Would you rate your sweating as ‘above average’? You might have hyperhidrosis. Here’s what you can do to minimize moisture
We all know what it feels like to be drenched in sweat on a hot summer’s day. Or for several other reasons, such as hormonal changes and prescription medications.
However, for some who experience acute sweating, regardless of the weather and when other reasons are ruled out, they may receive the diagnosis of hyperhidrosis. According to research conducted in 2016, an estimated 15.3 million Americans – or 4.8% of the population – are afflicted with this condition. And if you are one of them, you are in good company, as celebs including Halle Berry and Cameron Diaz both suffer from excessive perspiration.
While not serious or life-threatening, hyperhidrosis can severely interfere with a person’s quality of life. But they need no longer suffer in damp, clammy silence because there are a handful of treatment options available to dry them out.
Say ‘goodbye’ to serious sweating
There are a number of ways to deal with hyperhidrosis. It’s not something that can be completely cured, there are numerous ways to manage and minimize the sweat. Some that have had good results in patients are:
- Antiperspirants: The regular drug store variety might not be strong enough if your problem is more severe. In this case, ask your dermatologist for a prescription for a medical strength one.
- Iontophoresis: This painless treatment has shown great results in those with slippery hands and feet. A machine sends low-voltage electric currents through water which can temporarily shut down your sweat glands.
- Botulinum toxin: Yes, Botox can treat hyperhidrosis, too! In weaker amounts, it can temporarily block the chemical in the body responsible for activating the sweat glands. The results last up to six months.
- Prescription medication: There are some drugs available that can help to prevent sweating. This is especially useful if perspiration occurs all over the body. However, it should only be used on a short-term basis or as needed.
Visit one of our expert dermatologists for your hyperhidrosis.