Understanding Hyperhidrosis And Peeling Feet

The Consequences of Hyperhidrosis: Sweaty Palms and Peeling Feet

Generally, sweating is a normal bodily function, necessary for the regulation of body temperature and maintenance of balance between bodily fluids. However, for some people, this normal activity becomes a cause of concern when it is excessive, a condition medically referred to as hyperhidrosis. This condition can occur all over the body, or it can be localized, affecting specific areas like the feet. In addition, a major by-product of hyperhidrosis is often a condition known as peeling feet. This article discusses the relationship between these two conditions and offers some solutions.

Understanding Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that results in excessive sweating beyond what is needed for body’s thermal regulation. This can stem from an underlying health condition or can have no identifiable cause, in which case it is known as primary or focal hyperhidrosis. By contrast, secondary hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that’s caused by another medical condition or medication.

The most common type of primary hyperhidrosis is palmar hyperhidrosis, or the excessive sweating of the hands. Many people who deal with constant Sweaty Palms also experience plantar hyperhidrosis, or excessive foot sweating. This overactivity in the sweat glands can lead to uncomfortable and embarrassing situations, not to mention its impact on the individual’s quality of life.

Hyperhidrosis and Peeling Feet

Peeling feet is a common condition that often results from persistent dampness caused by excessive sweating. The sweat itself is not the direct cause of the peeling but rather, the constantly wet environment in which the foot is placed. This encourages the growth of certain fungi that are responsible for the skin peeling.

It’s a relatively minor condition, but it’s often uncomfortable and can lead to more severe problems, such as infections, if left untreated. Beyond being unsightly, peeling feet can lead to itchiness and in severe cases, painful sores and bleeding. It’s important to treat it promptly and effectively, particularly in people with hyperhidrosis.

Tackling Hyperhidrosis and Peeling Feet

Both conditions can be tackled together as the causes are interlinked. One of the most successful ways to treat hyperhidrosis and consequently reduce or eliminate the incidence of peeling feet is to try and control the sweat production.

Antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride hexahydrate can be very effective in controlling excessive sweating. When applied to dry skin before bed and washed off in the morning, they can decrease sweat production. This can be used on both hands and feet.

Additionally, a simple foot bath with vinegar can also help control the foot sweating and inhibit the fungal growth that leads to skin peeling. Vinegar’s acidity helps balance the skin’s pH, creating an unfriendly environment for the fungi.

More persistent or serious cases of peeling feet and hyperhidrosis may need medical treatment. These can range from medications to more invasive techniques, such as Botox injections, iontophoresis (a procedure that delivers mild electric currents), or in extreme cases, endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS), a surgical procedure that decreases sweat gland activity.

Lastly, it is always advisable to seek medical advice if you’re dealing with Sweaty Palms and peeling feet due to excessive sweating. A medical professional can provide a comprehensive treatment plan to manage and hopefully alleviate these conditions.

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