How To Stop Excessive Sweating

Perspiration is a normal physiological phenomenon that helps control body heat and maintain a constant body temperature of about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Sweat produced by the sudoriferous glands help the body to control its temperature during physical activity and heated conditions.

Approximately 1% of the population has perspiration problems. When deodorants and anti-perspirants are not enough to treat excessive perspiration, then other treatments are required.

Fight Off Excessive Sweating

One course of action is wearing deodorant. The daily use of deodorant, which works to hide bad smells or prevent the multiplication of body odor-causing bacteria, is a normal practice for most people. Some deodorants contain aluminum salts, which have anti-perspiring properties, thereby limiting the secretion of sweat from the sudoriferous glands. Anti-perspirants come in lotions, sticks, roll-ons, or creams.

Botox, or Botulinum toxin, injections can be very beneficial for people who perspire a lot by preventing the nervous system from transmitting messages to the sudoriferous glands, thus inhibiting the sudoriferous glands from secreting sweat. The effectiveness of the treatment lasts between four and sic months, so it is necessary to renew injections at regular intervals.

Iontophoresis, which consists of using an electrical current passed through water to stop sweating, is also another effective solution. Hands, feet, and armpits can be treated this way.

Surgery is considered when all other methods show no improvement in the condition. Additionally, surgery is more often advised for excessive perspiration of the hands, because botox injections in the hands can cause paralysis of certain nerves, which are essential for grasping objects. Surgery can consist of surgical excision of the sudoriferous glands, scraping of the sudoriferious glands, laser ablation of the sudoriferous glands, and the inactivation of some nerves.

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