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Sweaty Feet? How to Cope

Book Review
July 5, 2012
Stop Sweating and Start Living - Mike Ramsey

I have absolutely no hesitation in saying "Stop Sweating and Start Living" will soon put antiperspirant companies out of business.

I was reluctant at first to endorse any product but this book was different. The remedies it suggests are all-natural and target the root causes of problem sweating.

My only complaint is that it is only available as an instant access ebook. It can't be purchased in bookstores or on Amazon.com, but I'm sure the instant download feature is popular with people overseas and those who are ready to get started.

I strongly recommend "Stop Sweating and Start Living" to anyone who sweats excessively in the underarm, hand, foot, face or back areas.

- James Chambers

Our feet possess over 250000 sweat glands which produce up to a half-cup of sweat daily. Medical trivia? Perhaps but the problem of sweaty feet is more widespread than you think. Medically termed plantar hyperhidrosis excessive sweating of the feet besides causing such socially embarrassing problems as smelly toes and shoes can also lead to fungal infections like Athlete’s Foot.

Why do some people’s feet sweat so much? Well the reason lies at the core of this phenomenon we call hyperhidrosis. Continuing research has revealed that hyperhidrosis is the product of an overactive sympathetic nervous system. You see like all living beings we sweat when our bodies need to cool down. So sweating is nature’s way of maintaining a balanced body temperature. Therefore excessive sweating obviously indicates that this balance is off-kilter and the body is losing more sweat than necessary.

How is this balance disturbed? The hypothalamus the part of the brain that regulates sweating and sweat-related functions sends sensory signals to the sweat nerves which are part of the sympathetic nervous system and they in turn send the signals to the sweat glands making them produce sweat. However when hyperhidrosis occurs the sweat glands disobey the neural signals and produce greater volumes of sweat than required. Since your underarms face palms and feet have more sweat glands than other parts of the body they obviously sweat more than others.

While studies suggest that sweat glands particularly those on the hands and feet may go into overdrive owing to external stimuli like anxiety stress or other emotional distress this theory is yet to be proved because there are recorded instances of hyperhidrosis sweating excessively even when at rest. Some studies suggest that hyperhidrosis may be genetically inherited though once again there has been nothing conclusive on the topic. So we know why some people sweat more than others but the root of the problem is still unclear.

However there are several ways to cope with your sweaty feet among them certain surgical methods. However more and more patients these days are resorting to alternative methods like herbal remedies acupuncture biofeedback hypnosis and relaxation techniques as potential treatments for hyperhidrosis after consulting their physicians. Though the efficacy of these treatments is yet to be 100% proved nobody denies that they hold potential. Besides what works for one person may not work for another and a combination of treatments often works better than a single method.

In addition there are certain everyday solutions that can control if not actually reduce in the long term the sweating on your feet. First and foremost bathe daily to regulate the amount of bacteria on your skin because these are what cause you to smell not the actual sweat. After your bath dry yourself thoroughly to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi in potential damp areas like the skin between your toes. For sweaty feet you will also perhaps need powders or certain branded absorbent insoles available on the market.

Apply antiperspirants at least twice a day and follow the doctor’s advice regarding their application. Though this sounds obvious change your shoes and socks often. I mean try not to wear the same shoes two days in a row and wear the right socks made of fabrics that absorb excess moisture. Whenever you have a chance take off your shoes and socks and air your feet. Follow this advice and you will find that coping with sweaty feet has become less of a nightmare than it used to be!