Author: Original page by Dr Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand, 1997. Updated by Dr Anita Eshraghi, Dermatologist, Sweden, and Dr Oakley, in March 2018.
Juvenile plantar dermatosis is a common and chronic, dry-skin condition of the feet that affects children. Occasionally the hands develop similar signs. There is seasonal variation.
Juvenile plantar dermatosis is also known as atopic winter feet, forefoot dermatitis, dermatitis plantaris sicca, moon-boot foot syndrome, and sweaty sock dermatitis.
Juvenile plantar dermatosis commonly affects children between the age of 3 and 14 years, with an average age of 8. It occurs slightly more frequent in boys than girls. Juvenile plantar dermatosis is rarely seen in adults because of thicker plantar skin.
Patients with atopic dermatitis, asthma or hay fever have a higher risk of developing juvenile plantar dermatosis than others.
Juvenile plantar dermatosis is caused by:
Juvenile plantar dermatosis presents with shiny, red and dry skin on the weight-bearing areas of the sole of the feet.
The diagnosis of juvenile plantar dermatosis is based on the clinical findings and a typical history of excessive sweating of the feet.
Juvenile plantar dermatosis is sometimes difficult to distinguish from:
Lubricate the dry skin
Have a rest daily
The prognosis for juvenile plantar dermatosis is good. It usually clears around puberty.
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