Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a problem for many individuals. Many people are unaware that it is more than just sweating heavily when it is really hot outside; it can be a medical condition.

The condition can affect a specific area of the body (localised hyperhidrosis) or the body as a whole (generalised hyperhidrosis).

How to Treat Excessive Sweating

There are many ways to treat hyperhidrosis. These can range from simple life hacks to more major treatments:

  1. Antiperspirant — the first option for many individuals may be to visit their doctor to obtain a special antiperspirant containing aluminum chloride. It is stronger than your average over-the-counter antiperspirants.
  2. Drugs — some drugs can prevent the acetylcholine chemical from working. It is this chemical that helps to stimulate the sweat glands in your body.
  3. Neurotoxins — the use of neurotoxins in cosmetic surgery can be used to block the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. It is a very straight forward procedure, although it may not take full effect for 14-21 days. However, just like any other area, the results are not permanent and treatment may need to be repeated on a 3-6 month basis.

Excessive Sweating Causes

Many medics believe that causes of excessive sweating stem from the nervous system. However, other conditions leading to excessive sweating include:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Menopause
  • Adrenal gland disorders
  • Spinal cord injuries

Other than a physical worry, many people are affected by hyperhidrosis psychologically, emotionally or socially.

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