Home Care for Excessive Sweating and Smelly Feet

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Do you know that your feet have over 250,000 sweat glands in each foot? Furthermore, each one produces half a pint of moisture every day. That means that you could fill an entire pint glass of sweat every single day! This may all sound gross, but sweating is simply how your body cools itself down. The problem, though, is excessive sweating.

This condition is also known as hyperhidrosis, which is more commonly found in younger males than any other demographic, but can affect anyone. Symptoms of this condition include strong odor, skin problems, itchy feet, athlete’s foot, and fungal toenails. Sweaty feet are often accompanied by excessively sweaty palms or armpits.

Sweating is a natural response to hot climates or raised body temperatures following physical exercise, but those who suffer from hyperhidrosis sweat excessively almost all the time. There are factors that can increase the risk of this condition, including heredity (Gee, thanks Mom and Dad…), toxicity levels in the body, and the socks you wear.

To prevent excessive sweating from happening to you, stay active. When you are inactive, toxins build up and cause your feet to sweat. To combat this, increase your activity levels and make smart choices with the types of socks you wear. Nylon and cotton socks can prevent sweat from evaporating. This leads to a situation where your feet are constantly wet and makes it easy for athlete’s foot and toenail fungus to develop. Moisture-wicking socks are your best bet to keep your feet dry and less inviting to fungus and bacteria.

Other home care tips for sweaty feet include:

  • Washing your feet daily with antibacterial soap, including between the toes.
  • After washing, drying your feet thoroughly and using foot or antifungal powder.
  • Changing your socks during the day to keep your feet fresh.

The majority of individuals with excessive sweating issues do not seek medical attention, but an expert like Dr. Robert Parker will make sure you do not have to live with this condition. If you want treatment for hyperhidrosis or problems like fungal toenails, you need to see Houston’s High Tech Podiatrist at Parker Foot & Ankle. Call (281) 497-2850 or make an appointment online today!

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