The foot contains approximately 250,000 sweat glands that keep the feet and blood cool when body temperature rises. The eccrine sweat glands, which are particular to the feet, release water that evaporates as a cooling method. In fact, the sweat glands in the feet can produce up to a half pint of sweat in one day. However, when these glands produce an overabundance of sweat, the resulting condition is called plantar hyperhidrosis, or sweaty feet. This can be disturbing physically, emotionally, and medically. One of the side effects of hyperhidrosis of the feet is the risk of infections from bacteria and fungi, which thrive in moist, warm conditions. The cause of hyperhidrosis of the feet is not yet known, but there are methods that can help to reduce the symptoms. Among them are keeping the feet clean and dry on a daily basis, and wearing shoes and socks that are made of breathable materials. Alternating pairs of shoes is recommended, which can allow them thoroughly dry before wearing them again. Certain antiperspirant lotions and powders also may help. It is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer more advanced treatment options, if needed.
Hyperhidrosis of the Feet
Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.
Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.
Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.
In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.
A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.
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