13 June 2014

Thank goodness summer has arrived – as this means sandy beaches, sunshine, and unfortunately…sweating. While the majority of people can handle a bit of extra sweat during this sunny season, sadly the summer doesn’t do many favours for those suffering from Excessive Sweating (or Hyperhidrosis).Fortunately, Dr Nowell Solish, a Dermatologist and the founder of Sweat Clinics Canada, highlights the severity of Excessive Sweating – and while sweating is indeed a healthy part of our everyday routine, Dr Solish highlights that Hyperhidrosis can in fact signal a medical issue. Hyperhidrosis commonly affects the feet, groin, palms and under the arms – with a recent survey noting that this condition impacted the lifestyle of one in four Canadians (stopping them from either raising their hands or embracing others). While Hyperhidrosis isn’t exactly dangerous, for some, Excessive Sweating can be brought on by an infection, hormonal condition, anxiety disorder or even cancer, according to the Harvard Medical School. Here Dr Solish lists 10 ways we can establish the difference between ‘normal’ and Excessive Sweating:1. Amount.Normal: Sweating from time to time. Excessive: Sweating near enough round-the-clock.2. Annoyance.Normal: Sweating proving an occasional annoyance. Excessive: Sweating affecting your overall lifestyle.3. Frequency.Normal: Sweating when working out. Excessive: Sweating an abnormal out while relaxing in a cold room.4. Clothing.Normal: Garments stained as a result of sweat from exercising. Excessive: Clothing stained with sweat whilst sat in a temperature-controlled area.5. In the workplace.Normal: Sweating from undertaking labour-intensive tasks. Excessive: Disrupting your quality of work and overall professionalism.6. Socialising.Normal: Sweating under intense/emotional situations. Excessive: Not being able to hug/shake hands with others because of sweat.7. Changes in season.Normal: Hotter temperatures result in higher amounts of sweat being produced. Excessive: Sweating whatever time of year.8. Sleeping.Normal: Sweating as a result of a bad dream. Excessive: Sweating while sleeping.9. Mental health.Normal: Sweating when anxious. Excessive: Sweating when calm.10. Food.Normal: Sweating after eating something spicy. Excessive: Sweating while eating something cool. Do you manage your sweat levels appropriately, or do you find that your sweating habits mirror the symptoms of excessive perspiration? Tell us how you regulate your sweating by sharing your posts on Facebook today.