It’s not uncommon to sweat. After a high-impact workout, long run or a day on the beach, your body naturally releases sweat to cool you off. However, there are other times when sweat can present a problem and cause embarrassing moments. For people who live with Hyperhidrosis sweating is a daily event that can alter their lives in a negative way. Thankfully, there are many ways to control it through relaxation like meditation or a deep massage or even surgery.
A medical condition called Hyperhidrosis can cause the body to sweat excessively. In most cases, the over-sweating starts during the adolescent years and continues on through a person’s adult life. It can remain localized to only the hands and the feet or appear just about anywhere on the body including the back, stomach and even cause a sweaty forehead. The good news is that this condition is not hazardous to your health.
Outside of exposing yourself to extreme heat or doing things like performing a strenuous workout, your body should not sweat. However, for those who live with Hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating at the worst possible time is a way of life. Because of this, many of them shy away from public outings, wear layers of clothing and shower two times a day. Lifting your arms and having huge wet spots or going to shake someone’s hand and having a sweaty palm is not something others find attractive. In more serious cases, the sweat left on the skin can lead to a bacterial infection and cause a rash.
Know What Triggers Your Sweat Episodes
There are several things that can trigger excessive sweat. Anxiousness, fear, and stress can cause you to sweat more than usual. For instance, if you have anxiety over speaking in public, have a high-pressure job or financial worries, they can all contribute to excessive sweating. To add insult to injury, the more worried a person is about sweating the more likely they are to sweat heavily.
For many people diagnosed with hyperhidrosis the first step in reducing the embarrassing moments is to apply a heavy-duty antiperspirant, one at a clinical strength. This will give them a renewed confidence and allow them to do fun things with family and friends like hanging out at the beach, bowling or spending a day at the park. If the strongest antiperspirant does not offer results, there are other treatments a doctor can recommend. Doing Iontophoresis, having botulinum toxin injections at the site or taking Anticholinergic prescription drugs can prove beneficial. If none of these treatments provide relief, a doctor, as a last resort, can recommend surgery to remove glands entirely.
Ways to Reduce Sweating
Learning to let go of stress and anxiety can help you to reduce the amount you sweat. Therapy, to find out why you are anxious can provide relief. Meditation which relaxes your mind and body and a deep massage can also offer instant relief by allowing you to relax and reduce your stress levels. Taking a few minutes each day to unwind can prove to offer long-lasting benefits.
Identifying the Condition
Sometimes it’s not hyperhidrosis at all. In order to make sure that it’s not a side effect of certain medications or worse an undetected health problem, you should always see a doctor and let them run tests. Some infections and even certain types of cancer can cause similar symptoms as hyperhidrosis, especially overnight. Menopause and diabetes can also cause night sweats and hot flashes. Rather than performing a self-diagnosis get a professional to give you a confirmation.
Excessive sweating can cause you to withdraw from the world and miss out on living. Luckily, if you have a condition that causes these embarrassing moments, you can control or eliminate them all together.