Have you found yourself sweating way more than people around you? Tell-tale signs include clammy hands, under arm perspiration, having to wipe your face repeatedly with tissue paper or handkerchiefs, and generally feeling sweaty all the time.
There are a number of reasons why we sweat. Most of it is protective in nature and sweating helps us to cool ourselves down. However, if you think you're sweating abnormally, you might be experiencing what is known as hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that results in excessive sweating which is not related to climatic heat or exercising. You may find yourself soaking wet even when the climatic conditions are cool enough. This often causes psychological difficulties such as embarrassment and anxiety.
Hyperhidrosis is an abnormal health condition in which people sweat excessively. Excessive sweating may not be limited to a certain area of the body and may involve multiple areas. For example, people may sweat excessively in their hands, face, underarms, groin, and back. This leads to embarrassing situations because of the sweat stains that are left on your clothes, and unpleasant body odor. You may also hesitate to shake hands with people because of your sweaty palms. It is important to note that this excessive sweating is not related to exercising or heat. It may not even be related to anxiety or stress.
People who suffer from this condition experience at least one episode a week when they are awake. When sweating becomes apparent to others, or when it causes body odor, people reach out to health professionals in order to address the underlying problem. Thankfully, there are multiple safe and effective treatment for hyperhidrosis.
Why do we sweat?
Before we begin to address the various treatment options for hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, we need to understand why we sweat in the first place. Your body has an inherent capacity to cool itself down when there is excessive external or internal heat. Too much heat can dehydrate your body and can cause harm to your internal organs. This is why, your body sweats in order to reduce the temperature and there by protect your health. However, people who suffer from hyperhidrosis sweat excessively, for a number of underlying medical reasons. Many a times, there may be no apparent medical reason for excessive sweating.
When is sweating abnormal or excessive?
If sweating causes you shame or embarrassment, or if you avoid social situations because of sweating, you may be experiencing hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis can be grouped under two classes — primary and secondary.
Primary hyperhidrosis is the most common form of excessive sweating, and is mostly due to overactive sweat glands that go on fire when you are anxious, nervous, or when you engage even in minimal physical activity. It can also be made worse during summers or in humid environments. This type of hyperhidrosis is usually benign in nature, but may cause social difficulties and embarrassment. It may also be hereditary in nature and may boil down to certain genes that run in your family.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is usually due to an underlying medical disorder such as diabetes, menopause, thyroid issues, or even some types of cancer. Many people often sweat excessively when suffering from cancer or HIV as well.
Thankfully, this is not common, and most cases of excessive sweating or purely cosmetic in nature, and are due to overactive sweat glands.
How to treat hyperhidrosis if it is not due to a serious medical condition?
To make sure that your excessive sweating is not due to an underlying medical problem, we may first ask you to get a medical evaluation. This may involve certain laboratory tests and clinical examinations. Once medical conditions are ruled out, and it is established that your excessive sweating is purely cosmetic, we may recommend a number of treatment options. One of the most successful treatments for excessive sweating is botox injections.
Botox, short for botulinum toxin, is a safe and effective treatment for suppressing overactive sweat glands. It temporarily renders the nerves that case sweating ineffective, so that you do not sweat much. The target area is identified and a topical anesthesia may be applied.
Each target area requires several injections of Botox and the effect may last between six and twelve months. You will have to repeat the treatment once the effects wear off. However, this is a safe and secure treatment option, that causes minimal side effects. You may experience pain or redness at the site of the injections, but these sensations gradually wear off after a few hours.
What lifestyle changes can I make to sweat less?
While Botox injections are effective, they cannot address overall hyperhidrosis. As a result, you may have to make certain lifestyle changes in order to sweat less in areas that have not been treated.
Start to use antiperspirants that content aluminums-based compounds. This temporarily reduces sweating but may cause darkening of skin.
Certain astringents can help reduce excessive sweating too. For example, many people have applied rose water and vetiver extracts to cool down the body during summers. However, these measures are not effective for serious hyperhidrosis.
Take regular showers and wear cotton clothes. Avoid synthetic and other manmade clothing materials.
Drink water adequately so that you remain hydrated, and your body is not compelled to cool itself down by excessive sweating.
Try to address stress and anxiety by seeking therapy or by engaging in moderate physical activity.
Hyperhidrosis can be easily treated
Certainly, hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating can be an embarrassing problem for many. Unless it is caused by a serious medical condition, it can easily be treated with lifestyle changes or Botox injections. Botox injections are safe and effective and help reduce excessive sweating in pals, feet, under arms, and other areas.
For an individualized treatment approach, contact our skin care experts at RSB Wellness today. We would be happy to manage your hyperhidrosis and help you regain your confidence.
What does excessive sweating indicate?
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can be a sign of thyroid issues, diabetes, or an infection. Additionally, those who are obese or out of shape are more likely to experience excessive perspiration. The majority of cases of excessive sweating are innocuous, which is excellent news.
Is excessive perspiration healthy?
Even though it might be unpleasant and nasty, sweat is a normal and healthy bodily function that aids in body cooling. However, excessive perspiration may harm your relationships and social life, as well as your emotional wellbeing.
What triggers excessive head and facial perspiration?
Eccrine glands are overstimulated, which leads to facial hyperhidrosis. Though it may be genetic, this generally lacks a clear aetiology. In addition, it may be brought on by stress, substance misuse, menopause, hyperthyroidism, or medications like insulin and pilocarpine.