September 19th, 2015 by Lee

A Guest Post by fluxrider7

The following is a guest post from ‘fluxrider7’. A young and promising blogger who suffers with hyperhidrosis and wishes to help others. I spotted this and asked for permission to use his post on this site – to which he kindly agreed. He will be looking to set up his own blog soon but in the meantime please check him out on Reddit and have a read of this.

Hi guys this will be a LONG post but I think you will find the information helpful. Note that I don’t promise to cure your symptoms, I am simply presenting what has worked for me. Hopefully it will help you too. I have no science or research to back up any of my claims, only personal experience from dealing with this condition since I was in high school.

just-hands-1550395I was about 17 when I first began experiencing severe palmar hyperhidrosis and when I was about 19 I stumbled on a way to prevent 90% of my sweating, to the point where I could confidently shake someone’s hand.

Senior year of high school I began noticing that my hands and feet would sweat for no reason at all. It seemed to spring up out of nowhere and began to ruin my social life. I was well liked so no one said anything to my face but I knew people would mention it behind my back and would grimace when they shook my hand. It was so bad that If I was taking notes the page would being to get soaked through. I began to get very self conscious and would try to do anything to stay dry. Carrying paper towels in my pocket, frequently washing hands, spraying deodorant on etc.. All these things just made me think about it more and increased my anxiety which would actually make me sweat more.

pc_drysol_grandeI used to love going out but now all I could think of was how awkward it would be to shake my friends hands when I got there and when I was leaving. I spent several months obsessively researching on the internet and trying to find a cure, but to no avail. I was getting pretty depressed and my social life was taking a hit. A couple months later a friend who actually suffered from the same condition suggested I try Drysol, a prescription antiperspirant. I ended up trying it and it worked pretty well for me. It prevented 85% of my symptoms which allowed me to lead a social life again. I ended up having to use Drysol only 1-2x per week to maintain the dry hands.

For those who have read up until this point, please DO NOT conclude that the point of the post is to get an rx for Drysol. THAT’S NOT IT. The following paragraphs will go into some more thoughts on the issue and eventually implementing other strategies as well.
A couple years later I got really sick. I was desperate to feel better so I made some changes in my lifestyle. I began eating very cleanly and eating fermented foods. I stopped drinking, and smoking and cut out caffeine. I began meditating daily, stayed mindful throughout the day, and did yoga/relaxation exercises.
After about 2 months of this my sweating pretty much went away even in nervous situations. Even without the drysol my hands were dry. This really got me thinking and led me to 2 conclusions: My body which was naturally relaxed had become very sensitive to stress hormones from drinking, drugs, daily stress, and less than optimal gut health from antibiotic use. This last bit is important, there’s a lot of new research coming out showing the relation ship between gut health and our brain/body.

All these factors increased the amount of stress hormones in my body. Stress hormones lead to the fight or flight response and will cause you to sweat. Having constantly elevated stress hormones basically made my hands sweat all the time. And once they start sweating it’s very hard to remain relaxed mentally. You begin to worry, and more stress hormones are released continuing the cycle.

Mind Over Matter – Accept and Move Forward

So, if I could time travel and tell my younger self everything I learned, I would tell him these things:

Accept your hyperhidrosis. What if this was forever? Is it really the worst thing in the world? Sure you might never get a girlfriend, and interviews would go terribly but you can still be happy despite these things. Sitting there thinking about how much your life sucks won’t make it any better. Try to stop thinking about how negative the situation is and try to do something positive. This step is important because it gives you some perspective. Someone out there with cancer would LOVE to trade places with you. So now understanding this, you can relax mentally and stop trying to “cure it”. This means you stop always being on the internet trying to find that silver bullet to fix it. So accept your situation and try to work with it. Learn to program, play an instrument, paint, whatever you gotta do. When you accept it, spend your time somewhere positive and worry less about how this is ruining your life you’ll decrease your stress hormones and this will cause less sweating.
Cut out all the shit. No cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine (not even tea or coffee). No exceptions. Try to get 8 hours of sleep every night. This is very important.

Recommended Reading

Read the book “The Perfect Health Diet” by Dr’s Jaminet and start eating better. The title is a bit gimmicky but the science in the book is sound. You don’t have to be a health freak, I follow the 80/20 rule. Avoid drinking chlorinated water and incorporate fermented foods to help the gut’s beneficial bacteria. Kefir, Kimchi, and Sauerkraut.. MAKE THEM AT HOME!!! The store bought ones are sterile.

Meditation and mindfulness in every moment. The book “Mindfulness in plain english” is a good intro to meditation. Being mindful in every moment has helped me even more. I stumbled upon the concept by reading “The power of now” by Eckhart Tolle. I’m actually not a big fan of this book but it was the first book where I learned about mindfulness in day to day life, not just when meditating.
I think drysol was a good idea as it helped break the constant cycle. It helped me live a normal life instead of worrying all the time. But it was only a band aid solution. Once I addressed the root causes I didn’t even need it any more.
Misc: Look into yoga and the Relaxation Response by Dr. Herbert Benson for more reduction in stress levels.
I hope this helped some of you.

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September 14th, 2015 by Lee

Natural Remedies for Hyperhidrosis

Holy cannelloni! Why did I ever think I wanted to take on a subject this big? So many people have asked about it, that in fairness I feel like now is the time to tackle it. It may be the case that as I write I must partition this a little and flirt some the material onto it’s own post. Let’s see how I go:

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The placebo effect is a really interesting medical ‘trick’

Natural remedies for hyperhidrosis range from traditional Chinese medicines to standard herbal medicines and from hypnosis to acupuncture. Trying to separate the wheat from the chaff is a tough one as many natural remedies for hyperhidrosis, genuinely effective or not, actually show signs of effectiveness through a thing called ‘the placebo effect‘. Placebo being an odd but highly proven medical ‘trick’ that makes people believe they are cured of something and therefore see a reduction or loss of a medical symptom, just through the power of their own mind. For example a headache sufferer could be given a sugar pill but told that they being given a powerful new headache cure. Just the belief alone that they are being given a powerful cure is enough in many cases to reduce or effectively get rid of the headache. Placebo’s have even been proven to work when the subject is told that they are receiving a placebo as opposed to actual treatment. Crazy but actually very true!

Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese Medicine

When you think about natural remedies for hyperhidrosis you’re probably immediately drawn to traditional Chinese medicines, and quite right too as there are multitude of traditional medicines out there that claim to cure or at least alleviate sweating – of different origin and body parts. I certainly can’t claim to be an expert on these matters but can an entire race of people be wrong? I doubt it although as with anything the medicines change and the results vary from person to person. Trying to dig through this massive area of medicine is tough to say the least. A good starting point would probably be the Shen Nong website that gives an excellent overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine views on the development of excessive sweating.

Having a look at patents in this are it would seem there are plenty of new developments or at least concoctions within Chinese medicine that are aimed at hyperhidrosis and sweating. A mixture I’ve been particularly interested in includes, but is not restricted to, ingredients like fructus gleditsiae abnormalis (Zhu Ya Zao or Chinese Honeylocust Abnormal Fruit), rhizoma alismatis (Ze Xie or Oriental Waterplantain Rhizome), agkistrodon (Qi Shi or dried Long-nosed Pit Viper) and nux prinsepiae (Rui Ren or Hedge Prinsepia Nut). Absolute respect to anyone who fancies taking concoctions like this. In fairness this particular concoction is in a shower gel form and is claimed to have an effective rate of 92.5-95%, is low in toxins and side effects

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Natural Remedies for Hyperhidrosis

Natural Remedies for Hyperhidrosis – Home Remedies

  • Natural Vinegar – Taking natural vinegar and cider vinegar are both good astringents (they make cells contract) and can be taken internally (2 teaspoons with water) on an empty stomach or even rubbed into the affected area. I’ve never seen proof of this but there definitely many remedies based upon this.
  • Tomato Juice – tomatoes are rich in antioxidants, which are a well known to have a positive effect on the entire body and sweating. Drinking a glass of fresh tomato juice every day should help towards the reduction of excessive sweating.
  • Herbal Tea – particularly sage yes, is a recognised aid to reducing uncontrolled and random sweats and also particularly hyperhidrosis of the underarms (Axillary Hyperhidrosis). It’s rich in Vitamin B and magnesium, which reduces the activity in the sweat gland.
  • Potato – rubbing slices of potato are a simple home remedy to reduce sweating in specific areas. Potatoes absorb water and are known as a natural antiperspirant. You can even get the juice from a potato by crushing them and then bottle it to use whenever you need.
  • Witch Hazel – a good astringent used to rub in the affected areas to act as an antiperspirant. Drinking witch hazel tea is also said to be a natural aid too.
  • Baking Soda – this is highly absorbent and can used externally to rub into the sweaty areas. It’s also possible to take a teaspoon with water at night to reduce sweating.
  • Wheatgrass Juice – this neutralises acids in the body and is rich in vitamin B6, protein, vitamin B12, folic acid and vitamin C.
  • Tea Tree Oil – applied in thin layers can help to reduce sweating after a few days of use. It has natural astringents that help to reduce the sweating naturally.
  • Salt Crystals – if mixed with lemon or lime juice and then ribbed together in the hands and rubbed into the affected area can reduce activity in the sweat glands and reduce sweating.


Hypnosis is another of the common recognised natural remedies for hyperhidrosis or ‘alternative’ treatments. You would think this is pretty self explanatory really – the idea is that the person undergoes hypnosis treatment to get rid of their sweating problem.
However it’s not a simple as that really. This type of treatment is probably more useful for ‘secondary hyperhidrosis’, which is sweating caused by a secondary issue, such as obesity or nervous and anxious sweating. In this case the hypnotherapy targets the root cause – the anxiety or overeating.

It’s my humble opinion (and many actual professionals) that hypnosis can’t cure primary hyperhidrosis issues, as there is an underlying medical condition as opposed to something the person can influence externally.

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Acupuncture is one of the oldest known medical procedures known


Acupuncture, is often over looked by western medicine for any illness, and so it’s also overlooked as one of the natural remedies for hyperhidrosis. In my opinion it may be worth pursuing before attempting surgery or prescriptions. Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. All of those fantastic Chinese people just can’t be wrong.

The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques; it stimulates points directly related to excessive sweating. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.

Relatively few complications from the use of hyperhydrosis acupuncture have been reported to the FDA in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used. Still, complications have resulted from inadequate sterilization of needles and from improper delivery of treatments. When not delivered properly, acupuncture can cause serious adverse effects, including infections and punctured organs.

Health care practitioners can be a resource for referral to acupuncturists for hyperhydrosis. More medical doctors, including neurologists, anesthesiologists, and specialists in physical medicine, are becoming trained in hyperhidrosis acupuncture, TCM, and other CAM therapies.

An acupuncture practitioner specializing in excessive sweating, who is licensed with credentials may provide better care than one who is not. About 40 states have established training standards for acupuncture certification, but states have varied requirements for obtaining a license to practice acupuncture.

Homeopathic Medications for Excessive Sweating

This still needs to be included within natural remedies for hyperhidrosis. My own opinion of homeopathic medications however, are those that follow the science – there is no plausible evidence to show that any form of homeopathy actually works. However, I also follow the science of the placebo, and I’m absolutely sure that if someone believes that their homeopathic medicine is definitely going to cure them, there’s every chance that it will, or at least show signs of improvement. The placebo in my opinion is THE only reason that homeopathic medicine could ever work. That said, below I’ve listed a few common homeopathic treatments for sweating below.

Silicea: Silicea is generally used for clammy and sweaty feet.
Acidum hydrofluoricum : This homeopathic remedy is used for curing excessive sweating in the palms and is meant for those, who have a sour odour sweat.
Calcarea : Calcarea treats those patients, who suffer from excessive sweating due to obesity.
Botulinum : This homeopathic remedy cures excessive underarm sweating.

Lifestyle Changes

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Cut down or eliminate these from your diet to reduce sweating

As we can see there are lots of natural remedies for hyperhidrosis and these remedies should extend into our way of life. To ensure you’re at a datum point for sweating then you can follow these tips to recuse sweating:

  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Reduce stress – by all means listen to whale music or whatever works for you.
  • Reduce your caffeine intake, remembering that it’s not just coffee that contains caffeine.
  • Avoid using harsh deodorant or soap that doesn’t suite your skin.
  • Avoid hot baths and showers.
  • Drink more cold drinks and avoid hot drinks
  • Reduce or abstain from drinking alcohol.
  • Stop smoking – I don’t think we need to expand.
  • Don’t take drugs – as above.
  • Avoid eating sugary, spicy and chemically-processed food – try eating organic and healthy foods.
  • Shave your bits! Shave your underarms or other affected area.
  • Wear clothes made of natural fibres, like cotton and silk and so avoid synthetic fabrics, like nylons and polyesters.
  • Make sure your clothes are loose fitting to get more airflow.
  • Lose weight if you are obese or overweight.
  • Keep rooms cool and keep your body as cool as possible where you can.

If you have anything to add or you have experiences of natural remedies for hyperhidrosis to share, please add a comment below.

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September 11th, 2015 by Lee
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Hearing about rumoured or claimed side affects can be a bit scary!

Antiperspirant Side Effects – Is it Scary Stuff?

There are numerous possible and rumoured antiperspirant side effects especially with the clinical strength types that we are seeing more commonly used with treatment for hyperhidrosis.

The main antiperspirant side effects found by many are things like a rash, inflammation and itching. This is quite common but often caused by misuse of the product – not following instructions or using far too much at once.

However there are numerous claims of clinical strength antiperspirants being linked to beast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. I’m NOT A DOCTOR in any way shape or form, but I have done the research on this and just want to give you the findings and my layman’s opinion on the subject.

antiperspirant side effectsFirst Thing’s First – Active Ingredients?

Varying forms of aluminum salts are the main active ingredient within antiperspirants. They reduce the flow of sweat from the sweat gland to the skin surface by creating a temporary ‘plug’ on the sweat duct. Once the duct is blocked the body puts a hold on the delivery of sweat to that duct. Aerosol and roll-on products commonly contain aluminium chlorohydrate. Gels and other solid products are most likely to contain a different aluminium salt called aluminium zirconium.

When you start looking at clinical strength antiperspirants for the treatment of mild to moderate hyperhidrosis we generally see Aluminium chloride used. This is much stronger and can potentially cause the aforementioned rash, inflammation and itching related antiperspirant side effects.

So, I’ve Not Been Killed So Far!

When reading up on side effects it’s very hard to separate the truth from the absolute crud. That said we all know that people love to scaremonger and there have been numerous tactics to scare people into believing that antiperspirants increase the risk of breast cancer or Alzheimer’s. These include emails and internet scare tactics to SELL something. Rumours fly around the internet like locust fly through crops. An article called ‘Can Rumours Cause Cancer is well worth a read.

Antiperspirant and Breast CancerAntiperspirant side effects

Some studies have claimed or at least theorised that aluminium salt based antiperspirants may increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Furthermore they claim that it develops in the part of the breast closest to the armpit. The theory is that the aluminium chemicals are absorbed into the skin and and interact with DNA and possibly cause cancerous alterations in cells. A damn big claim considering the number of women who will contract breast cancer each year.

Flip side – well designed studies of 100’s of women with breast cancer have shown that there is no relation with breast cancer at all. It’s thought that many of the studies relating cancer to antiperspirants were flawed and so produced false results.

Some trash claims are easy to spot as they are generally doing it for ulterior motives – money normally. It’s really difficult though for anyone, including me, to separate the reality from what could be classed as the ‘credible’ side effect claims. I’ve read many reports from actual professional though and my conclusion is that if you have underarm hyperhidrosis and it’s affecting your life, try the antiperspirant. It’s FDA approved and I’ve not seen any evidence that would come close to convincing me of it’s validity.

Antiperspirant and Alzheimer’s

Clinical strength antiperspirants have been linked to Alzheimer’s as I understand it mainly due to studies in the ’60’s that found high levels of aluminium in Alzheimer sufferers brains. It wasn’t just antiperspirants that came under fire though, in fact they questioned the use of aluminium cans and antacids as well.

However, times move on and nobody has repeated these findings since and it appears that aluminium has been exonerated from being a cause of this terrible disease.

Kidney Disease

The FDA requires antiperspirants to carry a warning in line with consulting a doctor before using antiperspirants if you suffer from kidney disease. This was essentially born many years ago when people suffering from kidney disease were given aluminium hydroxide to help control phosphorus levels in their blood. Due to malfunctioning kidneys they couldn’t remove the aluminium quickly enough so it started to build up. It was seen that these build-ups of aluminium were likely to cause dementia.

With antiperspirants though it would be a case of absorbing the aluminium thorough your skin, which is a totally different route of exposure than having a direct aluminium medication. It would be practically impossible to absorb the same amounts through the skin. You would have to literally eat the damn stuff to get anywhere near the same levels.


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September 8th, 2015 by Lee

How to Reduce Sweating – A General Guide

Sweating can occur during all sorts of situations – when emotions are high, when
embarrassed, during intimate moments – in fact there is a fairly endless list. This can be a real source of embarrassment for many

If you sweat excessively you should seek medical advice from your doctor. Underlying causes can be diagnosed and they can professionally tell you how to reduce sweating through various medicines, treatments and tried and tested techniques.

There are other steps you can take that help you reduce sweating and help to increase your confidence and comfort levels. The following points show you how to reduce sweating under every day situations such as at the gym or during work.

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Try higher strength to clinical strength antiperspirants that are far more
effective than your standard deodorants. There are many over the counter versions that have great ratings from hyperhidrosis sufferers and heavy sweaters alike. Of course there are also prescription only deodorants approved by the FDA. There’s a school of thought that these work better at night when it gives the deodorant time to work and clog the sweat du

Working Out

We all want to know how to reduce sweating in the gym and other workout situations. There are a few things you can do to help with this:

Clothing – Choose natural, breathable fabrics such as cotton to help wick sweat away from your body and to allow your body to breathe. This kind of clothing has come on in leaps and bounds in the past few years. There are literally hundreds of sports clothes to choose from – and have a fantastic range.

Footwear – Make sure you change your footwear often. Their are plenty of sweat absorbing socks and inserts available and many very low cost. Many sneakers (trainers for my British chums) are washable

Deodorants and Powders – Use the appropriate deodorants and foot powders that are designed for sports.

Sweating at Work

Sweating during work can be really embarrassing and hold you back during those meetings and social networking events. A simple bit of advice is to take antiperspirants with you to these things – let’s face it most guys have a man-bag these days! There are plenty of antiperspirants for hand application too should you get somewhat sweaty hands during these times. Don’t be afraid to reapply the antiperspirants at intervals during the day to keep the protection topped up.

Try to wear loose clothes in layer where possible. For the gentlemen, wearing a t-shirt or other under garment underneath your work shirt can help to absorb some of the sweat. There are also many underarm pads that you use to fully soak up armpit sweat during your working day. For the lady there are dress shields that do the same job and the use of an absorbent camisole top can be really helpful.

Many men carry a handkerchief with them, and this can be really helpful to wipe away that bit of sweat from your forehead or of course dab your hands so they’re not as sweaty.

Perhaps avoiding the lunchtime spicy foods would be a good option to reduce additional sweaty kickers. I don’t personally know anyone who has a full blown Madras during lunch but there are spicy foods even in salads, such as the friendly jalapeño.


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September 7th, 2015 by Lee

Sweating and Cancer – Introduction

I’m going to discuss sweating and cancer here and try to look at the causes of sweating, the treatments and the things you can try to do or change in order to reduce your sweating.

Cancer or the treatment of cancer can cause excessive sweating. It can an added worry at a time that you could really do without it. It can be embarrassing too but there are many things you can do to reduce the symptoms. As with any medical issue you should speak with your medical professional and seek advice from them.

General Causes of Sweating


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Many factors in your life can contribute to sweating

Sweating keeps you cool and you will always be sweating, even when you don’t really notice it. It’s one way to keep your body temperature regulated. The amount of sweat can depend on a variety of internal and external variables such as:

  • The activity you are undertaking – physical exercise will increase sweating to cool us down.
  • The external temperature – if you’re in a hot and sunny country you’re more likely to sweat
  • The moisture content in the air – the more moisture the harder it is for sweat to evaporate from your skin.
  • Your emotional state – if you’re nervous or angry, you’re likely to sweat more
  • Your wellbeing – if you are ill then you’re more likely to have a hot body temperature and therefore need to sweat more in order to reduce it.
  • Taking medicines – some medicines and treatment can cause sweating, generally as a result of increasing the core temperature of your body.

Sweating and Cancer – The Link

Sweating and cancer are certainly intrinsically linked for many and the things that may cause sweating include:

  • Infection – if you have an infection your core temperature increases as your body fights the infection. This in turn triggers your sweat glands to produce the required cooling.
  • Cancer – many types of cancer can cause sweating. The reason behind this as far as the professionals understand, is for similar reasons as with infection.
  • Hormones – as your hormone levels change you can find yourself with symptoms such as hot flushes and sweating. Cancer patients may find that their hormone levels change from the cancer itself or with treatment.
  • Cancer treatment
    • Men – Hormone treatment in men suffering with prostate or breast cancer  is likely to cause flushing and sweating.
    • Women – Women can be put into an early menopause as a treatment for breast cancer, and this can certainly cause the same flushing and sweating that you would associate with that.
  • Cancer drugs and medicines – Many drug treatments and medicines have side effects that include excessive sweating.

Treatments for Sweating

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Speak with your medical professional about treatments

There are numerous treatments for excessive sweating – many of which are posted across this site and dealt with in detail. To run through the most common in the case of sweating and cancer:

  • Cancer – If cancer is the reason you are experiencing the excessive sweating, then treating the cancer should get rid of the sweating.
  • Infection – If you are suffering from an infection, antibiotics should clear up the infection and stop the sweating.
  • Hormone Levels – When hormone levels are changing because of treatment, you may find that this settles down after some weeks when you body gets used to the treatment and the changes.

There are drugs that can be prescribed to reduce the sweating during cancer treatment or thereafter, and this should be discussed with your medical professional. We won’t go into the details of these drugs but suffice to say that your physician will know that some anti-depressants, epilepsy drugs and hormones can help you with the sweating.

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Cut down or eliminate these from your diet to reduce sweating

Additional Actions to Take

There are also actions you can take that apply to anyone with excessive sweating, such as:

  • Reduce or remove alcohol and caffeine from your diet as these make you sweat more.
  • Avoid eating late in the evening to reduce night sweats – your body can’t do everything at once so let it digest, then sleep.
  • Don’t eat large meals as this raises your temperature and causes sweating.
  • Avoid spicy food, which as many know is a sweat inducer.
  • Keep cool whenever possible – don’t use a thick duvet in bed, wear loose and natural fibre clothing and keep the room temperature cool.

If you have been affected by sweating during cancer treatment, or if you have something to share about your cancer experiences, please add a comment to this page or you can always email me directly if you would like anything added here –


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September 3rd, 2015 by Lee

Living With Hyperhidrosis

Living with hyperhidrosis

Living with hyperhidrosis can be a lonely and draining life.

If you are living with hyperhidrosis, you will already understand that people need to recognise the physical difficulties, the mental cost and of course the monetary cost. People who are living with hyperhidrosis generally don’t share their affliction with people because of the embarrassment this causes. As with any problem not shared, this is detrimental to health in a variety of ways. Some who are affected in the worst possible way even take to staying indoors and avoiding social situations.

As a sufferer myself I understand this and can completely sympathise with anyone who hides away and struggles with ‘normal’ human contact.

What Is The Cost?

As mentioned above there are various ‘costs’ to living with hyperhidrosis:

Physical – When thinking about the physical cost we can’t assume that everyone is a primary hyperhidrosis sufferer.

  • Primary hyperhidrosis being that which is as a direct result of an overactive sympathetic nervous system.
  • Secondary hyperhidrosis is a form of excessive sweating caused by secondary sources such as being overweight, being a smoker, having an unhealthy lifestyle or having some underpinning medical condition.

Secondary physical issues that people living with hyperhidrosis find include an increase in body odour. This is again another reason to avoid many situations in their life.

Mental Health – Living with hyperhidrosis can affect the sufferer’s confidence. This can force them into avoidance of social situations. Removing themselves from normal human contact and socialising can have a huge detrimental effect on their mental health.

Actual Monetary Costs – Cures are not cheap. Iontophoresis can be in the $100’s whether you buy a machine, rent one or pay a clinic to have treatment. Even if you’re buying wipes or antiperspirants, although the cost per item is pretty low, the cost adds up over a long period of time. There’s always a cost to trial and error with the products as well – not all products will be suitable, so finding the ones that do work can be costly.

Living with hyperhidrosis and sharing your affliction

Sharing your affliction can bring help and comfort

How Can I Share This With People?

Even though we all know that there are 1000’s of people who are living with hyperhidrosis of some form, it’s really of little help. I do think it’s important though to share this with others and speak to them about your experiences. You’ll be amazed at the REAL advice you can get from REAL people who suffer from this. There are a huge amount of companies that are advertising numerous cures and help advice. In general though companies that are providing a service are trying to sell that service to you.

The most effective way to find out what works and what doesn’t is to speak to those who are in the same situation as you. You’ll find comfort, companionship and oodles of advice and help.

Can Sweaty Solutions Help Me?

I’m an actual sufferer of hyperhidrosis myself and I wholly understand the issues and the problems people have living with hyperhidrosis. My website has been built around an ethos of trying to help people and give them a safe haven to come and discuss their experiences with confidence.

If I find a product that works for people I will try and give reviews of it and point you towards it. However, everyone is individual and you are the only one that can decide what is right for you. With your physician’s advice and with the Sweaty Solutions community, we can hopefully find solutions for everyone and make a smack difference to people’s lives.

If anyone wishes to share their experiences anonymously or have their name credited to their writing, please send me a draft and I will proof and place on the website posts. You can do this either within the comments section or by emailing me directly on


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September 1st, 2015 by Lee

Can I Stop Facial Sweating When Nervous?

OK so this is a post looking at a recent find for the website that some people have been raving about. This isn’t a sales pitch at all but I wanted to post this as it was sent to me by Tracy, a friend of mine who I’ve known since I was at school, and she helps with the website every so often – because I’m too impatient!

In all honesty I’d never even heard of these but they’re a brand of wipes that are safe to use on your face and according to the many excellent reviews, will stop your facial sweating when nervous, or even if it’s a general hyperhidrosis issue.

They don’t cure your facial sweating but if you’re going out for the evening or you’re a bit anxious about something and you want to stop facial sweating when nervous, these could be the answer. They can be used on your underarms too – well actually they can be used on any sweaty body part according to the manufacturer but most appear to use them on the face and underarms.

I know from past experience that sweat and dark shirts don’t mix for men. In fact even now I often wear a white t-shirt under my shirt to absorb any additional sweat from my underarms. Shiny, moist looking faces for women are a definite no no. Now it would seem there’s a simple and fairly cheap solution to both of these problems that is easy to apply and by all accounts works wonders for those nights out partying, when you know you might get a little sweaty.

The really interesting thing is that they’re safe to use on your face, and in fact it seems

Stop Facial Sweating When Nervous

Instruction for use of the Sweat Shield Ultra Wipes

that’s what most people use them for. Underarms would appear to be the next favourite area to apply this. Don’t take my word for it all, have a quick look yourself on the link below. It has excellent ratings and for what is essentially $17 it seems like a no-brainer try out to me.

As with anything I would make sure that check out any allergens, or at least make sure you test the wipes on a part of your body not exposed first. this would make sure that you’re not going to get any allergic reactions. I don’t think there have been many reports of reactions but in today’s society with the amount of allergies present, it’s best to check!

Anybody who has used these wipes or goes on to try this please come back and let me know how you get on with it. It would be great to have some feedback from our community on this product, Of course if you don’t wish to comment below you can always send me an email on

Sweat Shield Ultra Antiperspirant – Clinical Strength – Reduce Sweat Up To 7-Days Per Use (10 Antiperspirant Wipes) per box.

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August 31st, 2015 by Lee

Are Your Shoes Ruined by Sweat?

If you suffer from excessively sweaty feet then you may find your shoes ruined by sweat – not to mention the smell that your shoes emanate when you take them off! These are typical complaints for many people, let alone those who suffer with sever cases of plantar hyperhidrosis.

Here is a Sweaty Solutions quick guide to dealing with sweaty feet:

Daily Foot Hygiene
It’s a good idea to keep on top of your foot hygiene if you suffer from sweaty feet. It doesn’t take long for the bacteria to build up given a warm and moist home to live.

  • Shoes ruined by sweat

    Soaking you feet in salt water is highly effective for cleansing them – it’s very relaxing too.

    Wash your feet every morning and evening with warm soapy water. If there is door then it’s advisable to use an anti-bacterial soap. Salt water is also a fantastic cleanser and soaking your feet in warm salt water is also a great stress reliever, so you get a double win by doing this.

  • Dry your feet thoroughly and you could even apply surgical spirit to help toughen the skin and pores.
  • Apply either talcum powder or an antiperspirant and then put on your socks. You can buy socks that are specifically designed for people with sweaty feet, which include anti-bacterial properties and absorbents. You can buy some quality ‘wicking socks’ HERE (USA) or HERE (UK)
  • If you need to, change your socks half way through the day. Admittedly, carrying a spare pair of socks with you isn’t always possible.
  • Try not to wear the same pair of shoes daily, which should give your shoes time to dry out and become a little more fresh.
  • Careful consideration of footwear and socks is essential. Well-fitting shoes made of leather, which allow your feet to breathe, are best. Athletic shoes using nylon mesh for breathability are also recommended for sweaty feet.
  • Insoles absorb most of the sweat and they are the source of food for the bacteria. Buy some cheap carbon based insoles and dispose of these and renew after a timescale you feel works for you. You can buy some excellent absorbing and odor eating insoles HERE (USA) and HERE (UK)

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August 26th, 2015 by Lee

How to Cure Sweaty Hands

How to Cure Sweaty Hands

He Can’t Help You I’m Afraid

So, hopefully in this post we can discover some solutions and look at how to cure sweaty hands. Like I’ve said a few times in my posts, I’m no doctor and so I’m going to try and keep away from any technical medical terms. I must also say that for any form of medical application you should really go and see your doctor first, after all that’s what they trained years for.

There are numerous ways according to the trusty old internet to cure sweaty hands, from sacrificial burials of small furry animals at midnight to actual medical things that really work! I would try and stick to the latter if I were you.


How to Cure Sweaty Hands 2

Picture of the Dr Hönle Idromed 5PS

I wondered for years how to cure sweaty hands but never really did the research into it. I believed, like many, that it was just one of those things some people have to live with.

Let me tell you about my experience of Iontophoresis (using tap water). This really remarkable process passes a current through the palms of your hands and, after a few sessions, you will hopefully start seeing results and having drier hands. It certainly worked for me! The lucky people of England have this treatment available on the NHS through referral from your doctor. If you don’t live in England then things may be a little different and you should check with your physician.

I personally went straight in for the kill and bought one from a reputable distributer. The option to rent it was actually available but I thought “What the hell…” and just bought it. OK they’re not cheap but $500 – $1000 dollars for perfectly dry hands and the confidence that it brings was enough to push me. I carried out a few sessions at home of about 30 mins and then after maybe 3 sessions I cranked up the current and carried on for perhaps 4/5 sessions. I quickly found that my hands were getting so much better and the feeling of having dry hands is actually really odd to start with. Now that I finally have the dry hands that I was after, all I do now is a ‘maintenance’ zap every week of around 30 mins.


Of course there are always other options for you and there are a multitude of antiperspirants on the market. There are many creams that claim to alleviate the problem too, but so far I’m not hearing good things about that. As a sufferer you already know what applying a cream will do to your hands!

Having used and abused Perspi Guard before now I can give you the inside story and tell you that I found this to be a great product. Of course different products work better on some than others, but if it’s a quick, short term fix you’re after then I’d recommend you check out my reviews HERE.


If anyone has anything to add then please comment below or of course email me on – thank you.


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August 21st, 2015 by Lee

OK Lee, what is Hyperhidrosis?

A questions asked many times along with – Why do my hands get so sweaty? Why do I have sweaty feet? My underarms are so sweaty? etc… I could go on all day but I want to try and answer these questions within the posts. There are posts coming on line all the time within my website so please make sure you check them out.

Natural Sweating

What is Hyperhidrosis

Sweating During Hard Physical Activity is Normal

Well folks, the basis of this is the somewhat of an unfortunate fact that we have to sweat in order to control body temperature.

When we sweat we produce a layer of moisture, which evaporates and cools us down a little. We’ve all felt the summer breeze on our sweaty brow and felt the cooling effect of this.

Sweating is exacerbated during many physical activities and when we are in warm or hot surroundings. The fact that we sweat is just a natural response to a rise in temperature or anxiety.

Excessive Sweating – Hyperhidrosis

Regulation of sweating is done by the sympathetic nervous system and in contrast to the ‘normal’ sweating process, roughly 1% of the population have an overly active system (hyper), causing excessive sweating or causing sweating to occur at inappropriate times. Many people endure excessive sweating daily and so anyone who thinks they are alone on this may take some comfort in the knowledge that there are many others – including me.

It can occur in many different areas of the body, and the condition is known as Hyperhidrosis, which means ‘excessive sweating’. Hopefully this gives us a quick answer to the “What is Hyperhidrosis?” question!

Contrary to popular belief Hyperhidrosis affects both sexes equally, and all races – at least it’s following the equality and diversity guidelines. Hyperhidrosis is not a temporary condition. Many people who suffer from it have suffered for many years, often from childhood or sometimes from adolescence.

Hot or cold, the sweating is constant, and the impact of hyperhidrosis can be severe. Wetness and staining of clothes, clammy hands and sodden smelly shoes, inability to grip objects such as pens, cold and wet handshake, damage to keyboards and difficulty dealing with paper and metals, can make a miserable existence. You may constantly worry about changing clothes, freshening up, using absorbent pads or sticking with loose black or white clothes, and may avoid making friends or interacting with people at work. Some people. just like myself say that they are even embarrassed to hold the hands of those they love. Loneliness, depression and decreased confidence can result.

How do I Stop Sweating

What is Hyperhidrosis

How can we turn off that tap?

Now that we’ve answered the question of ‘what is hyperhidrosis’ we can concentrate on the cures or products and actions that can help alleviate the problem.

Well, in all honesty you really wouldn’t want to stop sweating. However, for those that are living with Hyperhidrosis, a reduction or elimination of sweat on areas such as our hands, feet and armpits would improve their lives, confidence and remove numerous awkward situations. There are fortunately numerous solutions to Hyperhidrosis, and some, such as Iontophoresis, could be seen as rather strange in application, but can be amazingly affective. If you run your cursor to the menu marked ‘Solutions‘ at the top of the page, you will see pages of solutions that people use for hyperhidrosis.

Have I Answered – What is Hyperhydrosis?

If you’re happy that I’ve answered this or if you want to share your experiences, then please leave a comment. If you would rather get in touch directly then please do email me on


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