Hyperhidrosis is a condition that does not discriminate and can affect people from all walks of life. Unless the right treatment is sought, those affected continue to suffer physically, mentally and emotionally, in silence.
In addition to seeking treatment, there are some measures that you, as a hyperhidrosis sufferer, can take to get heavy perspiration under control.
Often, diet can be the trigger of excessive sweating. Alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods may be fun for the taste buds but it brings on the sweats in a not-so-jolly way. These foods can activate the neurotransmitter acetylcholine that is known to affect sweat glands.
You may want to consider laying off the booze, espressos and burritos for a while to see if it has anything to do with your hyperhidrosis.
Sweat is often accompanied by body odour, and no one sees this as a desirable ‘quality’. While with hyperhidrosis, sweating is less under your control, body odour on the other hand can be prevented by choosing the right fabrics for your clothing.
Any material that is natural, breathable, light and not synthetic will greatly help with excessive sweating by keeping you cool and reduce odour. Loose clothing is also the key to remaining comfortable. Dark fabrics are best as far as sweat stains are concerned.
For people with plantar hyperhidrosis, foot odour is a major problem. Choosing shoes made of natural materials, such as leather, allows your feet to breathe and can help with sweaty feet. As with clothing, avoid synthetic materials like plastic, nylon and polyester.
Wearing cotton or wool socks also keeps feet dry by absorbing moisture away from your feet. Change socks frequently and allow yourself to go barefoot on occasions. Rotate your shoes daily as well to let the pair you wore dry thoroughly before wearing them again.
Quite obviously, hyperhidrosis calls for regular baths or showers a day to help reduce the culprits that can cause body odour. Antibacterial soaps are handy for keeping them at bay. Be sure to dry yourself thoroughly after, paying attention to the areas between your toes and armpits. Slapping on some over-the-counter powder with extra moisture absorbing capacity can help keep you dry for longer compared to standard powders.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Perspiring heavily also means that your body is losing a lot of fluids, and it can be really easy to end up dehydrated. Keep up your fluid intakes throughout the day by drinking plenty of water.
Remaining hydrated also helps control body odour as there is less toxin in your sweat. In addition, get to know the signs of dehydration so you can act fast when need be.
If emotional distress is what triggers your excessive sweating, relaxation techniques can help alleviate your anxiety. Breathing and visualisation techniques are quite effective in keeping a person calm and in control during stressful situations. Yoga and meditation are also practices known to promote relaxation.
Though no two people living with excessive sweating are alike, just know that you are not alone. It takes time, patience, and the support of a healthcare professional, to manage and overcome hyperhidrosis.
Finding a treatment that is effective for you requires some trial and error. But, most importantly, determining the type of hyperhidrosis you have (focal or generalised) will help you take the right approach in search for your cure.