Summary: Is excessive sweating really a big problem? It’s easy to think of this condition as little more than an inconvenience. After all, how bad can sweating really be? The answer to that question might be surprising–more surprising than you think. Sweating excessively can have a big impact on your life.
Can Excess Sweating Creating a Real Problem For You?
To some, excess sweating might sound like more of a joke than anything else. Unfortunately, that attitude tends to obscure the real harm that excess sweating can create. Known by the medical term hyperhidrosis, this is a condition in which the sweat glands produce excess moisture. Hyperhidrosis can have a wide variety of causes–though it’s not always clear what precisely causes each case.
The good news is that there are treatments available for hyperhidrosis. Both surgical and non surgical treatments are available, depending on how your excess sweating responds. Hyperhidrosis is a real problem for a lot of people, but it doesn’t necessarily have to stay that way.
What Impacts Can Hyperhidrosis Have?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which you sweat without cause and without control. Sometimes you even sweat without stopping. It can occur due to a medication you’re taking or changes in certain hormones. But, most often, the cause of your excess sweating will be difficult to identify. That doesn’t mean your hyperhidrosis is any less real, however.
For most people who have excess sweating, the negative impacts of hyperhidrosis can be significant:
- In the most extreme circumstances, excess sweating can cause chronic or acute dehydration, which can have its own significant and severe impacts on your body. In most cases, however, this just means you’ll have to monitor your fluid intake pretty closely.
- Odors can become omnipresent if you suffer from moderate or severe hyperhidrosis. These odors occur because your sweat picks up oils and dirt in your skin, then evaporates. The end result can be intense body odor. Treatments for odor are available, but excess sweating can make it challenging to treat. Many people will also notice smells lingering in their clothing, which can become difficult to sufficiently wash out.
- Excess sweating can dramatically impact your social and professional life. For some, hyperhidrosis can keep them from getting a promotion (or being considered for a job in the first place). And, of course, there can be impacts on your social life as well. You may avoid or miss out on various social functions.
To say that excess sweating can affect your life, then, feels like something of an understatement. For those who suffer from hyperhidrosis, these impacts can be felt quite acutely. That’s what makes treatment so important.
There are two basic types of treatment for excess sweating. The first is a non surgical method and the second is surgical in nature. Non surgical hyperhidrosis treatment involves the use of Botox injections.
When the Botox is injected, the sweat glands are temporarily paralyzed. And because they are paralyzed, the sweat glands can no longer produce any liquid. The results will usually last somewhere around six months. But if you can always undergo regular maintenance injections to ensure you keep your sweating at bay.
The other option is surgery. During hyperhidrosis surgery, your surgeon will make a small incision and then go about neutralizing your sweat glands. This procedure is permanent, but it does tend to be more intense and more expensive (at least initially). Whether surgery or non surgical treatments are better for you will depend on your situation and your preferences.
Either way, hyperhidrosis can be a real problem, with significant impacts on your daily life. If excess sweating is getting in the way of what you want to do, there are treatment options available. So there’s no reason to suffer through hyperhidrosis if your symptoms are enough of a problem. Talking to your cosmetic or plastic surgeon can help you identify the right solution for your excessive sweating.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for nearly five years. He’s always in touch with cosmetic and plastic surgeons to ensure he has the latest and most up to date information possible.