If you suffer from hyperhidrosis you might be wondering if there is a cure for excessive sweating. That’s because we often use the word “treatment” instead of “cure.” When it comes to excessive sweating, what’s the difference between the two? And what kind of treatment options are available anyway?
Is There a Cure for Excess Sweating?
Excessive sweating can be a rather debilitating condition, even though you might not think of it as such. Most of us, after all, probably imagine just the normal amount of sweating–it’s difficult to imagine excessive sweating unless you’ve seen it with your own eyes. But the symptoms of this condition (called hyperhidrosis) can lead you to ask: is there a cure for excessive sweating?
If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, a cure would definitely be nice–or, at the very least, appreciated. For some patients, there is indeed a cure; or, rather, a treatment.
For most people, hyperhidrosis treatments will come in various forms. And it may take some time to find the right treatment for you. For example, it’s entirely possible that your doctor may prescribe a prescription-strength antiperspirant. But that may not be enough, depending on what’s causing the excessive sweating in the first place. So treatment options might escalate: liposuction or other surgery might be considered. And, in some cases, even treatments such as Botox are used to stop excessive sweating. (It should be noted that this article is not intended for medical purposes; we’re writing for entertainment reasons only! So be sure to check with your doctor before deciding on any hyperhidrosis treatments.)
What is Excessive Sweating?
In order to fully understand the treatments for hyperhidrosis, it’s important to first discuss the overall symptoms of the condition. Certainly, there are plenty of people who sweat–and many people who sweat profusely. But that sweat is usually linked to activity: you exercise, and you sweat.
That’s not necessarily the case with hyperhidrosis. In many cases, those who suffer from this condition will sweat profusely even when they are idle. What’s more, those who have hyperhidrosis tend to sweat a lot. Often they sweat through clothing–and with a high degree of consistency.
In other words, when you have hyperhidrosis, you tend to sweat a lot, you tend to sweat constantly, and you tend to sweat without cause (although, in some cases, hyperhidrosis is indeed linked to high-intensity activity). This can be a distressing condition for many individuals, with significant repercussions for your social life, your career, your confidence and your self esteem.
Treatments for Excessive Sweating
The nomenclature around excessive sweating is interesting, because you don’t really hear all that much about “cures.” You hear a lot more about “treatments.” In large part that’s because hyperhidrosis may have a wide variety of causes–and “cure” seems to imply that the root cause of the condition will be addressed.
Treatment, on the other hand, implies that it’s really just the symptoms that we’re concerned with. And, to a certain degree, that’s true. In many cases, we’re not entirely sure what causes excessive sweating in the first place. So the best bet for most patients is to try to mitigate the symptoms. That can be accomplished in several ways:
- Liposuction: In some cases, hyperhidrosis is exacerbated by stubborn areas of fat. This fat can both promote sweating and increase discomfort due to that sweating. Liposuction can help eliminate those stubborn areas of fat, diminishing both the volume of sweating and the amount of discomfort.
- Hyperhidrosis surgery: There are specific surgical procedures that are intended to address the symptoms of excessive sweating. The precise course this procedure takes will vary from patient to patient depending on the nature of the condition. This is one treatment you’ll definitely want to talk to you surgeon about.
- Botox: You wouldn’t necessarily associate Botox with hyperhidrosis treatments, but it’s been proven to work for some patients. Botox is a neuromodulator, which means that it works to interfere with the way certain muscles work. So, when Botox is injected into the area with your sweat glands, you stop sweating–at least for as long as the Botox is working. Botox doesn’t work for everyone, but when it does, it can provide upwards of six months of relief from symptoms.
A Huge Change in Your Life
Treating your hyperhidrosis can make a huge and positive change in your life. When you stop sweating quite so much, you might start to feel more confident. You might notice a boost in your self esteem. And you might even start to feel a bit more comfortable in your own skin.
These are significant benefits (to say nothing of the money you save on laundry and clothing). But treatment is a decision that only you–and your doctor–can make. So if you’re thinking about hyperhidrosis treatment talk to your surgeon about your options. That’s the best way to get information that applies most specifically to you and to your sweating.