Tips to stop the excessive sweating from Jacksonville dermatologist
Excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, can be more than just a nuisance. It can affect your self-esteem and cause embarrassment or even unfair judgement in work and social situations. If you suffer from excessive sweating, the team of dermatological professionals at Southside Dermatology & Laser Cosmetic Center in Jacksonville, FL, are here to help. We provide miraDry therapy to effectively treat this condition, as well as tips on things you can do to stop excessive sweating.
Sweating is a normal, and important, function for regulating the human body’s temperature. If you’re hot, you sweat through the pores in your skin, where the moisture then evaporates into the air to cool you down. People also tend to sweat more when they are in acutely stressful situations, such as during a job interview or while speaking in public.
However, in some people, the body’s sweating mechanisms kick into overdrive, even when there is no reason to be sweating. When this occurs, it is called hyperhidrosis. People with this condition commonly produce extra sweat in one or more of the following areas:
- Armpits (“axillary hyperhidrosis”)
- Palms of the hands (“palmar hyperhidrosis”)
- Face (“craniofacial hyperhidrosis”)
- Soles of the feet (“plantar hyperhidrosis”)
It can also affect the chest, groin, under the breasts, and back.
First step: schedule an evaluation by a doctor
Some medications and certain diseases and health conditions can lead to hyperhidrosis, so consulting with a Board-certified dermatologist if you are suffering from excessive sweating is a good first step in determining how to stop it. Our providers will discuss your medical history, family history, and symptoms with you, as well as conduct any necessary tests to determine the cause of the condition.
Use antiperspirants on the affected areas of your body
Antiperspirants are specifically designed to stop your body from sweating. These typically contain aluminum salts that create a plug on your skin to stop sweat from forming. There are many over-the-counter anti-perspirants that may be sufficient to curb the problem for some people, but others may need a prescription-strength antiperspirant to help the issue. Antiperspirants can be used on any place you suffer from excessive sweating, including your palms, feet, and hairline. Putting them on before bed can be more helpful in some cases than applying them in the morning.
miraDry therapy for excessive sweating is a newer treatment that can provide great results for patients who want to avoid taking medications. With miraDry, patients with hyperhidrosis can achieve terrific results:
- It is minimally invasive
- The results are permanent
- In addition to reducing sweat, it also reduces odor
- The results are immediate
- There is virtually no downtime – you can resume your normal activities right away
miraDry works by delivering thermal energy to destroy the targeted sweat and odor glands. The treatment has been clinically shown to reduce sweat reduction by an average of 82% and odor by 89%.
Choose comfortable, breathable fabrics
Your clothing choices can affect how much you sweat, especially if you suffer from excessive sweating on your chest, back, or armpits. Light, breathable, and loose fabrics are your best choice, but if you are unable to wear those, then darker colors or highly patterned clothes can help mask the appearance of sweat.
Avoid spicy foods and caffeine
Your body’s sweat glands are triggered when you eat spicy foods in the same way that they are when you are exposed to ambient heat, so avoiding spicy foods when you are in social situations is advisable. Caffeine also stimulates your body to produce sweat because it triggers your adrenal glands, which can lead to sweaty palms, underarms, and feet.
Ask your doctor about other medical treatment options
Thanks to modern dermatological advances, there are now several medical treatment options that can help you minimize excessive sweating. In addition to prescription antiperspirants and miraDry treatment, our providers can evaluate whether one of the following types of treatments may be a good option for you.
- Oral medications that block transmissions from nerves that tell your body to sweat
- Neuromodulator (Botox) injections to block the nerves that cause you to sweat
- Antidepressant medications to reduce anxiety, which can trigger sweating
- Surgery may be necessary in severe cases
No matter where and why you are sweating, there are ways to help you stop the sweat and re-gain your self-confidence. Call Dr Southside Dermatology today to schedule your consultation. Our Jacksonville, FL office can be reached at (904) 880-0622.