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Anyone have experience with a foot condition called "dyshidrosis"?

post #1 of 7
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Just got back from my local podiatrist and she advised that I most likely had this condition. I went there because in the last couple days I developed a really painful blister on the bottom of my right foot and it started filling with fluid.
Anyhow, she drained it (clear fluid), cleaned and covered it w a bandaid. Advised me to soak in epsom salts and reapply antiseptic ointment and bandaid and to keep an eye out for infection. If so to contact her asap for an antibiotic prescription.
Searched the web for info and found a little but there is no known cause for the condition...hmm.
It seemed to start developing (I thought it was athletes foot) a couple days after I skied two days in early December. I was originally thinking that I'd contracted athletes foot at the B&B I stayed at during that brief ski trip.
I'm going to CO in two weeks for a weeklong ski trip and I'm praying it goes away well before then.
Any thoughts appreciated....thanks.
post #2 of 7
Do your feet sweat a lot? Dyshidrosis is typically the result of something gone screwy in the sweat mechanisms of the hands and/or feet. Try coolmax ski socks if you're not using these already. Corticosteroid-containing ointments are said to be effective when applied to the blistering region. Good luck.
post #3 of 7
I used to have it some 20 years ago. Every day after a boxing practice, I would come home and drain 3-4 painful blisters on the bottom of each foot using a sterilized sewing needle, followed by a bandaid. This is NOT something I recommend, but it was the only way I could walk the next day. A couple of days later, I would remove the bandaid and cut off the dead skin with scissors (naturally, by then a new skin had grown, and a new set of blisters got formed: I never quit boxing over that.

Later, I discovered the benefits of using foot powder and hydrocortisone. Since then, I am very careful in choosing socks (absorbent, but smooth, especially on the outside) and insoles - have to be smooth.

Wear open shoes / sandals whenever you can; leather soles rather than rubber ones; avoid walking barefoot on synthetic carpets. Conversely, walking barefoot on natural woolen carpets / rugs helps.

For me, the condition eventually went away.

[ January 07, 2004, 10:44 AM: Message edited by: AlexG ]
post #4 of 7
The best approach to this is keeping feet dry (no sweaty socks) so frequent changes are important. A wicking liner sock is helpful under your ski socks. Frequent "airing out" of your feet and yes, steroid creams can be helpful, but the over-the-counter preparations are often not potent enough to be particularly effective. Take a trip to your Doctor. If no help then to a dermatologist. This problem can usually be managed and may improve over time.
post #5 of 7
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Regarding the first response, no i don't sweat excessively at all. My theory is that it was a case of mild athletes foot that went awry and I did a bunch of walking over the holidays in "not the best" type of walking shoe.
It's been getting better though, and hopefully this one blister will be the only one I see. I've been soaking it twice a day in epsom salts and using triple antibiotic cream and a bandaid.
The hole left after the doc cut off the blister is healing up and hopefully by next weekend I'll be back on the slopes.
I'll definitely heed the advice you've all given me....
post #6 of 7
Years ago I had athlete's foot at the same time I had dyshidrosis, and I'm convinced that they're different disorders, since for me, the symptoms were so different, on the same foot.
The athlete's foot disappeared quickly with the application of Lotrimin. The blisters from dyshidrosis return, periodically. I lance them with a sterile needle, cover them with first aid cream and a bandage as soon as they appear, before they become painful.
What I'm doing is draining the fluid before the blister gets big enough to start separating dead skin from living tissue beneath it, causing pain.
post #7 of 7

I hope you are all cured by now.  I am a podiatrist researching dyshidrosis.  There is now a cure.  A drug and an effective naturopathic treatment.  Please go to Dyshidrosis@yahoogroups.com for more information.  (We are not selling anything, the info is just tooo long to post here.)

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