A foot itch is a tickling, irritating sensation accompanied by the persistent need to scratch your foot. Redness, swelling, soreness, flaking and scarring may occur in the area of itchiness. The medical term for itching is pruritus.
Although scratching may temporarily relieve your symptoms, it can cause more irritation or lead to an infection. With most cases of itching, it is best if you can refrain from scratching and leave the area alone to heal.
Causes Of Itchy Feet
- Dry skin
- Athlete’s foot
- Hookworm infections
The causes can be put into four categories:
- cutaneous, which is an itch that results from a problem in or on the skin
- systemic, which is itchiness due to a generalized issue throughout the body
- neuropathic, which is an itch that comes from the nerves or nervous system
- psychogenic, which means that the itching results from a psychological issue
1. Applying menthol
Menthol is an essential oil found in plants of the mint family. It has a cooling effect and can help relieve pain and itching.
Always dilute essential oils in a carrier oil before applying them to the skin.
2. Wet wrap therapy (WWT)
Wet wrap therapy involves applying water-soaked fabric wraps made of gauze or surgical netting to areas of itchy skin.
These wraps rehydrate and soothe skin while providing a physical barrier that protects against scratching. This treatment can be especially beneficial for children.
WWT may also help the skin to absorb medications, such as topical steroids. Before applying the wraps, gently rub or pat medications on the area, and follow with a generous layer of moisturizer.
3. Colloidal oatmeal
Colloidal oatmeal is finely ground oatmeal that a person can dissolve in water. The resulting solution forms a protective barrier on the surface of the skin, which helps to seal in moisture. Colloidal oatmeal can help to relieve dryness and itching.
Colloidal oatmeal is widely available in creams and lotions. Alternatively, a person can add the finely ground powder directly to bath water.
4. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which people have used for thousands of years as a natural wound disinfectant and antiseptic. apple cider vinegar may be particularly helpful in relieving an itchy scalp.
It is recommended to dilute the vinegar in water using a 1-to-1 ratio. Apply the solution to the scalp and let it dry before rinsing it gently with lukewarm water.
Vinegar can cause a burning sensation on open wounds.People with cracked and bleeding skin should avoid this treatment.
5. Baking soda
Baking soda has antifungal properties, and research suggests it is an effective treatment for a range of fungal skin conditions, many of which can cause itching.
It is recommended to add one-quarter of a cup of baking soda to a warm bath. An alternative option is to mix the baking soda with a little water to form a paste, which a person can apply directly onto itchy areas.
6. Avoiding irritants
People should avoid possible irritants, as they may make itchiness worse. Possible irritants include:
Bathing and showering in hot water remove moisture from the skin, making it more prone to dryness, redness, and itching. Reducing the water temperature even by a few degrees can help.
Temperature and humidity changes
Extreme changes in temperature and humidity can dry out the skin, causing flaking and itching.
A humidifier can help to maintain indoor humidity in the dry summer months. It can also help to counteract the drying effects of central heating during winter.
Fragranced skincare products
Some skincare products contain additives, such as perfumes and artificial colors, which can cause or worsen skin irritation.
People with itchy or sensitive skin should use fragrance-free and dye-free skincare products.
Wool and synthetic fibers
Clothing made from wool or synthetic fibers can feel rough against the skin, causing itchiness and irritation. Some people are more sensitive than others.
People with itchy skin can choose to wear loose-fitting cotton clothing whenever possible. Cotton allows the skin to breathe and prevents overheating.
Studies show that psychological stress can trigger itching. People who experience increased itchiness in times of stress may benefit from trying specific stress-reduction techniques, such as yoga and mindfulness meditation.