Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) is a condition that causes a person to produce sweat above normal levels. Fortunately, the condition is treatable so here’s an overview of how to stop excessive sweating.
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The active ingredients are traditionally aluminum chloride and aluminum chlorohydrate. These metallic salts work by blocking the sweat ducts. Sweat is still produced by the sweat glands, but by blocking the ducts the amount of sweat that reaches the skins surface is reduced.
Basic over-the-counter antiperspirants are usually the first line of defense for underarm sweating, as they are the most readily available. If these standard antiperspirants fail, stronger formulations are available from your pharmacy. The prescription-strength antiperspirants are much more effective, however the increased strength can also increase the potential side-effects. When using either type also follow the directions provided with them.
Antiperspirants may cause skin irritations, and even allergic reactions due to the chemical compounds in them. They should never be applied to mucous membranes (mouth, nose, eyelids, genitals, anus). This makes them unsuitable for treating facial sweating, or sweating around the groin.
People especially at risk to antiperspirant side effects include those suffering from eczema, sensitive skin, and contact allergies.
There have been reports linking antiperspirants to breast cancer, but there is currently no medical evidence for such a connection.
Deodorants are not antiperspirants, and are not designed to stop sweating. They simply mask the odors that are produced by sweat-eating bacteria.
A physician may prescribe oral medications for excessive sweating. These are referred to as anticholinergics and are often a very effective treatment. Robinul (glycopyrrolate) is one example of this form of medication.
Medications are not suitable for all sufferers. So always consult with your physician before using any hyperhidrosis medication.
They can produce side effects including blurred vision, dry eyes and mouth, headaches, and mood swings.
Botox injections are often used for treating wrinkles. However, it is also an FDA-approved treatment for severe underarm hyperhidrosis. Usually it is only considered if antiperspirants or medications are inappropriate due to allergies or other side-effects.
The Botox injections are made to the affected area and cause a temporary blocking of the chemical signals from nerves to the sweat glands. Reduced underarm sweating can be expected in the weeks after Botox injections.
However, the results from Botox only last for 2 months. The treatment must be repeated several times every year.
It is also an expensive treatment, costing hundreds of dollars per session.
Finally there is the last resort – surgery. Endoscopic Thoratic Sympathectomy (ETS) is the medical procedure of interrupting the nerve connections to the sweat glands. The procedure is effective, but as with any nerve surgery, there are risks to the patient. Severe hyperhidrosis sufferers should consult a qualified hyperhidrosis specialist to determine if surgery is appropriate.Readers with excessive sweating are encouraged to see
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