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Juvenile Plantar Dermatosis

Juvenile Plantar Dermatosis Causes

Sweaty sock syndrome or juvenile plantar dermatosis is usually seen in ?atopic' children, that is, those who have asthma, atopic dermatitis (eczema) or hay fever, where their skin seems generally more sensitive than others. The cause of the condition may be related to friction. When the foot moves up and down in a shoe, especially when the foot is sweaty, friction is greater and the foot gets wetter in synthetic shoes such as vinyl or nylon and moves more in open sandals.

Juvenile Plantar Dermatosis Definition

A name given to a skin problem on the feet of children and may occasionally develop similar signs to the hands is called juvenile plantar dermatosis. Tending to gradually improve, it is seen most often in boys aged four to eight. Juvenile plantar dermatosis is also called sweaty sock syndrome where the sole of the forefoot becomes shiny and glazed. The top of the toes and other parts other parts of the feet may also be affected while toewebs are spared and the skin becomes scaly. Taking many weeks to heal, painful cracks (fissures) develop under the toes and on the ball of the foot. Sweaty sock syndrome is usually severe during the summer months.

Juvenile Plantar Dermatosis Symptoms and Signs

The big toe, the heel and the ball of the foot are the most common locations for sweaty sock syndrome. It occurs as shiny, red patched on the weight-bearing surfaces of the feet, making the skin appear tight and smooth. Painful cracks (fissures) may be present occasionally and even though children may complain of heavy sweating, the skin feels scaly and dry.

Juvenile Plantar Dermatosis Treatment

The treatments for sweaty sock syndrome include reduction of friction by wearing well fitting shoes, preferably leather, with two pairs of cotton socks; lubricating the dry skin such as applying greasy moisturizers that can be very helpful particularly applied after bath and before bed. Another is having a rest day by scheduling quiet times with little or no walking to allow the fissures to heal.

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