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21 Aug
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How to Stop Excessive Sweating

Posted in Beauti-Med Tips


Excessive sweating, otherwise known as Hyperhidrosis, is when your body sweats excessively in situations that do not normally cause a person to sweat. If you’re sitting down in your home, the air conditioning on, but are sweating profusely, then you likely have Hyperhidrosis.

Excessive Sweating

This is a more common trait among overweight people, but even then there is a limit to how much sweat a person should be producing.

Know your Hyperhidrosis

The first thing you should know about excessive sweating is that it is not a direct sign of disease, drug use, or illness. While it can be the product of a thyroid issue, in most people this issue is completely harmless.

Hyperhidrosis also comes in two patterns. There is primary focal sweating that causes excessive sweating in specific areas like the armpits, head, hands or feet. There is also secondary general Hyperhidrosis. In this case sweating happens all over the body, and can be a sign of an underlying medical condition.

Drugs and Antiperspirant

When you have excessive seating, regular antiperspirant isn’t able to cut it. What your doctor will likely prescribe for you is one that has aluminum chloride in it. It is easy to use as directed and is often much cheaper than some of the other alternatives.

Along a similar vein to the antiperspirant are drugs made to stop your body from sweating. These work on the whole body as opposed to one specific area. The drugs enter your system and restrict your body from producing acetylcholine, which is the chemical signal for your body to start sweating.

While this method has proven very useful in stopping sweat, if you live or work in a warm environment you will have to take this drug with caution. Without the ability to sweat, your body could easily overheat.

Botox Injections

Many are often surprised to hear, but Botox is used to block signals to your muscles, making them unable to contract. For excessive sweating it does a very similar job.

The Botox blocks your nerves that trigger your sweat glands to activate. This procedure requires many small injections of the botulinium toxin into your underarms or hands. It will take a few days for the sweating to stop, but the effect can last between 4-6 months.

Iontophoresis

This treatment uses low electrical currents to block sweat from getting to the surface of your skin. If you choose this option, you will be placed in a shallow tub of water, your hands and feet in it as well, for 30 minutes at a time. This process will require multiple trips a week in the beginning to have an effect, but after your body becomes conditioned to it, may only require a couple treatments per month to maintain the effect. Once you have gotten used to the treatments and understand how it is done, you can buy a machine to use at home.

If you find yourself sweating more than what is considered to be a normal amount, contact our team today to see how we can help!

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