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Hyperhidrosis & Pedicures

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The Travesty of the Situation

I’m 36 years old and have never had a pedicure. Preposterous, right? Not for those who consistently worry about their sweaty feet! I’ve been afraid to let someone touch my feet because 80% of the time they are sweating. However, my best friend decided it had been long enough, so she treated me to my first-ever pedicure. So, nervous yet excited, I let her lead me into a situation that was outside of my comfort zone. I recommend doing one thing every day that scares you, so today this was it for me.

life begins at the end of your comfort zone

I had no idea, but at most spas the person giving you a pedicure wears latex gloves, so they can’t even tell that your feet are sweating. This was so reassuring for me, as I didn’t have to apologize in advance for the way my body behaves.

Adapting to the Environment

I sat down in the chair and placed my feet in the basin of water. It was lukewarm and had a spa bubble thingy in it to help generate a whirlpool of relaxation. Then I noticed the chair I was sitting in had a remote control peeking out from the back corner. I started messing with it and realized it was a massage chair. Let me tell you, these things are heavenly. I laid back and let it do its thing, all the while still worried about what would happen when it was time to take my feet out of the water.

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My feet in a whirlpool pedicure for the first time ever.

After about 15 minutes, the lady came over and placed a towel on the ledge at the base of the chair. She gently took my feet out of the water and placed them on the towel. We all know that towels are a sweater’s best friend, especially terry cloth towels as they tend to be more absorbent. I felt comfortable with my feet on the towel, since my sweat was supported in a sense.

She gently patted my feet dry and began applying a gel that helps slough off callouses. If you’ve never had this done before, prepare to be appalled. I thought my feet were in pretty good shape, but when she took a cheese-grater-looking thing to my heels I wanted to vomit based on how much of my skin was coming off. It didn’t hurt when she did this; it was just a different type of feeling on my heels.

Getting Up Close and Personal

Once my feet were scraped clean, she trimmed my cuticles and shaped my toenails. She didn’t have much toe maintenance to perform, since I’ve always trimmed and painted them myself for fear of my stupid hyperhidrosis grossing other people out. Then she reached for the nail polish bottles I had picked out when I first walked in – a beautiful teal green like a peacock’s feather followed by a topcoat of gold glitter for extra sass.

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Adding a finishing touch of polish after she slipped my flip flops back on.

Keep in mind she still had her gloves on, so I had no fear that she would discover my wet secret. Here’s the shocker, though: MY FEET WERE DRY, PEOPLE. I know what you’re thinking, ’cause I was thinking the same thing. I’ll be damned. I can do what normal people can do. I leaned over in my seat and looked at my BFF.

“Dude. Why did you let me avoid this for so long?!” I said.

“Right? I told you!” she laughed.

That Little Limiting Voice

How many things have you avoided because of excessive sweating? How much in life are you missing out on because the voice in your head convinces you that you can’t do it?Ā  It’s time to tell that voice to STFU. I walked out of the salon feeling so relaxed and powerful. I had conquered a fear of mine. It may seem small to some, but it was huge to me.

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A pedicure calls for new sandals, complete with Summer Soles insoles!

So here’s my challenge to you: go and get a pedicure, guys and gals alike. I haven’t quite worked up to a manicure yet, and I’m not sure I will. The polish chips too quickly on my hands, so I’m not sure it’s worth it for me. But the pedicures definitely are, especially if you get a glittery topcoat. Mine lasted almost a month, and I’ve gotten a second pedicure since. The second time the lady noticed my feet were sweating, but I just brushed it off and said, “Yeah, my feet sweat a lot.” I’m sure I’m not the first person she’s encountered whose feet were a little wet.

So, go do it and then leave a comment below letting me know how it went.

Cheers, sweaty peeps!

P.S. Use the code IHHS for buy one individually packaged pair, get one free at summersoles.com. You’re welcome, and thanks to the International Hyperhidrosis Society for partnering with them.

 

 

 

 

14 Comments

  1. Glad you enjoyed your pedicure! They do feel great. I don’t get them done often but when I do, I always say “no lotion.” All of the nail places I’ve ever been to always massage your feet/legs with lotion before putting on the polish. I also typically ask for cool water, as opposed to hot. That seems to help too.

  2. I love that you did this, SO much. šŸ™‚ And actually, it’s a state law in many places that nail techs have to wear gloves for pedicures. So no worries!

  3. I can relate! I get occasional pedicures and in summer months I usually tell them my feet sweat a lot if they sweat while being polished. I avoided getting my nails done for extreme fear. Now if I get my nails done I ask them to turn the fan on if I feel my hands begin to sweat. I’m sure they’ve talked about it to coworkers but what can you do? I try not to let HH totally control everything I do!

  4. hi guys, i was also suffering with the same issue from my childhood.

    But now i got a solution.

    i am using iontophoresis with No sweat solution (Antiperspirant)

    Its a miracle.

    just try and feel like a normal human

  5. Loved this! I recently started taking glycopyrrolate tablets for my excessive sweating in the hands and feet. They have helped so much. But I remember going to get a manicure once after landing a new job and the lady at the salon was in awe over how sweaty my hands were. I felt like crap, so Iā€™m really glad you were able to have an amazing experience!!!

    • Hi Anika! I’ve tried glycopyrrolate, but it was not successful for me. I’m glad to hear you’re getting some positive results. I love getting pedicures now, but I still can’t bring myself to get a manicure yet. One of these days, though!

  6. Linda Kuhlman

    August 10, 2019 at 0:00

    I alway ask for cool water instead of warm and I don’t use the chair vibrator because, personally, that’s just another nerve stimulant and sometimes those vinyl chairs are already making me sweat. I definitely tell them no lotion on my feet, only my legs. I just tell them right from the start that I have a syndrome called hyperhidrosis so my feel will probably sweat more than they’ve ever seen, but if they’ll do what I ask, it’ll be fine. It is certainly easier in the winter when the humidity is down, but as long as a spa/salon has good a.c. running and you stay calm, it will be fine! Good luck and enjoy – it could be worse – we could have no toes to polish šŸ™‚

    • Linda Kuhlman

      August 10, 2019 at 0:00

      I forgot to say that I ask them to spray or pour alcohol over my feel before they polish – that really helps them to cool down – no one has ever denied me.

      • That’s a great tip, Linda! I’ve noticed my toes do feel much cooler after they use the alcohol to clean off all the lotion and/or clay from the clay mask with towel wrap that I usually get. Sometimes I do tell them no lotion on my feet, too. Depends on the weather and the humidity level how comfortable I will feel with the lotion part.

  7. Sandy Estrada

    October 7, 2019 at 0:00

    I have no problem getting a pedicure. It is getting my nails done that makes me sad. The ladies have commented on my sweaty hands. Why aren’t nail technicians aware of hyperhidrosis? Sucks. I’m so girly and jealous of girls who have pretty nails. All i want is to get my nails done and not sweat.

    • Hi Sandy. I’ve never had a manicure because of this. It might be worth investigating different nail salons and speaking with a manager to explain the situation. Or maybe ask your friends and family who they go to and if they think their salon tech would be open and understanding.

  8. Hiii! omg i just read your blog and i can relate sooo much.
    i have hyperhydrosis when i was a kid until now and this is also the reason why i am scared of getting manicure and pedicure done. But.. when was on my 20s i really wanted it soooo bad (you know like changing nail polish colors monthly) i used to get shy before i get my mani – pedi or tell the nail tech first that i have sweaty palms… (i feel like they think im so demanding because i ask if they have like a fan or a cold towel etc..) but i just go on and ask them because i really need it.

    good thing they understand now our condition. some nail salons here in PH do use gloves and its soo nice.. being pampered not getting anxious because of sweaty palms or feet. šŸ™‚

    PS. i also tried gel polish and i love it šŸ˜€

    • Hi Rej. I’m glad to hear you are able to get manis and pedis despite having hyperhidrosis. I still haven’t had a manicure yet, but maybe one day. Keep asking for what you need when it comes to hyperhidrosis! And if they don’t have a fan, bring your own. šŸ™‚

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