Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis is a challenging health condition as it becomes embarrassing for the person to step out in public. As treatment results vary from person to person, it is difficult for general doctors to advice suitable medication for the problem, though experienced dermatologists can advise better treatment techniques. People also use armpit shields and leather shoes with special soles to absorb excessive sweat during summer season. One way to avoid sweat marks on clothing is to wear natural fibers like cotton instead of rayon or nylon.
Antiperspirants that contain aluminum chloride are also first line method that is commonly used for hyperhidrosis treatment as these plug the sweat glands over a period of time. A person suffering from hyperhidrosis should apply the antiperspirant before sleeping and then clean the areas where the antiperspirant has been applied with water in the morning. Try to avoid using soaps or body washes in that area as it can lead to itching or skin irritation but remember to use moisturizer on a regular basis.
Over the counter antiperspirant
Antiperspirants that are bought over the counter sometimes may not contain sweat blockers like aluminum salts and are therefore useless for treatment of the sweating problem. So it is best to ask the doctor for a medicated antiperspirant and purchase that from local medical store for the problem. Regular antiperspirants that contain deodorants are not absolutely wasteful either as these can help to control the body odor from sweat that makes it easier for the affected person to move around in public places without people casting uncomfortable looks.
Essential body parts for application of antiperspirants
People suffering from hyperhidrosis generally tend to sweat from armpits, feet, hands and even the head when the weather is very hot and humid. During these times it is best to apply antiperspirant cum deodorant containing aluminum chloride to armpits, hands, feet and also the hairline before going to bed to keep body dry during the night and day. Always apply antiperspirant containing aluminum chloride on clean and dry skin as application on wet skin can lead to skin irritation and rashes. For heavy sweating or hyperhidrosis treatment never apply these antiperspirants on skin that has rashes or irritation or is broken with cuts and also on recently shaved areas.
Patients suffering from heavy sweating or hyperhidrosis can also try to change clothes more often and maintain skin hygiene by taking bath at least a couple of times each day that can keep them free of body odor and stickiness related to sweat.