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All About Hyperhidrosis: Common Myths and Important Facts

Constant sweating is actually quite common. Sweating gets a bad rap, but it’s actually part of the body’s response system to stimulus; if you get hot your body produces sweat to help cool you down.

An excessive sweating problem (also referred to as hypherhidrosis) is when the body’s sweat glands produce too much sweat for no apparent reason, about four or five times the normal amount. An estimated 3% of the population is affected by hypherhidrosis, which means over nine million people suffer from excessive or constant sweating.

There are many different reasons for excessive sweating that can be identified, and appropriate measures can then be taken. Certain emotional and psychological factors can be attributed to excessive sweating such as anxiety, stress, and embarrassment. Other causes could be underlying medical conditions or hereditary proclivity. Some contributors can be habits and dietary choices such as:

  • Greasy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Prescription medication
  • Cigarettes
  • Caffeine
  • Recreational drug use

However, there are many myths surrounding heavy sweating. These myths include:

  1. Excessive sweating is only found in those who are overweight.
    In reality, persons of multiple body weight types can experience Hyperhidrosis.
  2. Using baby powder can help stop sweat.
    Baby powder will absorb moisture but does not prevent sweat from being produced thereafter, meaning you’ll have to keep reapplying it.
  3. Body odor is caused by sweat.
    Sweat is actually odorless. Bacteria from the skin gets mixed in with the sweat causing odor. In hyperhidrosis patients, the accompanying smell can sometimes be referred to as bromhidrosis.
  4. Women have fewer sweat glands than men.
    In fact, woman have more sweat glands than men, but hyperhidrosis affects both genders equally and is typically seen in people ages 25 to 64.
  5. Armpits sweat the most.
    Feet actually have more sweat glands.

There are many remedies available to help control excessive sweating and even some DIY tips and tricks. Some surgeries are available for those who wish to pursue them, but there are treatments for hyperhidrosis that don’t require surgery and are long-term

An iontophoresis machine can help stop the glands from producing sweat using a light electrical current that passes through water and into the surface of the skin. With new advancements in iontophoresis technology, improvements to constant sweating can be made to the hands, feet, armpit, and face. Its effects are long-lasting if treatments are continued at the recommended rate and requires no surgery.

You should contact your doctor if you believe you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis and find the right treatment for you

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