How to Manage Your Hyperhidrosis
If you suffer from Hyperhydrosis, or excessive sweating, you may feel very alone and alienated around those fortunate people who do not have this debilitating condition. But you are not alone. Research has proven that at least 3 per cent of the population also battles this embarrassing and life altering illness. Although hyperhidrosis is obviously not life threatening, it is a very upsetting condition that has real implications for the social, professional and even home life of the sufferer.
Don’t Give Up Hope
If you suffer from hyperhidrosis it is easy to become despairing. Many hyperhidrosis sufferers feel they have tried everything, but it is important not to give up hope. New and different treatments are being trialled all the time. What works for one person will not work for another, but with persistence things will improve. Keep researching and try to connect with others who have hyperhidrosis and see what is working for them.
Medical Therapy Can Be Challenging
While there are medical therapies for hyperhidrosis, they are not with without their challenges. Both topical and systemic medications have been used with some degree of success in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Treatments include, but are not limited to, botulinum toxin injections and iontophoresis where electrical current is applied to the skin.
Topical treatments can be applied to assist with hyperhidrosis. One of the most effective and least problematic topical treatments is the regular use of high quality antiperspirant like Rexona Clinical. The trick is to apply the antiperspirant at night when it is cooler so that the active ingredients can be absorbed down into the sweat ducts where they help create a blockage that slows down the incidence of sweat. If antiperspirant is applied only at times of high sweating its’ effects are watered down or even washed off by perspiration. Apply antiperspirant at regular intervals to maintain efficacy.
Liposuction has been used to treat excessive underarm sweating. This treatment is becoming increasingly common and is achieving reasonable results.
ETS treatment is being used in the treatment of palmar hyperhidrosis, sweaty palms. ETS or endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy is a surgical procedure that destroys a part of the trunk of the sympathetic nerve. This can also be used to reduce facial blushing. The treatment is permanent so should be considered as something of a last resort. There are side effects with this treatment and these should be thoroughly considered against the possible improvement in hyperhidrosis.
Everyone has different experiences with hyperhidrosis. Individuals respond differently to treatments; what works well for one may have no effect on another. For this reason it is important to make a thorough exploration of all the possible options available to you and even a combination of those. A good general practitioner will be invaluable, someone with the patience and empathy to help you find real solutions to this deeply upsetting dilemma. Research on new treatments is being carried out all the time as well as more research on optimising existing treatments.