Hyperhidrosis Disorder:What Can I Do

Hyperhidrosis Disorder:What Can I Do

Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a common disorder all over the world. Although the primary state of hyperhidrosis disorder starts soon after puberty or during childhood, these disorders can develop at any age. Hyperhidrosis runs in the family but there’s not much known about the causes. Excess sweating may trigger the whole body. However, it commonly occurs the most in hands, feet, armpits, and the groin area. Don’t start panicking as it’s treatable and controllable. If you know the causes and emotion controlling techniques, I hope you will be able to get rid of your hyperhidrosis disorder.

Let’ check out details on hyperhidrosis disorder.

What Causes Hyperhidrosis

There are no clear reasons found for hyperhidrosis disorders to date. However, it’s thought that the underlying reason can be related to the part of the nervous system that controls the sweat secretion. Interestingly, there’s a certain type of hyperhidrosis (secondary hyperhidrosis) that comes with a cause. There can be various triggers to the secondary hyperhidrosis, for example, pregnancy or menopause, certain medications, lower sugar in the blood, anxiety, an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism), and infection etc.

Is Hyperhidrosis Serious?

Hyperhidrosis is not a life-threatening disorder or a serious health issue. However, over-sweating, often times, can interfere with normal, regular activities and can be distressing as well as embarrassing. It may have a bad impact on your quality of life and can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. Severe, chronic sweating can crack the skin, turn the skin white, wrinkled, and often, can cause the area to develop inflammation. Generalized sweating can be a sign of anxiety disorder, hormonal condition, or infection. If the condition is pretty bad, your hyperhidrosis will need medical care.

Hyperhidrosis Treatment

There are various treatment options available for patients with localized hyperhidrosis.

1.     Medications:

Prescription Antiperspirant – Your doctor may prescribe you an antiperspirant that contains aluminum chloride. The product can also cause skin and eye irritation, so be sure to inform your doctor if you have any allergies. The medicine is applied to the affected skin once or twice a week before going to bed. After getting up, you should wash off the product. Be extra careful to ensure that nothing gets into your eyes. If your skin becomes irritated, you should switch to hydrocortisone creams for more help.

Prescription Creams – A prescription cream is generally used for hyperhidrosis that affects the sensitive parts like the face and the head.

Nerve-Blocking Medications – Some oral medications are effective in blocking certain nerves to communicate with each other. This can reduce sweating in some people. However, it can lead to unwanted side-effects like dry mouth, bladder problems, and blurred vision etc.

Antidepressants – Some medications for depression can also work well against hyperhidrosis. In addition, it can successfully decrease anxiety in patients. As we know, anxiety and stress can lead to extreme hyperhidrosis.

Botulinum Toxin Injections – Botulinum toxins (Myobloc, Botox, and others) works as a short-term blockage for the nerves that cause sweating. Before applying the medication, your skin will be iced or anesthetized. Each of the affected areas of your entire body needs several injections. The effect of the injection may last up to 6-12 months. After the time period, the treatment has to be repeated again. The treatment can be painful and some reports of having weaker muscle in the treated area.

2.   Surgical and Other Procedures:

Microwave Therapy – Using this therapy, the radiation is used for destroying the sweat glands in the affected area. The treatment involves two sessions, 20-30 minutes each, three months apart. The possible side-effects include a change in the skin sensation and some discomfort. This therapy is not widely available and can be expensive.

Sweat Gland Removal – If there are the presence of excessive sweat glands in your armpit, it’s also possible to remove the sweat glands. A minimally invasive technique called suction curettage that can be successful. However, you should try out other available treatment beforehand.

Nerve Surgery (Sympathectomy) – In this method, the surgeon performs cutting, burning or clamping the spinal nerves responsible for sweating in your hands. In some case, the procedure can trigger excessive sweating in other parts of the body (compensatory sweating).

Iontophoresis – This procedure has been used to treat excessive sweating on the hands or feet and also the underarm. This is done with your hands or feet submerged in lukewarm tap water for 10-20 minutes while a mild electric current is passed through the water. This usually causes a tingling sensation but is not painful. Sweating usually improves after 5-10 sessions with 3 or 4 sessions per week. Talk to your doctor to know if this is right for you.

Generally, surgery isn’t an option for an isolated head and neck sweating. There is also a variation of the procedure that interrupts the nerve signals without causing the removal of the sympathetic nerve (sympathectomy).

3.   Lifestyle and Home Remedies:

By maintaining a few things, you can improve your situation considerably.

Bathe Daily – Bathe regularly. It will reduce the number of bacteria on your skin. Don’t forget to dry yourself thoroughly, especially the areas between the toes and under your arms.

Drink Water – Drinking water regularly will help cool down your body temperature and alleviate some of your stress.

Clothes, Shoes, and Socks – Choose clothes, socks, and shoes that are made from natural materials such as cotton. Don’t forget to wash them regularly. This will help your skin to breathe freely.

Diet – If your meal contains a high amount of onions, garlic, coffee, and curry,  it may be your triggers for hyperhidrosis. For a positive impact, you should add leafy greens and tea in your diet. Avoid foods that contain too much spice, caffeine, and alcohol.

Try Relaxation Techniques – There are various relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, and biofeedback that can relax your mind. With a stronger mental buildup, you can easily control your stress and other mental conditions that trigger your hyperhidrosis.

And that’s it!

Sweating can become embarrassing. It may stain clothes and cause unwanted complications in different situations. Try out the aforementioned techniques to reduce your sweating. If your situation is intense, don’t forget to consult your doctor.

Cheers! I do hope this is of help to you. Take a look at other articles by clicking here,

 

 

 

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  1. Tolu March 5, 2019 at 2:54 am - Reply

    Thanks Delores for this quality informative post on excessive sweating. I’m glad that I don’t have hyperhidrosis, however i have some friends with this disorder. Thanks goodness, you mentioned that it is not a life threatening disorder, and is treatable through medication, surgeries and change of lifestyle habit. it is interesting to know that based on present research no cause has been found for primary hyperhidrosis but the secondary type has been linked to many things. Stress is one of the causes from my view in relation with the people i know that have this disorder. Thanks for this great post

    • Delores March 5, 2019 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading this article. Anxiety and stress have a lot to do with many conditions. I feel for those who are suffering from this condition and hope that they will find a cure very soon. Take care and have a great day.

  2. Kesha Smith March 5, 2019 at 2:55 am - Reply

    This is such a great article. I was not aware that this was a condition. Excess sweating can be an embarring situation, and not knowing how to control it can be very frustrating. The different treatment that you suggest in your article can really help someone who is dealing with this. Thank you for your time and research!

  3. Kenechi March 5, 2019 at 2:55 am - Reply

    I wonder why the cause of hyperhydrosis has not been discovered. Well, I think the cause can be revealed through appropriate skin testes as this will reveal the organism that is responsible for such and knowing the organism will be a back up fact in determining how it contacted the body. 

    • Delores March 5, 2019 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      Hi Kenechi,

      I do hope that they will find a simple cure soon to help those who are suffering from this condition. Thanks for reading and all the best to you.

  4. Gracen March 5, 2019 at 2:56 am - Reply

    Hi, I was already freaking out as I read your article on the major parts of the body hyperhidrosis usually take place, until I saw that it is treatable and controllable. As a mother, I usually get unsettled when I see health related issues, but good enough that it is treatable. It is interesting to see that there are various ways of treating excess sweating, ranging from medications down to home remedies. It makes a lot of sense to avoid food that is too spicy and alcohol. Your post is quite informative and has equipped me on how to deal with this disorder in case it occurs in the future.

    • Delores March 5, 2019 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Gracen,

      Thanks for reading this post. I am glad you found it helpful. Take care, think positive, and all the best to you.

  5. Louis March 5, 2019 at 2:57 am - Reply

    I didn’t know there was a name for sweating too much. I do sweat a lot, I think it runs in my family. I had been receiving a lot of advice to stop consuming salt in my diet which is something I feel hesitant to do.

    I’m really happy to come across this post. I think most of this medical remedies you’ve outlined would be expensive, I’ll stick to making use of the home remedies. For one, I can increase my water intake and cut back on the spicy food.

    Do you think this hyperhidrosis can be caused by too much consumption of salt? Hope this remedies work for me because, it can be quite embarrassing and I’m speaking from experience.

    Cheers

    • Delores March 5, 2019 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Louis,

      Thanks for your comment. I have not seen where consuming too much salt will cause this condition. It could be a sign of a hormonal condition, infection or anxiety disorder. I would continue with the remedies that are helping and speak to your doctor to find more answers.  Hope you will have comfort soon. Have a lovely day. 

  6. Sammynathaniels March 5, 2019 at 2:58 am - Reply

    I  never knew people do suffer from excessive sweating.. I never knew Hyperhidrosis existed as a health disorder. 

    However, I have few questions. Since it can be genetically inherited, is there any of those treatments that can stop it transfer from parent to offspring? At what sweating rate can one be diagnosed to have Hyperhidrosis? 

    I do hope to get answers.

    Have a nice week.

    With regards,

    Sammy.

    • Delores March 5, 2019 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      Hi Sammy,

      Thanks for reading. The first time I knew that this existed was In my eleventh grade at school. My teacher had this condition. I thought that she was really anxious about teaching, and I always wondered why this was happening to her. In regard to your questions, I know that hyperhidrosis seems to run in families but there is not much known about what causes it. Excessive generalized sweating can be a sign of a hormonal condition, even infection, or anxiety disorder. You will have to speak to your doctor to find out more.

      I am glad you found this article helpful. All the best to you and have a great day.

  7. Vapz March 5, 2019 at 2:59 am - Reply

    I can’t really say that I suffer from a hyperhidrosis disorder but I sweat a lot, sometimes I find that even under the Air conditioning unit, I get sweaty and like you rightly said, it’s usually when anxiety kicks in OR I am not feeling relaxed. So, for that I try some mental gymnastics that help me relax but for anxiety, I haven’t been able to find a way to deal with that so I have also benefitted from this article because now I know how to help myself. Now, you mentioned adding tea for a positive impact, but tea rather makes me sweat, do I have to drink it cold? Why do you think tea will help? Is the antioxidant benefits of tea related to relief for hiperhidrosis? 

    • Delores March 5, 2019 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Vapz, 

      I am glad you found this article helpful. As to your question about tea, Many people like to drink their tea cold because it helps to keep them cool. As for me, I like my tea very hot and it does not bother me, I just like to have it hot. I think in your case, it’s your preference and what will make you comfortable, you will have to consider. Many teas have antioxidants which help the body to get rid of different things. Green tea, I know is a good one. Many people I know, drink this as a cold drink throughout the day. Some tea has a calming effect (chamomile) which helps to promote relaxation. Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

  8. Kesha March 5, 2019 at 3:01 am - Reply

    This is such a great article. I was not aware that this was a condition. Excess sweating can be an embarring situation, and not knowing how to control it can be very frustrating. The different treatment that you suggest in your article can really help someone who is dealing with this. Thank you for your time and research!

    • Delores March 5, 2019 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      Hi Kesha,

      Thanks for your comment. I do this article will help others with this condition to find a remedy for their condition. Best of luck to you. 

  9. Adamu2 March 5, 2019 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Wow, Thanks for writing out this lovely article and I must say its a must for everyone to read and digest.its so helpful. Hyperhidrosis has been an embarrassing thing for me. But have gain Alot from I’m m this article on how to tackle them naturally. Is it hereditary? I will bookmarks this page and send to friends who also feels bad about this. Thanks so much

    • Delores March 5, 2019 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you very much for reading this article. I am glad you found it helpful. I do hope you will find a remedy to help you feel much more comfortable. Have a lovely day.

  10. Henry March 5, 2019 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Hi! Thank you very much for including in your post these home remedies. They are very simple and effective up to a certain degree.

    But I’d also like to ask you concerning Nerve Surgery (Sympathectomy). Does the patient lose sensitivity in his hands or where the surgery is performed? Thank you in advance.

    • Delores March 5, 2019 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Henry, 

      I am glad you found this helpful. In regard to your question on Nerve Surgery (Sympathectomy), There can be side effects and complications with all surgeries. I would talk to my doctor to find out more. Thank you very much for your comment and have a great day. 

  11. ajibola40 March 5, 2019 at 3:02 am - Reply

    It really nice reading all you write in this article on Hyperhidrosis Disorder and things to do to help.

    Hyperhidrosis is not a serious or life-threatening condition, but it often interferes with normal, daily activities and affects a person’s quality of life,I have seen many cases that the sweat smells depending on individuals personal  hygiene that more reason someone having hyperhidrois need to follow most of the things your write in this article especially taking good care of there clothings and taking there bath more than once daily till it is treated 

    • Delores March 5, 2019 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Thank you very much for your comment. I do hope this will help others who are suffering from this condition. Have a great day.

  12. Alice March 5, 2019 at 3:12 am - Reply

    I was born and raised in a city where the normal temperature during the day is 16-24 degrees Celsius and so sweating has never been and issue for me and so as hyperhidrosis. It was only when I moved to another city with a warmer temperature that I noticed how easily I sweat on my armpits. 

    It’s really embarrassing because even during the winter season and with a strong air conditioner during the summer, I sweat uncontrollably in my underarms. I have actually thought of doing a botox which is a temporary fix but I am worried that I would have to keep doing it. I make sure to drink enough water, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and bathe daily but my sweating was not reduced.

    In regards to anti-antiperspirants, I was told that this is not really advisable as it may cause negative side effects. As much as possible I would like to explore all natural remedies first before considering what other options are available. By the way, I have no issues with my palms and feet, just excessive sweating in my underarms. Any advice for me?

    • Delores March 5, 2019 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Alice,

      Thanks for your comment. This can be very troubling for many people. My first experience with this condition was when I entered the eleventh grade. My teacher suffered from this condition in her palms. I felt it for her. You could see the sweat dripping from her hands. Writing on the blackboard was a difficult task for her as the chalk would always get wet. I would continue to explore natural remedies to see which one works best for you. 

      Antiperspirants containing “aluminum salts” is recommended for people who sweat excessively.  (10%-15%) aluminum salts. It can also be used on hands and feet. Talk to your doctor to see what else you can do.

      I am glad you found this article helpful and I do hope you will find a good remedy that will help you to feel better. 

  13. Mary March 5, 2019 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Tons of good information on “Hyperhidrosis Disorder”that is well detailed and will be of good help to your readers. Sweating is embarrassing, stains clothes, and may complicate business and social interactions interactions. Excessive sweat can also have serious practical consequences. With the various treatments options listed in this post will be of help to treat this hyperhidrosis disorder.Thank you for sharing!

    • Delores March 5, 2019 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Mary,

      I am glad you found this helpful and hope it will be of help to others who are suffering from this condition. Thanks for your comment and have a great day. 

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