Excessive Sweating Spoiling Your Summer Romance?
For most people summer is like the Weekend of all seasons. There is joy, friendliness and energy in the air. But there are a few people (and when I say few, I mean thousands) who dread this season due to a medical condition called Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
This condition makes them feel embarrassed, causing them to shy away. Some even become closed off in social settings resulting in a negative impact in their personal and professional life. Here is a bit more about what you need to know:
What is Excessive Sweating?
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes a person to sweat excessively without exercise or being exposed to warm/hot temperatures. It can also become difficult to control the sweating and can vary in degree. However, it is important to investigate why you are an excessive sweater, because it can turn out to be a symptom of a much more serious medical condition.
The Two Types of Excessive Sweating
- Localised excessive sweating is a non-threatening, medical conditions. You tend to sweat only in a localised area, and often, these areas are the hands, feet, head, groin and underarms. It is due to an overstimulation in the production of sweat in your glands. Some researchers even believe it can be hereditary.
- Generalised excessive sweating is a symptom of a more concerning medical condition, lifestyle habit or medicines you might be taking and occurs all over your body.
Causes of Excessive Sweating
Here are some Generalised causes and examples that might be the reason why you sweat excessively. It is however still advised that you see a medical practitioner to pin point the exact reason for your excessive sweating.
|Medical Conditions||Life Style||Medicines (some can cause excessive sweating)|
For blood pressure
For dry mouth
What Treatment(s) are Available to Treat Your Excessive Sweating?
There are many things that can help to improve, if not stop your excessive sweating completely. First, you will need to visit a medical doctor to find out exactly what the cause is and what type of sweating you are dealing with. These are some of the treatment routes you doctor may recommend:
- Prescription/medical antiperspirants
- Injections to paralyse the sweat gland
- Electrical impulse treatment to the sweat glands
- Surgical removal of the sweat glands
- Medications to decrease the production in your glands
It is important to know that with localised sweating or cases where your medical concern is something you might have to manage for the rest of your life, these treatments are finite and will need to be repeated on an ongoing basis. It is also important to note that in some cases when a specific area is treated for example the under arms, the sweating might migrate to another area. This is seen more in the case of surgery.
What Classifies You As An Excessive Sweater?
If it is a hot day and you are spending some time in the sun or if you are running around after the kids and break out in a sweat, you are not an excessive sweater. An excessive sweater will sweat non-stop, while (for example) sitting behind their desk doing routing computer work in a room with a cool temperature.
You don’t have to settle for a life filled with excessive sweating and a stash of baby powder at each of your destinations. At The Aesthetics Centre, we can help you improve your quality of life with thorough examination and treatment of your hyperhidrosis. Contact us for your appointment.
- ‘6 causes of excessive sweating’, health24, http://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Woman/Your-life/6-causes-of-excessive-sweating-20131210 – Accessed November 2016
- ‘Excessive Sweating’, Shield, http://www.shield.co.za/sweat-zone/detail/958694/excessive-sweating?gclid=CJOjlIvm39ACFQa17Qodh9YEpg&gclsrc=aw.ds – Accessed December 2016
- Dr Jennifer Irvine, Injector of Allergan products for Hyperhidrosis.
Written By Danike Bouwer
Edited by Dr Jenni Irvine
© The Aesthetics Centre December 2016