Don't Let Them See You Sweat This Summer
International Hyperhidrosis Society Offers Tips to Millions Who Sweat Excessively
Pipersville, PA - July 23, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — For the millions of Americans suffering from hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating, the body's mechanism for cooling itself is overactive and can cause sweat production that is up to four or five times more than normal. While some people may only think about sweating during the hot summer months, individuals with hyperhidrosis may find excessive sweating can disrupt their daily and recreational activities, regardless of the season.
"While we all sweat, those suffering from hyperhidrosis may experience excessive sweating on their underarms and often need to change their clothing multiple times a day to hide their symptoms," says Lisa Pieretti, Executive director of the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHHS), a non profit organization dedicated to help those with excessive sweating. "It's important to remember that hyperhidrosis is a treatable medical condition and it is possible to manage symptoms through medical treatment options."
The IHHS recommends following these simple steps to help control sweating this summer:
- Stay hydrated: Drink early, drink often, and drink again. Sweat plays a critical role in keeping your body cool in hot temperatures. The key to keeping this internal air conditioning system working properly is drinking enough fluids.
- Use a vaporizer or atomizer: Help the body's natural cooling system by using a vaporizer or atomizer to spray a light mist of water on the underarms. As the water evaporates the body will naturally cool down.
- Wear loose, lightweight natural fabrics: Loose clothing enables perspiration to evaporate and natural, breathable fabrics "wick" moisture away from your underarms.
- Apply antiperspirant twice daily: Application of a soft-solid antiperspirant formula to underarms twice daily (morning and before bedtime) has been shown to be more effective in controlling excessive sweat. Consider using a stronger, clinical-strength over-the-counter antiperspirant. Be sure the underarms are completely dry before applying product to reduce the chance of skin irritation.
- Reach zen: Anxiety can increase sweat production. Control anxiety by breathing deeply and focusing internally.
- Avoid sweat-inducing spicy foods and caffeinated beverages to help stay cool in the warmer weather.
- Knock out body odor: Excessive underarm sweating can contribute to odors as the sweat dries and activates bacteria on your skin. Neutralize odors by sprinkling baking soda on affected clothing and on athletic gear after use.
- Avoid mid-day workouts: When the sun is at its peek, the body is more inclined to sweat, so take advantage of the long summer days and plan an early morning or late evening workout.
- Know your medications: There are a number of common medications that can exacerbate sweating. Make sure to check with your physician before you start any new medication, especially during the warmer summer months.
- Talk to a dermatologist: When antiperspirants are not effective in controlling excessive underarm sweating, dermatologist may administer treatment with BOTOX® (Botulinum Toxin Type A). Results last up to 6.7 months and treatment is often covered by insurance.
Important BOTOX® (Botulinum Toxin Type A) Information
BOTOX® is approved for the treatment of severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis that is inadequately managed with topical agents.
Important Safety Information
Who should not be treated with BOTOX®
BOTOX® injections should not be given to people who have an infection where the physician proposes to inject. They should not be given to people who are known to be sensitive to any ingredient in the BOTOX® product.
Serious heart problems and serious allergic reactions have been reported rarely. If you think you're having an allergic reaction or other reaction, such as difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing, call your doctor immediately.
Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.
Patients with neuromuscular disorders may be at increased risk of clinically significant systemic effects including severe dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and respiratory compromise from typical doses of BOTOX®.
Patients or caregivers should be advised to seek immediate medical attention if swallowing, speech, or respiratory disorders arise.
Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness and/or bruising may be associated with the injection.
The most common side effects (3-10% of patients) include injection-site pain and bleeding, non-underarm sweating, infection, sore throat, flu, headache, fever, neck or back pain, itching and anxiety.
Additional Important Safety Information
The FDA on April 30, 2009, in its update to the early communication sent in 2008, gave the following recommendations:
- Understand that dosage strength (potency) expressed in "Units" or "U" are different among the botulinum toxin products; clinical doses expressed in units are not interchangeable from one botulinum toxin product to another.
- Be alert to and educate patients and caregivers about potential adverse events due to distant spread of botulinum toxin effects following local injections including: unexpected loss of strength or muscle weakness, hoarseness or trouble talking (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids.
- Understand that these adverse events have been reported as early as several hours and as late as several weeks after treatment.
- Advise patients to seek immediate medical attention if they develop any of these symptoms.
For full product information on BOTOX®, please click on the BOTOX® Prescribing Information link under Related Documents section to the right.
About the International Hyperhidrosis Society
The International Hyperhidrosis Society is a non-profit organization that strives to improve quality of life for those affected by excessive sweating. The Society promotes research and conducts education on the physiological effects of hyperhidrosis, raises awareness about its emotional and economic impact and advocates for patient access to effective treatments. The International Hyperhidrosis Society is composed of members from all over the world, making it a true international network for people who treat or suffer from hyperhidrosis.
Visit www.SweatHelp.org for further information and useful tools regarding excessive sweating, including: a Physician Finder, news updates, a self-assessment quiz, information about treatment options and how to make the best of your doctors appointment, insurance coverage tools, and free downloads. Also, you can sign-up to receive the free SweatSolutions e-newsletter.
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. Patients with hyperhidrosis produce an amount of sweat that far exceeds that needed to regulate body temperature.
Hyperhidrosis can cause dehydration and skin problems, including infections secondary to skin maceration, and can be accompanied by strong odors. Some people may sweat so profusely that they need to change clothing several times a day.
Hyperhidrosis most frequently develops in adolescence or young adulthood. The underlying cause of the disorder is uncertain but genetics may play a role — one-third to one-half of patients has a family history of the disorder. Severe sweating may be exacerbated by stress, emotion or exercise, but often occurs spontaneously. The precise mechanism that triggers the condition is unclear but appears to be related to malfunction in the sympathetic nervous system — the part of the autonomic nervous system that regulates "involuntary" bodily functions (those we don't exert conscious control over) such as breathing, the heart beat, and regulation of body temperature. In people with hyperhidrosis, this system may produce too much of the neurotransmitter that triggers the eccrine glands to produce sweat, or the eccrine glands may be overreactive.
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