rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


Just this week I’ve noticed something strange has been happening. When you have allergies and eczema you get used to that – makes life interesting (Not!). So this is the thing. The palms of my hands and the soles of my feet have been itching, they’ve been on fire and so tight and scratchy but I cannot see any rash or obvious hives to show for it.

If I feel the skin I can just detect tiny bumps under the surface. The tops of my hands are also not great, covered with the usual hives, nodular prurigo and eczema. They’ve gone off the scale in the last month or so but why suddenly the palms? I’ve never had itching palms or soles of my feet before.

Nothing seems to help except plunging them into really hot water and keeping the moisturised.
And now I’m writing this I’ve noticed that my eyeballs are also tight and itchy. Yes my eyeballs. What on earth is happening to me? I thought I was just tired and needed to shut my eyes. That’s what they feel like.
Maybe I am just tired. Well yes I am tired.
And as I write breaking off to rub my hands together but not with any glee.

I wouldn’t advise googling for causes of itchy palms etc. because the results are scary.

I just wondered if anyone else has this symptom with their allergies? Thanks to twitter friends I know that itching palms and soles of your feet can be a sign of an allergy to something. But what?

coffee allergy

Could it be the coffee?

I’m experimenting with different shampoo so I’ve stopped that for a bit to see if it helps.

Could it be dust?

Could it be wheat allergen which is flying all over the place since the big field opposite is STILL harvesting?

Or could it be some other kind of airborne allergen? But why the soles of the feet too? Could it be a food allergen?

You do have to employ the detective skills of Sherlock Holmes sometimes when you have allergies.

I’ve also been drinking a lot of fresh coffee so I’ve been cutting that out too just to see if it’s got any connection. Can you be allergic to coffee?

So watch this space. The tiny lumps have receded and I’m not itching anymore. So what was it? The shampoo or the coffee?

Please NO… not the coffee…

Does anyone else get itchy palms of soles of their feet? and what was causing it?



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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