Excessive sweating can take a large toll on your quality of life. It can affect your personal relationships and your work life, and it can make it harder to just get through your day. However, living with hyperhidrosis is more manageable if armed with information about the condition and tips for managing it.
Here’s what you need to know about hyperhidrosis and how to reduce the aggravating symptoms of this condition.
What Is Hyperhidrosis?
Most people have had a few run-ins with abundant sweating throughout their life. Perhaps you have overdressed on a humid day, or you were dripping bullets when you met your in-laws for the first time.
It’s normal to sweat when overheated or even when nervous. Hyperhidrosis, however, is different. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition of excessive sweating, which means you sweat a large amount for no apparent reason, and it interferes with your daily life. Hyperhidrosis affects people in different body areas—you may have overly sweaty hands, armpits, feet, or any combination of these sites. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, hyperhidrosis episodes tend to occur much more frequently than once a week. This can make it a difficult condition to manage.
Tips for Living with Hyperhidrosis
If you have hyperhidrosis, you are not doomed to unexpected sweating episodes taking over your life. You can take the following actions to help reduce your agony.
Wear Breathable Clothes
Your clothing choice can make a significant difference when it comes to sweating. Whenever you can, choose materials that wick moisture from your skin. This does not include fabrics like cotton which absorb sweat. Commonly found moisture wicking fabrics include polyester, merino wool, nylon and micro modal. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if you have excessively sweaty feet, wearing shoes that are made of natural material (like leather, or naturally found fibers) can also help.
Drink Plenty of Water
When sweating, drink plenty of water to help replenish the fluids you lose through your sweat glands. Staying on top of your hydration can help keep your body in balance and reduce your sweating.
Cope with Stress and Anxiety
When you are stressed, your excessive sweating may be more pronounced. Make sure to work on the root of any secondary causes of sweating, such as stress and anxiety. Simple meditations or breathing work can help you get into a calmer frame of mind.
Plan Ahead for Moments That May Trigger Sweating
If you know that you will be facing an excessive sweating trigger, such as having to give a speech, it’s vital to plan ahead. Wear antiperspirant and breathable clothing, and bring a change of clothes, in case you need them.
Carry an Antiperspirant with You
Antiperspirant on hand can help you nip excessive sweating in the bud before it becomes noticeable or unmanageable. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using an actual antiperspirant (which helps limit sweating) instead of deodorant. Prescription strength antiperspirants are stronger and can be more effective at controlling unwanted sweat.
Consult a Doctor about Treatment Options
If you have tried many methods of managing your hyperhidrosis and still struggle, fortunately there are healthcare professionals that can help. An experienced hyperhidrosis expert can help you get closer to the root of the problem and offer effective options to manage hyperhidrosis. Treatment options include non-surgical in-office treatments, minimally invasive surgical procedures, topical medications, and oral medications. A hyperhidrosis specialist can help determine what treatment best suits your specific condition and needs.
What to Do if You Suspect Hyperhidrosis
If you are struggling with the symptoms of hyperhidrosis, give us a call at (732) 398-5099. Our expert physicians can work with you to create a treatment plan that matches your lifestyle and health goals.