Hyperhidrosis and its impact on our self-esteem

Sweating is a natural physiological process; however, some people suffer from hyperhidrosis . This condition is considered a disease that causes excessive sweating: a condition that often causes embarrassment in certain social activities. This has a very negative impact on our self-esteem.

As pointed out in the article ,  Video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomy for the treatment of moderate palmar hyperhidrosis, this disease causes sweat to appear spontaneously, without any relation to the climate (heat or cold) that it can do.

This has an impact on the social universe, since the person is inhibited in social contact, with what this implies . Normally, hyperhidrosis is present since childhood.

Treatments for hyperhidrosis

The fact that hyperhidrosis conditions our physical and mental life, affecting elements as important as  self-esteem , encourages us to intervene to minimize its symptoms and its consequences. For doing so, the following points should be taken into account that we will mention below:

  • Go to the doctor : it is necessary to put this problem in the knowledge of a professional who can indicate possible treatment options that only he can provide.
  • Maintain optimal hygiene : whether hyperhidrosis manifests in our feet, hands, armpits or other body parts, maintaining good hygiene is essential. That means that the toilet should be carried out more frequently than usual. This will prevent bad smells and allow us to feel more confident.
  • Medications with systemic action : the doctor will prescribe the drug that best suits us and will monitor us to see if it needs to be changed, increase the dose, etc. They usually have good results for mild cases.
  • Surgical methods : they provide a definitive cure, but it is only recommended in moderate and severe cases. However, if we can not undergo an operation, there is a novel option that consists in applying galvanic currents in the affected areas.

These interventions make it possible to regulate and keep sweat under control . If this is excessive, surgery can lower the basal level to return it to common ranges. The good results, without any doubt, will favor in a special way the sensations of the person in social situations.

Testimonials about this disease

The impact that this disease can have on our self-esteem can make it essential to go to a professional to help us accept our condition. We have an example of hyperhidrosis with David Broncano, a public character, humorist and with his own program, and who even jokes about his palmar hyperhidrosis.

However, there are cases like that of a young engineer of 24 years. Despite having gone to his doctor and he was prescribed an antiperspirant solution of aluminum chloride, in summer his sweat became more evident (fewer layers to hide it) . For that reason, in the newspaper El País it  indicated the following thing:

For some people with hyperhidrosis, it is more comfortable to be in a gym , since it is a place where, yes or yes, it transpires. However, outside of this environment, many times they feel small and insecure to the point where they can try to hide their problem from their own partners.

Despite all this, we are left with a sentence that Violeta (another person with hyperhidrosis) left as testimony: “The worst is not the disease, it is that you focus your life around it. People do not even notice it. The worry is yours . “

An aesthetic problem?

The reason that our self-esteem is affected when we suffer from hyperhidrosis is due to a series of beliefs we have regarding sweating . When we think of it, words like “bad smell”, “dirty” or “lack of hygiene” come to mind.

However, not always we sweat bad smell or mean we do not cleanse. It is a natural reaction of our body that, due to this disease, can occur in excess. When we are practicing a physical activity this does not cause us concern. In other situations, yes. Maybe because it is not socially accepted?

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