When is Sweaty Feet Too Sweaty?

Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating often associated with white, soft skin that is prone to breakdown and infection. The feet of patients with increased sweating often demonstrate the skin breakdown or infection between the toes. Often the inter-web spaces smell strongly and develop fissures and ulcers. The excess sweating may be localized to the feet or may affect the entire skin surface. Hyperhidrosis affects an estimated 3% of Americans and is often difficult to treat. They may sweat profusely because of a hereditary disease, a medical condition (diabetes, tumor, injury, or gout), or food or medicine the patient is taking.

Your podiatrist and/or dermatologist may suggest:

  • Identifying medications that are causing hyperhidrosis and changing medications
  • Iontophoresis (electrical current)
  • Alcohol or betadine applications
  • Antiperspirants
  • Botox injections
  • Prescription medications such as antibiotics or antifungals
  • Surgery
  • Hygiene such as dry socks, powder, creams, proper drying, etc.

This disorder is not easy to treat and it may require multiple attempts at treatment before some relief is obtained. It is important to seek treatment as infections of the skin can deepen and threaten limb or life if there are openings in the skin.

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