Dermatologists estimate that 3% of people in the United States have excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis isn’t curable, but it is treatable and manageable.
If you sweat a lot, don’t ignore it! Your condition is treatable, and you can get a handle on excessive sweating. First, go to a dermatologist to get a diagnosis. A dermatologist will let you know if you have hyperhidrosis and what kind you have. He or she will also recommend what treatment would be best for you and your symptoms.
You’ll want to let your doctor know:
- If anyone else in your family sweats excessively
- If you sweat a lot in your sleep
- How long your excessive sweating has been going on
- If your sweat keeps you from doing certain activities
- If your sweat keeps you from working
- If your sweat is triggered by anything in particular
There are a few things you can do to manage your hyperhidrosis. You want to use an antiperspirant not a deodorant. Apply it before bed. Your doctor may prescribe a specific type of antiperspirant that is stronger than over-the-counter brands.
It’s also a good idea to keep a log of your sweating. You can learn if certain situations have been triggering your sweat, and this may help you control your sweating. When it comes to excessive sweating, some common triggers include heat, anxiety, alcohol, hot sauces, certain spices, caffeine, and food with MSG.
If your hyperhidrosis isn’t getting better from using antiperspirant or dietary changes, you should ask your doctor about other hyperhidrosis treatments, including anticholinergic medications, Botox injections, iontophoresis, and endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy.
You CAN manage your sweat, and live a less sweaty life! Dr. Peter Mikhail is a hyperhidrosis physician and surgeon in New Port Richey, Florida. To book a consult, click our Tampa hyperhidrosis contact page or call 727-312-4844. Dr. Mikhail treats patients in the Tampa and Clearwater area.