Pitted keratolysis is skin infection caused by excessive sweating and having bacteria present on the skin surface. It is common to have fungus and bacteria on our skin but due to certain conditions these spores multiply in number and cause a characteristic bad odour and the skin has crater like pits on the skin surface.
Common causes of Pitted Keratolysis:
- Excessive sweating
- Wet shoes (Common in Nursing home staff who assists people with showering)
- Wearing shoes for extended periods of time
- Wearing very enclosed shoes (Trade work boot)
- Lack of foot hygiene
- Alternate footwear every day and air out shoes
- Use moisture wicking shoes
- Change socks regularly
- Wash with medicated soap
- Prescription cream from GP (Topical antibiotic)
If you from this condition, call Kew Foot Clinic on 03 9853 6877 to make an appointment for the appropriate treatment.