Which Type of Hyperhidrosis Do I Have?

Hyperhidrosis is defined as excessive sweating. Plantar hyperhidrosis affects the feet and can cause discomfort and embarrassment. There are approximately 125,000 sweat glands in each foot and they can work overtime in people who are afflicted with this condition. Hyperhidrosis affects approximately five percent of people nationwide and typically males are targeted more than females. There are two categories of hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating that begins in childhood and continues into adulthood is known as primary or focal hyperhidrosis. When larger body areas are affected, this can be referred to as secondary hyperhidrosis which might be a side effect of taking certain medications. Suppose you sweat excessively beyond the average causes of running or exercising. In that case, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine which type of hyperhidrosis you have and offer you relief methods.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM of Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.