Why is the skin peeling off my feet?

Updated February 21, 2017

Dry, peeling skin on the feet can be more than a minor cosmetic annoyance. It can itch, burn and bleed. Dry, peeling skin can be a sign of a more serious disorder.

Dry Skin

Dry skin can exist as a condition of its own. As dry skin attempts to slough off quickly, peeling can result. Treatment can include exfoliation and a high-grade moisturiser applied to the skin.

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is a layman's term for tinea pedis, which is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. Treatment is generally through topical cream applied to the skin of the foot, though prescription oral medications are now being used to treat the infection.


Excessive perspiration while wearing shoes can cause peeling of the feet. Rubbing in wet socks and in a hot environment such as poorly ventilated shoes can cause overheating, blisters and peeling.

Kawasaki Disease

Kawasaki disease is a serious condition that affects young children. Peeling feet and hands are accompanied by fever, rash, and swollen lips and lymph glands in the neck. The disease isn't commonly fatal but should be diagnosed by a physician immediately.

See a Doctor

See a doctor if peeling is sudden or severe, involving bleeding or infection.

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Lauren Thompson lives in Kansas City, Missouri and works as both a writer and freelancer. Her background is in technical and spec writing for the information technology industry, as well as financial services. She also writes opinion and editorial articles for KCParent and Parents Edge, specializing in entertainment, food and political realms.