According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHS), 5% of people worldwide are reported to have sweaty feet more than what’s considered normal, an ailment referred to as Plantar Hyperhidrosis. This illness is idiopathic, meaning the cause is unidentifiable but it’s possibly hereditary and is often accompanied by sweaty palms. This happens because the sweat glands are working more than usual and they’re not able to stop properly, resulting in too much sweat.
California Seniors Care (CSC), your provider of home care in Campbell, California, has encountered this concern from our senior patients, and this has become a hygiene concern for them. It even led to bacterial and fungal infections on the feet.
Keeping up with our patient’s hygiene is a top priority. Hence, as providers of elderly care, hereunder are some tips we recommend to handle Plantar Hyperhidrosis in seniors.
- Washing the feet
This is of course a given but we want to emphasize this very important preventive measure for infection. Wash their feet at least twice a day, and after doing so, make sure to dry their feet thoroughly.
- Application of substances to prevent too much sweat
We highly suggest soaking their feet in black tea because it contains an ingredient called “tannin”. This substance has breathable properties, meaning it prevents bacterial proliferation and foul odors. It also shrinks the pores, reducing sweat flow. You can also use anti-fungal powders, like cornstarch and antiperspirants, at night.
- Wearing appropriate socks and shoes
Using wool and cotton socks and shoes like canvas or leather are recommended because they’re good for airflow or ventilation.