Help! My shoes only last six weeks because of my sweaty feet. Do you have a treatment that can help?
Hi, this is Naruschka Henriques. Today, I really want to talk to you about hyperhidrosis. This is an area that will appeal to so many people out there who have this disorder and are not really aware of what can be done about it. I mean, there aren’t that many treatment options available and it’s a disorder that can leave you in some very, how can I put it, embarrassing situations.
Many people who have hyperhidrosis, which is a disorder of sweating too much, will find that the areas affected tend to be the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, under the arms, often referred to as the axillae in medical terms, and sometimes actually the hairline and forehead can be affected. Many people do have hyperhidrosis in other areas of the body, but these tend to be the common areas, particularly areas that can cause embarrassment, you know take the focus away from what someone is trying to do, whether it’s at work or in their social life, onto what their body is doing.
So you know what, sometimes bodies let you down – and that can be sweating excessively and ending up with huge, great sweat patches under your arms or maybe when you go to give that handshake at the end of the meeting, you know, because of the stress, and the anxiety and anticipation, you know, I’m talking about stresses that are really quite normal. Not extreme stresses but stresses we manage everyday in our lives and that we expect to find everyday in our lives. These stresses are a nightmare for people with hyperhidrosis because these are the stresses that exacerbate the whole sweating issue. So when you go to shake hands with someone, wow, what a give away.
So, you know, this is where this treatment can be excellent for taking some of the pressure off of you in those situations where actually you don’t want to be viewed as the person who is sweating it, who is actually buckling under pressure because chances are you’re not, it’s just that you’re more sensitive to what people normally tolerate as everyday stresses. It just appears as though you are unfortunately, you’re the guy who’s, or woman, who’s blouse or shirt is completely drenched. Or maybe when you’re taking notes, the paper you’re writing on has got wet fingerprints all over. You know, so it’s a great way to manage these things.
Another thing that I’m often told by people who have hyperhidrosis in feet is that, you know, the life of their shoes tends to be very short so shoes don’t last very long. For women that’s an absolute nightmare because let’s face it, we love shoes! Oh my goodness, we’re all little centipedes out there and we love our, you know, love to have many, many shoe styles that we fall in love with and the last thing you want is to through them away in six weeks. So, you know, lots of women do express to me that it is a really helpful thing with extending the life of their favourite shoes, or being able wear sandles in public and not being self-conscious that their feet are giving an appearance that is maybe undesirable.
So, you know, these are the things that we don’t want to have to worry about when we’re in social interactions or when we’re at work or when we want to look our best actually. So, yes, it’s a really good treatment, it’s great when combined with other therapies as well. So therapeutic type antiperspirants on their own don’t usually do that great a job but, you know, when you’ve had a hyperhidrosis treatment, you do get a good level of dryness. For some people actually it can be complete dryness, which is fabulous. But for other people, it can mean actually quite dry, but maybe with a little bit of minor sweating still there. Which means it’s just really manageable. So, for that, you can then top up with your therapeutic antiperspirants and know that it will take you to where you want to be in that place of dryness and that freedom, actually, of not worrying about, you know, sweat patches giving you away.
So, I would say if you have this disorder do come in and have a chat, find out more about it, if it is something that would work for you and we can talk more about it in terms of detail, what it involves, what we actually use and how it works. You know, have a nice informative chat and take it from there.