Don’t sweat the small stuff. We all know what it’s like to find ourselves dripping on a hot day or after a tough workout – but for some people, perspiration is a permanent problem. Fed up with sky high dry cleaning bills? Sick of denting the Ozone layer with deodorant? Help is at hand...
Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a medical condition that often has a negative impact on social interaction. For some people, symptoms can be eased through steps such as avoiding spicy foods and alcohol, and avoiding tight and restrictive clothing.
Tried these tactics and still find yourself sweating buckets? Don’t fret – there are a number of treatments you could try to help you get nice and dry again.
Iontophoresis – similar to having an ionic foot bath, this treatment often involves placing your hands and feet in a bowl of water, through which a weak current is passed. Alternatively, your dermatologist may place a wet contact pad under each armpit, before passing the current through the pads. The idea is for the current to block the sweat glands – causing a noticeable improvement after a few sessions.
Botox – Thought that Botox was solely the domain of fashion-fearing career women? Think again. These ingenious injections don’t just help to iron out wrinkles – they can also block the brain’s signals to the sweat glands, reducing the amount of perspiration produced.
Surgery – Typically used to treat patients who have failed to respond to other forms of treatment, surgery is not without its risks – including the possibility of compensatory sweating (or sweating in different parts of the body). Make sure you’ve discussed the procedure fully with your dermatologist before opting for a surgical solution.
If you find that excessive sweating makes you embarrassed to go to work or socialise with friends, then it could be time to do something about your hyperhidrosis. Your dermatologist will be able to help you pinpoint which treatment is most suited to you – all you need to do is look forward to getting your confidence back.
Prescription antiperspirants are also available – your GP may be able to prescribe one for you to help you stop the sweat.