Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Sweaty Hands Poem

Poem of the week: "La La's" Sweaty Hands Poem. There are so many ways to view our sweaty palms...thanks to La La for showing us the poetic side of hyperhidrosis.

BTW, La La, for sweaty hands and feet on yoga mats, try putting a small towel at the head of your mat. That's what I do, and it holds my hands in place during downward dog. To keep my feet dry, I step on it or dry off my feet during a sitting pose. I've seen others doing the same as well. Or you can just go to a hot yoga or ashtanga yoga class, where everyone will be sweating their ***es off. I no longer care if the others see my sweat. Once a teacher asked another student to remove the towel, and she said "It's better if I use it--my hands and feet get sweaty." No shame or embarassment. All the teacher could do is say 'fine' and move on.


La La said...

WOW. Thanks for stopping by and linking to my poem.

Also, thanks for the towel advice. I will try that.

Sweaty Palm Treatment said...

Hyperhidrosis is a fairly common disorder shared by millions across the world. By definition, Hyperhidrosis is the excessive sweating of the head, face, hands, feet and armpits no matter the temperature or conditions.

The sweating is erratic, unpredictable and uncontrollable. You do have some options.

To stop the excessive sweating try:

1. Drysol

Drysol is a prescription deodorant that works wonders for underarm, hand and foot sweating. Apply it to your hands, feet, armpits or anywhere else you sweat at night before bed. You only need to apply it once a day - it's not like regular deodorant. This stuff is Clinical Strength. Beware of irritation with Drysol. You may have to take a day or two off from this treatment if your skin gets too dry, sensative or red with a rash.

2. Drink more water to lower your body temperature.

A lot of people are confused by this solution. They think if they drink more water, it will give them that much more fluid to sweat out. This is totally incorrect. Drinking more water cools your core temperature and will alleviate some of the excessive sweating. Of course now you'll need to worry about all those bathroom breaks. :)

3. Drink Green Tea or Sage Tea at night

Tea contains an astringent property which will dry out oils and prevent excess moister from escaping the skin. It essentially drys you from the inside out.

In addition to helping your complexion, green tea will neutralize many of the toxins that create the pungent odor in sweat. By the way, that odor is caused by bacteria that treats your sweat as a breeding ground. Gross!

4. Try Certain Dri (non-prescription deodorant)

You can buy this one at most pharmacies. Certain dry is a little less abrasive than Drysol so you won't need to worry as much about irritation. It is however a little less strong. You'll want to gauge your level of Hyperhidrosis by first trying Certain Dri. If your sweating continues, upgrade to Drysol and that should do the trick.

5. Avoid spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine

Don't underestimate the power of your diet. Onions, Garlic, Curry, Coffee and a whole host of other ingredients are powerful triggers for hyperhidrosis sweating. Cut out some of these cultprits and see gradual but noticeable results. Add leafy greens and tea into your diet for a positive effect on sweating. Changing your diet will really cut out the spontaneous sweating from your daily lunch breaks.

6. Try Iontophoresis treatments.

This is more of a phase 3 solution. Try the clinical deodorants and diet fixes first. However, there is a treatment called Iontophoresis where you place your hands and feet into bowls or plates. The plates are filled with mineral water. Connected to the plates is an Iontophoresis electromagnetic device. Gentle electic pulses are distributed through mineral water. The minerals bond and temporarily change the nature of your sweat pores to block the sweat. This treatment works well. You can learn about it through the Source link I've provided below.

7. Try a Sage Tea Soak

There's something called a Sage Tea solution what you do is...
a. Buy Sage Tea from your supermarket
b. Fill a large bowl with room temperature water
c. Put the sage tea bags in the bowl and let the tea dissolve a bit.
d. soak your hands for 15 minutes in the bowl.

Sage Tea will act as an astringent to dry the skin and prevent excessive sweating for many days to follow.

Don't just do this soak one day. Do it everyday for 5 days straight (15 minutes at a time) and you'll see great results.

If your hands tan from the tea, just wash them in the sink with antibacterial soap. The residue will come off easily.

8. ETS (Endoscopic Thorasic Surgery)

If the sweating is bad enough, some people will opt towards ETS (Endoscopic Thorasic Surgery). This is, however, a LAST resort. I recommend you try everything else possible before opting towards surgery. You can speak with your Dermatologist to find out more.


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Anonymous said...

I`ve been having HH for 4 years now, I`ve tried a few treatments, even antidepressants but it didn`t work. Lately I am checking a lot of websites to find out some crazy cure for this illness that is ruining my life. I was furious when I read a lot of misleading infos on International HH Society`s website. What is really bad is that there is a lot of wrong information out there that can actually mess you up.
I myself don`t trust doctors anymore. So I started to take the problem on my hands. I observed that if I feel confident about myself and strong, the sweating is much diminished.Then I`ve tried to do breathing exercises and to my amazement it really worked but only when I am around 1 or 2 persons. But it`s only the few steps I took to release myself from this madness. Next I want to try yoga and meditation.

jenny andy said...

Such a lovely poem about excessive sweating. I like this poem. Thanks for sharing!!!