Summer weather can bring on changes to the skin on our feet. Athlete's foot, which is caused by fungus, can cause scaling and blisters on our feet with itching. Typically, creams and gels that kill the fungus can improve this condition along with keeping the feet dry during the warmer months.
However, other less common issues can arise during the summer months. Bug bites can cause single or multiple areas of redness on our skin, sometimes with itching and warmth around them. These areas can get infected easily, so if the condition worsens, it is essential to see a doctor immediately. Antibiotics to fight infection may be necessary. It is important to protect the skin while outside by using bug spray or keeping exposed skin covered with clothes.
Additionally, the skin can become irritated by various plants or weeds during the warm weather when gardening, mowing the lawn, or hiking. It is important to wear socks that protect the feet and legs when around these plants along with closed toe shoegear. It is never a good idea to mow the lawn or garden with sandals because the feet are exposed to dangerous things in the plants and soil and also with the lawn mower itself. If your skin becomes red and itchy after outdoor activities, you may have contact dermatitis, which will require a cream to treat the area. As with bug bites, the skin can also get infected with this condition (usually from itching), and antibiotics may be needed.
Dr. Bender is a foot and ankle specialist with Advanced Physical Medicine. She has been in practice since 2001 and treats all conditions of the foot and ankle. Dr. Bender lives in Oak Park and has two young children that keep her busy after work! For your appointment, call 708-763-0580 (Oak Park) or 773-776-3166 (Chicago/63rd).