Now that fall is upon us, many people who struggle with excessive sweating may breathe a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, just because summer is over doesn’t mean hyperhidrosis just goes away. Read on and learn how you can handle hyperhidrosis in the fall.
Summer heat can actually be a good social cover for some suffering from hyperhidrosis. When the swelter subsides and you’re still dripping with perspiration, you might feel even more self conscious about your excessive sweating. If you have hyperhidrosis, you know that heat is far from the only trigger for your excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis occurs when the nerves beneath sweat glands become overactive and stimulate the body to produce more sweat than is necessary. Heat is a major trigger for excessive sweating, especially in the armpits, hands, and feet. Consider how fall changes our dressing habits. Suddenly we’re wearing long sleeves, jackets, boots, and gloves. These areas need to be protected from the cold, but bundling up can contribute to hyperhidrosis even in the coldest months. So hyperhidrosis doesn’t hibernate. What can a person do to combat the worst symptoms of hyperhidrosis and keep from living in its shadow?
Want to go apple picking in your favorite flannel but worry about sweat stains cropping up as soon as you lift your arm for the first time? Odds are, if you’ve been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, you’re already using prescription-strength antiperspirants. These drugs work by temporarily blocking sweat glands in the underarms. The effect of antiperspirants is short lived, and depending on the kind you’re prescribed, you may use them quite differently than regular deodorant. Some, like Drysol, are applied overnight to dry, clean skin and removed in the morning. Rather than applying deodorant in the morning, you should just clean the underarm. After some time, you should notice less sweating.
Botox has been used to treat cosmetic skin conditions for years, but did you know it started as a treatment for chronic headaches? Botox injections can do far more than just smooth wrinkles. Used primarily for treating excessive sweating of the underarms, botox injections can relieve symptoms for up to 6 months. Botox works against hyperhidrosis by blocking the specific chemical responsible for our nerves’ overproduction of sweat. Botox isn’t a permanent solution, but if topical creams and antiperspirants aren’t addressing your symptoms, it can usually help. More recently, as Botox treatment for hyperhidrosis improves, it has been used to treat hyperhidrosis of the hands. As new methodologies rise, we may see Botox being a much more versatile and robust hyperhidrosis treatment. Skincare technology advances at a breakneck pace, so it’s never too soon to ask your dermatologist if Botox might work for your excessive sweating this fall.
MiraDry is another treatment for excessive sweating that is primarily focused on the underarms. This process employs a noninvasive device that exposes the skin to highly tuned electromagnetic energy that destroys the sweat glands. This treatment can greatly reduce underarm sweat and odor. Of all the hyperhidrosis treatments we’ve outlined, MiraDry may cause the most discomfort, though it’s not long lasting. A local anesthesia is applied to the treatment area to prevent pain, but some tingling may still be felt. After your treatment, you can go back to your day with no downtime, though exercise shouldn’t be resumed for a few days. In some cases, swelling, numbness, or sensitivity may occur, but these side effects don’t last long.
While fall cools things down considerably, hyperhidrosis can still happen all year round. However, if you’ve got the right tools, excessive sweating doesn’t need to keep you from doing the things you love. If you want to learn more about hyperhidrosis and the treatments we’ve outlined today, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Pacific Dermatology Specialists.