Sweaty feet

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Written by: Sandra Eriksson Mirkovic, licensed MD

Do you struggle with sweaty feet? You’re not alone. Excessive foot sweat or disturbing foot odor is one of the most common problem areas for those struggling with a medical condiition hyperhidrosis, the condition of excessive sweating. There are different forms of hyperhidrosis.

Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by other underlying conditions or reasons for sweating. Primary hyperhidrosis is a condition on its own, without any underlying conditions.

Primary hyperhidrosis can be focal and affect one or a few areas of the body such as hands, feet, armpits or it can be multifocal/general, affecting large parts of the body.

The cause of primary focal hyperhidrosis is not fully known. But there are some theories on genetic components, even though not all who suffer from this condition have relatives with similar symptoms and problems. The most likely explanation is that several genes are involved in this condition.

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There are different diagnostic criteria’s for primary focal hyperhidrosis:

Focal increase sweating with > 6 months duration without any underlying causes with at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Sweating that limits daily activities
  • Severely increased sweating at least once a week
  • Bilateral and symmetrical
  • Debut before the age of 25
  • Heredity (present for about 30-35%)
  • Sweating ceases during sleep

Problem with sweaty feet

You can have severe or smelly foot sweat without suffering from hyperhidrosis or bromhidrosis. So what can you do to prevent or ease sweaty feet? Wearing airy shoes and washing your feet often is important to avoid sweat coming into contact with bacteria on the skin. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis though it doesn't matter how much you wash or air, since the sweating is extreme.

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Sweat in itself usually doesn't smell. It’s when it comes into contact with bacteria on the skin that different types of smells, usually not so pleasant ones, occur. How it smells depends on what kind of bacterial flora one has on the skin, and what type of decomposition products are released. There is also a diagnosis in itself with severe foul-smelling sweat, often from the armpits. This is called bromhidrosis.

Many who suffer from extreme foot sweat also suffer from recurrent fungal infections, since fungus thrives in the constantly humid environment. This can lead to damages on the skin barrier and it can quickly become a vicious cycle of eczema and wounds. This is why it’s very important to take action against excessive sweating immediately.

How does one get rid of excessive foot sweat?

Many with hyperhidrosis on their feet ruin shoes within a few weeks or months, leave wet stains on the floor when walking, and may feel a general discomfort and social limitations due to the condition. So how can one treat foot sweat or plantar hyperhidrosis, as it is also called? Many have tried several types of foot deodorants, sprays, or creams.

Sadly, products with aluminum chloride might work, but more often they don't. However, there are other types of medical treatments that can actually alleviate the symptoms really well. Further down we will list a few options. Always consult with a doctor to know what is best suited for you. dig.

Treatment for sweaty feet

You can use an iontophoresis machine, injection treatments, or different types of creams against excessive sweating. But as always, please consult your doctor for medical advice. You are not alone in suffering from excessive foot sweat and it should not be a limitation in your everyday life and in your social life.

Read more onhyperhidrosis and read other people’s stories. We recommend that you check out support groups on Facebook, and that you follow our MD Dr Sandra Eriksson Mirkovic on Instagram: dr_sandra_hyperhidrosis

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5 stars: excellent
Julian has submitted a review about Hidroxa
“I can't believe it: IT WORKS! After 40 years with this annoying problem that, not always, but often plagued me, especially with heat and stress, it took less than two weeks of treatment and .. magic! The beauty is that I am not sweating in the hands anymore, but my general sweating has also been regulated, and it's fantastic. Just one word: THANK YOU“
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5 stars: excellent
Kate has submitted a review about Hidroxa
"I bought this product because my excessive hand sweating was in certain ways limiting my social life, and disturbing me while doing sports. I did the treatments on my hands and feet every day for 12 days. I noticed small improvements already after 6 treatments, and significant results after 10 treatments. After the first 12 treatments I started to use it every other day. When writing this review I have completed 18 treatments, and I’m really happy with the result. The positive problem I have today is that my skin is very dry, and I need to moisturize frequently."
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5 stars: excellent
Dario has submitted a review about Hidroxa
"After 8-9 treatments/days, I became completely dry on my hands. I started using Hidroxa almost a month ago. Now I do treatments every three days and am still completely sweat-free.The treatments are very easy to perform and painless. So far I have only treated hands but I have noticed that my feet also sweat much less than before. Do not really know why but it may be because my hand sweat triggered the foot sweat. It is a very desirable side effect. I would definitely recommend Hidroxa and am completely satisfied with the purchase. It's a game changer!"