Sweating is a natural process of the body to keep it cool and to keep the pores of the skin clean. It is also used to remove some toxins from the body. All this is quite normal and so long as we maintain the normal hygiene we have nothing to be concerned about.
However there are some people who have very severe or constant sweating that is not just the body’s natural reactions. For these people sweating becomes unpleasant and even viewed as a blight on their lives. Their sweating glands have become over sensitive and sweating is often the result of trigger responses rather than the body‘s natural reactions. For some people it may be certain foods or even alcohol, while for others it is simply anxiety.
When anxiety is the cause it becomes much harder to control as the very nature of life is to experience new things and meet new people. However for those for whom anxiety is a trigger it becomes much harder to live a normal life. The condition is often hereditary and can therefore be isolating as people tend to mix with those who know and understand the problem.
There is treatment but as everyone is different each person needs to be assessed. For those of an anxious disposition this can seem quite daunting. Treatment can also be expensive. One of the most successful treatments is Botox injections. The injections work by blocking the nerves that supply the sweat glands. The treatment is highly specialised and needs to be done at dermatology clinics. It can cost anything from £450.00 for a treatment and needs to be repeated at regular intervals. The regularity of treatment will depend on how each individual responds. Some need it every few months while others may be alright for nine months.
Some people find strong antiperspirants like Anhydrol Forte and Driclor work while others turn to electrical stimulation or iontophoresis (these can be bought as home kits). There are others who resort to surgical answers and have an operation to cut the sympathetic nerves that control sweating. There is also a support group for sufferers called The Hyperhidrosis UK. The support group actually recommends using emollients rather than soap based products.
We all experience anxiety attacks at some time in our lives and it is learning how to deal with them that may offer more help to hyperhidrosis sufferers. The condition although hereditary, usually begins in childhood and is something that many just put up with as something that just happens. However it seems to be more embarrassing as people get older.
Real sufferers are not just a little damp. Their clothes can develop wet patches, their hands and feet can poor with sweat and their faces glow. It is rarely smelly as regular hygiene keeps the skin clean but it can be very uncomfortable. It is to be hoped that as the world in general becomes more aware of this condition so will methods of helping people conquer their anxieties increase. Learning different ways of dealing with everyday stresses can help reduce the trigger reactions. It is amazing in this day and age, when we know so much about things and the world around us, that we still have so much to learn about our own bodies.
The moment someone tells me not to worry I start worrying. When I think to myself that I must not be anxious then anxiety sets in. For people like me who suffer from excessive sweating this is not good news. The anxiety can even be about the problem of too much sweat. Anxiety is now recognised as a major cause of
hyperhidrosis (posh word for sweating too much). It is not as serious as sweating caused by diabetes or other medical conditions but is bad enough.
For me I know that being anxious sets my heart and pulse going faster and this gets the blood pumping round my body even faster and then I start sweating too much. If I know ahead of time that I have a difficult meeting to deal with or that there will be an argument or disagreement then I know that I will start sweating before and during the meeting. This does not help me to get my side of the story told because I am also following the agenda my body is running which is excess sweat.
I have taught myself to plan for these occasions ahead of time and give myself time. I literally say to myself “What’s the worst that can happen” and I know that whatever that is will not happen.
Time pressure is the other area that can create anxiety and you can often do little about this. I tell myself that being there a bit late and cool is better than getting into a panic and arriving hot and bothered. I am an excellent time keeper because of years of practice on this