The top of my husband's left foot is itchy, has bumps, and sometimes secretes water. What to do?

Q. What does an itchy, hard bump on the top of the foot with a fluid discharge indicate?

Answered by
Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 07, 2023

Hi doctor,

The top of my husband's left foot, where the hair grows, is itching. The overlying skin is hard and has bumps. It sometimes secretes water. It has been like that for two weeks. We are trying home remedies for itching, such as garlic and apple cider vinegar. Please help.



Welcome to

I understand your concern.

This looks like nummular eczema, and another possibility is irritant contact dermatitis to new footwear.

1. Is this happening for the first time?

2. Any history of eczema in the past?

3. Is it only on the left foot?

4. Is the right foot completely free of any rash?

Please stop using garlic, which can cause further irritation.

Clean the area with warm salt water using gauze.

I suggest applying topical mid-potent steroids like Triamcinolone acetonide 0.1 % cream twice after cleaning the area for two weeks. Consult a specialist, talk with them and take the medications with their consent.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards.

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