Hyperhidrosis: How do I know?
What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive, often unpredictable sweating. The sweating can occur at virtually any time. It is
not necessarily triggered by the factors that normally cause sweating, such as high body temperatures, nervousness, fear or anger.
Those who have the condition typically sweat profusely from the armpits, palms, soles of the feet, chest, back or other areas of the body. The
location of the sweating can vary from person to person.
How is hyperhidrosis different from regular sweating?
The human body uses sweat glands as a means of cooling the body. When our body temperatures rise – whether it’s caused by actual heat outside the
body, or other emotional triggers, such as anxiety – the sweating
helps to bring our temperatures back to normal. This in turn helps us fight infections and stay healthy.
Hyperhidrosis differs from regular sweating in that it is not necessarily caused by these triggers. Those who have the condition can sweat profusely
at virtually any time, regardless of the temperature of the room
or the person’s emotional state.
According to the National Institute of Health, there is typically no clear cause for hyperhidrosis, although the condition is often hereditary and
people who have it seem to have overactive sweat glands. “The nerves responsible for triggering your sweat glands become overactive and call for more
perspiration even when it’s not needed,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
If you experience excessive perspiration, it is important to speak to your doctor to determine if there are potentially other serious medical concerns that
may be a factor.
Hyperhidrosis can be easily treated – however, it’s important to note that everyday deodorants are not an effective treatment option. Most deodorants
are designed to mask body odor and provide a fresh scent, rather than stop excessive sweating.
There are many hyperhidrosis treatments being used today. Some work better than others, some are safer, and others are more cost-effective.
Prescription drugs, medications, surgery, botox, and other alternative methods are widely used as a means to treat hyperhidrosis. However, due to
accessablity and cost, the most common hyperhidrosis treatment is antiperspirant.
Not all antiperspirants are created equally. If you're like most people, you've probably tried the $5 antiperspirant from the grocery store that
leaves you itching, burning, and worst of all... sweating still. The trick is to find a strong antiperspirant that specifically forms a block in the sweat glands for
an extended period of time... and doesn't stain your clothes or burn your skin.
The million dollar question: What is the best antiperspirant for treating hyperhidrosis - without burning your pits or staining your favorite shirts?