Several skin diseases can cause blisters on feet:
Psoriasis, eczema and fungal infections like "athlete's foot" are the most common conditions that produce blisters on feet. These blisters make it very difficult to walk and go about daily activities, and they are often itchy. They can break open and ooze, subsequently crusting over with unsightly scabs.
Creams and ointments are often not sufficient to stop the blisters from forming, but Chinese herbal medicine is a wonderful treatment, because it treats the problem at the root, from the inside out.
Continue reading below, and look at some case pictures from The TCM Skin Clinic to find out more.
Blisters on feet caused by psoriasis:
There is a type of psoriasis called pustular psoriasis, which manifests with dry, yellowish brown blisters, more properly called pustules, on the soles of the feet or palms of the hands. Initially the blisters are yellow, but change quickly to brown. They are more dry then wet, and even when they break open, the thick liquid inside is not infected.
It is not known exactly what causes pustular psoriasis, but smokers have a higher incidence. In general, people with psoriasis have too much toxin and inflammation inside, and this sinks down and seeps out through the skin of the feet.
Take a look at this case, and remember that the herbal treatment was internal, and nothing was applied to the skin:
Blisters on feet from pustular psoriasis, before treatment with Chinese herbs:
and after treatment with Chinese herbal medicine:
The little dryness that was left could now be treated with creams.
Have a look at a much more severe case, below. This time the blisters on feet were caused by eczema, a type called pompholyx eczema. This gentleman had been told by his dermatologist that there was no cure for his condition and that he would simply have to live with it! He came in to my clinic limping on the side of his feet, as he was not able to put his full weight on them.
Have a look at what happened after we treated the problem from the inside, and how the blisters progressed over several weeks:
Infected eczema causing blisters on feet, before treatment: (note how the whole foot is swollen)
After a few rounds of herbs were taken:
The "incurable" blisters were now cured, after a few months of treatment: (and the swelling is gone)
Finally, here is a case of foot blisters caused by athlete's foot. The blisters often appear between the 4th and 5th toes when caused by a fungal infection. Generally the feet are sweaty and smelly, and this produces a moist environment that fungus and yeast love.
If you have recurring fungal infections of the feet, such as athlete's foot, it means your skin is too friendly a soil for these organisms to thrive. Applying anti fungal creams works for a little while, but then the infection returns.
The only long term solution is to make your skin drier and more resilient from the inside, by eliminating the excess moisture in your body. The only way to do this is to treat from the inside.
Here is another case that I treated at The TCM Skin Clinic:
Broken blisters from athlete's foot, before and after treatment:
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