The current Ebola outbreak is scary, but it isn’t something to panic about since it isn’t easy to “catch.” Ebola is spread by body fluids of someone who has symptoms, and even though a whole virus hasn’t been found in sweat, it should still be treated as infectious. It would be extremely rare/virtually impossible for someone to get Ebola from sweaty feet.
Are Sweaty Feet a Real Medical Condition?
The exact cause of sweating too much (hyperhidrosis) is unknown, but it does run in families and is commonly seen in diabetics. The sweating is often unpredictable; it can happen when you are resting or when it is cold outside, and most commonly happens in the hands, armpits, groin, and feet.
With sweaty feet, moisture collects in your socks and shoes. Your skin is constantly damp, making it easier to breakdown and form wounds such as blisters and ulcers. When this happens, you have a higher risk of getting a skin infection.
What can I do to treat my Sweaty Feet?
- Have 2 pairs of shoes that you can wear regularly. Always allow at least 24 hours for your shoes to dry out before wearing them again.
- Only wear cotton socks. Cotton is a natural fiber that can dry out faster than socks made of other materials.
- Bring extra pairs of socks with you, and change them as needed.
- Use powder on your feet to help keep them dry.
Schedule an appointment with us at Hollowbrook Foot Specialists for a check-up. Sometimes certain health conditions, taking medications, or even lifestyle activities can make the sweating worse. Our foot doctor, Dr. Schlam, can work with you to find out what things are causing your excessive sweating, and teach you ways to decrease your symptoms. We have products in our office that can help relieve the excessive sweating and the fungus that can hide in your shoes. Call us at (845) 298 – 9074 or click here for your appointment.
By: Dr. David Schlam
Hollowbrook Foot Specialists
Wappingers Falls, NY
(845) 298 – 9074