Name that Rash!

Live from our studios in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana, it’s the new quiz sensation everyone is itching to play! Don your shower shoes and break out the calamine lotion, it’s time for: Name! That! Rash!

Well, maybe the name of the show needs some work. The truth still stands that rashes can appear on the feet or ankles for a variety of reasons. Knowing how they come about is a good first step toward identifying or even preventing them. So, ready to give it a go?

Rash 1: Skin ranges from a pale pinkness to red, scaly patches or even blisters. Edges of the rash zone can be straight or at right angles.

Answer: Sounds like contact dermatitis, otherwise known as an allergic reaction. Have you picked up new shoes lately, or switched to a new soap or laundry detergent? Chemicals in those materials might be to blame.

Rash 2: It first looks like small bug bites or scabbed over pimples, which become extremely itchy. You might see a very thin black line near the rash.

Answer: This one is likely scabies, a very contagious rash caused by tiny mites burrowing in the skin (that’s what the black line is). Breakouts tend to appear on the feet and hands, but can appear anywhere. Medicated lotion will likely be needed to kill the mites and eggs. (Sorry, we know this one’s scary.)

Rash 3: Red, scaly patches appear between the toes, on top of the feet, or on the soles. The patches are usually ring-shaped.

Answer: You were probably waiting for this one. It’s good old athlete’s foot! This is often picked up in warm, damp public areas such as pools and locker rooms.

Even though a foot rash may be stumping you, Dr. Kevin Powers and his helpful staff can get to the cause of the condition and clear it up. What better prize to walk away with than that? Our West 3rd Street office is here for you. Call us at (812) 333-4422 or fill out our online contact form.