Do you have hyperhidrosis? Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which a person sweats excessively. Although sweating is normal, excessive sweating is not. In fact, sweating profusely can get in the way of our everyday lives. Excessive sweat can make a person embarrassed to be in public or even make it hard to turn a door knob.
If you have hyperhidrosis, you know the struggle of staying dry. With hyperhidrosis, you don’t just sweat when you’re hot or exercising, you sweat all the time. You sweat through your clothes. You sweat through your socks. You need to wipe your hands often. Living with hyperhidrosis can be stressful and overwhelming.
As a hyperhidrosis physician, I treat patients with hyperhidrosis through different treatments such as medications, Botox, or surgery. In this article, I share some tips on how to stay dry while living with and managing the condition.
- Try to keep stress levels at a lower level by practicing meditation, going for a walk, doing yoga, taking a bath, listening to music, reading a book, etc.
- Make sure you’re using an antiperspirant and not just a deodorant. A deodorant cannot block or stop sweat. Purchase a strong antiperspirant or ask a doctor for a prescription-level antiperspirant.
- Apply antiperspirant on dry skin before bed for the best results.
- Purchase sweat-proof shirts.
- Limit spicy foods and caffeine.
- Lemon juice, tea tree oil, corn starch, baking soda, and brewed black tea bags can be applied to sweaty areas – they have antibacterial and astringent properties.
- Don’t wear clothing more than once if you sweat in it.
- Use powder on your feet to keep them dry.
- Change shoes often if feet get sweaty in shoes fast.
- Always keep a handkerchief or towel with you to wipe off your hands and/or feet.
The above tips are helpful, but if they are not helping as much as you’d like, you may need medical treatment. A doctor can determine what type of hyperhidrosis treatment is right for you.
Dr. Mikhail is a Tampa hyperhidrosis physician and surgeon. To book a consult, click our Tampa hyperhidrosis treatment contact page or call 727-312-4844.