How to Handle Excessive Sweating



How to Handle Excessive Sweating

If you have ever lived in or been to Toronto, you know how hot and humid the summer gets here. While it’s completely normal for the majority of us to sweat because of the dramatic increase in temperature during this time, some people will experience excessive amounts of sweating.

How to Handle Excessive Sweating

Summertime is meant to be spent outdoors enjoying the sunshine and all the different activities the warm weather brings about, but that can be difficult when you are uncomfortable due to how much you sweat. These individuals are left wondering how they can handle their excessive sweating, and luckily for them, we’ve outlined exactly how!

What Is It?

Excessive sweating also referred to as hyperhidrosis, is a fairly common condition. In fact, it affects roughly 1 to 2 percent of the population. Everyone sweats, but individuals with hyperhidrosis have to deal with abnormally increased amounts of sweat and/or perspiration. For example, while everybody with sweat to some degree when it’s hot outside, people with Hyperhidrosis will sweat to the extent that moisture may actually drip from their hands.

Even though hyperhidrosis is not life-threatening or a dangerous condition to have, there is no doubt that it can severely impact some people’s self-esteem and confidence.

What Causes Excessive Sweating

Your body will naturally generate sweat as a means to regulate your internal body temperature. When the temperature rises, when you’re exercising, when you develop a fever, or if you’re feeling nervous, anxious or stressed are all situations where you might notice you have begun to sweat. However, excessive sweating occurs as a result of overactive sweat glands.

Overly stimulated sweat glands are typically an indication of an issue with the body’s sympathetic nervous system. This condition can exist due to a number of reasons, including any of the following:

  • Medications you may be taking
  • Genetics (Hyperhidrosis is often an inherited condition)
  • An underlying medical condition
  • Certain foods or beverages
  • Nervousness or excitement

Hyperhidrosis doesn’t discriminate and can equally affect all genders. It can also affect all ages; people can begin noticing their symptoms at any age. However, it customarily manifests during puberty, making an already awkward point in one’s life even more awkward for some people.

Commonly Affected Areas

There are two types of hyperhidrosis that will determine which parts of the body are affected. This first type, primary hyperhidrosis (known as focal hyperhidrosis), causes excessive sweating in the underarms, face, palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Disproportionate underarm sweating tends to start in late adolescence, whereas issues with your hands and feet oftentimes start earlier. The second type, aptly named secondary hyperhidrosis (known as generalized hyperhidrosis), causes excessive sweating to occur all over the body such as your chest and back.

Some people try to control their side effects by using copious amounts of deodorant and antiperspirant. Unfortunately, these over-the-counter remedies don’t work for the majority of people with hyperhidrosis. However, that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost.

Treatments for Excessive Sweating

There are several simple and effective ways you can get excessive sweating under control. These options include and aren’t limited to:

Each treatment method comes with its own benefits, disadvantages and potential side effects. The key to knowing which method is right for you is to do your research and talk to a doctor. We recommend considering Botox injections or miraDry, a laser-based technology.

Botox Injections

Botulinum toxin A, otherwise known as Botox, can be injected into problem areas to help block the chemicals and nerves that signal the activation of sweat glands from being released. Botox for hyperhidrosis is a temporary solution that would require follow up appointments. On average, the results can last anywhere between 4 to 6 months, depending on the individual.


miraDry is a 3-in-1 non-invasive treatment that permanently reduces sweat production. This revolutionary laser technology uses heat to target and destroy your sweat glands, odor glands and hair follicles to lessen underarm hair growth. miraDry allows for you to safely and painlessly eliminate your sweat glands that are causing excessive sweating without any kind of incisions or cuts. Most people will see major results after their first treatment—which only takes an hour to complete—however, results will vary depending on the procedure you opt for.

In the end, there is no treatment will 100% solve excessive sweating. However, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Hyperhidrosis is a manageable condition and all of the treatments we’ve listed above have the potential to help you reduce the amount you sweat. With these treatment methods, you can expect to experience a reduction in excessive sweating by 80%!

It’s understandable that hyperhidrosis can be embarrassing for some people who suffer from it. But don’t let excessive sweating control your life. If you are interested in either the Botox or miraDry procedures to help reduce the amount you sweat, contact McLean Clinic today!

July 18, 2019

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