Sweat feet can be pretty uncomfortable. And not only because of the damp feeling and the smell, but also because sweaty feet often cause blisters on the skin. But why is this actually happening? Is that bad? And what can you do about it? Let's get to the bottom of these questions!
The sweat foot
Sweat feet, also known medically as hyperhidrosis, are a common problem. They arise when the sweat glands in the feet are overactive and produce more sweat than is needed to cool the body. If this sweat cannot evaporate properly, for example by wearing tight shoes or synthetic socks, this can lead to a humid environment that promotes the growth of bacteria and fungi. It is these microorganisms that can irritate the skin and cause vesicles (not to be confused with the pressure-or friction-induced bladder). To make matters worse, the whole thing is often accompanied by itching. Sweaty feet with blisters can therefore be a real burden both physically and mentally. You may feel uncomfortable taking off shoes in public, worrying about the smell or appearance of your feet.
Good bubbles-bad bubbles
In most cases, small blisters on the foot are a Dyshidrotic eczema. Apart from the humid foot climate, this can also arise from contact allergies, stress, smoking or medication. Sometimes it also occurs on the hands. Fortunately, it is not contagious and usually heals on its own. With a few tricks, which we tell you below, you will get rid of the problem even faster. However, the situation is different if your bubbles are due to athlete's foot. This one is even very contagious and must necessarily be treated so that it does not become chronic. It is therefore always advisable to consult a doctor if your skin suddenly changes-especially if it causes itching.Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash
Natural remedies against the Dyshidrotic eczema and sweaty feet
There are many natural remedies that can help fight sweat feet and bubbles. Here are seven you can try:
Foot baths with tea tree oil:
Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that can help fight the bacteria and fungi that cause bubbles.
Foot baths with apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar can help balance your skin's pH and inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi.
Breathable shoes and socks:
Wearing shoes and socks made from natural materials such as leather or cotton can help improve ventilation and reduce moisture.
Regular change and wash of socks:
By frequently changing and washing your socks, you can reduce the accumulation of sweat and bacteria.
Applying foot powder or cornstarch:
These can help absorb the moisture and prevent the formation of bubbles.
Aloe vera has cooling and healing properties that can help soothe and heal vesicles.
Sage has natural antiperspirant properties that can help reduce sweat production.
Please note that while these remedies can help alleviate the symptoms of sweatfeet and vesicles, they do not treat the underlying causes. If you have severe or persistent symptoms, you should see a doctor.
Medical treatments for sweat feet and blisters
If natural remedies are not enough, there are also medical treatments that can help. These include topical antiperspirants that block sweat glands, drugs that reduce sweat production, and in severe cases even surgical procedures. For vesicles, a topical antibiotic cream can help fight an infection, and in some cases it may be necessary to drain the vesicles from a doctor.
Prevention tips for sweaty feet and bubbles
The best treatment, of course, is prevention. By keeping your feet dry, wearing breathable shoes and socks, and regularly cleaning and caring for your feet, you can prevent sweat feet and bubbles from forming. It may also be helpful to change your shoes regularly to give them the opportunity to dry completely between wearing them. When choosing shoes, you should definitely pay attention to sufficient space, good air circulation and moisture-absorbing inner lining.
Sweaty feet and blisters can be an unpleasant problem, but there are some strategies you can use to combat them. From natural remedies such as foot baths with tea tree oil or apple cider vinegar, to behavioral changes such as wearing breathable shoes and socks, there are many ways to improve the health of your feet. If you want to start directly, then take a look at our shop. Our Vegan five slides , Bring everything you need for a healthy foot climate.
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