12 Jul Excessive sweating is interfering with my life
Sweating is a normal function of the human body. It serves an important purpose, helping to cool our overheated bodies. For some of us, however, excessive sweating can become something that we find ourselves struggling with. Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can have a marked negative impact on the lives of those experience it.
The good news is that there are some solutions that extend past using extra antiperspirant and avoiding the heat this summer. There is even a solution that you may not yet have heard of.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is the medical name for excessive sweating. Sweating may still occur when the body is in a cold area, loosely dressed and layered in antiperspirants. Activities and stress can play a role in seeing more sweat at any particular time, but it’s not unusual for someone with hyperhidrosis to be calmly and coolly at rest, but still sweating excessively.
Those who have to live with this condition often experience a reluctance to partake in social engagements. They may start to avoid certain situations where it’ll be clear to others around them that they are sweating profusely.
This level of embarrassment can lead to a drop in confidence and have a profound impact on all social aspects of their life.
Treatment for hyperhidrosis
There are treatment options that can help to reduce the amount of underarm sweat experienced. The very same prescribed treatment that has been used to treat movement disorders in the face, neck and shoulders can be used under the arms to reduce sweating.
The treatment is injected into the underarm area by a trained, licensed and experienced professional. The glands in the underarms that are to blame for the excessive sweating will be essentially frozen. The procedure itself takes under 30 minutes and can be performed in the clinic.
A reduction in excessive sweating will be typically seen within a few days of treatment. This is not a permanent treatment solution. It will, however, provide relief for between 7 and 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 quite as much. Moisture-wicking clothing can make a big difference in helping to keep your skin cool and comfortable.
Reducing your consumption of coffee, tea and alcohol can make a difference for many. 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 big difference for many. When combined with loose-fitting clothing, and taking time to avoid spending time out in the summer heat, a reduction in sweating may be possible.
For those with hyperhidrosis, these steps may help to reduce the signs of the condition, but they won’t prevent it entirely.
There’s no need to suffer through life with an embarrassing condition that can be readily treated. Treating your excess sweating will help to restore your confidence and leave you feeling much more comfortable year round.