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Heavy Perspiration

Heavy perspiration is an embarrassing problem and one that can crop when you least expect it to, or want it to. You don’t have to worry about it anymore though as there are some treatments to make your life easier, and hide those dreaded dark patches.

About Heavy Perspiration

Heavy perspiration, or excessive sweating, can also be known as hyperhydrosis which is a common medical disorder (that’s right, you’re definitely not the only one!). Heavy perspiration can also occur after you’ve exercised, or if you’re nervous, if you’ve taken certain drugs or substances, because of illnesses, and because of stress or other psychological conditions, amongst other causes.

While heavy perspiration can happen to anyone at any time, for some people it can become chronic and embarrassing.  If you are one of these people, getting treatment can restore your self confidence and your self esteem.

Treatments for Heavy Perspiration

There are some great treatments and remedies for heavy perspiration that can make your life easier, and help to take away the embarrassment.  Some of these include:
  • Botox - while this sounds extreme, Botox can actually be helpful for excessive sweating as it can paralyse the sweat glands in a certain part of the body such as under the arms, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet.  Botox does wear off over time and it will need to be re-done.  Always remember to have Botox done by a licensed and qualified practitioner in order to minimise the risks.
  • Antiperspirant Deodorants - these aren’t the standard deodorants that you find in the supermarket. Rather, these are clinical strength deodorants that you can find in pharmacies.  Over the counter deodorants contain aluminium chloride which can be more effective than standard antiperspirants, and the prescription strength antiperspirants contain aluminium chloride hexahydrate.
  • Iontophoresis - this is a device that can be used to help control sweating. It works by passing electricity through the skin using tap water and this helps to combat the production of sweat.  Exactly how it works is still not clear.
  • Surgery - there is a surgery known as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) that actually interrupts the nerves that are causing the sweating.  While this is effective, it also has its risks (causing excessive sweating elsewhere in the body, lung and nerve problems) so it is generally a last resort treatment.
There are also some other simple things that you can do to help combat excessive sweating. These include wearing clothing that is made from natural fibres and that is light; avoiding caffeine, which is a stimulant and can increase sweating; soaking your feet in Epson salts to reduce foot sweating; and drink more water as this helps your body regulate its own temperature better.

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