Social Impact of Excessive Sweating

As somebody who suffers from excessive sweating, you will know that the impact on your day to day life is enormous. Not only are there are emotional repercussions, the social impact is largely what triggers these high emotions which can give you health problems that run a lot deeper than sweating alone. This article is going to give you a brief description and examples of the social impact of excessive sweating including what you can do about it.

Research and the findings from people who have hyperhidrosis show that the condition largely affects their social life in a whole number of different ways. Many individuals actually report even being too embarrassed to shake a person’s hand due to their clammy palms, you can imagine how awkward this would feel in a situation such as a job interview. This would no doubt set up a bad atmosphere for the entire interview, it would leave the person feeling even more nervous, unable to answer questions and it might even stop them from getting the job altogether. It’s strange how one action can impact another and hyperhidrosis is a prime example of this. Many choose not to tell anyone about the fact they suffer from excessive sweating, even those closest to them. This results in them pushing people away and some even lose friends and become very reclusive as a result. It’s so important that you are as open about the condition as possible, if people know what you are going through, they are more likely to understand the type of behaviors that you have and it spreads awareness about hyperhidrosis in general.

Although excessive sweating is not actually harmful to your health, it often leads people asking the question “why me?” and it greatly affects their self-esteem and can even lead to serious mental health conditions including depression. They are left thinking they are the only people in the world who sweat profusely no matter what the weather is like but that simply isn’t the truth. There are many people out there with hyperhidrosis so why not join a support group so you can chat to people who are in a similar situation to you? Those who sweat excessively are not dirty or smelly, they are often more hygienic than the rest of the population in fact because they are so eager to get rid of the condition by trying to wash away the excess fluid. Not only does hyperhidrosis affect their social life with friends, it can also affect romantic relationships. Sufferers also do not put themselves in the position to possibly meet someone because they are too embarrassed and feel like their condition would be a turn-off. If somebody wants to be with you, a condition like this is not going to change that as long as you are open about what is going on with your body.

If you find your social life suffering due to your hyperhidrosis, this should push you even more in the right direction to get treatment. You are not alone and there are so many possible remedies out there for the condition. You can go to your doctor, talk through your unique symptoms of excessive sweating, how it’s affecting you and they should be able to give you the right treatment options from there. It’s important that you do not suffer in silence. Telling yourself to snap out of your mood due to hyperhidrosis is very easy but it’s entirely for you who actually have the condition. The only way that you can guarantee you will be free of the horrible emotional side effects of excessive sweating, is to get treatment. There are many different options out there so don’t give up hope, you WILL find something that works for you.

Some of the social impact of excessive sweating that has been discussed here barely scratch the surface. You will not know quite how hyperhidrosis affects you unless you actually have the condition. If you experience the emotional and social side effects, it’s important that you take the steps necessary to become happier. This could involve talking to those close to you, joining a support group where other sufferers can talk and ultimately seek treatment so that you can be rid of the condition.

Dr. Gary C. Anderson M.D is a Surgeon who specializes in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. During the past 20 years, he has performed over 2000 sympathectomy procedures on patients with sweating of the underarms, hands, face, scalp or blushing.

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