Hyperhidrosis or Excessive Sweating is a thing that can bring us too much discomfort. In America, approximately 2% – 3% of the whole population is suffering from this. It does not only bring us discomfort but also limits the activities that we want to do. Usually, excessive sweating happens in parts such as the underarms (this is called axillary hyperhidrosis) and the excessive sweating of the soles of the feet and the palms (this is called palmoplantar hyperhidrosis). The axillary hyperhidrosis (or the excessive sweating of the underarms), usually starts during the adolescence of a person. On the other hand, palmoplantar hyperhidrosis (or the excessive sweating of the palms or the soles of the feet) starts earlier. It usually starts as early as a person reaches 13 years old. If this will not be treated then there is a huge possibility that this will continue forever.
Excessive sweating treated at a excessive sweating and hyperhidrosis cosmetic clinic and it is very embarrassing. It can ruin a lot of things such as romance, intervene in social interactions, it can stain our clothes and can even complicate our business. Sometimes people with hyperhidrosis can even be called unhygienic.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF HYPERHIDROSIS?
Diseases, whether it is endocrine, neurologic, systemic or even infectious, can cause excessive sweating. However, it does not stop there. Even healthy people can suffer from this if triggered by heat and emotion. Also, there are some people who are just suffering from this regardless of any factor such as mood or even the weather.
HOW CAN WE TREAT HYPERHIDROSIS?
Though there are a lot of factors that can trigger excessive sweating, there are also a lot of solutions that you can try. Here are some of the solutions that you might want to take into consideration:
You can try to buy over the counter antiperspirants. You can first try antiperspirants with low metal salt which is usually aluminum. However, if this does not work then you can try antiperspirants with aluminum chloride (an example is Certain Dri), these are more effective compared to low metal salt antiperspirants. This is a good first move because antiperspirants are readily available in the drug stores.
If none of these antiperspirants work, then you can ask for a prescription from a doctor so that you can buy a prescribed antiperspirant. This usually has aluminum chloride hexahydrate.
Iontophoresis is also an option for you. This is a device that can make ionized tap water pass through your skin. This uses direct electricity.
There are also oral medications that reduce sweating such as anticholinergics.
Botox-A or botulinum toxin can also treat excessive sweating in the underarm or axillary hyperhidrosis according to research.
You can also try lasers because they can target and kill sweat glands in our underarms.
MiraDry is also a good option, this uses microwave energy that can kill sweat glands permanently.
HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE SWEATING TOO MUCH?
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is not actually a life-threatening condition. However, if you are sweating too much then you should check with your doctor to help your body as well. Actually, there is no benchmark as to how we know if your sweating is too much already. According to doctors, it is up to you to assess if it brings you discomfort or if it is tolerable. But if ever you already feel discomfort you can also try changing your clothes often and call your doctor in order to bring back the quality life that you want. Instead of just suffering and ignoring it.
Now you are equipped with knowledge, it is time for you to assess yourself and decide.