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By Dr. Paul C. LaFata
September 11, 2014
Category: Skin Care

Are you ready for a Zombie Mud Run?Few races are as fun or as challenging as a Mud Run. These 5K obstacle courses push your strength and test your endurance, all combined with the fun of tromping through the mud. Now, imagine if you were being chased along a muddy course—by zombies! This Saturday, September 13, the Zombie Mud Run comes to Reading for a morning of dirty mayhem and zombie-escaping thrills. If you’re a runner, you don’t want to miss this event. If your feet are itchy and uncomfortable from skin allergies, though, you may find it hard to concentrate on running from the “undead!”

Allergies of the skin can create painful, itchy rashes on the surface of your feet. This irritation, called contact dermatitis, develops when you touch something your body is sensitive to. This could include natural things, like poison ivy, as well as chemicals, such as the materials in your shoes or detergents. The allergy may take a few hours to cause a reaction on your feet, but it usually appears within a day of exposure. Once your skin breaks out in a rash, you have to both remove whatever is aggravating your skin as well as treat the reaction.

This may mean changing your shoes, body soap, or laundry detergent, depending on what caused your feet to break out. Wash your feet completely to clean the irritant from your skin, then try one of these simple home solutions:

  • Oatmeal paste – Grind up two cups of uncooked oatmeal flakes until you have a powder. Mix it with a quarter cup of baking soda, then pour in water until you have a smooth, thick paste. Apply it to your feet and let it sit for a while.
  • Cool compresses – Dampen a wash cloth with cool water mixed with baking soda, then apply it to your feet. If you have blisters from the rash, leave the compress in place for 30 minutes. Do this three times a day.
  • Calamine lotion – Rub calamine lotion into the affected area and let it dry.

Skin allergies are uncomfortable, but you don’t have to suffer with itchy feet all day. If home remedies are not strong enough to relieve the rash, let our team at West Lawn Podiatry Associates help you. We serve the Reading, Wyomissing, Sinking Spring, and surrounding areas. Just call (610) 678-4581 or use our website to contact us for an appointment.

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By Dr. Paul C. LaFata
September 04, 2014
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Warts   Skin Care  

Keep feet healthy and prevent those wartsOn September 7, the Heritage Center in Reading is celebrating Grandparents Day. Bring your grandkids out to the Heritage Center grounds for a scavenger hunt and a gentle walk along the Union Canal Towpath. Just make sure everyone wears appropriate shoes so they don’t scrape or injure their feet. Children bounce back from minor scrapes and bruises easily, but breaks in the skin can make feet vulnerable to plantar warts. They aren’t dangerous, but they can be uncomfortable and hard to get rid of, so it’s better to prevent them if you can!

Warts are caused by a virus that gets into your skin and causes a benign growth to develop. The virus is contagious and thrives in warm, damp environments, so keep your feet clean and dry. Wash your lower limbs every day and dry them thoroughly afterwards. Use fitted, moisture-wicking socks to draw sweat away from your skin, too.

Make sure you don’t share towels, footwear, or pedicure tools with people who have warts on their feet. The virus can easily pass from the skin to surrounding surfaces and still be infectious, so sharing can expose you to the pathogen. Pumice stones are the worst for this—the infected skin becomes trapped in the porous stone and spreads the virus easily. You should also wear shower shoes or sandals in public bathrooms or at pools, since the virus may linger on the moist floors.

Make sure you take care of and cover cuts and scrapes on your lower limbs, particularly on your soles. If you do develop the growth, don’t touch it or pick at it. You risk spreading plantar warts elsewhere on your feet as well as to your family. Instead, invest in proper wart treatment to eliminate the growth.

In some cases it may be impossible to entirely prevent plantar warts; however, you can take steps to minimize your chances of developing one. Keep your lower limbs clean and covered to make it less likely that pathogens can embed in your skin. If you’re concerned about developing skin growths, or would like one you already have eliminated, just let us know at West Lawn Podiatry Associates, serving Reading and West Lawn, PA. Call (610) 678-4581 or send us an online request to make an appointment with us.

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