Dealing with hyperhidrosis any time of the year can be a struggle, but there's nothing worse than having it ruin your holiday pictures with sweat stains on your clothes. If you're wondering how to deal with hyperhidrosis during the holiday season, here are a few tips and treatments to help you out.
When you need to manage hyperhidrosis and excessive sweating, especially during the holidays when you'll be around lots of people, it helps to know what you're dealing with. In some cases, knowing what's causing your sweating could help you avoid common triggers. But let's focus on hyperhidrosis first. What is hyperhidrosis, anyway? Typically, excessive sweating and hyperhidrosis go together. While the terms are used interchangeably, the truth is that hyperhidrosis is one of the many underlying conditions that may result in excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis causes the nerves responsible for triggering your sweat glands to become overactive. As a result, you'll often produce much more sweat than necessary. Other causes of excessive sweat include high levels of anxiety, stress, or even high temperatures. If you're dressed too warmly, or the room is too hot, you may trigger an episode of excessive sweating. How can you deal with this so it doesn't ruin your holiday? Here are a few treatment options to consider.
The first option available to people struggling with hyperhidrosis is a simple prescription antiperspirant. This is a common treatment option that your doctor can prescribe to you. Prescription grade antiperspirants have an important ingredient in them: aluminum chloride. Aluminum chloride is key because it can be effective at preventing sweating. Unfortunately, it can also irritate the skin and eyes. In most cases, irritation is minimal. If it gets to be too much, you may want to explore different hyperhidrosis treatment options with your doctor. Minor irritation, on the other hand, can be dealt with by using a simple over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream.
When your doctor prescribes a topical cream, you'll typically need to apply it to the areas where you're sweating the most. One of the biggest differences between this treatment and a prescription antiperspirant is where you can apply it. While antiperspirants are best for the underarms, topical antiperspirant creams can be applied to the face, neck, and head. In addition, the main active ingredient is different. Unlike the antiperspirant, the main ingredient in topical creams for hyperhidrosis treatment is glycopyrrolate.
Botox might seem like an intense treatment for excessive sweating, but it provides surprisingly good results. One of the best things about Botox as a treatment option for hyperhidrosis is how long it lasts. One round of Botox injections will remain effective for anywhere from six months to a whole year. If you're not squeamish around needles and a once-yearly treatment sounds good to you, Botox is definitely worth considering as a way to manage your hyperhidrosis for the holidays.
Hyperhidrosis can be a challenge, especially during the holiday season. If you want to talk about your treatment options, set up a consultation with our team at North Pacific Dermatology today!.