If one just sweats more than other people when it’s hot or they’re exerting themselves, that’s not usually a sign of trouble. Sweating is a normal reaction when the body is working harder and needs to cool itself down.
The eccrine sweat glands are numerous on the feet, palms, face, and armpits. When the body is overheated, when a person moving around, when one is feeling emotional, or as a result of hormones, nerves activate the sweat glands. This results in sweat.
But when those nerves overreact, it causes hyperhidrosis, commonly known as excessive sweating.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis:
- Primary focal hyperhidrosis is more common and often first occurs when someone is a child or adolescent.
- Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when there is an underlying cause of the sweat which could be an unrelated medical condition or side effect of a particular medicine, food, or supplement.
Excessive Sweating is a condition that causes discomfort and distress to men and women. It is often embarrassing, causing you to sweat much more than your body needs to in order to regulate its temperature.
The most commonly affected area is the underarms. However, excessive sweating may be also present in many parts of your body, including hands, feet, face, and head.
Normally, the sweat glands produce perspiration that is carried to the skin’s surface when the air temperature rises, or when one develops a fever, exercising, or feeling anxious, nervous, or under stress. When those factors are no longer an issue, the nerves that signal to sweat are put on hold.
But for the 1% to 2% of the population who have hyperhidrosis, the sweat glands don’t shut off.
Sometimes people might just shrug it off and not even think over the symptoms or some are even unaware. But if anyone is experiencing the following symptoms, one can get the appropriate treatment accordingly.
- Visible sweating without any exertion or at rest.
- Sweating interferes with everyday activities.
- Skin that remains wet for long periods and peels often.
- When sweat causes emotional distress or social withdrawal.
- Frequent skin infections such as athlete’s foot or jock itch.
- Experiencing night sweats for no apparent reason
The causes of hyperhidrosis depend on the type of sweating and its severity when it happens. Most times, excessive sweating is harmless. In some cases, doctors don’t know why people sweat too much. In other cases, the causes of hyperhidrosis may be a medical condition that one needs to be aware of. A few conditions that might include,
- Nervous system disorders
- Menopause hot flashes
- Some types of cancer
- Thyroid problems
- Heart attack
Sometimes, there is no medical cause for hyperhidrosis. It can run in families. They are a few ways in which on can follow to handle themselves when they experience excessive sweating.
- One can try these proven techniques for combating excessive sweating, before hiding under bulky sweaters or moving to a chillier climate.
- The easiest way to tackle excessive sweating is with an antiperspirant, which most people already use on a daily basis. Most antiperspirants contain aluminum salts. When it is rolled onto the skin, the antiperspirants form a plug that blocks perspiration.
- Shower or bathe every day using an antibacterial soap to control the bacteria that can inhabit the sweaty skin and cause odors. Dry the body and hair completely afterward, and before applying antiperspirant.
- Use underarm liners and shoe inserts to absorb sweat so it doesn’t ruin the clothes or start to smell.
- Wear light breathable fabrics such as cotton and silk. Bring along an extra shirt when during exercise or outdoor activities.
- Prescription cloth wipes can be used to treat sweating at home. It contains an active ingredient, glypyrronium tosylate, that can reduce underarm sweating.
But if still one is looking for the best option in stopping their suffering from excessive sweating, they can get treatment for professional dermatologists.
Treatment depends on the type of hyperhidrosis and where excessive sweating occurs in the body. The dermatologist will consider the overall health and other factors. The most sought treatments that dermatologists use to help treat their patients with hyperhidrosis are as follows.
Botulinum toxin injections: These injections temporarily block the chemical in the body that stimulates the sweat glands. Most patients notice results four to five days after receiving treatment.
Iontophoresis: Also known as the no-sweat machine requires one to immerse their hands or feet in a shallow pan of water. Then, a medical device sends a low-voltage current through the water. The electric current shuts down the treated sweat glands temporarily. Around 6 to 10 treatments are needed to see actual results.
Medications: For some patients, medications are prescribed to temporarily prevents them from sweating.
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