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Toe knuckles have dry tough skin, tans become darker, looks dirty. How can I treat that area?

Both of my big toe knuckles have dry tough skin on them. I can buff it off and moisturize and it will return in a day or two. My feet tan well in the summer and this dry rough skin always tans darker and just looks dirty. I am a 37 yo female. My only medical issues are allergies/ sinuses/ ears. Is this just dry skin or something else and How do I treat this area?
Asked On : Mon, 25 Jun 2012
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thank you for your query.

tanning of the toe knuckles is a common issue.and it is easily resolvable.

Medical cause for it is Anemia or deficiency of heamoglobin in blood.
it can be easily treated by using iron tablets for 30 days

in case its just due to tanning,you can start with a basic regimen to be followed daily in summer.

1.start by soaking your feet in warm water with salt for 20 mins.
2.scrub the knuckles thoroughly with lemon slice esp on the tanned areas.
3.wash it off and apply moisturizer

these three simple steps will ensure your feet remain soft and tan free..

thank you,
wishing you good health
Answered: Sat, 15 Jun 2013
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