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When the candles are lit, the romantic music is playing, and the table is set, the last thing a person wants is to have to go change a sweat-soaked shirt. Though sweating due to nerves is fairly normal, about 2-3% of people suffer from excessive sweating. This means that sweating is constant, regardless of temperature or situation. Excessive sweating often only affects 1 or 2 areas of the body, while the rest of the body remains dry. But don’t let excessive sweating ruin the perfect Valentine’s date. Seek treatment early and address excessive sweating now.
While sweating during a workout, in hot temperatures, or when feeling nervous, is normal, soaking through a shirt and socks daily is not normal. In many cases, excessive sweating is caused by an underlying medical condition called hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis can cause the entire body to sweat excessively or the condition can just cause certain areas to sweat, like the face, soles, palms, or underarms.
Excessive sweating can simply be caused by overactive sweat glands. But excessive sweating can also point to other underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, anxiety, or hyperthyroidism. Excessive sweating can make people feel embarrassed, socially anxious, and frustrated. However, there are some effective treatment options.
The first step for treating hyperhidrosis could simply be to buy a stronger antiperspirant or to use antiperspirant differently. While many people apply antiperspirant to the underarms daily, antiperspirant can also be applied to the hairline, hands, feet, or other areas where sweating is out of control.
Some other tips can include avoiding wearing heavy clothing and using underarm liners. Excessive sweating can also be affected by diet. This Valentine’s, forgo the spicy Thai restaurant, even if spicy cuisine a favorite. Too much alcohol, hot drinks, and spicy foods can make excessive sweating worse.
If over-the-counter antiperspirants and lifestyle changes aren’t working to decrease excessive sweating, then patients can look into prescription treatments. One of these more advanced options is to get injections of botulinum toxin A, or Botox. This is the same injection that is often used to treat wrinkles and fine lines. Studies have found that 80-90% of people see a decrease in sweaty palms after a Botox injection. When injected at the underarms, Botox can reduce sweating by about 75%.
While excessive sweating is usually not life-threatening, hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that people can and should seek treatment for. Don’t let the embarrassment and anxiety get in the way this Valentine’s Day. Schedule an appointment today to find relief for excessive sweating.