- Podoconiosis is a disease occurring in individuals whose bare feet are exposed to red clay soil from alkaline volcanic rock.
- This skin irritation is endemic in the highlands of tropical Africa, Central and South America, and Northern India.
Hyperkeratosis and hard nodules of the feet and lower legs are seen. There may be superimposed bacterial and fungal infection and consequent inguinal adenolymphangitis. Loss of function may occur over time.
Topical antiseptics and emollients may help. Patients should wash their feet with soap and water daily and wear socks and shoes. Application of compression bandages and surgery may help to remove nodules.
Raising awareness in endemic areas to the need to wear shoes during daily work is key.
JAAD July 2011 Volume 65, Issue 1, Pages 214–215
Wash Ethiopia Movement
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