And so began our journey into this strange form of Eczema that, as it turns out, both our boys have. The problem occurs mostly in the summer months, but begins as soon as the air turns warm. We began very early in their lives to put them in sandals as early as March to give their feet as much exposure to the air as possible. Even so, the skin peels wherever the shoe touches their feet. This happens to their hands also, but we haven't found much to be done for that.
What happens? Essentially, they get water blisters that pop and peel. The skin is then dead and what's underneath is new skin which is very sensitive. As the weather gets warmer, they get water blisters on the palms of their hands and the soles of their feet and the blisters pop. I guess the water gets trapped between the layers of their skin in the warm weather. It's very very bad if they spend more than an hour in the water, especially during the summer months, but extended water use all year will cause some 'pick.' The boys hate the feeling of the skin so they pull at it to remove it. That is how we named this condition "pick." When they were little, I would say, 'Don't pick! Don't pick!' So the boys thought that their condition was called "pick" and the name stuck. Here are a few pictures of their condition after a day shooting archery outdoors just this month: