Hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes an excessive amount of sweat, affects approximately 5% of the population. A woman who suffers from the condition said, “I shower three times a day, wear only black clothes and avoid slip-on shoes, because my feet slide right out of them.” It is no secret that hyperhidrosis has the power to interfere with daily activities, and can be a bit embarrassing to those who have it. The core function of sweat is to cool down the body when its temperature rises due to hormones, physical activity, or our thermoregulatory centers. While normal amounts of sweat are necessary for our bodies to achieve homeostasis, an excessive amount should be treated with the assistance of a medical professional. If you suspect that you have hyperhidrosis it is best to seek the help of a podiatrist right away.
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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