The body is able to regulate internal temperature and excrete toxins by sweating. Unfortunately, some people suffer from excessive sweating. Excessive facial sweating in some people causes embarrassment and low self-esteem. There are different ways to stop facial sweating.
Hyperhidrosis is the term used for excessive sweating of the hands, feet, underarms, and face. Most cases of hyperhidrosis have unknown causes although certain factors affect its onset and intensity. One example is some people sweat excessively when nervous. Also, a person sweats more during the summer season. This is because the body needs more sweat to cool down.
The trouble with excessive sweating is that it can affect a person’s life. People with hyperhidrosis have low self-esteem which results in a tendency to isolate themselves from others. The likelihood of developing fungal and bacterial infections is also increased in people with hyperhidrosis. Because bacteria and fungi grow well in damp and warm places. Furthermore, prickly heat or heat rash usually develops in people who excessively sweat, especially babies and children.
Around 2-3% Americans have hyperhidrosis. The common signs of hyperhidrosis are dripping sweat droplets, excessive sweating that is bothersome, clamminess, and soaked clothes. If you observe any or all of these symptoms, you can consult a doctor.
Your doctor will initially do a physical exam and ask information about your medical history. Laboratory tests may also be performed to determine if a physical illness is causing excessive sweating. Once the laboratory tests rule out the existence of a physical illness, you will be referred to a dermatologist who can better assess your condition. To accurately diagnose hyperhidrosis and know its severity, a thermoregulatory sweat test will be done by the dermatologist. Once hyperhidrosis is diagnosed, the dermatologist will specify a treatment.
There are many methods to treat hyperhidrosis depending on its severity. When over-the-counter antiperspirants are ineffective, these will be changed to antiperspirants with aluminum chloride. This type of antiperspirants is used for mild to moderate hyperhidrosis. If a patient has generalized hyperhidrosis, anticholinergic medications are used for treatment. These drugs block the action of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter which stimulates sweat glands. Unfortunately, anticholinergic drugs also have side effects like rashes, diarrhea, dizziness, and others.
Botox injections are also used for cases of excessive sweating. But botox injections also have side effects even if these happen rarely. There are also drawbacks to botox injections. Botox injections can cause pain and discomfort. Also, botox injections are only effective for four months. It will also take more than one or two injections before the results of botox injections are apparent. If all else fails, surgical procedures can be used to treat excessive sweating.
There are disadvantages to the treatments mentioned above. Plus, some of the treatment options were only effective for a few months. The good news is people with hyperhidrosis can now stop facial sweating through all-natural remedies.
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