Living with diaphoresis is not easy and it means living with many unwanted and unpleasant side effects. If you have diaphoresis, you not only have to deal with excessive sweating, but you may also have to deal with anxiety, a racing pulse or heartbeat, nervousness, shaky hands, trouble sleeping, or even weight loss. If you have diabetes and you are experiencing excessive sweating, you may have a condition known as hypoglycemia which is basically low blood sugar. It is a very severe condition and needs to be treated immediately as it can be life-threatening.
If you have diaphoresis, you may find that you sweat in your armpits or on the palms of your hands and it can also cause many embarrassing situations for you. Many people actually avoid social functions and doing certain activities for fear that they will develop embarrassing sweat stains on their clothing or will have an odor. If the sweating is not caused by physical exercise, it may be caused by menopause, obesity, withdrawal, pregnancy, certain medications, anaphylaxis, certain cancers, or even a heart attack.
Tips to Manage Your Sweat
Depending on the cause of your diaphoresis, you can treat in a number of different ways. One way is to take different medications that your doctor prescribes. Your doctor may also prescribe an anticholinergic medication that you need to take orally. You may also need to switch to a more potent underarm antiperspirant, or you may find that injections such as Botox may be helpful. There is also iontophoresis that sends a manageable electrical shock through the hands and feet to help reduce and also to prevent sweating. This is just a temporary solution. It may be necessary to have a few sessions in order to see the desired results.
Of course, as with most things, prevention is the best route of action. If you maintain a healthy weight and eat healthy foods, you ware on the right track. If you have diabetes, you want to be very careful to manage it properly and you should also avoid hot or spicy foods in excess. Wear loose clothing in very hot weather or avoid going outside if it is very hot. You should also use a clinical-strength antiperspirant and drink more water. Doing these things will go a very long way to ensuring that your body is getting the care that it needs so that it does not have to work so hard and products as much sweat to keep you cool and your temperature under control. It does not mean that you will never sweat, but you may notice a significant change in your sweat patterns and you may find that your sweat is more under control.
In extreme cases, and if all else has failed, it may actually be necessary to have surgery to remove the sweat glands. There is also endoscope thoracic sympathectomy, also known as ETS, which will “deactivate” the sweat glands by cutting the nerves in your armpit so that you will no longer produce as much sweat. The downside to this surgery is that in order to compensate for the lost sweat gland products, your body may try to produce more sweat elsewhere in the body. It is always best to find natural ways to deal with a sweat problem and you need to find what works best for you.
There are many things that you can do to keep sweat from running your life. Be sure to shower daily to keep yourself feeling and smelling fresh and to use simple tricks such as using underarm liners and shoe inserts to help absorb sweat so that you will not get telltale sweat stains on your clothing. You may have to experiment with different products until you find one or even a few that work for you. No one is the same and no one has the same body chemistry. You may need to experiment a bit to find your perfect hygiene routine. You should also work with your doctor and be willing to try different things. They may not always work, but whatever you try that doesn’t work gets you a little closer to something that does.
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