Nobody wants to spend their days worrying about sweaty armpits and sweaty handshakes. Life is short and people hate having awkward sweat scenarios often. When people are already embarrassed about their excessive sweating condition, known as Hyperhidrosis, many come up with a lot of misconceptions, making the people with this condition look even worse. This is due to the fact that, though the condition and all of its attributes are well-known to those living with it, hyperhidrosis is a lesser-known disease among the general public, leading to spread of misinformation about it. We have uncovered some of the untruths about hyperhidrosis below:
Myth 1: Drinking less amount of water will reduce the amount of sweating.
Truth: The intake amount of fluid has absolutely no effect on how much one sweats. However, excessive sweating results in dehydration, making it necessary for person with this condition to consume a sufficient amount of water daily.
Myth 2: Individuals with hyperhidrosis tend to have a bad odour.
Truth: Sweat does not have an odour. The odour comes from a fluid discharged by a separate set of glands. So excessive sweating does not create a smell by itself. However, excessive sweating that isn’t managed well by good hygiene habits can result in bad odour.
Myth 3: Individuals with hyperhidrosis have larger sweat glands.
Truth: Excessive sweating has nothing to do with the size of sweat glands. Its size is normal in every individual. The sweating is simply because of malfunction in the nerves that trigger sweating.
Myth 4: Surgery to treat hyperhidrosis is risky.
Truth: While there are risks with any kind of medical procedure, surgery can effectively cure certain types of hyperhidrosis with utmost safety. Furthermore, there are medications and antiperspirants to help you deal with hyperhidrosis.
The next time you hear someone trying to scare you with these myths, just smile and let it not affect you. All you should think is to head straight to your dermatologist and to get it treated.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition where the person sweats profusely from the hands and underarms without an apparent reason. It can be embarrassing and disrupt their work and their involvement in social activities. Hyperhidrosis affects about millions of people around the world. Luckily, there are means to control it.
The symptoms include excessive sweating on the hands, underarms, soles of the feet, and sometimes on the face. In some cases, the sweat literally drips off their hands.
Although neurologic, endocrine, and infectious diseases can cause hyperhidrosis, most cases occur in people who are otherwise healthy. In some, heat and emotions trigger hyperhidrosis but many who suffer from hyperhidrosis sweat nearly for the whole day, regardless of their mood or the weather.
Underarm problems start in late adolescence, while palm and sole sweating often begins in earlier stages. If left untreated, these problems may continue throughout your life and result in dejection.
Your family doctor aware of your medical history might examine you to diagnose the condition and suggest you to a dermatologist.
It’s completely fine when we sweat in the gym, not when we sweat almost all the time. Embarrassment embraces us slowly when we sweat throughout the day. Such a condition characterized by excessive sweating is Hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis, also known as polyhidrosis or sudorrhea, is a condition that makes you sweat so much that it soaks through your clothes or drips off your hands. When you have this condition, it feels like almost anything can open your sweat glands, from eating something spicy to just sitting in a room.
Although not life-threatening, it can be very uncomfortable and cause psychological trauma.
Types of Hyperhidrosis:
The most common form of hyperhidrosis is called primary hyperhidrosis. With this type, the nerves responsible for signaling your sweat glands become overactive, even though they haven’t been triggered by physical activity or a rise in temperature. With stress, the problem becomes even worse. This type usually affects your palms and soles and sometimes your face. There is no medical cause for this type of hyperhidrosis. It may have a hereditary reason.
Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when excessive sweating is due to a medical condition. It’s more likely to cause sweating all over your body and is not very common.
Seek medical attention if:
– Sweating causes emotional distress or social withdrawal
– You suddenly begin to sweat more than usual
– You experience night sweats for no apparent reason
– Your heavy sweating is accompanied by lightheadedness, chest pain or nausea.
People diagnosed with hyperhidrosis typically describe bilateral sweating, which is evenly distributed on both sides of the body, such as both armpits.
Hyperhidrosis can lead to skin infections including folliculitis or cellulitis due to unevaporated sweat leading to conditions whereby bacteria can thrive. Poorly aerated regions of the body such as the underarms and feet can allow bacterial and fungal infections to spread rapidly if patients don’t practice good hygiene.
People suffering from Hyperhidrosis usually wait for a long-term before coming out. But this problem actually has tons of treatment options, so you don’t have to suffer in the pool of sweat forever. Feel free to discuss the issue for a stress-free life!
Sweating also known as perspiration is an essential bodily function. It is a process of producing fluid made of water, ammonia, urea, salt and sugar by the sweat glands.
Causes of Sweating
Our body’s comfortable temperature is 98.6°F (37°C). At this temperature, our body can work at its best. When the body temperature increases from this comfortable level, our brain tries to regulate the body temperature. A signal is sent to a part of our brain known as the hypothalamus which stimulates the sweat glands to produce sweat.When the sweat comes in contact with the air, it evaporates, cools down the body temperature and brings it back to the normal temperature.
Apart from the increase in physical heat, emotional stress such as fear, anxiety, anger can also produce sweat. Sweat induced by emotional stress is restricted to palms, soles, armpits and forehead whereas sweat induced by physical heat can happen throughout the body.
On an average, a human body has 2-4 million sweat glands. But the amount of sweat released by each gland differs from person to person and the determining factors include gender, genetics, health and environmental condition etc.
Why sweating is important
When sweat comes in contact with the bacteria of our body, it creates a bad smell often called as body odor. Because of this, sweating is always considered unpleasant and many products such as talcum powders, deodorants, antiperspirants and perfumes are available in the market to keep the body odor at bay.
Nevertheless, we should not forget the fact that sweating is an essential bodily function which comes with certain benefits. Apart from maintaining body temperature, sweating also helps in eliminating body toxins.Sweating eliminates the excess salts, retains the calcium in our bones and prevents the formation of kidney stones. Sweat contains nitrite which acts as an antibacterial, anti-fungal on the skin and prevents sickness.
But too much of anything is not good isn’t it? The excessive sweating we often ignore as signs of tension or nervousness could be a health condition that needs a proper medical treatment. More about that on our next blog post.