if it progresses to the motor nerves. Her pain progressed to her hands and she did have difficultly holding utensils for awhile but we we fortunate not to progress to any paralysis. She can no longer take any seasonal flu vaccine as H1N1 is now in the regular seasonal flu vaccine. Her symptoms finally resolved.  It took 8 weeks for the extreme pain to go away but she would have some residual symptoms for almost 2 years, mostly when her feet would fall asleep. I don't actually think that the symptoms were returning but rather that sensation of pins and needles would cause her to panic and act as if the pain had returned. Once she knew that it was just her feet falling asleep and it was not going to progress to where she was with the GBS pain, then she relaxed and we don't have any more issues.
   So the next question is, can this happen again? Will it be worse? Do we dare have any more vaccinations? Fortunately we have several years before she is required to have whooping cough for Junior high school.
  BTW- she had no rash, no swelling or discoloration.
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My son had the same problem. He was finally diagnosed with a sensitivity to gluten. This was done by testing his blood (IgG and IgE) to multiple food and environmental triggers. He had a grade 3 response to anything that had gluten in it. We removed it from his diet and after 4 months he started to improve and symptoms completely resolved after 6 months.
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Hi Hurricanefrances
I have become concerned now- my son had the flu immunisation 2 weeks who, and over the past 3 days has developed itchy toes and fingers- only in the evenings so far- really your post I am convinced I should take him to he doctors tomorrow- do you agree?
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If your son is crying about his hands and feet and you don't see any visible reason for this, then yes, I think its worth a trip to your pediatrician. Try to ask your son if it is painful like little pinpricks/tingles or burning.  We used the happy face 0-5 pain chart for our daughter to describe the pain to us and that was helpful.  Her diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy (in her case associated with the sensory form of GBS) was odd as it happened at night and in the mornings, both times when she was not moving around much and the sensations became very apparent to her.  When she was moving around she could ignore it, like at school, running around. Makes sense because at those times she was getting better blood flow to the areas. At rest the body cooled down and the sensation got worse. She did go on Neurontin/Gabapentin for awhile and it was hard to tell if it helped or if the GBS just ran its course out of her system.
She is 9 years old now with no residual problems but the pediatrician says she cannot have the current flu vaccine as it still has H1N1 in it again this season.  He thinks she will be okay for the whooping cough vaccine in 2 years.  He called the infectious disease specialists for me for that answer btw.
  Good luck and please let us know how he does.

  
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My little brother had the same problem this morning . He is 5 and he wears his socks all the time. What I did was I got him straight into an oatmeal bath and let him soak in it for a good 10 to 15 minutes. I got him out and dried him off. After, I took some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and wiped the bottom of his feet. He seems to be doing fine now.
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I am in tears as I am writing this. My 5 y/o is suffering from contineous itchy toes.  Sometimes her legs from knees all the way to toes itch (esp whens he wears pants).  Her skin by her toes are peeling off bcz she is constantly rubbing her toes against things... to help her itching. Poor kid, I thought it was just a phase, but it has gotten worse. Please let me know if you have found any relief? I will be taking her to ped soon.
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