Dealing with Hyperhidrosis
For those who deal with excessive sweating on a daily basis, you know just how inhibiting hyperhidrosis can be on your life. From social gatherings, to presentations, to the simple selection of clothing – this condition can affect almost every area of your life. Social anxiety, low self-esteem, and overall physical discomfort are common associated feelings that make this condition as impactful as severe acne or even rosacea. So if you’re one of the approximately 3 percent of Canadians dealing with this condition, here are a few ways that can help you manage it.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
Hyperhidrosis can be broken down into two categories:
Focal/Primary is the first. This particular kind is what can be felt in specific areas of the body, such as the under arms, face, hands or feet. It has been linked to over-activity of the nervous system and anxiety disorders that over-activate the sweat glands.
Secondary entails the type of sweating that is generally caused by endocrine disorders, obesity, menopause or some other more identifiable condition that activates sweat glands throughout the entire body.
There are a few main treatments for these conditions that can help to reduce and alleviate excessive over-activity of the sweat glands.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Antiperspirant
All antiperspirants aren’t created equal. You can ask your doctor, dermatologist, or even pharmacist for an over-the-counter recommended antiperspirant that is suitable for you. These can help to block the sweat glands to help to keep you dry and odour-free.
There are medications also available for more severe conditions that can be prescribed from your doctor or dermatologist. It’s always best to consult with your dermatologist if you are suffering from over-active sweat glands so they can recommend the best course of action for you to take.
BOTOX® Therapeutic Treatments
BOTOX treatment disrupts the chemical signals that activate the sweat glands that cause excessive sweating by utilizing a protein called botulinum toxin A. After an initial consultation to determine whether this treatment is suitable for you, it simply requires a few consistent appointments with a physician to deliver the treatment, with results lasting about 7-12 months. BOTOX treatment for hyperhidrosis is safe, effective, and non-invasive.
If you are suffering from embarrassing, over-active sweating, you’re not alone. There are many other people dealing with similar conditions. But instead of sticking to an all-black wardrobe, lugging around extra shirts throughout your day, or considering the prospect of moving to a cooler climate, try out some of these treatments instead. There are always options available to help combat this condition.
Book a consultation with the Ottawa Skin Clinic to discuss what course of action is best for you.