My daughter is 9 years old. She has a foot itching problem at night from dry skin. Can someone give me a solution for this?
By Sisira from Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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Vaseline will work, apply every day or night after bath, good luck.
Vaseline was going to be my suggestion too. Not only after bath, but at bedtime. Put a good amount on her feet, then put some sort of plastic (I have used saran wrap, plastic grocery bags, zipper storage bags, whatever) over them, and socks on top of that, to hold the plastic on. (I actually just found some glove & sock-like things at the dollar store the other day which are made for this purpose. I haven't used them yet, though, to say how they work.) Let her sleep all night with that on. Do that each night for however long it takes. Also, I would use some sort of loofa or something to wash off the dead skin in the morning. Hope she gets relief soon! :)
Vicks Vapo rub! Sounds strange I know, but it works. You can even get a generic and use it. I think it's the eucalyptus oil in it that does it. I've used it for years. Just apply all over the feet and put on a pair of white socks. My husband even uses it and trust me, he won't even take aspirin when he has a headache.
Don't use anything with petroleum in it. Vick's and Vaseline are petroleum based. It goes into the skin and we have no idea how these things effect our bodies later.
I have found that using white vinegar on skin stops itching and actually helps with dry skin. Most soaps are alkaline and this causes skin to dry out. Vinegar is acidic and it helps to normalize skin's Ph. Put it on like lotion, only after rubbing it in well, have it be still kind of wet and let it air dry. It may itch as it's drying, but when it dries, it will feel better. I have really itch feet from time to time and this works well without hurting in any way. If she takes a bath, you can even put some in the water, most water is a slightly higher Ph than what feels good to our skin.
Try to read all labels of things you put on the skin. So much of what people think of as good for your skin, either seals off the skin from breathing or pollutes the body and cells. The skin is our biggest organ and it's very porous. Also, eating enough fats helps the skin be moist. Essential fatty acids are important, too.
Walmart sells really soft socks with aloe vera right in the socks! They are wonderful! I wear them to bed every night and my dry, unbearably itchy feet feel soft, smooth, and are not itchy! They are small and will fit a child. They come in pink and blue and can be worn all day, and are cheap!
And a p.s. I live in Winnipeg, so you should be able to get them there. Not the usual "best stuff is sold in the U.S. only" scenario!
You might try either Cetaphil lotion or creme on your daughter's feet. It is made without lanolin, which can cause dryness in her feet. If you go on their website you can also get acoupon.
Try using crisco shortening its a great moisturizer for the skin you can heat for a few seconds in the microwave and then apply it to the skin. It contains vitamin a and palm oil which are very good for soothing skin.
I make my own foot balm using Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Yellow Beeswax, Shea Butter, Vitamin E oil and Peppermint Essential Oil. It sets up so I resembles vaseline but is better since it's all natural ingredients. I have sold alot of this at craft shows and Farmer's Markets and people really like it. My daughter used it and healed her cracked feet in 2 days!!
1st make sure you don't have a yeast problem. I suffered from rashes and very dry cracked skin on feet. Used a over the counter yeast infection remedy and to my surprise my dry cracking skin started getting better. I have fibromyalgia and one of side effects in yeast infection problems, so tried over the counter it worked so well talked my doctor into prescribing rx for yeast infection and now dry feet has completely cleared up.
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I have dry feet in the winter and have tried everything to soften them up. I hate to pay for a pedicure in the winter since no one will see my feet, but I detest having ugly dry flaky heels. They also start to hurt if they get bad enough to crack. Lately I have been using baby oil on my feet right after I get out of the tub. I rub my feet down good with the baby oil and then I use an inexpensive lotion on top of that. Once these two products are on my feet, I do put cotton socks on at least until I go to sleep.
This has worked miracles on my feet. I also use the regular items such as a pumice stone on my heels before I do all of this, but only once I started using the baby oil and lotion together did I get results I can appreciate! Hope this helps someone as well!
By JONNIE from Owensboro, KY
I, too, have dry heels, but I never thought of using baby oil. I'll have to try that. Thanks for the suggestion. (02/27/2007)
You can save a lot of money by using any kind of vegetable oil (whatever is on sale) instead of baby oil. I have been doing this for years and it works great. I started doing this because most fragrances, including baby oil scent, make me sneeze.
The other thing you can do is use Crisco instead of lotion. Crisco isn't just for cooking anymore! (02/27/2007)
By Barbara Jean
Besides baby oil you can also use other oils. I have had great improvement with sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, rice bran oil, and shea oil. All are quickly absorbed into the dry skin and show quick results. I found these oils on ebay, and you can also get them scented with different scents. I like the cherry spice scent myself. Hope this helps with feet, legs and elbows. (02/27/2007)
Believe it or not, I found the super fine sand paper I purchased at the paint store works awesome. Here's what I do. It comes in a 12" wide roll and you purchase it by the foot. I bought 20 " and I cut it into 4 long strips about 3" x 20". After soaking in a hot bath I dry my feet and hold each end of the sand paper and move it backwards and forwards under my heel. You can actually see the dead skin come off. Then I do the back of my heel. Don't try to take it all off the first time you do it. Then put oil/lotion on your feet, cover with socks and sleep in them. Repeat as needed. Once the rough dead skin is gone, then you keep your feet oiled and wear socks to bed every night. It does the trick, just don't be too rough. Give it time. (02/27/2007)
My doctor told me about using Crisco. She said it works really fast. Now I don't know which to try first! Thanks for the tips Jonnie and Barbara. (02/28/2007)
I've had the same problem for years, but maybe not as bad as you've described. I can get by with a regular lotion at night. One thing I've learned is that this can be a symptom of vitamin B deficiency. Have your doctor include it in your next checkup. I'm glad I did! (03/01/2007)
I use Vaseline around my cuticles when they get so bad they crack. Sometimes it takes 3 nights of putting the Vaseline on, then wrapping with a band-aid, but the first night makes such a difference. And they don't hurt anymore. (03/01/2007)
I have a pair of plastic boots that I wear after I put the moisturizer on my feet so I don't leave sticky, greasy footprints all over my floors and carpets. They are actually size small overshoes, so my bare feet don't slip and slide too much. I still have to be a bit careful on the stairs and I can't walk up a hill outdoors until my feet have had a chance to absorb some of the moisturizer. But once I'm finished I can wash them out with soap and water if need be.
All plastic boots are easy to find on the internet by searching for "PVC overshoes". I found a cute pair of white ones at: http://www.safetycompany.com/onguard-pvc-overshoes/p_3543.html
Remember: You'll want to order size small or x-small because they are sized to be worn over a pair of shoes. If you order a medium or large you won't be able to keep them on your feet. If you have really small feet you might even consider children's sizes.
Also beware: They MUST be made of PVC plastic. Natural rubber is not compatible with Vaseline or any of the other moisturizers discussed in this article! (11/25/2007)
By Penny Ann
I have always struggled with dry feet. I have tried so many products that don't work. I have been using the NeatFeat Foot and Heel Balm from Therawear.com and it's pretty affordable. Although I would pay anything for something that just works. If anyone is interested the site is, http://www.therawear.com/neat_feat_foot_and_heel_balm.html.
I hope this helps! (09/30/2008)
My mom and I have the same problem. Pedicures and a lotion containing urea is the best thing we've found. The urea works on its own for my mom without the pedicures. (08/23/2009)