Everyone sweats. It’s a natural bodily function. However, if you find yourself dripping with sweat for no apparent reason, there’s a good chance you could have Hyperhidrosis (HH). Excessive sweating is a health condition that impacts 4% to 5% of the population, causing them to sweat as much as four to five times more than the average person.
Living with excessive sweating creates feelings of embarrassment and emotional pain, yet this disorder often goes untreated because people don’t realize they have a medical condition with conventional treatments available. There any many medical treatments for hyperhidrosis, and almost all of them focus on stopping the body from sweating. The Ejis® sweat proof line of clothing is the only solution that works with the body.
Sweat helps maintain a consistent temperature by cooling your body as the moisture evaporates. Two types of sweat glands make up the 4 million glands in the human body.
Apocrine glands secrete sweat through hair follicles located in specific areas such as the underarms and groin.
Eccrine glands make up a large majority of our glands and are located across the entire body. The eccrine glands are most affected by hyperhidrosis. Your nerves activate sweat glands based on triggers including body temperature, physical activity, emotional distress, and hormones. If you’ve got HH, you’ll sweat regardless of your surrounding conditions or your emotional state.
People with hyperhidrosis consider it a deeply personal condition and embarrassing. It’s also not commonly known that excessive sweating is a recognized disorder, so more than half of those with the condition fail to seek diagnosis or treatment.
Also, many medical professionals are not as informed as they could be about the condition, which results in HH going undiagnosed or even misdiagnosed.
Excessive sweating will fall into one of two categories:
If you’re uncertain whether you have primary or secondary hyperhidrosis, St. Louis dermatologist and President of the International Hyperhidrosis Society, Dr. Dee Anna Glaser, recommends asking yourself the following questions:
If you answered “yes” to at least two of the questions, you probably have primary focal hyperhidrosis.
If you’re still concerned about excessive sweating but are not showing signs of primary HH, you might have secondary hyperhidrosis as a result of one of the following health conditions:
If you’ve not been diagnosed with any of these conditions, you should speak to your doctor about excessive sweating. They can help determine the cause of your secondary HH whether it is a health condition or a side effect of medications.
Hyperhidrosis can be hereditary, and it affects both men and women, with approximately 1 in 20 people suffering. Excessive sweating tends to start in childhood or adolescence with underarm issues beginning in the late teens. Palm and sole sweating begin around the age of thirteen. Excessive sweating is a lifelong condition with treatments and products available to help you manage living with the discomfort of HH.
If you’ve been worried about your sweating, you’re likely producing an irregular amount of sweat. Start by asking yourself:
All of these issues and extra considerations are commonly reported by people who have hyperhidrosis.
Excessive sweating tends to occur most in the following areas:
Eccrine glands usually produce odorless, watery sweat, but when it comes into contact with bacteria commonly found on the surface of the skin, sweat can create smells. If you have primary hyperhidrosis, you probably don’t suffer from the additional challenge of stronger body odor. The watery consistency produced by the eccrine glands helps to wash away odor-causing bacteria. However, if you allow the sweat to dry on your skin, this can produce unpleasant odors.
There are many ways you can learn to cope with excessive sweating. Of those who have hyperhidrosis, 97% try multiple different methods to prevent or reduce sweating, including:
Most of those solutions don’t offer permanents fixes to HH, but they can help when you’re in a tough spot and make you feel more at ease. Choosing to wear different clothing has certainly helped many Ejis® clothing wearers to feel better about themselves and more confident in social settings.
When people are unable to find effective ways to manage sweating, they may experience social isolation, anxiety disorders, and depression.
Excessive sweating can have a major impact on you psychologically and emotionally. It can make even the simplest daily activities a challenge and have a negative effect on your relationships, career choices, mental well-being, and self-image. That is influenced by the perceptions of others, as 88% of International Hyperhidrosis Society patients have experienced a negative reaction to their sweating. Unfortunately, this can lead to social isolation, anxiety disorders, and depression when people are unable to find effective ways to manage sweating.
It is important to realize you are not alone. Hyperhidrosis is a condition shared by many, and understanding people’s experiences can help you cope or even find better solutions. David Matusiak shared his journey of overcoming hyperhidrosis using Ejis® clothing on Facebook:
“I've suffered hyperhidrosis for over 25 years. That means I will sweat all day, regardless of environmental conditions. This isn't "nerves" or something else. This is what my body does, day in and day out. While not as bad as many conditions, it is extremely uncomfortable to wear a very wet shirt all day (especially when stuck inside cold office buildings). I literally spent decades bringing 3 or 4 shirts to work every day and changing at three-hour intervals. You may be able to imagine how uncomfortable and embarrassing this could be. Even when I put on a clean shirt, I would sweat through it in a few minutes. This would make anything else I was wearing soaked, as well. Dress shirts, sweaters, etc. - all would be wet and require regular changing. Over the years, I've tried all sorts of antiperspirants (including prescription ones), medications, and other suggested treatments. I've tried Pitpons (look it up) and other temporary measures to make it better, to no avail. There are surgeries available, but I'm leery of having elective surgery without an impending life threat. Needless to say, this has been a challenge I've been trying to solve.
Two years ago, I decided to give these "sweat containing shirts" a try. There are several brands and I've bought and tested them all. Some are better than others, and this method has helped me to a certain degree. Without a doubt, Ejis® are the finest version I've found and worn. Ejis® and other brands cannot help to cure my hyperhidrosis condition, but they can help to make me more comfortable and confident every day. I bought 4 V-neck Ejis® t-shirts a few weeks ago and have been wearing them every day.
They are actually great. Much better than all the other brands I've tried. The other ones don't have the build quality that Ejis® do. After this discovery, I won't go back to the other brands. There are several distinguishing factors. The immediate thing you'll notice is the unreal soft, cool and smooth fabric they are made of. The feel and cool comfort of this fabric may be worth it even if you don't have a sweating condition. However, I think the reigning design plus is the high level of build quality, both overall and in the execution of the armpit "diaper" section. (Please forgive that turn of phrase). Some other brands do not even sew down the absorbent layer, leaving them to move, clump, or wiggle. This can lead to leakage, discomfort and general annoyance. Many other brands do not show the "fit and finish" of Ejis®. Turn them inside out, and you'll see unfinished stitches, frayed and pulling threads, and design bulkiness. Another bad aspect is shrinkage and stretching. Shrinkage is bad because suddenly they won't tuck into your pants anymore and require more adjustment. The stretching is bad because you paid $30 for a t-shirt and after pulling it on and off a few times, it looks like a stretched out mumu. Instead, you have to handle and remove them in the most delicate fashion to not make them useless. None of these negative features are shown in Ejis® shirts. I plan to own and use mine for many years. They also have fabric features to help control odors, too.
I don't work for the company, know anyone at the company, or get compensated in any way. I'm just happy to find a really good sweat catching shirt after many years of looking. I wish I had found them many years ago, but alas they are here now. Thanks for making a great, high-quality product Ejis® - one that has made my day-to-day life much better and happier.”
There are many treatments and products designed to help with excessive sweating. If you suffer from secondary hyperhidrosis, your doctor will first treat the health condition causing the issues. If this does not resolve the symptom, treatments to control the sweating itself will be considered. These treatments are also used for primary hyperhidrosis and can include medications, prescription-strength antiperspirants, and medical procedures.
Your doctor might decide to provide the following to help reduce sweating:
If you don’t see the desired results from medications, there are treatments and elective surgical procedures such as:
Many lifestyle changes can decrease sweat too. These hacks will help keep you drier and happier.
Consider the following to keep sweating down:
Ejis® sweat proof boxer briefs and undershirts are designed specifically for people with hyperhidrosis. The clothes are made of super soft micro modal material fused with real odor-fighting silver and an ultra-thin waterproof layer that will protect your butt, back of the legs, crotch, back, and armpits. The line also includes Ejis® socks, to combat slippery feet.
In general, avoid:
It's hard to believe but you could be misusing your antiperspirant. Start a night-time regime with a shower, followed by an application of antiperspirant to dry skin.
It's hard to believe, but you could be misusing your antiperspirant. Start a night-time regime with a shower and then an application of antiperspirant to dry skin. Since you’re less active during sleep, antiperspirant can do its job overnight. Reapply in the morning and throughout the day as you wish.
For best results, it is also advisable to apply it to smooth skin. So remove or trim hair as needed for antiperspirant to contact the skin. Don’t apply antiperspirant directly to freshly shaved skin, and test new antiperspirants in a small area first to avoid skin irritation.
If you find your excess sweating gets worse with stress, you can learn deep breathing exercises. Deep breathing allows you to control negative emotions and reduce stress. Prepare yourself mentally before stressful situations, and breathe in through your nose, hold it for three seconds, and exhale calmly through your mouth. You can also learn meditation techniques to help you stop over-thinking and remain in the moment, which reduces anxiety.
Regular exercise helps your body limit and reduce sweat while keeping weight down. Being overweight contributes to excessive sweating. Exercise also lowers the stress hormone cortisol and releases feel-good endorphins to keep you more relaxed.
There are a number of natural home remedies you can try including:
Although hyperhidrosis can be challenging to live with, there are several remedies you can try to limit the adverse effects of excessive sweating.
If you're ready to take control over how hyperhidrosis is affecting your life, Ejis products can help. We have sweat proof undershirts, sweat proof underwear, and anti-odor dress socks to help manage sweat wherever it affects you most.
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