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Blister, itchy skin, swelling and red spots after putting feet in pool. Reason for symptoms?

What appeared as an allergic reaction in my foot after putting my feet in my pool has now partially cleared up. This same problem happened last year. The symptoms were blistered and itchy skin similar to a poison oak exposure. Now I have swelling and red spots at the top of the foot. I treated the foot as if I had athlete s foot with Tinactin spray powder and it has begun to clear up. I m not sure if my foot now has gout . I quit drinking beer 5 or 6 days ago and take high blood pressure and cholesterol medicine. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Asked On : Sun, 10 Jun 2012
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Within minutes to days after swimming in contaminated water, you may experience tingling, burning, or itching of the skin. Small reddish pimples appear within 12 hours. Pimples may develop into small blisters. Itching may last up to a week or more, but will gradually go away.

Because swimmer's itch is caused by an allergic reaction to infection, the more often you swim or wade in contaminated water, the more likely you are to develop more serious symptoms. The greater the number of exposures to contaminated water, the more intense and immediate symptoms of swimmer's itch will be.

Be aware that there are other causes of rash that may occur after swimming in fresh and salt water.
If you have a rash, you may try the following for relief:

corticosteroid cream
cool compresses
bath with baking soda
baking soda paste to the rash
anti-itch lotion
Calamine lotion
Try not to scratch. Scratching may cause the rash to become infected. If itching is severe, your health care provider may prescribe lotion or creams to lessen your symptoms.

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