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Hyperhidrosis: How To Cope

My 15 year old daughter, my 7 year old son and myself to a lesser degree suffers terribly at the hands of hyperhidrosis, (pronounced hi-pur-hi-droe-sis).

It is an unpleasant, excessive and unwanted relationship with sweating.

It can lead to anxiety, embarrassment and lowers the confidence of the sufferer especially one in their teenager whose psyche is too immature to cope.

The sweating is unrelated to physical activity, heat or even nervousness. It is a serious medical condition and affects an estimated 365 million people! This research is according to the International Hyperhidrosis Society.

There are 2 types of hyperhidrosis:

  • Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis
  • Secondary Generalized Hyperhidrosis

Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis

This sweating is NOT caused by another medical condition or as a result of medications. It is a medical condition in and of itself. As the word “focal” suggests, it affects only specific areas of the body;

  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Underarms
  • Face
  • Head

This type begins in childhood but becomes more prevalent in adolescence when the developing hormones are wreaking havoc on the youth.

The condition seems to be an inherited one. Seems I have given my children an unwanted thorn in the side. It certainly “pains” me.

Secondary Generalized Hyperhidrosis

Secondary Generalized Hyperhidrosis is caused by another medical condition or as a result of a medication. Hence the name “Secondary”.

This condition usually rears its ugly head in adult. Treatment is largely dependent upon identifying the cause.

The Problem with Hyperhidrosis and Body Odor

There are 2 types of sweat glands in the human body;

  • Eccrine sweat Glands
  • Apocrine sweat glands.

Eccrine glands, usually found on sole of feet, palms, forehead, cheeks and armpits and thankfully produce copious amounts of watery sweat.

Thank God hyperhidrosis usually affects the mostly odorless eccrine glands.

The Apocrine glands are found in armpits and genitals.

This sweat is produced in a thick viscous invisible that then reacts with the natural bacteria on our skin and … kapow!!! The sticky sweaty odor is a byproduct.

How To Cope

  • As much as possible try to keep specific areas dry.
  • Antiperspirants.
  • Powders.
  • Frequent clothing changes.
  • Wash with antibacterial soap, e.g. dial.
  • Use deodorant (They help mask the odor.)
  • Consult a dermatologist.

Help Is On The Way

  • Prescription strength antiperspirant.
  • Miradry
  • Botox
  • Qbrexza
  • Surgical procedures
  • Herbal Teas
  • Ionotophoresis
  • Oral Medications
  • Laser

This is a chronic condition and often causes a lot of distress.

Stay well, stay dry.

25 thoughts on “Hyperhidrosis: How To Cope

  1. I totally have this (laura) but has drastically stopped after age 50. Gave all my tips to my daughters, to help them.

    1. Share some please, I always feel hot, winter is my best season

  2. Great tips right here. Thank you for saving a life

    1. Thank you my friend.

      1. You are welcome Gifted50

    2. I have lived with this problem since I was 2yrs old an I am now 56 yrs young but I sweat only from my head an face. I an born an raided in the deep south it doesn’t matter the weather 27 degree’s my head an shirt are soaking wet an it pours to the point of I can’t drink enough to keep up the the out going fluids an will not even urinate all day an in some cases sweat till I just pass out. I have fibromyalgia chronic mirages an have had them since the age of 7 so between all that mixture I can not work an have no ins. So believe me when I say how sorry I am for all of us with this so debilitating an embarrassing disease I pray you all find help but so far there is nothing to help head sweaters like myself not even clinical trials they start with under arms hands an feet . Will be a glorious day when they have a answer an even better a cure. I have tried the pills an all they done was dried up my mouth . An with no ins. I’m just a nobody that gets told WELL EVERYONE SWEATS. Good luck everyone sorry I wrote a book. Thanks for listening.

      1. May you get good health, Harden. I’m sorry about this situation. I pray for you to be fine and wish you a quick, quick recovery.

      2. So sorry, mine really acts up in the warmer weather, but nothing like what you are describing. I feel so bad for you, I know how difficult it is to cope with.
        What is the name of your book?

  3. First time hearing this…

    1. Verylife altering, it won’t kill you but a lot of discomfort follows.
      Thank you for reading.

      1. Praying for you and your family

        1. Thank you for being so kind.

          1. You are welcome

  4. I know that has been tough all these years, especially as a teen. Will be praying that God touched your body. πŸ€—πŸ™πŸΌ

    1. Thank you. I feel for her, her’s is pretty severe.

      1. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ Much prayers! There’s nothing He can’t touch!

  5. I think it also has something to do with excessive heat in the body. In India, the ancient science called Ayurveda categorise bodies into different kinds. Modern science of course says that the cause is unknown yet. Also, tell me whether you have it when you’re absolutely at rest and totally relaxed?

    1. Not me but my daughter. Even if she is at rest and closes her hands for a few minutes, it is dripping sweat.
      Any suggestions? Thank you for your input.

      1. I have it for the last 10 years. I’m 29 now. I don’t get it if I’m totally relaxed. Warm weather accelerates it..doesn’t happen when it’s cold. Don’t get it in sleep. I’ve personally noticed it reducing if I am internally calm and have non-heat causing foods. Reduction in stimulating foods and beverages also helps. Chamomile and sage tea are said to help. Haven’t tried them myself.

        1. Also my mom had it briefly before her marriage which reduced afterwards and totally disappeared later.

          1. I think relaxing the nervous system in general greatly helps. You may look up kapalbhati and anulom vilom pranayam on the internet. These are mild breathing exercises.

            1. Yes I am sure the excited nervous system contributes to it. Yes. Thank you.

          2. She is blessed, I pray mine will vanish.

        2. Interesting, I will try some of those teas. But I mostly remain indoors in AC, otherwise life is a misery of intense sweating…plus I live in the South, summer is not the time for us.

          1. Okay. Hope the best for you and your daughter.

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