For people who haveÂ hyperhidrosis, life can present many challenges. Many people who have this condition will avoid shaking hands, going to social gatherings or getting intimate with others simply because they are concerned about their excessive sweating. Although these symptoms can be frustrating, there are many ways in which they can be managed.
Seek medical attention
Hyperhidrosis can be caused by a variety of medical conditions such as pregnancy, menopause, heart disease and some forms of cancer. If you are concerned about your excessive sweating, you should talk to your doctor to rule out the possibility of an underlying health condition. Sometimes, simply by addressing a medical condition, you can stop excessive sweating in its tracks.
Iontophoresis is a procedure, which involves sending mild electric impulses into problematic sweat glands in order to temporality turn them off. The procedure is carried out by a trained dermatologist and generally involves a daily treatment for up to 2 weeks.
The cost per treatment session starts from about AU$65. Alternatively, Iontophoresis machines can be purchased for around AU$2500 and patients can be taught how to safely administer treatments from home. The procedure has relatively few side effects and has proven particularly effective for stopping sweating on the hands and feet. A healthcare professional must be consulted before this treatment can be issued.
Although it is generally considered an anti-aging treatment, Botox injections are also effective in slowing down sweat production. Botox injections work to temporarily relax the nerves that cause sweat production, reducing the amount you sweat. Botox injections to treat excessive sweating can cost anywhere between AU$800 – AU$1500 not including prior consultation. Botox treatments have proven to be relatively low-risk, although many people find the injections uncomfortable. Again consulting a healthcare professional is required before this treatment can be administered.
Buy a stronger antiperspirant
While some antiperspirants require prescriptions and or can only be purchased over the counter, there are antiperspirants that more readily available. Although the terms, antiperspirant and deodorant are used interchangeably, there is a large difference between the two. Deodorants simply mask or destroy the unpleasant odours caused by sweat, while antiperspirants are clinical preparations that reduce underarm sweat.
Antiperspirants are a safe and affordable alternative to Botox or iontophoresis, which provide long-lasting sweat prevention. For maximum protection, antiperspirants should be applied at night, just before you go to bed. This allows time for the antiperspirant to seep into the sweat glands overnight when the body perspires less.
Using an antiperspirant is the easiest and most effective solution to hyperhidrosis. Antiperspirants provide an inexpensive, efficient and painless way to control your sweat and take back control of your life.
Author Bio: John is a health consultant and has been for the past 2 years. In his spare time he likes to write blogs about health, fitness and all round well-being.