Excessively sweaty feet can be very irritating and embarrassing. What’s excessive? If you suffer from sweaty feet three to five times a week or more.

Also known as hyperhidrosis, this condition affects an estimated 7.8 billion Americans. It cannot always be treated with antiperspirants and even the clinical strength varieties that contain a whopping 12 percent aluminum chloride, a substance well known accumulative human toxin, may not work.(1)

If you suffer from hyperhidrosis and have considered moving to Alaska – don’t pack up yet! There are many effective and inexpensive solutions to this frustrating issue, and you may even have some of them in your kitchen or pantry right now.

5 Effective Ways to Deal with Excessively Sweaty Feet:

1. Avoid Heavy Clothing.

During the winter months, excessive sweating can become especially troubling. When you are indoors temperatures are high and can trigger sweaty armpits, hands and feet. However, once you step outside the temperatures drop significantly, leaving you wanting warmer clothing. But don’t fall into the trap of heavy clothing even during winter months, as this can cause even more stimulation to sensitive sweat glands.

Opt for breathable fabrics including merino wool, cotton, or silk.

2. Find the Right Soap.

A natural anti-bacterial soap can work wonders on overly sweaty skin, so removing bacteria in the skin that can cause irritation may help. Opt for an all-natural bar soap made with essential oils of tea tree, lavender or clary sage.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar, ACV.

This at-home treatment has been used for thousand of years as a folk remedy for everything including upset stomach to the common cold. Today, you can use this cure-all for sweaty feet as it works to balance the skin’s pH. Able to also rid the feet of lingering bacteria that can irritate sweat glands and cause odor, ACV is also a natural astringent to help control sweating, similar to an antiperspirant. Just add the ACV to a cotton ball and dab it on trouble areas including the arches, balls and tops of your feet.

4. Coconut Oil.

Another ancient remedy for just about everything, coconut oil is nutritionally rich in a specific compound called lauric acid. Able to eliminate bacteria that causes overly sweaty feet it’s light and slightly coconutty aroma makes it ideal for use at home for foot massage or in a footbath. Add just a small amount to hands for a rub, or a teaspoon into one gallon of lukewarm water for a soak. Doing this regularly can help, however, be cautious that the oil does not come in contact with clothing, or upholstery. It can stain.

5. Black Tea.

This antioxidant-rich beverage includes a rare chemical compound called tannic acid. It is this compound that gives black tea its natural antiperspirant ability. Also a natural astringent, black tea can help reduce excessive sweating as it constricts sweat glands to reduce the flow to the skin. Simply steep tea bags in hot water for 3-5 minutes, then wait to cool. Apply cooled bags directly to feet and repeat during the week regularly.

The problem of hyperhidrosis doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying all of the activities you love, or harm your self-esteem. Take control of over-productive sweat glands with these 5 DIY tricks and tips for stopping sweaty feet.

Medical Options for Sweaty Feet

If the problem persists, check with your doctor about alternative solutions including these medicated options.

Botulinum Toxin.

This FDA-approved medical treatment for excessive sweating is commonly used for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, but it is also efficacious for sweaty feet. Also known as Botox this medication works to stop the production of a specific chemical in the body that signals to the glands in the feet to produce sweat.

Anticholinergic Drugs.

These are oral medications including glycopyrrolate, oxybutynin, benztropine, and propantheline prescribed by doctors for conditions including hyperhidrosis. However, they might not be right for you as they have been linked to these side effects: blurred vision, heart palpitations, and urinary problems.

There are many causes for hyperhidrosis including stress, anxiety, thyroid dysfunction, poor circulation and nutrient deficiencies. While this condition is uncomfortable, it does not have to disrupt your life. Check with your doctor to see what works best for you, and in the meantime you can try these natural DIY treatments for excessive sweating at home.

Sources:

1 ALUMINUM CHLORIDE || Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database | EWG. Ewgorg. 2016. Available at: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700312/ALUMINUM_CHLORIDE/. Accessed December 22, 2016.