Memes Only People with Hyperhidrosis Will Understand
If you feel like you're constantly in a pool of sweat., know that you're not alone.
Most people have endured excessive sweating at some point in their lives â€” during a big job interview, before a first date, after 10 reps at the gym â€” but some folks get drenched in sweat even without those triggers.
Everyone sweats â€” itâ€™s necessary to cool the body â€” but hyperhidrosis sends your sweat glands into overdrive, keeping the sweat coming even when your body doesnâ€™t need cooling. Hyperhidrosis sweat usually occurs in one or two spots while the rest of the body stays dry, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Common hyperhidrosis regions include the palms, the feet, the underarms, and the head.
Ceaseless sweating can make daily tasks challenging. For example, it can be hard to open a door with a super-slick hand. Not to mention that consistently moist skin may leave you more prone to infections, according to the AAD.
Thereâ€™s also an emotional tax. Because sweat is so visible to others, people with hyperhidrosis may feel embarrassed or self-conscious on a regular basis. Mental health disorders including anxiety and depression are more common among people with hyperhidrosis compared with the general population, according to the International Hyperhidrosis Society.
Fortunately, treatment options such as extra-strength deodorant, medication, and Botox injections can offer temporary relief, according to the Mayo Clinic. Weâ€™d say a little laughter, courtesy of the hyperhidrosis memes below, is also among the best medicines.
TFW Your Seat Stays Dry
No stain? Score! Hyperhidrosis sweat can be intense. For example, sweaty feet and noncarpeted floors can be an accidental slip and fall waiting to happen, says Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Los Angeles. Many people never see a doctor because theyâ€™re embarrassed, but diagnosis can prevent some mortifying or downright dangerous moments.
When Youâ€™ve Already Got That Dewy Glow
Maybe sheâ€™s born with it ... or maybe itâ€™s hyperhidrosis. Try applying baby powder to absorb moisture. It can work well in shoes, but it can also be applied directly to skin with a large powder or makeup brush.
*Reaches for a Dos Equis*
Actually though. You canâ€™t outgrow hyperhidrosis (sigh). But you can explore many treatment options that offer temporary relief.
TFW You Have to Wear a Suit and Tie to the Office
Letâ€™s talk extra-strength antiperspirant. Itâ€™s a good place to start with treatment. Over-the-counter products include Certain Dri and Secret Clinical Strength, but doctors can also prescribe something stronger. Typically, prescription antiperspirants are applied before bed and washed off in the morning.
Discovers Easily the Best Hyperhidrosis Hack
Yes, sandals are a good choice for when you want to keep a Noahâ€™s Arkâ€“level flood from forming in your shoes, but theyâ€™re not always stylish or functional. In fact, if your feet are a common problem area for you, wearing flip-flops can make for a slippery surface! Pro tip: Apply baby powder to the insides of shoes to absorb moisture.
Me: Make It Rain to Stay Dry
Make it rain with that talc-free baby powder! Also try clothing that wicks away moisture, like Nikeâ€™s super-stylish Dri-FIT Vapor polo or these copper infused socks at Walmart â€” the copper may help control odor and boost circulation. Colored fabrics can hide sweat stains, too.
*Channels Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids*
We feel ya, Kristen. On the upside, sometimes health insurance companies will cover or reimburse the cost of Botox for medical treatment, so check your plan first before paying out of pocket.
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If you want to be a party animal year-round â€” and on dry land â€” but are skeptical about Botox and medication, there are some home remedies worth trying. Herbal supplements like sage, chamomile, and St. Johnâ€™s wort are said to be effective, but thereâ€™s little research confirming this, according to the International Hyperhidrosis Society. Plus, herbal supplements may interfere with medications, so be sure to check with your doctor before adding these to your diet.
Considers the Old Chicken-or-Egg Debacle
Sometimes people have been living with hyperhidrosis and anxiety so long that they start to be one and the same. Enter your doctor. There are a slew of medications available, but among them are antidepressants. According to the Mayo Clinic,they can be used to treat both the chicken and egg â€” er, we mean both the anxiety and the sweating.
*Puts â€˜Part of Your Worldâ€™ From The Little Mermaid on Repeat*
You are more than your hyperhidrosis, and this condition doesnâ€™t have to control your life. At-home remedies and the doctorâ€™s office are a great place to start to put the conditionâ€™s sweaty side effects in the rearview, but always love yourself, with or without the excess sweat.
10 Myths About Excessive Sweating, Debunked
Repeat after us: Hyperhidrosis isnâ€™t your fault, and you can find relief.
Finding the Hyperhidrosis Remedies That Work for You
A combination of lifestyle modifications along with medication may be most effective for keeping excessive sweat at bay.
10 Ways to Control Nighttime Sweats When You Have Hyperhidrosis
Do you wake up at night sweating â€” even when itâ€™s not hot? These tips can help.
8 Ways to Manage Hyperhidrosis at Work
Not all work environments are friendly to people who experience excessive sweating â€” here are some strategies to help you stay dry.
7 Ways to Practice Self-Care if You Have Hyperhidrosis
Excessive sweating can cause stress and anxiety. These tricks wonâ€™t totally solve the problem, but they can make you feel better.
11 Things Only Sweaty People Understand
Thereâ€™s a lot that people who donâ€™t have hyperhidrosis donâ€™t seem to â€œgetâ€ about the condition.
8 Tips to Help You Sweat Less Each Season
Depending on the time of year, different strategies may work best to help you sweat less or adapt to excessive sweating.
8 Wardrobe Tips for People With Hyperhidrosis
By making smart clothing choices, you can maximize your comfort and minimize how noticeable your sweating is.
When It Comes to Sweat, Whatâ€™s Considered Normal?
Thereâ€™s a wide range in how much people sweat, and itâ€™s only considered a problem if it interferes with certain functions.