5 Myths and 1 Truth About Summer Sweat

Mar 22, 2011, 08:30 ET from International Hyperhidrosis Society

QUAKERTOWN, Pa., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Spring has sprung, which means summer sweat is not far behind. The Sweat Experts at the International Hyperhidrosis Society® are on-hand to debunk the myths and share the truth to help keep you cool throughout summer 2011.

Myth #1: Antiperspirants are for underarms only.

Think outside the pits! You can glide, stick, spray, and roll-on nearly any where that sweating is a problem (think hands, feet, face, back, chest, and even groin). Talk to your dermatologist first.

Myth #2: Sweaty people are out-of-shape, nervous or have hygiene issues.

Don't judge the sweat!  Our 2 to 4 million sweat glands are essential to survival; acting as the body's coolant to protect it from overheating. Athletes sweat more than other people because their bodies are so efficient at keeping cool.  

Myth #3: You should ditch the stick because antiperspirants can cause breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Don't be an April fool! The aluminum salts in antiperspirants are not the problem, say both the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer's Association.  Cut dietary salt to avoid health risks.

Myth #4: Like caffeine, antiperspirants are best used in the morning.

Pick a p.m. perk! Skip the bedtime espresso but do use your antiperspirant in the p.m. as well as the a.m. Sweat production is at its lowest at night, giving antiperspirants a better chance to get into pores and block daytime perspiration.

Myth #5: Surgery is the only way to stop excessive sweating.

Ouch! Side effects of ETS surgery (endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy) can be worse than the original problem. For 90% of patients, post-surgery 'compensatory' sweating on the back, chest, abdomen, legs, face, and buttocks doesn't go away. Try clinical strength antiperspirants, iontophoresis, Botox injections, liposuction or electromagnetic treatment before turning to surgery.  

Truth: Excessive sweating is a treatable skin condition affecting 178 million people worldwide. Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a real and recognized medical condition that causes people to sweat 4 or 5 times more than normal. But there is help.  Visit www.SweatHelp.org for help, support, to find a physician, or download information for you or that sweaty someone you love.

The International Hyperhidrosis Society is an independent non-profit organization committed to reducing the symptoms, anxiety and social stigma associated with the excessive sweating condition of 178 million affected children, teens and adults worldwide.

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David Pariser


SOURCE International Hyperhidrosis Society