Excessive Sweating? 6 Tips for Living with Excessive Foot Sweat

The feet perspire, as they contain a lot of sweat glands, and in some cases, the sweating may be excessive--a condition also known as hyperhydrosis. In order to manage the excessive sweating, you can apply some simple tricks such as using foot antiperspirants or choosing the right type of socks.

1. Foot Antiperspirants

Foot antiperspirants are available to use and can prevent excessive sweat. Apply the foot antiperspirants after washing and drying your feet. Apply several times per day if needed. However, don’t apply during the night, as the antiperspirant will block the sweat glands and the toxins should be eliminated (otherwise the feet can develop bumps or rashes).

2. Baby Powder

Baby powder can be applied on feet, and this can absorb the sweat (keeping the feet dry for longer). Apply some powder at the beginning of the day, and reapply if you feel your feet are wet (or when changing socks).

3. Avoid Synthetic Material Socks

Many times, the wrong choice of socks or shoes can cause excessive sweating and smelly feet. Ideally, you should wear only natural material socks (i.e. cotton), as the cotton will allow the feet to breathe. Synthetic materials (i.e. polyamide or nylon) will not permit the skin to breathe and will cause excessive sweating.

Check the socks you purchase and opt for socks with the highest possible cotton content. Woolen socks can also be worn to avoid excessive sweating.

4. Change Your Socks Often

If your feet tend to get excessively sweaty, you should change your socks more often. Keeping your feet in dry socks is important in preventing the occurrence of certain bacterial or fungal skin infections that may affect feet.

Keep extra socks at your office or in your car and change as often as needed.

5. Suitable Shoes

The choice of shoes can be essential. Getting some sandals or open toed shoes will allow your feet to breathe and consequently, your feet will sweat less.

If the weather doesn’t allow sandals or open toes shoes, you should opt for shoes that have leather or cotton lining. Never wear shoes without socks, as this may facilitate excessive sweating; get suitable socks for each season (i.e. cotton for summer and spring and wool for cooler seasons). Make sure that your feet are never too warm or too cold, as this can trigger sweat as well.

You should avoid wearing shoes as much as possible; whenever you are at home, get some comfortable open toed slippers and allow your toes to breathe.

6. Frequent Feet Baths

The frequency of the baths can also reduce the amount of feet sweat. Clean your feet using an all natural soap and then use a foot antiperspirant or powder. You can clean your feet at least 2 times per day (in the morning and before going to bed), and if needed or if possible, you may also clean your feet during the day.

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