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What causes flip-flop skin rash?

Go onto any beach in the summer and you’ll likely see countless people wearing flip-flops. Indeed, you don’t have to venture as far as a beach – you’ll see lots of people wearing this style of footwear no matter where you are. Some people make the bad choice to drive in flip-flops, even though doing so could potentially have been to blame for 1.4 million near-misses and collisions. If the weather is good, some people will always resort to flip-flops to walk around in. However, it’s possible to suffer from flip-flop skin rash in some instances, which does not make wearing them a pleasant experience.

If you notice you are developing a flip-flop skin rash, the best thing to do is to take off your flip-flops as soon as possible. There are lots of common skin conditions that can crop up, and some people are more prone to them than others. Eczema, hives and itching can all happen when the skin is irritated by something, and while some people can wear flip-flops without getting any flip-flop skin rash symptoms, others may not be able to wear them at all.

Are flip-flops safe to wear?

This depends. Some are very cheap and can be bought for just a few pounds. Unfortunately, this means they are unlikely to be well made. If you do buy flip-flops, make sure you go for more expensive ones that are better made. Some of the more advanced designs have good arch support and a solid sole, and better materials are used to make them.

Indeed, a thicker sole is a good thing to have. It provides cushioning between you and the floor, and if this is not apparent, you may develop plantar fasciitis – heel pain that results from tears in the tendon attached to your heel. Flip-flops aren’t generally supportive enough to reduce the chances of getting this, so it’s not just a flip-flop skin rash you need to be concerned about.

What should you do if you develop flip-flop skin rash?

Firstly, try removing your footwear and wash your feet with a gentle soap-and-water solution. Don’t use anything too harsh and don’t scrub the skin too hard, as this could potentially aggravate any flip-flop skin rash you could have. Don’t be tempted to put the footwear back on again, as this will likely only make things worse.

The open nature of this type of footwear can mean dust, dirt and other pollutants can affect your feet, whereas they would not normally be able to touch your skin. If you are particularly prone to skin infections, this could be an additional hazard. However, in some cases, an allergic reaction to the materials used to make the flip-flops could lead to a skin rash occurring.

If you suspect your flip-flops are to blame for your condition, you should see your GP for a proper diagnosis. You may have contact dermatitis, a condition that is derived from encountering something that irritates your skin. Since we are all different, some people could wear the exact same pair of flip-flops and not have any problems, while you may find you suffer badly from contact dermatitis.

Lots of substances can cause this condition. Some people are prone to developing it whenever they encounter certain plants and flowers, for instance. For others, cleaning solutions and other similar items might be at fault. Still more may be affected if they wear things made from a certain material. It is not uncommon to experience flip-flop skin rash because of a substance that is included in the making of the flip-flops.

Once you receive a proper diagnosis from your GP, you will know what to do to treat the flare-up. If you decide to wear the flip-flops again and the same thing happens, you will know they are to blame, and you will need to steer clear of wearing them in the future. Take photos of your skin condition as any potential claim you may make for compensation could benefit from having photographic evidence of the extent of the skin condition. Furthermore, a visit to your GP not only results in a proper diagnosis, it also results in an official record of your condition and the diagnosis associated with it.

How much could you claim if your flip-flops were to blame?

Poorly-made products and those that cause health problems in the people who use or wear them could lead to a compensation claim for the resulting illness or condition caused. While you can identify your skin rash online using an NHS tool, we’ve seen how beneficial it can be to visit your GP.

It is difficult to assess how much your claim may be worth in this instance, since it depends on several things. For example, even if other people made similar claims against the same company who created the flip-flops, every case will be dealt with on its own merits. A mild rash is worlds apart from a severe rash that means you cannot wear anything on your feet and you suffer pain every day until it heals. The latter example would likely see the claimant receiving more in compensation than someone who is only troubled by a mild rash.

Expert legal advice

Therefore, it is important to get expert legal advice if you have been affected by a flip-flop skin rash recently. Even if it occurred last summer, there is still time for you to consider claiming for compensation. A three-year time limit is placed on making personal injury claims, so providing your rash occurred within that period, a claim is still possible.

Accident Advice Helpline has helped people make all kinds of claims for more than 16 years. With a chance to use the online test we’ve developed for you, getting answers in just 30 seconds is easier than you’d think. You can also ring our team on 0800 689 5659, to seek the best no-obligation legal advice to determine whether a claim for flip-flop skin rash is possible.