Is the Itching & Peeling of My Toes an Allergy or Infection?
Today’s question comes from Marty H. Marty asks, “I have a question about my feet. Recently, my feet have been itching between the toes on just one foot. And I’ve noticed peeling on the backside of the toes. And there’s redness on top of my toes. What is it? Is it eczema? I’m curious what I can do.”
All right. All right, Marty, thanks for this question. And it is definitely interesting that you’re experiencing this on one foot and not both of them. So, I want to dig into potentially what we might be dealing with, but definitely there is a sign of skin irritation and potentially a skin-oriented infection.
Rule Out an Allergic Response First
Some patients will experience allergic reactions to food or medication, or even environmental factors like new shoes, maybe new laundry detergents and you’re wearing socks. So, rule out the allergic responses. That’s number one. Secondly, the potential option is it could be bacteria or it could be fungal in its orientation. So, that is a variable when we’re dealing with toes, especially the back of the toes and the peeling.
What I find is there’s a deep connection between the toes and our sinuses. And so if you might be dealing with seasonal allergies, which is really common throughout the year and not just spring and fall, but seasonal allergies may play a role, especially if you’re noticing also more gunkiness of the eyes and the nose during the seasonal changes. And also, if you feel like you have puffiness in your eyes. So, there may be that connection where your toes are presenting with that type of infection or allergic reaction.
Eradicate the Bacterial or Fungal Environment Inside Your Shoes
Now, when it comes to skin-related bacterial infections, there could be a number and an assortment of different reasons. Most commonly, we will have folks that are wearing close-toed shoes, and their feet are in moist, damper environment because of the nature of wearing socks and close-toed shoes. That tends to be a bacterial playground, if you will, that can build up.
So, I actually recommend a few things in that case, and I really, really love our Magi-Complexx. This oil is extremely powerful for helping eradicate any type of bacterial or fungal environment inside your shoes. And so I actually recommend putting several drops, 10 to 20 drops in a small little spritzer bottle that’s either combined with a little apple cider vinegar, or maybe just white table vinegar. And you’re just spraying, spritzing your shoes after you take them off.
Balance Your Gut Health
Now, if you are experiencing the peeling, that can sometimes be associated with candida, a candida overgrowth, and that will be gut-related. So, dealing with healing your digestive process, maybe a little leaky gut might be present. And we’re now seeing that erupting in and around the toes.
And really, a diet change might be something you might want to consider. Eliminating dairy, gluten, and sugar out of your diet can often tip the scales of those bacterial imbalances that are presenting on the skin because your skin is a secondary elimination route. And what we say in naturopathic medicine is that if we’re seeing symptoms of secondary routes of elimination, meaning we have involvement of the skin – it’s red, irritated, peeling – that is a sign that your primary route of elimination, primarily your gut, could be kidneys and bladder, it could be lungs and respiratory, that we are now dealing with a candida or overgrowth of bacteria in that primary source.
So, I hope that is helpful. And I just love the Magi-Complexx for assortment of antifungal, antibacterial benefits. And I hope you find that helpful, too.