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How do my socks affect eczema on my feet?

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Are your feet often dry and itchy? Your socks may be to blame. Synthetic fabrics and wool can irritate your skin. For everyday wear, choose 100% cotton socks, preferably ones that have not been dyed. Also, change your socks a couple of times during the day if your feet sweat. Damp socks can make eczema worse.

For evenings and work attire, try silk stockings and cotton tights. Avoid spandex, which has dyes and chemicals that can bother your skin.

SOURCES:

Sejal Shah, MD, dermatologist, Schweiger Dermatology, New York City.

Robert Anolik, MD, dermatologist, Laser & Skin Surgery Center, New York City, and medical director for Beauty Bar.

EczemaNet: “Daily Skin Care Essential to Control Atopic Dermatitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 2, 2020

SOURCES:

Sejal Shah, MD, dermatologist, Schweiger Dermatology, New York City.

Robert Anolik, MD, dermatologist, Laser & Skin Surgery Center, New York City, and medical director for Beauty Bar.

EczemaNet: “Daily Skin Care Essential to Control Atopic Dermatitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 2, 2020

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