11 Hyperhidrosis Questions Answered
Living with Hyperhidrosis is an inherently confusing ordeal. What makes it even more difficult is that most people don’t even know such a condition exists. What can be even more frustrating is the lack of resources and answers available to those who wish to learn more about axillary hyperhidrosis. Below are 11 common questions and answers related to Hyperhidrosis.
1. What causes hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis can be caused by, but is not limited to, having a genetic predisposition to overactive sweat glands, while other causes can be linked to a specific underlying disease.
2. What can cause hyperhidrosis in the moment?
Certain environmental factors like stress, nervousness, heat and activity can exacerbate what is already an exhausting experience.
3. Is hyperhidrosis curable?
Currently it is not, however there are numerous treatments that can help significantly reduce the symptoms experienced by those who suffer from this condition.
4. Can I pass it on to my children?
Hyperhidrosis can be genetically inherited by children hyperhidrosis sufferers however one’s parent does not need to have hyperhidrosis for the child to have it.
5. What is the best treatment for hyperhidrosis?
“Best” can vary a bit between person to person, everyone’s body is different. However, Botox can help, but it can be expensive and isn’t a “one and done” deal. There are more cost efficient ways to treat hyperhidrosis that involve using over the counter clinical strength antiperspirants. These antiperspirants include: Certain Dri Antiperspirant Deodorant, SweatBlock Antiperspirant, Eucerin Antiperspirant, Dove Clinical Protection, Dermalogica Environmental Control Deodorant, DERMAdoctor Total Nonscents® Ultra-gentle Antiperspirant, Gillette Clinical Sport Clear Gel Antiperspirant & Deodorant Power Rush, and Vichy 24 Hour Dry Touch Deodorant. In addition to using these over the counter clinical strength antiperspirants, hyperhidrosis sufferers may want to look into using a iontophoresis device to help treat their excessive sweating. Stated on www.healthline.com “During iontophoresis, a medical device delivers mild electrical currents while your affected body part is submerged in water”.
6. Are there any natural ways to treat hyperhidrosis?
Yes! Along with your pick of natural deodorants, there are salves and oils that can be quickly purchased online.
7. What are the best ways to currently reduce my discomfort felt by axillary hyperhidrosis?
Self-care is the most important thing to practice, however you can buy waterproof sunscreen or makeup that will stay on your face despite excessive sweating. In addition, make sure your home has ample airflow, which could require investing in a high-quality fan or AC unit.
8. How can I tell if my child has hyperhidrosis?
Symptoms of HH usually develop during adolescence. Things to look for are excessive sweating in a number of areas including the palms, scalp, feet, and back. The fundamental thing to pay attention to is excessive sweating without just cause.
9. How will this affect my relationships?
It really shouldn’t too much. People love you for who you are, hyperhidrosis and all.
10. Are there any negative long-term effects?
There can be. For the most part, Hyperhirosis is an inconvenience. However, your body isn't supposed to sweat in excess The more severe your condition, the greater the possibility of becoming dehydrated.
11. Who else suffers from hyperhidrosis?
Believe it or not, nearly 5% of the U.S. population (or roughly ~15 million Americans) have been diagnosed with HH. However due to the lack of knowledge surrounding this condition many people who have it are unaware that they actually suffer from such a condition. If you suspect that you or your child has HH we suggest contacting a doctor for how to best proceed.
Disclaimer: Note that if you participate in any of the Sweat2Much studies, you will not be allowed to use any of these others treatments while participating in the studies.