How I cope with my itchy ankles and itchy feet
I've been managing my itchy feet since I was in my 20s, well before I developed any eczema symptoms. They've always lived in a permanent state of damp, either hot and steaming, or cold and clammy, as though they belonged to someone who lived in a rainforest or a bog, not mild, temperate England. For me, it's an awkward, rather undignified problem compared to those with serious skin conditions - though the chilly, squidgy discomfort felt on long journeys or in never ending meetings. can be seriously annoying. It's definitely hereditary, I remember the first thing my dad did coming home from the office was to take off his socks and shoes and, rolling up his trousers, rest his weary feet in the bath.
Later, rashes and itches started accompanying the clamminess, something I thought was extremely unfair, as up until then I'd always associated eczema with dry skin, not wet. The patches on my ankles and upper feet can get particularly bad in the winter months when the combination of central heating and constantly wearing socks aggravates them sorely. The temptation to scratch is just too much sometimes. But if I keep to my regime, a bit like daily toothbrushing, I can keep the levels manageable and avoid having to use much prescription cream.
My itchy feet regime
Amy Rennison is a strategy and marketing consultant, focused on impact and ideas to make the world a better place.
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