We all sweat; it’s a natural bodily function. Unfortunately, in our society, too much sweat is frowned upon. For those who sweat more than others, sweating can be a very stressful and embarrassing.
As a hyperhidrosis physician and surgeon, I want to share with you some hyperhidrosis facts and information. Even though many people suffer with this condition, there are a lot of misconceptions out there.
- People who have hyperhidrosis are not dirty. This condition is not the result of a person’s hygiene habits. In fact, people with hyperhidrosis probably bathe more often than other people due to their extra sweat.
- Many people with hyperhidrosis avoid satin and silk clothing. Polyester, nylon, and spandex can make people with this condition sweat more because these fabrics aren’t absorbent.
- Many people with hyperhidrosis wear fabric-lined shoes to prevent their feet from sliding around inside the shoe.
- People with hyperhidrosis can have trouble holding hands or turning a door knob due to sweat. It can be hard to use tools or put on gloves, as well.
- Hyperhidrosis is constant, but some days are worse than others.
- Certain scenarios can make a person’s hyperhidrosis worse, including stress, stressful situations, wearing a jacket, holding hands, public speaking, hot/humid weather, standing in line, shaking someone’s hand, and more.
- People with hyperhidrosis often wear longer sleeves or black clothing to hide sweat and sweat stains.
- Hyperhidrosis is undertreated because many people are too embarrassed to talk about it.
- Many people with hyperhidrosis suffer from anxiety, depression, stress, and embarrassment because of their excessive sweat.
- Many people with this condition skip events and social situations.
- There are treatment options, but they work differently on each person – what works for one person may not work for another.
Don’t suffer in silence. Your hyperhidrosis is nothing to be ashamed about. Hundreds of people live with this condition. From prescription antiperspirants to Botox injections, there are many different treatment options to help you get a handle on your sweating. The sooner you talk to a doctor, the faster your sweating will calm down. Dr. Peter Mikhail is a Tampa hyperhidrosis physician and surgeon with offices in Tampa and New Port Richey, Florida. Dr. Mikhail will determine the best treatment plan for you based on your symptoms. To book a consult, click our Tampa hyperhidrosis contact page or call 727-312-4844.