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Wet Feet

Definition

Wet feet or hyperhidrosis as it is medically known is a condition that can be both embarrassing and annoying for the person involved. By definition, it is an abnormal glandular condition resulting in an excessive accumulation of moisture or perspiration on the skin. These patients will often come into the office complaining of excessive foot odors, skin discolorations, rashes, and concern over frequently having wet or moist socks. Frequent areas of involvement seem to include the toes, metatarsal fat pads, and arches. The skin itself will often take on a whitened or blanched type of appearance and will be moist to the touch.

Cause

Some people will perspire more then others. Usually, the glandular secretions will evaporate under normal circumstances and not become any sort of problem. In certain cases however, greater than normal levels of perspiration occur and the skinís evaporation or drying mechanism is incapable of handling the moisture load. The result is a wet skin condition that holds surface bacteria and with time, will cause offensive odors.

Treatment

The treatment plan for a wet skin condition is obvious. Topical medications are prescribed by a foot specialist or dermatologist to reduce the glandular secretions and dry the skin. The patient is directed to change his or her shoes and socks frequently to allow for adequate aeration. Occasionally, some attention might be directed at dietary intake in order to reduce the ingestion of certain spicy foods. Proper hygiene involving bathing and thoroughly drying the feet is an essential part of the long-term therapy. This condition is one that can be readily managed and with a cooperative patient, most likely rectified.



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