My husband has a chronic rash type thing going on on his feet. It never goes away, it's just always there. One doctor told him he thought it was eczema but not positive. He has tried all the over the counter topical treatments and nothing works. It itches, but is painful because he scratches skin off. I would describe it as scaley and dry. I don't really see any red bumps or anything. It is only on his feet, has been for years, never spreads or catches to anyone else in the house. Any information would be helpful, especially treatment options.
This seesms to be due to Contact dermatitis. Irritant dermatitis, the most common type of contact dermatitis, involves inflammation resulting from contact with acids, alkaline materials such as soaps and detergents, solvents, or other chemicals. The reaction usually resembles a burn.
Common allergens associated with contact dermatitis include:
Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac
Nickel or other metals
Fabrics and clothing
Other chemicals and substances
A few airborne allergens, such as ragweed or insecticide spray, can cause contact dermatitis.
Topical corticosteroid medications may reduce inflammation but are to be used only for short periods of time, however this will recur if contact to the allergen is present.
You could do a skin testing to find out the cause. Another possibility is eczema, which is a skin allergy reaction.
This too is known to recur and is treated with Corticosteroids.
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