Why does skin peel between the toes?

The feet take a lot of wear and tear, which can lead to some of the skin between the toes peeling occasionally. However, skin peeling between the toes can sometimes be a sign of an infection or skin condition. The skin between the toes can peel for a variety of reasons, including allergic reactions, bacterial and fungal infections, or nerve damage.

Continue reading to find out potential causes of skin peeling between the toes and how to treat it.


Conditions that can cause skin peeling between the toes include:

A reaction to specific shoe materials may cause peeling between the toes. One of the most common causes of skin peeling between the toes is known as shoe contact dermatitis.

Most people spend a lot of time wearing shoes, which contain a variety of materials, including adhesives, rubber, and dyes.

Sometimes, the materials in a shoe can irritate the feet, causing an allergic reaction. If irritated, the skin may become flaky and peel.

Allergens responsible for causing shoe contact dermatitis can vary depending on the style of the shoe and how it is manufactured. For example, one study found that all 18 of the study participants had an allergic reaction, which was probably due to the presence of a particular compound that forms during the manufacturing process of certain brands of canvas shoes.

Contact dermatitis is not contagious, but a rash can spread from one area of the body to another.

The symptoms of shoe contact dermatitis include:





Athlete's foot

Despite its name, you do not have to be an athlete to get athlete's foot. Anyone can get it, including those who do not do much exercise. Athlete's foot is caused by a fungus called Trichophyton.

The fungus is often present on the skin and is usually harmless. However, it is particularly prevalent in moist areas, such as locker rooms, showers, and public pools.

These warm, damp environments provide the perfect conditions for the fungus to thrive and grow. Warm, moist shoes can also allow the fungus to grow.

Athlete's foot can affect one or both feet. Peeling between the toes often starts with the smaller toes before spreading.

Athlete's foot can be spread from person to person through direct contact or from contaminated surfaces.

Additional symptoms of athlete's foot include:

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