Hands and feet

September 2009

FocusHands and feet

Sweaty, smelly hands and feet

Volume 38, No.9, September 2009 Pages 666-669

Catherine E Scarff

Background

Palmoplantar hyperhidrosis, with or without offensive odour (bromhidrosis), can have a devastating effect on a patient’s life. The condition usually begins in childhood or adolescence and can impact greatly on education, career choices and social development.

Objective/s

This article describes the presentation, investigation and management options for palmoplantar hyperhidrosis.

Discussion

Clinical history and examination is often sufficient to make a diagnosis of palmoplantar hyperhidrosis. Fortunately, there are successful treatments available that can provide relief of symptoms.

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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