Do you have excessive sweat? If you can, avoid it, but it is not easy to do so. Deodorant or antiperspirant are not what you can use to control hyperhidrosis.
It's a very serious and real condition that affects about 8.5 million people in the US alone. Many of those people are suffering in silence and fear. Silent because they fear rejection from friends, family and the general public. All because they are different. All because of something they can't control.
But there are answers. Here I'll explain the most common treatments for hyperhidrosis. I'll also tell you where to go for alternative and natural ways to help you win the fight with excessive sweat. Prevent it so you can start living again.
Excessive Sweat - Prevent it with Hyperhidrosis Iontophoresis
This procedure uses water to conduct a mild electric current though the skin's surface. The patient places their hands or feet into a tray of water and a mild current is run through the water and into the hands or feet.
The theory behind this method is that the electrical current and the minerals in the water work together to thicken the outer layer of skin. This in turn blocks the flow of sweat to the skin's surface.
1. Non Invasive - No drugs or injections are necessary.
2. High Success Rate - According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 83% of people who try this for sweaty hands or feet find it affective.
1. Time consuming - The initial treatment takes 20 to 40 minutes to complete. You'll have to repeat the process every other day for 5 to 10 days until the sweating is reduced to a manageable level.
Depending on your individual situation, you will be switched to a maintenance schedule. This schedule can range from once a week to once every 4 weeks.
2. Tap water may be too soft for iontophoresis hyperhidrosis to work. - Minerals or electrolytes are needed to conduct the flow of electricity through the water. If they are not present, the treatment won't be as affective.
An additive such as baking soda or a medicine called an anticholinergic may need to be added to properly condition the water
3. Discomfort during the procedure - Although the current produced is mild, some have complained about being shocked during the procedure.
4. Only practical for hands or feet - Since this method requires putting the affected area in a tray of water, this method isn't practical to reduce sweat, prevent it or end it.
Too Much Sweat - Prevent It with Hyperhidrosis Sympathectomy
Hyperhidrosis Sympathectomy is a surgical procedure which involves making tiny incisions in the underarm to install titanium clips that block transmissions from the sympathetic nervous system to the sweat glands. This, in turn will slow your body's ability to sweat. Prevent the problem going forward.
1. Success rate - About 95-98% of patients undergoing this procedure will be able to slow the body's sweat, prevent it ultimately.
2. Little pain or discomfort - The procedure takes very little time and is virtually painless because it is conducted under anesthesia.
1. Surgery - Surgery is invasive. Most people don't really like to go under the knife unless absolutely necessary.
2. Compensatory sweating - This is the most common side affect. Although you may have sweat prevent under your arms, you may sweat more on other areas of the body to compensate for it. While it seems that no one knows exactly why this occurs, almost everyone will experience it to some degree after the surgery.
3. Cost - Using Hyperhidrosis Sympathectomy as a method to sweat prevent can be expensive. If you have to pay for it out of your own pocket, it can cost around $7500. If you have insurance, some insurance companies will cover the cost.
Does Botox Work as a Method to Sweat Prevent or to Stop Excessive Sweating in General?
Botox injections are also used as a way to sweat prevent. It involves a series of injections in the affected areas.
1. Duration of Effectiveness - Botox injections can be used as a way to sweat prevent for as long as 6 to 8 months.
2. Costs Less Than Hyperhidrosis Sympathectomy - Costs can range from $1000 to $2000 per session. If you have insurance, some insurance companies will cover some or all of the cost. Check with your provider for the specifics with your plan.
1. It Hurts! - Each treatment consists of 15 to 20 injections to the affected area. This means 15 to 20 injections to sweat prevent.
2. Injections to the Face or Hands Hurt Even More! - Some say the pain is too unbearable to be worth it.
3. Possible Temporary Hand Muscle Paralysis - Who wants to deal with that?
4. Less Common Side Affects Include
- Flu like symptoms
- Sweating in other areas