How to Cure Sweaty Feet

How to Cure Sweaty Feet

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  1. Sweaty feet are a normal and expected result of heat and/or strenuous activity. Sweating is meant to naturally cool the body when it is hot. So, there’s only one option for completely avoiding having sweaty feet in the future. Just remain constantly cool and completely inactive. Not an option! This article includes many tips for treating sweaty feet and avoiding foot odors. It also explains how to tell if your foot sweating or foot odor is abnormal. And it details treatment options for both these problems.  

    Abnormally Sweaty Feet

    Heat, activity, nervousness, and anxiety are all listed as common causes of sweaty feet. However, if your feet sweat so much that it interferes with your life, it’s time to see a doctor. Plantar hyperhidrosis is the medical term for feet that sweat excessively Anything from an overactive gland to cancer can cause the problem of overactive sweating of the feet. That is why your doctor needs to do a history and physical, Test results will help find the cause. Each cause has a specific treatment to cure it. Knowing the exact cause of the problem, maximizes the success of the treatment. Since hyperhidrosis is a glandular problem, there is the possibility that it is genetic.

    Cold Sweat on Feet–Big Problem

    Any time your feet have a cold sweat, call a doctor immediately!  Cold sweats can be a sign of many conditions and most of them are bad news. Some of these conditions are serious. That includes these three:

    1.  heart problems
    2.  nerve problems,
    3.  circulation problems. 

    ,What’s That Smell?

    Odor comes when the sweat mixes with bacteria. Bacteria breed in warm, moist, dark places. Therefore, shoes make a perfect breeding ground. Thus the smelly feet and shoes. See tips below for eliminating these odors.

    Avoid Sweaty and Smelly Feet

    Tips to stop ordinary sweaty and smelly feet:

    • Keep feet clean and dry (drying is very important)
    • Allow shoes to dry a day between wearings
    • Wear socks that wick moisture away from feet
    • Use anti fungal foot powder daily 
    • Go barefoot routinely, but be careful where you step!

    Some people have found these things also work. They reduce foot moisture and odor problems by washing and thoroughly drying their feet two or three times a day. If toes are difficult to separate, they use hairdryers set on cool to get rid of the moisture. They re-apply foot powder and change their socks or stockings during the day. (Women’s hosiery traps heat and moisture more than men’s socks do.)  Most people have discovered that sandals and flip-flops let in more air and allow their feet to dry naturally. Just remember to dry the bottoms of the feet often.

    Fungal Infections Stink!

    Fungal infections can cause horrible foot odors. Athlete’s foot and fungal toenails are just two frequent fungal problems that occur in people who are active and sweat.

    Athlete’s foot is common. Some signs of it are:redness, burning, itching, and cracking. These problems often occur between the toes where bacteria (including fungi) thrive. However, athlete’s foot can cause problems on the soles of your feet too. Whichever part of the foot is showing symptoms, start treatment there as soon as possible. Over-the- counter  (OTC) products are usually effective if Athlete’s foot is treated promptly. However, if your feet do not get better in about a week, ask your doctor for a prescription strength product.

     A foot fungus can also grow and spread to other parts of the body. And a fungus can live for years in your body, especially under toenails. Fungal infections are not only persistent, they often return even after the prescribed duration of treatment. For these reasons, treat fungal infections promptly.

    Fungal toenails show up as thick, white to yellow nails which are hard to trim. OTC products are probably not the best option for fungal toenails.These nails usually need a doctor’s care. These toenail infections can make your feet smell awful and the nails may even drain thick fluid. Since these infections last for so long, they can also wear down your immune system.

    Home Remedies for Sweaty and Smelly Feet

    Home remedies are popular because people are embarrassed to seek treatment for sweaty and smelly feet. Common home remedies for these problems: antiperspirants, foot powders, tea baths, and baking soda applications. However, home remedies are just that. They haven’t been medically proven to be effective. 

    Medical Treatments for Excessively Sweaty Feet 

    For excessive foot sweating, that is interfering with your life, your doctor may order medications or treatments.  Sometimes doctors order a prescription-strength antiperspirant containing aluminum chloride to be applied to the feet. Other times they prescribe a medicine to be taken by mouth.  Sometimes they offer a treatment called inotophoresis. This treatment requires your feet to be in water and electrical currents are sent through your feet. No, it doesn’t shock you! It tingles. These treatments are usually done on a daily basis for one to three weeks. You can even buy a machine and do it yourself at home. This electrical treatment is thought to block the sweat glands.

    Whether your problem is foot sweating, foot odor, or a combination of both, try these methods for relief. Then put your best foot forward and move on with your life.

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