How to Stop Excessive Sweating?

How to Stop Excessive Sweating?

Excessive sweating, medically known as hyperhidrosis can be very challenging. It affects different aspects of their everyday life from school, work, social settings and even clothing choices. It can also cause low self esteem and have a traumatic effect on their emotional wellbeing.

Excessive sweating may be quite challenging to treat, and may take a while to get the best treatment for you. Dermatologists recommend trying less invasive treatments first.

Lifestyle Changes

Changes to your lifestyle cannot cure the primary form of excessive sweating, but may improve symptoms and help boost confidence.

The following advice may be of help.

• Stick to antiperspirants than deodorants.

• Avoid triggers that may induce excessive sweating, like alcohol and spicy foods.

• Avoid tight fitting and restrictive clothes, and those from man-made fibers like nylon.

• Black or white clothes can mitigate signs of hyperhidrosis.

• Armpit shields protect clothes and absorb excessive sweat.

• Try alternating between shoes and wear leather shoes often.

• Change your socks at least twice each day.

Stronger Antiperspirants

If regular antiperspirants don’t control your sweating, a dermatologist may prescribe something stronger for you. Antiperspirants that contain aluminum chloride are often used to treat excessive sweating. They work by plugging your sweat glands. You’ll need to apply every night before bedtime, and wash off after your wake up in the morning.

Anticholinergics

Your GP may prescribe certain medications called anticholinergics or antimuscarinic. These function by blocking the effects of acetylcholine, a chemical used by the nervous system to activate sweat glands.

Anticholinergics come in the form of tablets of ointments that are applied on the affected areas. These are mildly used for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, and many of them are not licensed as treatment. But some people find them effective.

Botulinum Toxin Injections (Botox)

Botox can be injected into the skin around areas affected by excessive sweating. This reduces sweating in those affected areas by blocking signals between the brain and sweat glands. Patients are normally given 15-20 injections in the affected areas, like the armpits, face, feet and hands. The procedure normally takes anything in the range of 30-45 minutes.

The effects of Botox injections normally last anywhere between 3 to 12 months, after which the treatment is repeated if need be.

For more information on this treatment you can read up here.

MiraDry Treatment

The MiraDry treatment involves a FDA approved procedure that removes sweat glands in your armpits. The procedure involves using microwave energy to destroy sweat glands, and with that leading to the elimination of excessive sweating issues in people suffering from hyperhidrosis. The method of application is through local anesthesia for additional comfort then the MiraDry piece is placed on where the sweat glands are located and drives home the energy for their elimination. Treatment normally takes an hour.

Localised swelling or soreness may occur, which is normal and may be treated using over-the-counter relievers or ice packs. There’s no downtime, and eliminated sweat glands will never regenerate.

For more information on this treatment you can read up here.

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