Our bodies have a natural way of keeping cool and it is known as sweating, and it is normal and accepted. Sometimes other situations can initialize perspiration such as nausea and vomiting, stress or fear. In this article we will take a closer look at this bodily function and different ways on how to stop sweating.
Excessive perspiration is known as hyperhidrosis and is considered to be a medical condition which can often be effectively treated. Primary hyperhidrosis starts very early in life and is considered to be a hereditary dominant genetic condition. The hypothalamus in the brain is in control of perspiration with the help of the central nervous system in the human body. By perspiring, the core temperature of the body is reduced and the process of sweat evaporating off the skin in turn decreases the external temperature.
Ordinary antiperspirant body sprays and similar products contain aluminum chloride which assists in drying out those moist places on the body. Unfortunately in the case of hyperhidrosis, it wouldn’t be enough to treat the problem, but do not despair, because there are other ways of controlling it. Botox not only works on wrinkles, but it can be quite effectively used to control underarm sweating for 4-9 months at a time.
A procedure was developed where a person is exposed to a low electric current by putting their hands in water and in severe cases, medicines are added too. The minerals in the water then clog up the pores where sweat is produced and in this way inhibits sweating. This treatment is known as iontophoresis and initial sessions last for 20 minutes and are done many times in the first week and then once every three weeks for maintenance.
Anti-cholinergic medications can be quite effective in treating this condition but it comes at a price. It works by affecting the nervous system in not producing as much sweat, but most patients cannot stay on this treatment for very long. Side effects are numerous and definitely unpleasant, such as constipation, loss of coordination, double vision, dry mouth and shaking.
Many individuals find the above mentioned methods inadequate in dealing with their problem and for those there are more invasive ways to treat it. Sweat gland destruction and removal or endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy or ETS, are all more complicated procedures performed by physicians or specialists. The seriousness of completely removing the sweat glands are by nature the very last option to consider in treating hyperhidrosis.
People who have a problem with too much perspiration are very self conscious and it has many unpleasant emotional effects on them. They stress because they sweat and when they sweat more they get even more stressed and this just continues the cycle over and over again. There is no doubt that hyperhidrosis can affect a person’s life in a very serious manner and if it does, they should take the necessary steps to find out how to stop sweating.
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