Whether you’re at the gym or on summer vacation; dealing with beads of perspiration to saturated clothing – sweating plagues the majority of us.
Sure it’s uncomfortable, but one leap into a cold shower or pool is all the remedy required to hinder the issue. But what happens when your sweat is extreme, unpredictable and highly uncontrollable? What happens when not just your underarms are affected, but palms and soles of your feet are too? You could be suffering with the common medical condition called Hyperhidrosis. Often developed during adolescence, hyperhidrosis is a disorder that causes excessive sweating of the underarms, hands and feet.
But what causes it? From the subconscious to the physical, hyperhidrosis has a lot of triggers. An increase in surrounding temperature, stress and anxiety are known factors. So are infections, issues with your nervous system and underlying medical conditions such as diabetes. Even genetics have got a taste of the action! Many, however, will come to find that there’s no set diagnosis. These triggers are exceptions, not the general rule. Hyperhidrosis can strike anyone at any time, regardless of climate, emotional response or family heritage. Not great, right?
If you’re struggling with hyperhidrosis, you’re probably well-versed in the way it impacts daily life. First and foremost, it’s downright embarrassing. Sweat stains clothes, makes you smell and even has the potential to ruin social situations. Job interview? Good luck keeping professional when your glands are producing enough perspiration to submerge the Sahara. And don’t even get us started on first dates. How do you flirt with the potential partner of your dreams when a line of sweat is threatening to season your soup?
What’s worse, everyday actions are often made ten times more difficult, especially if your hyperhidrosis affects the palms of your hands. Whether it’s attempting to grip your steering wheel, writing with a pen, or God forbid, using cutlery to indulge in a sensational slice of steak, hyperhidrosis stands to disrupt any kind of work or recreational fun.
Luckily for all, there are a few home-secrets that can help you fend off these nasty effects:
- Avoid tight clothing: Mostly made up of synthetic material, skintight fashion may look appealing but it suffocates the skin. Opt for thin cotton layers as these facilitate breathing room instead. However, cotton tees and arctic climate don’t tend to compliment each other, so once winter swoops around, swap the heavy knits for layered natural fabrics.
- Stock up on antiperspirant: If you don’t already have cans of deodorant lining your bathroom cabinet, your general hygiene may be in question. But a high quality antiperspirant is essential to alleviate excessive sweat. Keep an eye out for products containing aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex, as these ingredients block pores and prevent odor.
- Watch your diet: The foods you digest have a lot to answer for in terms of sweat-effect, but diet is an area commonly neglected. Avoid foods that are spicy, sugary, hot or loaded with caffeine, as these contain ingredients that stimulate the body and encourage sweating. Instead, pack your cupboards with fresh produce containing high levels of silicon, such as apples, spinach, berries, almonds and Vitamin B-rich foods like pork and eggs.
- Drink plenty of water: Finally, a tip that should be ingrained within the very fiber of your being already… a large water intake. Not only is sticking to the recommended 2+ litres a day beneficial to your overall health, but it’s also pretty nifty in lessening the effects of hyperhidrosis. As your body’s core temperature rises, glands will begin to produce sweat. However, a high water intake will regulate your internal temperature to stop that from happening, whilst replenishing the water lost through sweating.
If your efforts to combat the condition have shown little effect, or if it’s seriously beginning to disrupt your quality of life and mental well-being, then it might be time to consider our easy hyperhidrosis treatment with Botox injections. If you are not yet familiar with Botox, it is FDA-approved, and works in this case by blocking the release of a chemical that signals the activation of your sweat glands. The results are astonishing – and it lasts for several months!