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Managing Excessive Sweating
Sweating is an essential body mechanism for human beings. Unfortunately, the sweating process is only effective when it occurs at optimum levels. Sweating excessively or not sweating at all can have adverse effects on the human body.
Excessive sweating or Hyperhidrosis is more common than lack of sweating. Very few people can claim to never sweat at all, but there is always someone complaining about sweating too much. Sweating excessively is a major issue as its effects are not only limited to the person sweating but to other people as well. Excessive sweating generates an unpleasant odor which can cause an individual to become socially isolated. The reason that a person may become socially isolated is that the fear of excessive sweating in social situations may lead to low self-esteem and/or a fear of social rejection. While excessive sweating may begin at an early stage in men, it begins at puberty for women. The situation can be aggravated when an individual is undergoing emotionally or psychologically stressful situations.
In medical terms the autonomic nervous system in the body is said to be responsible for extreme sweating. The autonomic nervous system is composed of two sections, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic.
It is useful to note that excessive sweating does not occur throughout the entire body, it is mostly limited to specific parts of the body. Possible areas of the body include: palms of the hands, groin, underarms and feet; the facial area is frequently affected, as well.
So why and how does excessive sweating affect these few selected body parts?
These body parts have a larger concentration of sweat glands as opposed to other parts of the body. Hand sweating also known as palmer hyperhidrosis is probably the most common part of the body where excessive sweating occurs. Approximately 40% of people have palmer hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating in the hands is a major problem as it limits a person in many ways; shaking hands, handling objects and simply utilizing your hand to carry out everyday tasks, especially when interacting with others, can be extremely embarrassing.
The feet are another part of the body that produces a lot of sweat. Almost everyone has had a direct or indirect encounter with smelly feet. Not many people, however, understand or know that excessive sweating is the culprit in most cases of smelly feet. People will wash their shoes constantly as they assume the problem is with the shoes. Excessive sweating of the feet is medically known as pedal hyperhidrosis. The effects of pedal hyperhidrosis are similar to the general effects of sweating associated in other body parts in that bad smells are produced.
There are various forms of treatment that can be used to manage pedal hyperhidrosis. Nylon socks are a major cause of smelly feet because they do not absorb sweat. Cotton is, also, not ideal as it cannot absorb a lot of moisture. The best option is to get socks that contain 40 to 30% man-made fibers. When choosing socks, it is advisable to pick socks that are not too tight. Reusing dirty socks aggravates pedal hyperhidrosis as dirty socks harbor bacteria, so you should always wear a clean pair of socks. If the aforementioned solutions do not work for you, purchase socks that contain antibacterial compounds that keep bacteria at bay. Shoes also cause feet to smell, especially shoes with inner plastic linings and it is advisable to wear leather shoes without a lining. If your feet are not clean in the first place, none of the solutions mentioned will work for you so it is extremely important that you wash your feet with antibacterial soap. Make sure you dry your feet completely to avoid fungus that can lodge between the toes.
The underarms are also a prime location for excessive sweating and this is also known as Axillary Hyperhidrosis. The underarms have an elevated risk of excessive sweating as both types of sweat glands can be found here. Before seeking medical attention, you can attempt the use of commercial antiperspirants or deodorants. The use of commercial antiperspirants or deodorants can be a futile effort with hairy underarms as hair retains sweat and makes the underarms conducive to production of bacteria. Malt vinegar is a traditional remedy for sweaty underarms; the instructions are to apply it on your underarms before sleeping, wash it off in the morning and apply deodorant. Medical methods can be used as a last resort including botulism toxin injections into the skin which help to stop excessive sweating. Doctors can also perform a surgical procedure known as sympathectomy whereby the sympathetic nerves responsible for sweating are destroyed.
The other and more prominent type of excessive sweating is facial sweating. Facial sweating usually occurs during the teen years and is normally a result of hormones being released as the body is changing. The condition is usually temporary and disappears on its own without any treatment as a person continues to grow. The condition can also change when the social circumstances that stimulate perspiration are well managed.
People who suffer from excessive sweating should be aware of the after effects of resorting to medical procedures such as surgery for treatment. One of the possible side effects of medical intervention is that after surgical treatment, the body may respond by developing compensatory sweating, also called reflex sweating , whereby patients begin sweating in other body parts like the abdomen, legs, thighs and back.
Another side effect that may arise as a result of surgically treating excessive sweating is the development of gustatory sweating whereby the individual develops facial sweating when eating sour or spicy foods. Other possible side effects include increase of heart rate and mild weight gain.
Before deciding on and engaging in medical treatment for excessive sweating, it's important that various factors be considered. Some of these factors include engaging in regular medical check ups. The severity of the condition should also be considered to determine appropriate treatment. Another factor that should not be overlooked is the patient's tolerance to treatment.
Excessive sweating has adverse effects on an individual. The most common effect is that it affects an individual's self-esteem as one is always keenly aware of whether one is sweating or not. Sufferers may feel uncomfortable whenever they are in social gatherings and they often try to avoid situations where they are obliged to mingle with many people. On a long term, their social life is going to be adversely affected. Sufferers may feel inferior as a result of constant ridicules from peers and colleagues.
On a physical level, one of the most common effects of excessive sweating in an individual is acne. Acne occurs as a result of constantly having moisture on the skin surface which attracts bacteria and causes acne. Acne may be a recurring problem as people tend to use the same piece of cloth to wipe off sweat from the forehead and hands repeatedly. The piece of cloth becomes a bacteria carrier, so each time it is reused, the affected person exposes themselves to bacteria and, in such cases, the appearance of acne is an inevitable result.
There are also other effects beyond physical and visible ones. The most noteworthy effect is that excessive sweating speeds up the dehydration process as a result of loss of water due to excessive sweating. Dehydration affects various other body mechanisms that may expose an individual to health risks, including constipation.
Excessive sweating may be a natural condition but ill effects can be avoided by adhering to known ways of avoiding practices that cause bad odors. In other words, excessive sweating is a manageable condition.
Stop Excessive Sweating
Many people who experience excessive hand sweating and facial sweating (hyperhidrosis) and severe facial blushing (erythrophobia) consider them major problems.
The constant worry about how other people will react when interacting with them, or experiencing the embarrassment and frustration of always turning bright red in stressful situations, creates social problems whether it be in the company of friends and acquaintances or at work.
Hyperhidrosis can be successfully treated with a simple technique called Iontophoresis, which is what the leading medical experts in the field use. Our devices have developed a safe, simple nad non-surgical procedure to fight the problems coming up with excessive sweating. The treatment normally takes in average only 15-30 minutes a week, is performed at home and has a very high success rate. To date, more than 50000 patients have been treated for excessive sweating at dermatologist centers, hospitals, dermatologists, clinics and at home. If you want to treat hyperhidrosis with iontophoresis, we suggest you to buy a professional iontophoresis machine.
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