Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by abnormal perspiration anywhere in the body. While certainly not a life-threatening condition, it is nonetheless both frustrating and debilitating. In my case, the condition affects the hands and feet, two areas where hyperhidrosis is commonly experienced.
From both a social and practical perspective, experiencing hyperhidrosis in the hands is particularly problematic. Not only is it awkward when shaking hands with people, or holding the hand of your partner, but problems also arise when handling tangible items, whether it be household appliances, documents, or pretty much anything else. It is therefore not difficult to imagine that hyperhidrosis is something that one would hope to cure somehow, or at least treat, despite the fact of the condition’s relative harmlessness.
When does it affect you?
Most people only sweat when they are really hot, nervous, or are performing exercise or some other strenuous activity. Sufferers of hyperhidrosis, however, can and often do sweat at any time, regardless of their totally relaxed state of mind, the temperature of their environment or the activity they may be engaged in. My hands can be dripping with sweat even in the coolest temperatures and while I am feeling very calm. However having said that, in my case as in most cases, the sweating is definitely exacerbated by hotter temperatures and the presence of anxiety and even the slightest bit of nervousness can trigger the sweating.
How do you manage / treat the condition?
Before addressing the ways in which hyperhidrosis can be treated I will first discuss a few tips which I picked along the way that may be helpful to those that suffer from hyperhidrosis in their hands. Bear in mind these tips may not make the sweating go away, but they may help you to mitigate the damage caused by your excessive sweating.
Surgical gloves can be bought cheaply and in bulk from most pharmacies. Of course, slipping on a pair of these won’t stop your hands from sweating (in fact they’ll probably make it worse) but what they will do is create a barrier between the sweat and anything you might want to handle, thus preventing sweat from getting all over anything you touch. This is especially important when handling expensive and sensitive equipment. I have memories of playing video games at friends’ houses as a kid and because my hands would sweat so much I would be forced to handle the controllers with a sock covering each of my hands! Only some time later did I become acquainted with the surgical gloves idea and as you can imagine it was much easier to handle a controller with gloves than with a sock over each hand.
This is something which I have personally never tried as I have always considered it to be a rather tedious means of managing the symptoms of hyperhidrosis, but other sufferers that I have spoken to do recommend preparing a pot of tea, then allowing it to cool and soaking your hands in the tea for several minutes. Apparently this stops the sweating for a considerable amount of time afterwards.
Homeopathy is a medical field which is becoming increasingly popular throughout the globe today, not just because being all natural it is considered to be a much safer means of treating illness, but also because homeopathy is widely becoming known as a genuine and viable means of treating medical conditions. There is a homeopathic remedy designed specifically for hyperhidrosis, which I have tried personally and enjoyed some success with. However as with all types of medicine, it has to be taken continuously otherwise its affects wear off and the symptoms of the condition return.
It would seem that the only permanent solution to hyperhidrosis available today is to have a surgical procedure done. I am informed by surgeons that the procedure entails adjusting certain nerves which are accessed through the chest. It is apparently usually a successful procedure, however in some cases patients can expect to receive some ‘compensatory sweating’ elsewhere in their bodies. For example, people with hyperhidrosis in their hands are often cured by the surgical procedure as far as their hands are concerned, however they may notice that they experience some excessive sweating elsewhere on their bodies, such as their back.
Author bio: Tim is a writer for a health blog dedicated to helping people address medical conditions and look and feel younger through natural and safe means.