Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. This form of sweating is not your common sweat, such as a post workout or because it's hot outside. This form of sweating looks as though someone drenched you with a bucket of water from head to toe. This form of sweating is embarrassing because it can strike at anytime, usually if you're in a social setting not to mention right before an important presentation before the public.
Menopause, as we know, is simply when the menstrual period ends. For the woman who does not know what horrors menopause brings, she simply looks forward to not having a period anymore or having to deal with cramps or whatever side effects having a period entails. One thing is for certain, many women are glad to know that their childbearing years are over which is a great thing, especially if you have a boat load of children.
Menopause has the dreadful effect of having hot flashes, which consists of profuse sweating at any given moment. Like hyperhidrosis, having hot flashes are embarrassing for the same reasons stated above. I'm going through it and when I start to sweat for no reason, so to speak, I'll joke it off as many women in my case does by saying "I'm having my own private summer". That phrase is getting old and I have to come up with something else because I'm sure no one wants to hear the medical run down of what's really going on.
Therefore, this dynamic duo is not a walk in the park. When you have a chronic illness such as lupus (which I have), the situation gets worse. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the immune system is overactive. Instead of the immune system fighting off the invaders that would cause infection and inflammation, with lupus, the immune system attacks itself. This has the potential of causing permanent damage or a continual suffering of painful symptoms regarding internal and external organ systems.
With this said, summertime is a horrible time for me. People with lupus shouldn't engage in direct sunlight; wearing sunscreen is a must, no matter what race or skin tone you have. Being in excessive heat are one of my triggers of having a lupus flare and stress is the other. Lupus flares consist of joint and muscle pain and chronic fatigue. Each person is different of course but because I've had lupus since 2004, I've learned to know what causes my flares and what I need to do to avoid them.
With menopause, there is hormone replacement therapy, or HRT that can be discussed with your doctor. Unfortunately for me, it's not an option because I have lupus. However, there is over-the-counter relief but I have to be careful with that because some of the ingredients may include a synthetic hormone. This can be masked by the product stating its herbal qualities. Thankfully, my dermatologist prescribed glycopyrrolate which has been a God send.
I know that Botox is used for the same thing (who knew?) but I don't like the idea of a needle going inside such a tender part of my body. I had steroid injections when I had hair loss and that needle going inside my scalp was no fun. I don't think Botox would have been a good idea for the type of sweating I experienced so it all worked out.
Whatever you decide, please consult with your doctor. Don't use my testimony or experience as a remedy but I'm hoping it's something you can run by your doctor as a compare and contrast module. Good luck!
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