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Hyperhydrosis

Dealing with excessive sweating

Hyperhydrosis, sometimes spelled hyperhidrosis, the medical term for the more commonly known excessive sweating, is a lot more common than you may think. However, it's one of those conditions that sufferers are hesitant to discuss, as it can cause all kinds of discomfort and embarrassment.

Hyperhydrosis usually manifests itself as excessive perspiration on the palms, feet and armpits. Some may also experience symptoms of hyperhydrosis on the back. The real problem with the condition is its unpredictability: sufferers may find themselves sweating at completely random times, even when the temperature is cool or they haven't been engaging in any kind of physical activity.

While perspiration is completely natural and, in fact, a required bodily function, those who suffer from hyperhydrosis will find themselves sweating way beyond normal, regardless of the circumstances. It can be especially embarrassing in social situations, as it's a completely visible condition that may even make it awkward to shake hands. Since people tend to associate sweat with nerves, stress, or physical exertion, those who sweat while everyone else stays dry may feel that other people link the condition to nervousness or poor physical health.

Before choosing an option for treatment of hyperhydrosis, you should discuss your symptoms with your doctor. Sweating can be a common symptom for several different types of health problems, so you should be sure that you're actually dealing with hyperhydrosis before treatment.

Acupuncture for hyperhydrosis

Acupuncture for hyperhydrosis is a common alternative to medication or surgery. If you've determined that hyperhydrosis is your problem, you should find an acupuncturist who is willing to take the time to discuss your condition. The type and location of the acupuncture treatments will depend on the type, location and severity of your problem.

Along with regular acupuncture treatments, your specialist will probably also recommend some lifestyle changes to deal with the symptoms of hyperhydrosis. Regular bathing, proper diet, wearing the right clothes, healthy diet and the use of regular relaxation techniques may also be helpful.

Hyperhydrosis and botox

Recent developments with hyperhydrosis and botox have provided sufferers with another alternative to surgery to deal with the condition. Botox is a quick and effective way to deal with the symptoms of excessive sweating. However, it's important to remember that Botox is a temporary fix and you will probably have to have continued treatments in order to deal with the condition.

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