What Is Hyperhydrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is sweating that can be so excessive and uncontrollable so as to be highly visible and possibly even drip profusely from the skin, including the hands and feet. While the typical triggers to sweating (such as anxiety, heat, exercise, spicy food) affect those with hyperhidrosis, their sweating can occur without any triggers, such as in the cold. And sweat production for those with hyperhidrosis is significantly more than for most of us without the condition.
If the hyperhydrosis is localized (the more common condition), it usually occurs in the armpits, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, face, or other isolated areas.
If the hyperhydrosis is generalized, it could affect larger areas of the body or the whole body.
What Causes Hyperhydrosis?
There are several possible causes, including some medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, menopause, thyroid problems, or even neurological damage or some cancers, etc.
A qualified physician, especially one known to be investigative, can be very helpful in finding the cause and addressing it, as well as other comorbid or underlying conditions.
Why is Hyperhidrosis a Problem?
Hyperhidrosis may not have debilitating consequences medically speaking (unless, of course, it is a sign of a more serious condition), but it can significantly impact one’s quality of life. For example:
- The skin can become prone to chafing and resulting irritations.
- Sweat acne can occur.
- Clothing can show visible sweat stains in the armpits or in larger areas. Besides the social inconvenience, this can ruin clothing.
- Simple social interactions like shaking hands can be embarrassing.
- If the sweating is severe enough, it can cause keyboards, trackpads, and other electronic equipment to malfunction.
- An unpleasant odor can develop (bromhidrosis).
- Both these antiperspirants contain very high concentrations (Illuminants+ has a higher concentration) of aluminum chlorhydrate to help control sweat.
- Both also contain monolaurin for added antibacterial, disinfectant and antimicrobial properties.
- Both are 100% All-Types-Of-Fragrance-Free.
- Both can be used on the underarms, soles of the feet, palms of the hands and other sweaty areas.
- Essence Skin-Saving Antiperspirant can be used daily immediately and reapplied frequently.
- Illuminants+ Axillight Treatment Antiperspirant must be applied infrequently at first (only 1x or 2x-a-week at most), very slowly increasing until you achieve 1x-a-day applications (no earlier than week 8 of therapy). Do not apply more than 1x-a-day. Use Essence Skin-Saving Antiperspirant on days that you cannot apply Illuminants+ or when reapplying throughout the day.
- Each is formulated specifically as an antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial disinfectant that keeps skin drier and more sweat-free.
- By keeping the Id Gel or Kid Gloves and Essence or Illuminants+ Antiperspirant handy all day, you can reapply frequently to help better control the condition.
- Both are 100% All-Types-Of-Fragrance-Free and are gentle enough for frequent re-application.
If the hyperhidrosis is more than a minor case, the products and practices mentioned above may help but not completely address the problem for the long term. In such cases, our fragrance-free, sweat-reducing, antibacterial body and bath care products can help with maintenance and preventive care, but your doctor may recommend adding more advanced treatment options such as:
- The injection of Botox® or a similar medicine to stop the production of sweat in the area for several months, or
- Chemical or surgical sympathectomy iontophoresis (not always effective and can cause irritations)
- Sympathectomy (removal of spinal sympathetic nerves): this is a major procedure and may or may not be effective over the long term
- The removal of the sweat glands via superficial liposuction or surgery
- Anticholinergic or beta-blocking drugs (some side effects are possible; check with your doctor)
For any of these options, seek the care of a qualified dermatologist, ideally a specialist in or someone with lots of experience in the treatment of hyperhidrosis.
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To learn about bromhidrosis click here