Sweating is a physiological process which regulates body temperature. The sweat glands are located almost all over our body. Palms and feet are particularly rich in the glands and their hyperactivity which results in excessive perspiration concerns mainly these areas.
Embarrassing and excessive sweating is a reflection of disturbances to proper skin functioning. Sweaty feet are closely linked with sweat-related fungal infection and the condition is treated similarly.
Photo. A patient with so excessive sweating that the socks were soaked and sweat dripped on the floor.
Hyperhydrosis can be caused by:
- an organ functional infection, esp. in a lower section of the digestive system
- endocrine system disorders (diabetes, hormonal disturbances, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycaemia)
- neurological disorders
- food poisoning
- stimulants consumption (alcohol, drugs, coffee, cigarettes)
When the skin functioning is disturbed, the sweat has an unpleasant smell, sticky texture and its secretion is intensified. Damp, sweaty foot, also referred to as Sportsman’s foot, requires increased hygiene (particularly when unsuitable shoes and artificial fibre socks are worn or when closed shoes are the permanently worn shoe type).
Foot baths with appropriate mineral salts or herbal blends can facilitate detoxification and foot sweating reduction, but it should be emphasized that disinfectants applied on washed and dried feet as well as on the shoes are necessary. Hyperhydrosis reduction is a long-term process the success of which also depends on the patient’s engagement and patience.
Treatment and recommendations:
While being treated for hyperhidrosis, it’s vital that the patient should follow the instructions and systematically apply the recommended methods:
- food baths in salts and herbs- phytotherapy,
- feet disinfection on a daily basis,
- silver fibre and bamboo fiber socks,
- application of recommended medications and agents,
- footwear with good ventilation, which can be changed during a day.
Photo gallery of cases:
Patient 1. A 19-year-old patient kept wearing bovver boots for several years , regardless of the weather, which resulted in advanced fungal and sweaty skin changes. Sore skin, haematoma on the side of the midfoot, maceration through perspiration and smelly feet prompted her to seek professional help.
The result after one-month treatment.
However, a complete skin stabilization and balance took the patient 6 months of preventive activities. No heavy, closed boots in the summer was the key factor.