In this article I want to talk about different hyperhidrosis treatments. I’ve been suffering from heavy sweating for quiet a while, and I know how embarrassing it can be. In fact, I was not only sweating heavily, but I also blushed very easily, and this really gave me “double trouble”.
A bit of perspiration is okay and in fact healthy. But if you have excessive sweating, that’s quiet a different story. I could tell you quiet a lot of situations where my overactive sweat glands turned my life into a living hell. But this article is not about my personal excessive sweating experiences – it’s about helping you to understand the hyperhidrosis treatment options that are available to you, so that you can make an informed decision.
People who suffer from excessive sweat often try different deodorants and antiperspirants first. Deodorants are basically to avoid bad smells, while antiperspirants are designed to reduce the sweating. There are also prescription antiperspirants that are only recommended for people who really suffer from hyperhidrosis. They usually contain metallic salts that “block” the sweat ducts, particularly aluminum chloride hexahydrate. Depending upon where an antiperspirant is applied, different “strength levels” are needed. For axillary hyperhidrosis (when you have excessive armpit sweating) 10-15% solution is recommended. But for hands and feets, that’s not enough and you usually need about 30%.
The downside of antiperspirants and deodorants is that they really are no solution, but rather a “cover up”. They can also irritate the skin.
If you have sweaty hands and feet, then iontophoresis is a popular choice among many people. Dermatologists in particular prefer this treatment. Basically you use electricity to “shock” your sweat glands, so that they become unable to function. You do that by putting your hands into a water basin. An iontophoresis device is used to put an electric current into the water, and to some people this treatment is extremely painful, whilte it is okay and acceptable by others.
Hyperhidrosis surgery, or ETS surgery (Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy), used to be a popular choice among doctors because it was very effective at stopping excessive sweating. However, years later studies found that up to 90% of the people who undergo ETS surgery will suffer from compensatory sweating. Basically compensatory sweating means: instead of sweating under your armpits (or whereever you are sweating right now), you will sweat in another part of your body (most often back, chest, groins or legs). Also, ETS is NOT a small procedure, but a serious surgery where you will be anaesthezised and one side of your lung will be collapsed, so that the surgeon can destroy the nerves that lead from the spinal cord to the sweat glands. This procedure is irreversible. Considering the fact that this is such a high-risk operation, that there is recovery time involved, I think nobody should make use of this method when there are such high rates of compensatory sweating.
Liposuction is sometimes used to remove the sweat glands. However, keep in mind that your body needs to sweat, because toxins and waste products that are contained in the sweat will build up in the bloodstream otherwise.
There are natural hyperhidrosis treatments too, and this is in fact what I recommend (and what helped me). I highly suggest you claim your complimentary copy of The Sweating Guide.
Some popular brand & product names for hyperhidrosis treatments:
- Certain Dri
- Old Spice
- Gillette® Clear Shield
- TAG® Signature Series