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Allergic to Your Shoes – What to Do


Symptoms of shoe allergies include secondary infections, fissuring, itching, blisters, and burning sensation. Allergic reactions occur on the toes, foot top, legs, and soles. Shoe allergies can be distressing and painful. Why do they occur? Some women are allergic to leather treatments, rubber, adhesives, and other materials. Potential sources include accelerators, leather chemicals, decorations, metal components, and dyes.

Once an allergic reaction occurs, doctors prescribe emollients, antihistamines, topical corticosteroids, and other medications. You can apply a damp, cool compress in case of mild allergic reaction. Avoid exposing your feet to soap and hot water and do not scrub or scratch the area. Antiseptic lotions and alcohol are not to be used.

You may want to find out what is causing the allergic reaction. Remove decorations, detailing, and other items and then introduce them one by one. A patch test at your doctor’s office may help determine the source of the allergic reaction. When you identify the source, whether dye, adhesive, or rubber, avoid footwear with this material. Wear socks whenever possible and opt for personalized footwear which doesn’t include chemicals that irritate your skin. These include rubber-based glues, leather dyes, and tanning agents.






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