Sometimes you sweat when you are literally doing nothing. Other times you may begin to sweat even though you are feeling cool or comfortable. You know that your sweating isn’t normal and you’re embarrassed, perhaps even afraid to go out in public.
You may have a condition called Hyperhidrosis, and that condition is treatable. Treatments for Hyperhidrosis have dramatically improved over the last twenty years and now those with Hyperhidrosis have more options than ever. More contemporary treatments (such as antiperspirants) have progressed and become much more effective while new treatments (such as botox injections) offer surprisingly effective results and are becoming more available.
Antiperspirants refer to more than just underarm applications, antiperspirants can come in the form of topical locations that are clear and odorless. These lotions can be applied to most parts of the body and are very effective at preventing perspiration. If you sweat primarily on your face, for example, a topical lotion can be applied much the same way that a facial moisturizer would. Many antiperspirants can be bought at your local drug store, though some of the stronger applications require a prescription from your doctor.
If you sweat on your hands and/or feet, a treatment called Ionphoresis may work for you. Ionphoresis works my running a small electric current through water to your hands or feet. It is still unclear as to how exactly Ionphoresis works, though there are many speculations that suggest that Ionphoresis “turns off” the sweat glands in the hands and feet. The result is the sweating simply stopping outright. Ionphoresis has a success rate that exceeds 80% and may be a viable option for you.
Botox injections are becoming increasingly popular to treat all parts of the body. A botox injection is a local injection to the area requiring treatment and is highly effective at temporarily stopping the secretion of sweat. Botox injections can “turn off” the sweat glands in a similar manner to Ionphoresis but can be applied to all parts of the body. However, botox injections must be performed at regular intervals as its effects are temporary and it can become expensive. Botox injections typically work for around seven months, though it varies from person to person.
Other, more drastic options, are available to someone suffering from Hyperhidrosis. However, these options generally should not be attempted until all other treatments have been proven ineffective. Oral medication can also be prescribed, though they do carry a significant risk of side effects. There are surgical options as well, but they are typically only an option for those with severe Hyperhidrosis. It is important to keep in mind that the surgical treatments are permanent and irreversible.
The effectiveness of treatments for Hyperhidrosis will vary for each individual. Consult with your doctor before beginning any treatment or attempting a new one. Your doctor will know more about this condition, and they are there to help.