12 Jul Excessive sweating is interfering with my life
Sweating is a normal function of the human body. It serves an important purpose, helping cool our overheated bodies. However for some of us, excessive sweating can become a struggle. Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can have a negative impact on the lives of those who experience it.
The good news is there are solutions that extend past using extra antiperspirant and avoiding the heat. A solution you may not yet have heard of.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical name for excessive sweating. Sweating can still occur when the body is in a cold area, loosely dressed and layered in antiperspirants. Activities and stress play a role in sweating more. But it’s not unusual for someone with hyperhidrosis to be calmly and coolly at rest, and still sweating excessively.
Those with this condition often experience a reluctance to partake in social engagements. Particularly situations where it’ll be clear to others that they are sweating profusely. This can lead to a drop in confidence and have a profound impact on your social life.
Treatment for hyperhidrosis
There are treatment options that can help reduce the amount of underarm sweat. The same prescribed treatment for movement disorders in the face, neck and shoulders can be used under the arms to reduce sweating.
It is injected into the underarm area by a trained, licensed and experienced professional. The glands in the underarms to blame for the excessive sweating will be essentially frozen. The procedure itself takes under 30 minutes and can be performed in clinic.
A reduction in excessive sweating will be typically seen within a few days of treatment. This is not a permanent solution. It will, however, provide relief for 7 to 12 months.
Side effects are rare, but may include tenderness and swelling at the injection site. Some may experience hot flushes. These typically subside within a few short days of treatment.
To maintain results, it’s important to meet with your doctor again for another round of treatment.
Non-treatment solutions to reduce sweating
One of the first steps that you can take is to wear loose-fitting clothing. Doing so will allow for more air to freely flow to your skin. This will help anyone, with or without hyperhidrosis, to feel cooler and not sweat as much. Moisture-wicking clothing can make a difference in helping keep your skin cool and comfortable.
Reducing consumption of coffee, tea and alcohol can make a difference. Hot and spicy food may be delicious but it can also kick off sweating even for those who aren’t living with hyperhidrosis.
Using a prescription-strength antiperspirant can make a difference. When combined with loose-fitting clothing, and taking time to avoid the summer heat, a reduction in sweating may be possible.
For those with hyperhidrosis, these steps may help, but they won’t prevent it entirely.
There’s no need to suffer through life with a condition that can be readily treated. Treating your excess sweating will help restore your confidence and leave you feeling more comfortable year round.