How to manage hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating on palms/underarms/soles

Hyperhidrosis means your body’s cooling system is working overtime producing four to five times the normal amount of sweat. You could be sitting calmly at your desk, but your hands, palms, armpits, or face are drenched in sweat. This condition is more than physically uncomfortable; hyperhidrosis can cause embarrassment and discomfort especially in social or professional situations. There’s also a potential danger with hyperhidrosis. Hands and palms slick with excessive sweat can make gripping a car’s steering wheel difficult.

Levels of perspiration differ for everyone, and to determine whether your overactive sweating is caused by hyperhidrosis, the specialist should be consulted. The hyperhidrosis expert at Elan Skin Care Clinic would conduct an evaluation of the causes and triggers of your excessive sweating and determine if you have hyperhidrosis.

When Does Your Sweat Become Too Much?

While you may know that you sweat frequently or sweat more than most people, you may not be aware that you are suffering from hyperhidrosis. Below are five signs of excessive sweating along with methods for dealing with the condition.

1. Handshaking Embarrassment

Do you get nervous when you know you will need to shake hands? Do you find yourself wiping off your palms just before a handshake? It may be that you are suffering from hyperhidrosis, which often results in excessively sweating hands. To cut down on the embarrassment you’ll want to check your palms before a handshake. You should also consult a doctor about thoracic sympathectomy, a surgical procedure that can put an end to hyperhidrosis for good.

2. Pit Stains and Ruined Shirts

Do your casual and business shirts frequently feature pit stains, even when you’re right under air conditioning? This is another common sign of excessive sweating. Invest in a lightweight, breathable fabrics. These materials will help you sweat less. They can also wick away moisture so that you aren’t consistently soaked with sweat.

3. Being Consistently Dehydrated

Sweating excessively also means you get dehydrated faster than others. Regardless of the temperature, pay attention to how much you’re sweating, and be sure to drink plenty of fluids to replenish those you’re losing through sweat.

4. Losing Your Grip

When sweat builds up on your palms, it can cause you to lose your grip on what you are holding. Sweaty hands may be unable to properly hold everything from pens and pencils to weights or bats. Keep your hands dry with a towel and make sure that you have a proper grip on anything that could be dangerous if dropped.

5. Smudging Your Paperwork

Do you ever finish handwritten paperwork only to see that you have smeared ink everywhere due to your sweaty hands? It’s not only frustrating, but it can ruin your clothes and set you back during your work. Seek insight from a medical professional to learn the best hyperhidrosis treatments.

Medical Reasons for Hyperhidrosis

While some people think that only heat and emotions trigger excessive sweating, there are a number of other possible causes. These include:

·         Nerve signals

·         Surgery or injury near the saliva-producing glands of the mouth

·         Diabetes

·         Thyroid disease

·         High blood pressure

·         Some antidepressants

·         Infections

·         Certain cancers

·         Menopause

If medication is the cause of hyperhidrosis, then the solution could be as simple as changing to another prescription.

Practical Treatment Options

·         Wear well-fitting leather shoes.

·         Apply antiperspirant on your feet & hand.

·         Use cotton or moisture-wicking socks or gloves.

·         Insert absorbent or deodorizing insoles into shoes.

·         Maintain a daily feet and hand hygiene routine such as washing feet & hand with anti-bacterial soap, apply absorbent powder, and wear different shoes and gloves each day.

After three weeks if these simple remedies are not effective for you, then you will want to follow up with your doctor to review medical treatment options and determine the best one for you.

How Hyperhidrosis Is Treated

A hyperhidrosis specialist will consider moderate treatment options first, but each case must be evaluated based on several factors, such as the severity of the case and location of hyperhidrosis.

There are several non-invasive options for treating heavy sweating. These include:

·         Topical antiperspirants – most contain aluminium chloride or aluminium chlorhydrate

·         Botox – blocks sweat secretion in the treated glands

·         Iontophoresis – pore thickening procedure delivered through mild electrical current

·         Thorascoscopic sympathectomy – minimally invasive procedure treating sweat glands

With more severe sweating cases, hyperhidrosis specialists can treat patients with thoracoscopic sympathectomy, a minimally invasive surgical method. This procedure helps to prevent excessive sweating by severing the sympathetic nerves which are located at the back of the chest cavity.

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We take time to listen to our patients needs and really get to know them so that we can design a highly customized and effective treatment plans.

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