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Feet Aren’t Immune to Allergies

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How Allergies Affect FeetIf you are thinking about participating in one of the seasonal fun runs, like the Santa Claws and Paws 5k in Plano or the Shamrock Jingle Bell Run in Dallas (both on December 13), it’s time to start training. Yes, it’s important to ensure that you have the endurance to cross the finish line, but you also need to be certain that your new running shoes or socks will not cause allergic contact dermatitis.

Many people are unaware that it is possible to have allergies in your feet, but this condition does exist and can be triggered by a variety of irritants, some of which include dyes and rubber. Depending on what kind of footwear you choose, this can become a problem.

Running generates heat and perspiration, which can cause the dyes in socks and shoes to get down to the skin on your feet. If you happen to have allergies to those materials, then an itchy rash may develop over the next couple of days. You will notice that the affected areas are those which come into close contact with the fabric.

Fortunately, there are treatment options for allergic contact dermatitis. If this condition arises, there are topical creams and oral antihistamines that can be prescribed and have proven to be quite effective in combating the allergies.

As you prepare for one of the local 5k races this holiday season, pay close attention to your feet and make sure you are not experiencing a bad reaction due to your running footwear. In the event that you are, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374 to schedule an appointment today.

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