Excessive sweating and hyperhidrosis

For those not suffering from hyperhidrosis, it can be hard to fully understand what it is like. Most people can probably relate to embarrassing underarm sweat stains, smelly feet when taking the shoes off and wet palms when shaking someone’s hand. Hyperhidrosis however, has a much broader impact on the everyday life than that.

Time and time again studies have shown that hyperhidrosis is perceived to limit both personal and professional life to such a degree that it also significantly impacts quality of life. A recent study* from the UK for instance showed the following results:

  • A majority of the sufferers (61 %) adapt their clothing to the hyperhidrosis, in terms of materials, colors and perhaps even an extra set of clothes to be able to change if needed.
  • Hyperhidrosis also affects the choice of hobbies, for about 41 % of the sufferers, for instance by making it hard to read books without soaking the pages and since they often try to avoid physical activities in the company of others.
  • Using a smartphoneFor 20 % excessive sweating makes it hard to use technical devices and tools, like touchscreens.
  • Almost 7 out of 10 experience emotional effects from the hyperhidrosis, like anxiety and shame relating to other people noticing the sweating etc. or even sorrow, anger and hopelessness linking to them specifically being hit by hyperhidrosis.
  • Most suffers state that the sweating negatively impacts their self confidence and self-esteem and many consider themselves less attractive as partners due to the hyperhidrosis.
  • To appear in public and be the center of attention is a real challenge for 75 % of the sufferers, leading them to avoid social gatherings, shared office spaces, restaurants etc.
  • Most sufferers avoid physical contact, especially with people they do not know. They avoid shaking hands, queuing, dancing etc., but sometimes also to hand over something like small change due to the risk of touching the other person’s hand. Unfortunately, hyperhidrosis can also limit the physical and intimate contact in close relationships.
  • More than 40 % link the sweating to other forms of physical discomfort, especially linked to walking around in wet clothes and shoes on a daily basis. As a result of this, many also experienced other problems like eczema, or recurrent fungal infections.
  • As much as one third stated to have chosen their occupation with hyperhidrosis in mind, since it may limit the ability to handle tools and equipment or cause problems in social situations such as customer meetings or patient consultations etc.
  • In addition, 63 % experienced interference in the performance of their tasks, at school or at work, from the hyperhidrosis – something a majority actually considered to be the most important effect of the condition.

There is no doubt that hyperhidrosis constitutes a more far-reaching problem than just the slight embarrassment of sweat stains etc. It often has a highly significant impact on all aspects of life, from planning and coping with everyday life, to choosing occupation and hobbies as well as socially interacting with others. Notwithstanding, it is well-known that many never actively seek help and support – maybe because they do not think there is any help available or due to negative experience from the health care service where the problem might not have been taken seriously. Even health care professionals can find it hard to relate to hyperhidrosis and fully understand and address the problem.

*Kamudoni et al. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes (2017) 15:121

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Antiperspirants vs. deodorants

Unfortunately, many believe that deodorants and antiperspirants are all the same and that they all have the same effect on sweating. That is not true and especially for those suffering from excessive sweating, the difference between the products is of great importance. Antiperspirants contain some kind of aluminum salt, which actively counteracts sweating. Deodorants do not contain aluminum salt and therefore do not prevent sweating. Instead, they usually contain perfume, which helps to mask the smell of perspiration. They can also contain ingredients that reduce the growth of bacteria, which further counteracts bad smell. There are long-lasting antiperspirants, that are particularly suitable for hyperhidrosis, but no product exceeds the 7 days claim of Absolute Dry. Absolute Dry stops sweating for up to 7 days where applied. It can be used against all kinds of sweating, for example underarm, feet, hands and larger areas of skin. Absolute Dry, like all antiperspirants actually, should be applied in the evening before going to bed. The product needs time to achieve its effect, at least 6 hours as a rule of thumb, and during the night sweat glands are less active, providing the best possible conditions even in cases of hyperhidrosis.

An extra effective antiperspirant

Absolute Dry is an extra effective antiperspirant, preventing sweating where applied for up to till 7 days. It can be used against any type of sweat, like underarm, hands and feet. Absolute Dry was developed primarily for people suffering from hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating, but can of course be used by everyone looking for an extra effective antiperspirant with a unique long lasting effect.

Absolute Dry keeping shoes fresh

Many of us wear shoes more or less all day long, at work, in school, while traveling etc. If you want to avoid sweaty feet, worrying about taking the shoes off in front of others, freezing cold damp feet during winter or ruining the new, chic summer shoes, Absolute Dry Wipe is the perfect solution! Svarta ballerinaskorThere are a number of things you can do to keep your feet dry and your shoes fresh and dry, for example using breathable socks and avoiding shoes made of synthetic materials. However, sometimes you simply want to go barefoot in your new ballerina shoes or wear those warm winter boots despite spending part of the day in a bus or train. Or you just want to avoid worrying about sweaty and smelly feet, regardless of your choice of socks and shoes. Absolute Dry WipesAbsolute Dry Wipe is a wet wipe with exactly the same liquid as the classic dab-on bottle, but in a more convenient format for areas of application. Wash and dry the feet thoroughly, in the evening. Apply Absolute Dry by wiping the skin with a wet wipe - one wipe is normally enough for both feet. Let dry. To avoid getting residue on floors and sheets, you can wear thin, hardy socks. Wash the feet (or shower as usual) in the morning and you are set to go! Bear in mind that the skin on hands and feet is thicker, which may shorten the efficacy of Absolute Dry somewhat compared to use on the rest of the body. Apply Absolute Dry once a week or more often if needed. It can be beneficial to use Absolute Dry more frequently in the beginning and then sparse out the applications. Remember never to flush down Absolute Dry Wipes in the toilet and be careful where you place the wipe, since the liquid can stain, discolor or damage certain surfaces, for instance metal.

Smart tips for fresh and sweat free feet:

  • Wash the feet thoroughly every day and do not forget the skin between the toes.
  • Use shoes made of leather or canvas. Avoid synthetic materials. Wash the shoes if possible (like sneakers) and use several different pairs of shoes, to ensure the get completely dry before next use.
  • If possible, use breathable indoor shoes during workhours.
  • Use socks in natural materials like cotton. Synthetic materials retain the dampness, preventing the skin to breath.
  • You can also use a thin absorbent terry insole in the shoe, that is easy to replace or wash when needed.
Use Absolute Dry! By using Absolute Dry Dab-on or Wipe on your feet you avoid having to worry about sweaty feet or ruined shoes, just like you do for other parts of your body.