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The response to the question below was authored by Marc Mitnick DPM
dry feet, cracking, itching scaling in the arch, heel fissures
I have had heel fissures for a while but the itching, scaling and cracking in the arch of my feet started after I cleaned the carpets in my home. I would like to say that I at least had flip flops on but I am not sure. The cleaner is very drying to the skin and I noticed the next day that the arches of my feet were itchy and red. That occurred in July. It is now April and the condition has not improved. Recently, I have had a lot of drying and itching. Because of this, I treated it with a 2% Ketoconizole cream assuming that it was a fungus. It definitely fits the description although the area between my toes is not affected. The most painful part is that I am getting more and more cracks in my heels and cannot be on my feet for a long period of time. I have used the anti-fungal cream for 3 weeks now - it seems to dry my feet out even more. The area in the arch of my feet peeled off. This my be a good thing since the new skin is much softer. At this point I am not sure if I have a fungus or contact dermatitis. The catch is that I have to keep my feet covered and moist to avoid cracking. If it is a fungus, the warm moist environment may be making it worse. I will be seeing a dermatologist in a few weeks. I came across your website and thought I would submit my question. sorry it is so lengthy. I am a 44 y/o woman otherwise healthy and active. No hx of diabetes. The only medication I take is 30 mg of Armour thyroid.
Even though you have a history of cracked heels probably with secondary fungal infection I think you may have had a reaction to the chemicals in the shampoo or perhaps all the dirt that came loose while cleaning the rugs.
Your dermatologist should be able to make an accurate diagnosis and clear things up, but so not but the appointment off, I would not like to see you develop a secondary bacterial infection.
Marc Mitnick DPM
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