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Reply 1
wei_xin
Well I have a scaly patch of skin on my foot, just below the ankle. I've scratched and scratched and it doesn't seem to come off or go away! Now what am I supposed to do? Perhaps it will go away.


Maybe you're turning into a dragon... :biggrin:

Sorry... errr try hydrocortisone cream - that's what I got given for my scaly dragon hands :biggrin: :biggrin:
Reply 2
for christ sake get away from those ants.

also u may want to try a pummis stone (correct spelling- ?) the sort mummy used to try and scrape skin off with (although i did have a tortured upbringing) - i am assuming you mean 'dead skin' by 'scaly skin'
Reply 3
No it's not dead skin. It's ... pink and.. just scaly. Kind of shiny and hard, but not dead, judging by how it hurts when i try to peel a bit off.
Reply 4
wei_xin
No it's not dead skin. It's ... pink and.. just scaly. Kind of shiny and hard, but not dead, judging by how it hurts when i try to peel a bit off.


Yes, because you scratched it. DO NOT scratch anymore. I did that to my hands and the marks have only just gone away (took a few months). I know it's tempting but don't. Get some hydro cream. Or some moisturiser or something.
Not sure if this is the same thing but I get little rough patches on my arms which are kinda bumpy nad go pink if i scratch them. I find just a couple of days of moisturiser works fine...
Reply 6
moisturiser..
Reply 7
Does one need a prescription to get the cream? I seem to be getting scaly on the other foot too. :s-smilie:
Reply 8
wei_xin
Does one need a prescription to get the cream? I seem to be getting scaly on the other foot too. :s-smilie:


You can get hydrocortisone behind the pharmacy, ask the pharmacist though, thry might decide something else is better.
Reply 9
wei_xin
Does one need a prescription to get the cream? I seem to be getting scaly on the other foot too. :s-smilie:


Mate, quit picking it, you'll find yourself getting callouses and heck, you dont want to be walking around with those on your heels
It's probably to do with the weather and the extreams of temperature etc. Try E45 cream, probably have it at your local chemist. It's really good and normally helps my skin.

Hope that helps.
Okay. Should I actually point out I am not in the UK at the moment? And they aren't calluses. I just hope it isn't a nasty fungusy thingum. I am TRYING not to pick it... :s-smilie: -restrains self with great difficulty-
It doesn't itch though.
Thanks for all the suggestions!
there is an upshot to that though...

if you ever do any serious hiking you won't get blisters on that part. Which is why it's recommended to bathe feet in surgical spirit several times to harden the sole. Hence, about 300 hiking miles over 5 years and not a single blister!

Anyway, all it is is that the skin's hardened. It really isn't a problem; perhaps your shoes are too tight, and rubbing that part of the foot which is why its hardening?
what you have sounds like what my mum had like last year . the doctor said it was psoriasis (sp). try googling it or something.
Amina1989
what you have sounds like what my mum had like last year . the doctor said it was psoriasis (sp). try googling it or something.


Apparently not... I googled it and the symptoms don't fit. It doesn't itch one bit! And it's just resigned to the foot. The dorsal surface, not the sole. Well. And I'm pretty sure it's not shoes because I wear slippers most of the time and that area doesn't come into contact with any part of them. :confused:
Amina1989
what you have sounds like what my mum had like last year . the doctor said it was psoriasis (sp). try googling it or something.

there are many skin conditions that give scaly skin. but in that area i would imagine it is from shoes rather than psoriasis.
gnaw your ankle off, tis the only answer
Reply 17
Sounds like it could be a harmless fungal skin infection. Nothing to worry about or feel icky about! You can get Daktarin skin cream (not the stuff for athlete's foot, I think they doa more general one) that'll nuke the little bastards within a week or so.
Erana
Sounds like it could be a harmless fungal skin infection. Nothing to worry about or feel icky about! You can get Daktarin skin cream (not the stuff for athlete's foot, I think they doa more general one) that'll nuke the little bastards within a week or so.

the person says they have a scaly patch, and you immediately jump to fungal infection.
pray do tell where that came from? theres a hundred and one causes of scaly patches, some of which will not take kindly to fungal cream being rubbed on.
similary, you rub hydrocortisone on some skin problems, and you're going to get a hell of a lot worse.

my advice - if it ITCHES ask your doctor. If it doesn't itch then its just a plaquey buildup from where something (shoes etc) are rubbing when you walk. use a pummice stone to reduce it a bit.

Cee