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Hyperhidrosis is not a psychological condition, but a change of lifestyle and daily activities can improve symptoms and thus confidence.

In some cases, the sufferer will be able to identify triggers that make symptoms worse, such as alcohol, caffeine or spicy foods. Avoiding these is obviously a good move.

To reduce the sweating it might be advisable to increase use of antiperspirants and avoid tight, restrictive, clothing and man-made fibres, such as nylon.

If over-the-counter antiperspirants fail to control the sweating, more powerful antiperspirant are available on prescription

The most common variety is an Aluminium chloride base antiperspirant. Aluminium Chloride is used in normal retail antiperspirants, but the prescription varieties contain much higher concentrations. They work by plugging up the sweat glands. This is applied at night, when going to bed, o to dry skin. The aluminium chloride is then washed of next morning.

Normally, it takes around three to five days for the results to become visible. The main secondary effect is that it can cause irritation. If applied to the face, the eyes must be avoided, and men should avoid shaving for 24 hours before and after application.

To reduce the visible effects of hyperhidrosis, Armpit shields are available that absorb excessive sweat and protect clothes, wearing white or black clothing can help minimise the signs of sweating and thick, soft socks made of natural fibres or sports socks are helpful in absorbing moisture

Leather, canvas or mesh shoes will smell less than synthetic material and absorbent shoe insoles will absorb the sweat in shoes.

If these ideas fail to result in sufficient improvement, a referral to a dermatologist (a specialist in treating skin conditions) is likely.

A dermatologist can has access to a number of additional treatments.