Many people who experience excessive, embarrassing, seemingly uncontrollable sweating may not realize they have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. Believed to affect about 3% of Americans, it can be incredibly uncomfortable, and often causes a person’s self-confidence to plummet.
Whether you are one of the men or women who suffer from hyperhidrosis, or have only occasional bouts of excessive sweating, there are many ways to manage it.
Botox is being used more and more to control sweating in areas like the underarms, palms, feet and forehead, according to the International Hyperhidrosis Society. If you have a big event coming up, they recommend getting the treatment about a month beforehand.
In addition to applying antiperspirant in the morning, you can apply it before bed. (It can be used on hands and feet, too.) Make sure you aren’t using something labeled as just a deodorant, and consider using a stronger over-the-counter product, like Secret Clinical Strength or Certain Dri.
Certain foods and drinks can increase the tendency to sweat, IHS says. Spicy food, caffeine and alcohol are all capable of this and should be avoided.
Keep in mind, sweating is often a physical response to an emotional situation. Yoga may cause sweating during the exercise itself, but experts believe its ability to relieve stress can lead to less sweating in other situations.
For more information on hyperhidrosis, visit the International Hyperhidrosis Society’s website, sweathelp.org.
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