Believe it or not peeling feet is a very common skin condition that can occur to anyone regardless of their age and their gender too. If this is your first time experiencing this condition you may be a little worried and even scared to what this means about your feet but do not worry because everything is explained right here! A few popular questions that have arisen from various peeling feet discussions have been answered to help you get a grip (no pun intended) on this condition.
Why are my feet peeling?
This skin condition is most commonly referred to as athletes foot. This is a fungal infection which attacks your feet (and sometimes even your hands) and causes the skin to start peeling off. The most common place to find this condition in progress is in-between the toes as they are the most common places to find the infection. Even though the toes are a most common place you can also find the infection on the bottom of your feet which can cause a lot of discomfort especially when walking.
How do I get it?
The fungal infection is found mostly in damp and warm places. The most common places to find the infection is at swimming pools, changing rooms, gyms, public showers and bathrooms. Unfortunately it is also contagious so that means sharing towels and socks with someone already with the infection will give you the condition too.
How long will it last?
The fungal infection will vary on duration. Some people can manage to treat it easily and find that they can get rid of it in just a few days but there are some people who find it difficult to treat and end up finding themselves in a lot of pain and discomfort from the excessive shedding under their foot.
Is it dangerous?
Peeling feet is not necessarily dangerous. It will cause redness and itching and a lot of discomfort seeing as you are going to be walking on this area of your foot. However if the process is excessive then you may find yourself in a lot of pain.
Is it treatable?
Thankfully peeling feet is treatable! You can use medication which can be bought from pharmacies (powders, lotions and soaps) to help reduce redness, soreness, itchiness etc. If you are skeptical about medication you can always use home methods which are just as effective (and a lot safer) and produce the same results as buying over the counter medication.