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What Causes Sweaty Palms And Feet And Excessive Underarm Sweating?

Updated on February 12, 2011

If you suffer from sweaty palms and feet, you may find that your daily routine is disrupted and that you go through bouts of embarrassment. There are treatments available to help cure excessive sweating and reduce the problem of bad foot odour.

The medical term for excessive sweating is called hyperhidrosis and there are basically three types that affect people.

  • Palmar hyperhidrosis
  • Axillary hyperhidrosis
  • Plantar hyperhidrosis

Palmar Hyperhidrosis

This is when you suffer from sweaty palms and moist fingers. A sufferer will tend to try and avoid making any physical contact. They will be embarrassed to shake hands due to leaving the other person with an uncomfortably wet hand.

There are many ways to cure sweaty feet
There are many ways to cure sweaty feet

Axillary Hyperhidrosis

This is the term for the condition when someone suffers from overactive sweat glands which results in underarm sweating.  Clothing becomes wet and sometimes permanently stained and you can also be left with an embarrassing odour as the sweat bacteria comes into contact with the air.

A cure for sweaty hands means you can show them off to the world
A cure for sweaty hands means you can show them off to the world

Plantar Hyperhidrosis

This term explains the condition of getting sweaty feet. People tend to suffer from getting moisture in their socks and shoes and end up trying to battle with the onslaught of really bad foot odour.

There are several things that you can do to help alleviate the problem of sweating. These solutions can be straight forward stuff that any one can do almost immediately, while other solutions will include doing some online research and finding a medical professional to discuss this matter with.

Natural Solutions To Cure Sweating

Certain things that you can do to help solve the problem of sweating include washing your particular problem areas twice daily and buying specially formulated soaps and deodorants to keep any bad odours at bay. If you suffer from sweaty feet you should invest in good quality footwear.

Medical Solutions To Cure Excessive Sweating

If you feel that you need extra help to fix the problem, you could arrange an appointment with your doctor to discuss your issues. Your doctor may then be able to either prescribe something for you or to refer you to a specialist clinic. Possible cures that you may be informed about by your doctor are:

  • Using a prescription antiperspirant
  • Using a course of prescribed anti depressant or anti anxiety pills
  • Sweat gland removal
  • Surgery to sever signals sent to the sweat glands

It can be embarrassing if you suffer from sweaty palms and feet and produce a lot of sweat in the underarm area. Luckily there are lots of ways that you can treat this problem and successfully eliminate it from your life. Find out as much as you can about what is available online and at your local store or alternatively, book an appointment with your doctor.


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    7 years ago

    Thanks for your article about Sweaty Palms And Feet

    i really enjyod.i tried some of your method such as wearing everyday new cotton socks and wash up. and it helps alot. Because of my work i cannot take open shoes due to health and safety. however i do wash them every 2 hours when i'm at work take off my socks and wash them in the sink when people see me doing this i can see their embarrassment.

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    Victoria Virgo 

    9 years ago from London, UK

    @rb11 - excessive sweating can be due to psychological or physical reasons.  For some people simply changing their diet can have excellent results.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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    9 years ago from Las Vegas

    I read where this could be an indication of a deeper problem such as overloaded toxins in the system, In this case the body is trying to rid itself of toxins that the liver and other organs can't handle. What's your take on this?



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