Hyperhidrosis Treatments: an Overview

By: Wain Roy

Perspiration is one of the natural ways to regulate our body temperature. The rate of perspiration varies with the change of seasons as well as from person to person. Often, emotional and natural surroundings act as catalysts, increasing loss of body water through perspiration. But increased loss of body water can turn out to be a cause of concern in case the atmospheric temperature remains quite normal. On an average, it is observed that 2-3% of Americans suffer from this disorder, i.e. abnormal perspiration of the underarms or of the palms or soles of the feet. If untreated, this problem may continue throughout one's lifetime.

Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis is a cause for social embarrassment giving rise to other unpleasant situations as well. For instance, it is quite an embarrassment to face one's colleagues or friends in nearly wet condition on account of excessive perspiration on a rather cool day. Problems do not end here. Abnormal perspiration makes work even more difficult- it hard to grip even a pen with moist hands or for your colleagues to carry out business and social interactions.

The cause of hyperhidrosis is chiefly neurological although metabolic and few systemic diseases might trigger intense sweating. Even healthy people are subjected to this disorder. The situation might turn out to be worse with emotional stress as hyperhidrosis makes the subject sweat all the time regardless of the change of atmospheric condition.

Treatment of hyperhidrosis is carried out in various steps, depending on the kind of treatment suiting the subject. Use of antiperspirants (Certain-Dri) is given in the initial stages. If this treatment fails, then the subject can undergo Iontophoresis treatment in which a device is used to pass electricity directly through the skin using tap water. Oral medications called anticholinergics are also prescribed to control sweating. However, oral medications are not much recommended as it leads to dryness of the mouth. Apart from the above treatments, botulinum toxin or botox has shown good results in putting an effective check on hyperhidrosis. Last but not the least is cervical sympathectomy, recommended as the last resort for treatment of hyperhidrosis.

However, if one wants to avoid the above-mentioned treatments, there is still a natural way to keep hyperhidrosis at bay. Detoxifaction is the recommended natural way to drive away the ill-effects of hyperhidrosis. Following a healthy diet pattern along with proper working out sessions is definitely of great help to sort out this disorder. Avoiding fat rich food, beverages, and sodas is advisable. Subjects should rather consume a good amount of fruits and vegetables. Nevertheless, all these efforts might be in vain if the subject is addicted to smoking as it retards the detox process. Working out depends on the age, weight and overall fitness of the subject. Sticking to the basics, a proper diet balanced with a good work out session is ideal for detoxicating the body. This simple routine is highly effective in minimizing excessive sweating thus allowing you to lead a refreshing life.

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