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Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Wendy | 2007/02/19

Q.

4 year old - cracked bleeding feet

My 4 year old daughter has cracked and bleeding feet, mainly on her large toes and ball of her foot, her heels are fine.. This has been going on for the last eight months, with only a slight reprive in December when we were at the coast. I was told that it was natural for a child who is generally running around bare foot, but she is really sore and I am desperate. I have tried just about ever antifungal and cortisone cream available. The only one that gives slight relief is a diabetic foot care cream, but it is only temporary. What could possibly be causing this and what can I do to stop it.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This can often be due to an allergy, either to grass if she walks barefoot or to chemicals in carpeting such as Formalin. Anothere common cause is contact allergy to shoes or sandals especially to plastics, but also to leather. She needs to be seen by a paediatric dermatologist.

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