Hyperhidrosis is excess sweating of the feet or other areas of the body. While sweating is the primary way the body tries to stay cool during increased temperatures or exercising, or just during times of nervousness, hyperhidrosis can occur without any of these triggers. The condition seems to be related to overactive sweat glands and is hereditary.
Excess sweating of your feet can soak through your socks and cause skin problems such as infections or skin breakdown. This can be an embarrassing situation that can affect a person’s social or work life.
Some people may notice that in addition to avoiding overexposure to hot climates you may need to avoid caffeine, alcohol and even certain spices like cumin or curry. Using strong antiperspirants that can contain 10-20% aluminum chloride can help when used under the direction of your health care provider. Choose socks that wick away moisture from the skin. This does not mean cotton socks. Certain medications such as Botox can also be helpful. Another procedure called iontophoresis can use electricity to help “turn off” sweat glands.