Focal hyperhidrosis is when the palms of the hands or soles of the feet sweat excessively. This condition can be inherited, be due to an underlying health problem (such as menopause, obesity, or diabetes), be a side effect of medications, or have no known cause. Though not serious itself, hyperhidrosis can lead to other uncomfortable skin problems or infections and can cause anxiety and embarrassment. This condition usually starts in adolescence. Clammy or wet soles of the feet can be reduced by wearing footwear made of natural materials, like leather, wearing moisture absorbing socks, and using foot antiperspirants. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may be afraid to seek help or may not know that several other treatment options exist. Consulting with a podiatrist will help you identify if there is a possible underlying cause for this problem, and to assist you with obtaining a more effective treatment plan.
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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