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Sweaty feet: Treatment, symptoms, advice and help

About sweaty feet

Sweaty feet or plantar hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by abnormally increased perspiration, more than that required for regulation of body temperature, in the feet.

Sweaty feet: Incidence, age and sex

Hyperhidrosis affects between 1 and 2% of the population. The incidence appears to be higher in some parts of south-east Asia .There is no known gender or racial predilection. The most common areas of focal hyperhidrosis are in the hands, feet and armpits.

Signs & symptoms of sweaty feet: Diagnosis

Due to excessive sweating, shoes can be ruined, sandals cannot be worn and foot odour and fungal infection can become problematic.

Causes and prevention of sweaty feet

Family genetic history is believed to play a major role in hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis starts during childhood or adolescence and is inherited as an autosomal dominant condition. trait. Secondary hyperhidrosis, which can start at any time in life due to a disorder of the thyroid or pituitary gland, diabetes mellitus, tumours, gout, menopause, certain drugs, or heavy metal poisoning.

Sweaty feet: Complications

Hyperhidrosis can cause cold and clammy feet, dehydration and skin infections secondary to maceration of the skin. The odor and the discomfort caused by excessive foot sweating can also have devastating psychological consequences. It can lead to relationship problems as well as difficulties at the work place.

Sweaty feet: Treatment

Excessive sweating of the palms and soles in response to emotional stimuli (volar hyperhidrosis) may respond to 20% aluminium chloride in anhydrous ethanol applied under occlusion for several hours, iontophoresis, injection with botulinum toxin, therapy with oral anticholinergics, or in severe, refractory cases, cervicothoracic or lumbar sympathectomy.