5 Tips To Combat Hyperhidrosis
Sweating is a normal part of life, it’s your body’s natural cooling system and also allows your body to expel excess salt and waste materials. However, in some cases this natural process can be taken to extremes and develop into hyperhidrosis disorder. Hyperhidrosis can not only be embarrassing for sufferers, but can also affect their daily productivity too.
Following diagnosis of hyperhidrosis, dermatologists will suggest different forms of treatment. The type of hyperhidrosis you are suffering with and which part of the your body is affected with excessive sweating are factors that can determine which form of hyperhidrosis treatment you are best suited for. Antiperspirants, iontophoresis, Botox injections, prescription medicines and surgery are all methods that are used to treatment this condition. To guide you through the options that open to you when treating hyperhidrosis the experts at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic have put together a countdown of top treatments for hyperhidrosis.
Tip 1- Aluminium chloride
One of the most common defences against hyperhidrosis is the use of aluminium chloride. This is the active ingredient within many antiperspirants, and provides patients with an effective yet temporary solution to excess sweating. Aluminium chloride works by creating a gel like substance when it comes into contact with sweat, this gel creates an ‘plug’ near the top of the sweat glands, forming an effective barrier against excess sweating.
Tip 2- Dietary changes
In many cases, a patient’s diet can hold the secret to their hyperhidrosis condition. Avoid foods with high levels of sugar, salt and hydrogenated oils such as onions, curries and garlic. These foods can stimulate the sweat glands, which results in excessive sweating. Reducing your consumption of these foods can have a huge impact in the amount you sweat. Processed foods should also be avoided where possible as they can often contain chemical toxins, which can force the body to sweat more in order to expel harmful elements.
Induding food with high levels of silicon in your diet can help when tackling excess sweating, as silicon regulates the body’s sweat production. Strawberries, grapes and almonds are all good examples.
Making sure you follow a healthy and balanced diet regimen can also help to improve your hyperhidrosis. Introducing fresh vegetables, cereals, fruits, fish, whole grains and lean meat can help improve your condition. Keeping well hydrated is also very important; try avoiding drinks that contain caffeine if possible, because they increase body temperature and can cause the body to perspire more.
Tip 3- Lifestyle changes
A few minor lifestyle changes can also have a huge impact on your hyperhidrosis condition too. For example, adding an antibacterial soap and antiperspirant to your bathing routine can improve your condition. Also, wearing shoes in breathable fabrics such as canvas and leather can prevent excessive sweating, as it helps to regulate your body temperature.
Avoiding tight fitting clothes and unbreathable fabrics in clothing can also help to improve hyperhidrosis, as it allows your skin to breathe.
Tip 4- Iontophoresis
If you are suffering with excess sweating within the palms or feet, a treatment that has proven to be effective is iontophoresis. The treatment uses weak electric current through a water bath to ‘block’ the activity of the sweat glands. The effects of iontophoresis last for 3-4 days but can last longer with repeated treatment.
Tip 5- Botox for Hyperhidrosis
If you feel like it is time to take a stronger stand against your excess sweating, Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic offers Botox injections to treat hyperhidrosis. To explain how Botox can help, Dr. Alice Hudson-Peacock said:
“Botox injections are a great solution to hyperhidrosis. Botox is a muscle relaxing injection, and when injected into the area of concern, it can effectively prevent excessive perspiration. Botox effectively ‘blocks’ the sweat glands within the treated area, meaning patients can see a huge improvement in the treated area.”
Botox can be a great solution to hyperhidrosis as it provides patients with a simple and efficient solution to their sweating issues. The treatment can be performed in just 30 minutes and requires minimal recovery time, meaning patients can gain the results they want in a time frame that suits their lifestyle.
If you would like more information on Botox for hyperhidrosis, book your consultation with Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic today. Our services are accessible in a wide range of location including Ashford, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Margate, Ramsgate, Hythe, Whitstable, Faversham, Sittingbourne, Sheppy and Maidstone.