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What's causing a client's peeling feet?

August 01, 2001

My client’s feet peel all the time. She doesn’t have athlete’s foot or dry skin and she puts lotion on them twice a day. But they’re still peeling. Any idea what could be wrong?

Answer

Dr. Roth: There are some medical problems in which peeling does commonly occur, but they usually have other related symptoms such as intense itching (eczema), blister formation, or weepy wounds. My first recommendation would be for your client to see a dermatologist or podiatrist to get a medical evaluation. Although you say your client does not have athlete’s foot, that is the most common reason for peeling skin, and there may not always be itching or small blisters. If this is the case, use of a topical antifungal cream once or twice a day for several weeks should resolve this problem.

 

 

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