Finding solutions that help us better manage our sweat symptoms is always a top priority if you struggle with hyperhidrosis. This becomes an even higher priority when special events are coming up, like weddings, reunions, or maybe a big meeting at work.
Most people will start by researching, from Googling “stop excessive sweating”, “hyperhidrosis cures” or “my hands and feet sweat a lot”. We research dermatologists that specialize in hyperhidrosis and start making appointments left and right. You probably even stumbled upon this article while researching “stop sweating” to figure out the best solutions to manage your uncontrollable symptoms.
With that in mind, we decided to compile a list of some safe, natural and easy-to-follow solutions to keep your excessive sweating at bay for your upcoming special events, no matter how big or how small.
If you’re like us, using medication, harmful chemicals or evening undergoing painful procedures to manage our symptoms doesn’t sound too appealing. All of the solutions listed lean towards more of an alternative approach to keep your palmar or plantar hyperhidrosis under control.
Iontophoresis treatments consist of placing your hands and/or feet into shallow trays, each filled with regular old tap water (yes, straight out of the faucet). A mild electrical current is applied for about 10-20 minutes per session. Initially most people start with a couple sessions per week followed up by a maintenance program at 1-3 week intervals. There are no significant side effects and is used within the convenience of your own home. Not to mention, it’s a highly effective and can be used on both your hands and feet.
It may look pretty painful, but it really isn’t. Acupuncture targets certain body parts to balance energy and also relaxes the brain by controlling the hypothalamus, which leads to a reduction in sweat.
The leaves have tannic acid in them which because of its astringent properties, constricts the sweat glands and reduces perspiration. Sage is also an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal which restricts the growth of bacteria. Taking sage either in pill or tea form can help regulate sweat production naturally.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It is the mother of home remedies and can be used for a variety of conditions but in this case, to help you sweat less. The vinegar balances the pH levels so that bacteria cannot thrive in the areas applied. Add 1-2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it daily. You can also soak your hands and feet in about 1 cup of it and 1 liter of water for about 15 minutes or so and then pat dry.
Black tea contains more tannic acid than normal tea. The tannic acid has astringent and antiperspirant properties. Fill a foot bath basin with 1 liter of hot water, 2 bags of black tea and let it steep for about 10 minutes. Soak your feet or hands for about 20-30 minutes and pat dry.
Now, this list isn’t all-inclusive, but we’ll be compiling a larger list of natural remedies in the near future, so stay tuned. Please contact your local dermatologist or physician for more information.
To learn more about iontophoresis, contact our Treatment Specialists. From helping secure your prescription, investigating your insurance coverage and eligibility, and walking you through using our at-home device, RA Fischer Co. is here to help you sweat less so you can live more!