The fall months are usually characterized by brisk, sometimes wet, and often windy weather in New England. But even as temperatures take a major dip, excessive sweating is still a major concern for people with hyperhidrosis.
Fall is a picturesque season, full of warm colors and a variety of outdoor activities like apple picking. As you’re reaching for an apple, you’re worried about your sweat showing through your warm flannel. Unfortunately, even as things cool down, hyperhidrosis is a real concern all year round for many people. Fall and winter can exacerbate things by forcing us to bundle up in long sleeves, heavy boots, and winter gloves. All of this bundling increases body heat, which can trigger even worse sweating in the underarms, hands, and feet, the three areas of the body most prone to hyperhidrosis symptoms. You can’t just wear short sleeves and flip flops on a November morning, so what can you do to treat your symptoms and enjoy fall to its fullest?
There are a number of ways to combat excessive sweating, and the first line of defense against hyperhidrosis is a strong antiperspirant. Antiperspirants are products that seek to inhibit the sweat glands from producing sweat. Most do this by actually temporarily blocking the glands themselves, preventing the sweat from reaching the skin’s surface. Antiperspirants come in a few different forms; there’s underarm antiperspirants that are a lot like deodorant. In fact, most antiperspirants you can buy over the counter are also deodorants. This helps to cover up or prevent that nasty underarm body odor we all hate. There are also many antiperspirant creams that are more versatile in where they can be applied. Topical creams containing glycopyrrolate can be applied to the face and head without clogging pores or leaving a noticeable residue. Instead of clogging sweat glands and sebaceous glands (which produce sebum and can cause acne if they’re blocked), glycopyrrolate focuses on stopping sweat production in the glands altogether.
Iontophoresis has been around for quite a while, and its usefulness in preventing excessive sweating of the hands and feet can’t be overstated. Iontophoresis is a process in which the hands and/or the feet are immersed in water that has a low electric current in it. This electrical stimulation is not painful, and treatment can be administered in a dermatologist’s office or in some cases at home. Iontophoresis works for a lot of people, but the why can be a bit fuzzy. Scientists believe it might work because the ions produced by the process physically block sweat glands. Other theories posit that the electrical current disrupts natural nerve processes that are responsible for excessive sweating. While we don’t know how it works completely, we do know that it works for a lot of people. A majority of patients using iontophoresis notice a reduction in sweating with sustained treatment.
MiraDry is sort of the new kid on the block when it comes to treating hyperhidrosis, but its effectiveness speaks for itself. MiraDry works on the underarms exclusively, and it can completely eliminate sweat glands there in just a few sessions. MiraDry works by exposing the sweat glands to a precise level of heat and energy, which kills them. When these glands die and are absorbed back into the body, new ones generally don’t develop in their place, leaving you free of underarm sweat and odor. MiraDry usually delivers permanent, quickly noticeable results after just one session. The discomfort is minimal, because a local anesthetic is applied prior to treatment, and there’s no downtime following the procedure. Just go about your day more confident and rid of sweaty underarms.
Hyperhidrosis is a year-round concern for millions of Americans, but it doesn’t have to keep you from having fun this autumn. Learn more about treating excessive sweating by contacting the skincare professionals at Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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