It’s summertime and everyone is sweating. The average person has two to four million sweat glands working as the body’s coolant system to prevent it from overheating. It’s annoying, but it’s as natural as it is healthy.
However, the 8 million Americans suffering from hyperhidrosis sweat up to five times as much as the average individual. This isn’t just annoying; it can actually be detrimental to a person’s mental health. The overwhelming majority (90%) of hyperhidrosis patients say that the condition affects their emotional state, causing them to feel less confident as a result of their condition. For people who sweat when they’re nervous, it can be a disaster for self confidence.
Again, it’s summer; everyone is dealing with pit stains and brow sweat. So, how do you know whether your body is having a normal reaction to the heat or if something more serious is going on? How do you know if you have an excessive sweating problem?
Before seeing a doctor, ask yourself the following questions:
- How many times a day do you need to change your clothes?
- How often do you worry about sweating?
- Do you carry supplies with you, like extra clothes, napkins, deodorant, or towels?
- Have you experimented with different types of antiperspirants, powders, or deodorants only to find that nothing works to control your sweating?
- Have you ever had to cancel plans due to excessive sweating?
- Does your sweating affect your ability to function at work?
- Have you experienced skin irritations due to excessive sweating?
- Do you experience sweating when you are in social situations?
- How much time do you spend each day “dealing” with sweat?
- Have you ever damaged paper or an electronic device by sweating on it?
If after answering these questions you believe you may have hyperhidrosis, talk to your doctor about your options. Because despite what many hyperhidrosis sufferers believe, there really are solutions that work.
Fortunately, with modern technology, you can control excessive sweating. One of the most effective hyperhidrosis treatments involves the use of an iontophoresis device. This “no-sweat machine” shuts down the sweat glands after only six to 10 treatments. Each session lasts about 10 to 20 minutes, so it is fast and easy.
Do you have any questions or comments regarding hyperhidrosis or iontophoresis treatment? Feel free to post in the comments section below.