Sweating is a natural body function, and something that we all do. We sweat when we play sports, run errands, spend time outside on a hot day or perform chores around the house. Some of us even equate sweating with working hard and performing our best.
For those people who suffer from chronic sweating, it may be more than a case of the jitters or overexertion. When sweating becomes excessive, it may be caused by a medical condition called hyperhidrosis… and it can wreak havoc on your daily life.
You may wonder, what is hyperhidrosis? What causes it and how is it treated? Keep reading as we explore hyperhidrosis, its known causes, and various treatments and lifestyle adjustments to help you better manage your symptoms.
As mentioned, hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive and unstoppable sweating. Worldwide, one in 20 people experience excessive sweating. It is estimated that about 3% of Americans suffer from either axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating in the armpits) or palmoplantar hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet).
Both cases of hyperhidrosis typically surface during adolescence, with palmoplantar hyperhidrosis beginning around age 13 and axillary hyperhidrosis typically starting out later in adolescence.
Unfortunately, there is no permanent treatment for hyperhidrosis; so symptoms may continue throughout a person’s lifetime. Depending on the area(s) of the body affected by the sweat, it can drastically affect a person’s ability to confidently address a group or even perform the simplest of tasks, such as gripping a pen or steering wheel.
Hyperhidrosis varies between primary focal hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis.
The most obvious symptom of hyperhidrosis is uncontrollable, excessive sweating in one or more areas of your body for a prolonged period of time.
Complications from excessive sweating may include:
The best way to approach hyperhidrosis treatment is to first determine your symptoms, including the area on your body most affected by sweat. Think about how it affects your routine, and look for ways to improve your daily life. While there is not a hyperhidrosis cure, below we examine some of the tried-and-true ways to treat and manage it.
There are many hyperhidrosis remedies that can be implemented at home. In concert with these all-natural remedies, there are also simple lifestyle changes you can implement to help manage your symptoms.
Some examples include:
There are many hyperhidrosis remedies that can be implemented at home.
Unfortunately, there is no one hyperhidrosis treatment that works for everyone. But there are ways to manage and treat it on your own or with the help from your doctor. While you’re trying to figure out how to treat hyperhidrosis symptoms, check out EJIS sweatproof basics to keep your clothes dry and your spirits high. (Buy from our shop or on Amazon.)
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