Odour & Wetness
Excessive perspiration or hyperhidrosis of the feet is a fairly common foot condition,
especially when you consider we have the highest concentration of sweat glands – over 250,000 – in our feet.
Excessive perspiration in combination with the presence
of overgrown bacteria on the
skin will result in unpleasant
odour or bromidrosis emanating
from the surface.
Anyone can suffer from these conditions, but men are more prone to foot odour than women. Excessive sweating and foot odour can be contributed to high stress levels, obesity, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or excessive stimulation of the sweat glands.
What are the signs and symptoms?
• If you have a lot of foot perspiration and the presence of a foul odour, you may suffer from this condition
Managing foot perspiration and odour will help improve this condition.
Conservative treatments are fairly successful in mild to moderate cases. To keep your
feet dry, you can use over the counter antiperspirants, wear cotton socks, use absorbent powders (Zeasorb) throughout the
day or see your health practitioner for a prescription strength antiperspirant.
To reduce bacterial flora on your skin, wash your feet using strong antibacterial soap and apply an antifungal cream. Surgical treatment is also available but
rarely recommended due to an increased
risk of morbidity, scaring and recurrence.
People with diabetes and other circulatory problems should always consult a health care professional before beginning any treatments.