Friday, March 30, 2007

Antihydral (for people with hyperhidrosis)

I did a post a few months ago about this cream I've been using called Antihydral. The post wasn't really supposed to be informative, just humorous... but I've noticed that there is a fairly large percent of people who find their way to my blog by searching "antihydral," or "does antihydral really work?" or "how often should I use antihydral?" I feel bad because the post I made about it is very unhelpful, so I thought I would remedy that. First, I'll give you some background on hyperhidrosis.

I am not an expert, but I do have it, so I can tell you some of the things that I experience. My hands and feet have been affected since birth. They sweat (literally DRIP) whenever I'm anxious, hot, or even thinking about it. (I used to make them sweat after eating something like an orange, so they wouldn't be sticky). I may have made it sound like a gift, but it is anything but that. It affects people in ways other people don't think about. Dating was very stressful because with each new person, I had to "break them in" when it came to holding hands. I leave pools of sweat in each individual key of a keyboard when typing, shaking hands is a nightmare, and a task like doing pull-ups is too slippery to be possible. In school, I had to develop a way of writing because the side of my hand would soak my paper until it was so wet it tore, or the words were too smeared to read. I would keep a folded piece of paper in the pocket of each notebook to use underneath my hand. I've never been able to wear sandals, or any shoes without socks because I slide around in them too much. And I've read where one woman wrote that she can't even fix her daughter's hair because of her hyperhidrosis.

Sometime around junior high, my armpits decided that they wanted hyperhidrosis, too. It sounds gross, but I could soak through a SWEATSHIRT in minutes if I was anxious enough. During college, I developed trunkal hyperhidrosis- meaning that my stomach, lower back, inner thighs, and groin area sweat in the same manner. I realized I had developed this at a very inopportune time. I went out with a group of art students one night that I had never been out with before. We were talking about subjects that I was passionate about (which can also make me sweat). I was wearing jeans and sitting down in a booth for about three hours. When I got up to leave, I realized I had completely soaked through the inner thigh and groin area of my pants, and it looked like I had wet myself. No one ever said anything about it, and I've always wondered if they noticed, and what they thought if they did notice.

I am handling hyperhidrosis better than ever at this point in my life. I wear spanks underneath all my pants, which has prevented anymore embarrassing events so far. I use Certain Dry on my armpits once a week and that has COMPLETELY stopped them from sweating- even when I work out. And I've been using antihydral on my hands and feet.

For those of you that are reading this because you have hyperhidrosis on your hands and feet and want to know if the cream works and how to use it, I'll talk about how it works for me. When I first ordered it, I ordered two tubes. I used it once a day, every day, for about two weeks. If you sweat it off, it won't work, so I put it on right before bed since I don't sweat as much in my sleep. Right after I apply it, I blow dry it, and this helps to keep it from sweating off. After two weeks, I started putting it on every other day, and I did that for another two weeks. Then I started putting it on twice a week, and I'm still on that schedule now. I've been using it for about two months and I'm very happy with it. My hands and feet haven't COMPLETELY stopped sweating, but it has helped A LOT. For the most part, I only sweat on the side and top of my fingers and toes. The palms of my hands and feet stay pretty dry. There are side effects, but they don't bother me enough to stop using the cream. My hands get very dry and wrinkled when they get wet, but after I dry them off and put on lotion, they're fine; I just carry lotion around in my purse. They also get yellow in a few places, but if you get a pumice stone and rub off the dead skin in that area, it is normal underneath. If you're interested in purchasing antihydral, you can CLICK HERE.

I've also found a website that sells sweat absorbing soles that you can put in your sandals. I think if I use those combined with the antihydral cream, I'll be able to wear sandals without socks this year. The link to that website is HERE.

If this has been helpful for you, you can show your appreciation by checking out my WEBSITE!

35 comments:

spigo said...

nice plug for the website there at the end. i can't believe that you only use certain dry once a week and that works. it works sometimes for me, but it's not very consistent, and i have to use it every day for it to be at all effective. does it not irritate your armpits? cause mine get all inflamed and itchy. anyway, i'm glad to hear that you're find some stuff that's working for you.

Jeff said...

i didn't know you could get an std in your armpit.

oh, and hi. nice to see you again.

Jeff said...

seriously though, windy is a changed person. her outlook on things is a lot different now that she doesn't have to worry about sweating as much.

Windy Lampson said...

I had to use the Certain Dry every day for about two weeks to get it into my system good. Then, I started using it every other day, and now I'm down to once a week. And yes, the itching is EXTREMELY bad- so I put it on right before I go to sleep on Friday nights when I'm dead tired. If I can fall asleep before it starts itching then I'm home free.

Aaron said...

Rock on for being able to talk about this openly and honestly, Windy. I hope a lot of people find help/comfort with this through your blog.

...Although this still doesn't explain why Jeff pees his pants all the time.

- Strauch

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I found someone who has done the exact same things I have since childhood. The paper for tests is soo me, and I am also an artist. I wonder if it has something to do with our creative spirits??? I hate when spring and summer come because I am constantly sweating on my feet and butt. It's sooo embarassing, and I feel you about breaking the guys in!!! When shopping for sandals I have to find ones that are made of cloth that I know I won't slip around on. By the end of the summer I have to throw them out because they are stained with salt from my sweaty feet. I can literally sit still and have drips of sweat running off my feet and it has been that way always.

Windy Lampson said...

Anonymous- thanks for your post- you really should try antihydral to see if it helps- oh- and if you have any links to your artwork on the internet, I'd love to see it!

Miranda said...

And i thought I was a freak being able to bring out my sweats!!!
Windy, I have had the same thing throughout my whole entire life!! Though only on my palms & feet. Right now I am sitting at my PC with a towel under my feet to soak up the sweat!!
I live in Vanuatu where the weather is hot & humid. I used to think it was because of the weather that i'd get sweaty palms and feet, but it wasn't until recently that I found out that my 7 year old daughter has the same problems too. I didn't know about hyoerhidrosis until I did some research on google and found out that alot of people really did have these problems. I will try out Antihydral...thanks for the tips.

Windy Lampson said...

Miranda- thanks for leaving a comment- let me know how the antihydral works out!

Anonymous said...

WOW! i was really surprised to find this... u sounds like your condition is exactly the same as mine. my feet and hands can DRIP and the worse it gets, the more anxious i get about it, which in turn only makes it worse. it started in my hands, feet and underarms when i was a teenager, but now i'm getting it in the upper thigh area as well. i'm currently sitting at my laptop gripping a soaked towel.

its getting to the point where i can't even continue about my social activities normally. i go out much less because it seems everytime i'm in a social situation it just gets so much worse. i used to love to sketch and draw and i no longer do it because i always smear and soak the paper. as for school and the folding up a piece of paper under your hand... thats what i have to do as well. exams are the worst and i swear if i wasn't so anxious about my sweaty hands my marks would probably be a lot better!!

glad to hear i'm not alone out there, although i've never found anything that works. i've tried drysol a few times, but i just sweat it off right after i put it on... even at bedtime in front of a fan. i'm at a loss here... i'm not really quite sure what else to do.....

Windy Lampson said...

thanks to the most recent "anonymous" commenter! And I'm serious, TRY ANTIHYDRAL!!!! It will make your life SO much easier!

Anonymous said...

today was a turning point for me because i had one of my worst experiances with sweaty palms .a girl that i like and have been with for a while came over today and we talked for a while and then began to make out.well as you can guess my sweaty palms were not going to allow that and soon the flood gates opened , making it impossible for us to make any connection.long story short,i dont think im going to be seeing this girl again and im feeling very depreseed. that is why im looking into having that surgery to stop the sweating but i know it is super expensive(something like 5000 dollars per hand).but i think it might be worth it if i can avoid anymore heartbreak and embarassment.anyway i thought sharing my story would give me some relief and maybe help someone else going through the same problem.

Goldsickle said...

You don't want to know how it is to suffer from hyperhidrosis in Malaysia. The people here pretty much don't care if their hands sweat, much less if anyone else has sweaty hands. My mom told me once she was in a family dinner and everyone was shaking her hand with their own sweaty hands.
I tried starting a topic about it in a Malaysian message board and I get a lot of people scolding me for making a big fuss out of sweaty hands.
They don't carry stuff like Drysol or Antihydral here and they don't even have treatment for it.
Imagine going to a clinic and have the doctor tell you "sorry, I don't have neither medicine nor treatment to help with your condition" and walking home empty-handed.
It was by sheer luck that I discovered that a pharmacy here carries PerspireX. But that's still not enough.
Reading about Antihydral in detail, I have a feeling that it might be more or less like PerspireX (the need to have your hands dry for it to work, I always ended up sweating off the PerspireX).
I also draw, so I think I know how you feel.

Anonymous said...

THANKS FOR THE GREAT INFO. I JUST ORDERED A TUBE OF ANTIHYDRAL AND I HOPE IT WORKS FOR ME. AS I WAS READING YOUR BLOG I NEW WHAT YOU WERE GOING TO SAY BEFORE I READ IT. I HAD THE SAME EMBARASSING MOMENTS THRU SCHOOL AND I ALSO KNOW THE FOLDED PAPER TRICK. ITS AN EMBARASSING THING TO HAVE HAPPEN IN LIFE. THANKS AGAIN FOR THE GREAT INFO AND GOOD LUCK!

Sweaty Palms said...

I'm sure that stuff works great. But I'll stick to just applying Drysol to my hands.

Nikki said...

Hi I just started using antihydral for about ten days. It has slightly dried out my palms and soles but the top and sides of my hands and feet are still sweating. How long did you take to get get significant results

Excessive Armpit Sweating 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

Strenghth. 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
d. Let the tea dissolve a bit.
e. soak your hands or feet for 15 minutes.

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.


FOR MORE NATURAL TREATMENTS, CHECK OUT:

http://www.Prevent-Sweating.com

lyla194 said...

i am so happy to have read this article! i'm only 14 but have suffered from hyperhidrosis since i canremember. just about everything youve talked about in this article i can relate to, from the sandals to writing in school. i experienced hyperhidrosis mostly in my hands, feet, and slightly in my underarms. this past year i got a surgery meant to fixed this, however it only made it so that i no longer sweat in my hands or heavily in my underarms, it did not work on my feet. also because of the surgery i now have compensatory sweating. its really hard dealing with this, and its so great when i find someone i can relate to. i really appreciate your article and am definately going to look into using antihydral!

Rich said...

Hi, thanks everyone for the suggestions. I've finally had enough of this condition and decided to start looking into it. All through my life i've put up with the same stuff. I just had to take a test for my job and had to do the piece of paper under the hand trick for the first time since high school 10 years ago lol. Good thing i still remembered it.
I think it's the worst in the winter time when it's freezing out but you're still sweating a river from your hands. Then your gloves get all wet and just make you colder. It's not just winter either. I find that for me anything under 70 degrees and my hands get all cold and clammy, so even in the summer no A/C for me.
So i've tried out all the home remedies that people posted around the internet. Tried changing my diet, eating less. avoiding spicy foods, drinking water sage tea drinking it and soaking in it. So far nothing makes a difference. I even stopped drinking alcohol for a while which was funny because i fond when im drunk that i really don't sweat that much. So i've finally decided to start trying out some pharmaceutical methods. Starting with drysol. I've heard it's got about a 80% chance. If that doesn't work then i'll try this cream that you posted. Im starting to think that the surgery sounds better and better all the time but like some one else posted that it's going to be a last resort. All i know is that i've had enough of this ruining my life.

Samantha said...

I have had primary palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis (on my hands and feet) since I was a baby. Now I'm 21 and finding it hard to find a job that isn't affected by my sweaty hands.

I can't touch other people or handle money. I can't touch food or even wear plastic gloves because the sweat builds up in the gloves so bad that if I raised my hand up the sweat would run down my arm. Touching electronics, like the keyboard I'm typing on, leaves sweat in the machine and breaks it down over time. I sweat through paper (I had a hard time with timed math tests when I was a kid because the paper would rip and I'd always be the last to finish.

I'm very artistic and love to draw and paint. But my hands easily smudge pencil, paint, watercolor, charcoal, and every other material.

My home town is in Michigan, but recently I had to move to Florida and my sweat bumps came back. (In childhood I had sweat bumps, in my teen years my sweat bumps went away for a long time, but just recently came back after I moved to Florida.) So now my hands look gross (other people think of them as pimples or a disease or something).

I feel bad when I touch my fiance's face because I get sweat on him. (Dating was always hard for me when I was younger- although a couple boys I knew said they didn't care about my hands and held my hand anyway :)

But touching door knobs, steering wheels, light switches, black tables (black tables and metal gets a foggy hand print when I touch it), and every thing else becomes unsanitary.

Nothing I know of works- my hands sweat right through creams, lotions, powders, and every thing else. I put cream on my hands and then the sweat makes it all slimey and it doesn't work.

I won't do surgery because of a few reasons- Can't afford it, most surgeries don't work or have to be repeated (and some patients say the side effects of surgery are worse than the hyperhidrosis itself), God made me this way for a reason I suppose, and a few rare times in my life my hands were dry (I could barely hold on to anything because my hands feel more slippery when they are dry!! As weird as that sounds, I can't operate with dry hands.)

But does any one know of a job available in this economy in an over populated area that someone with hyperhidrosis can do and not be embarrassed at the same time?

Mon said...

Hi guys some great discussion here. I was wondering if anyone has tried these creams on their faces? I have excessive sweating on my face and forehead when I get nervous, need to speak to people, am given a compliment etc...

My hands and feet or fine, bone dry, but my face looks like I've just ran a marathon. And it goes from dry to dripping wet in about a minute. I then spiral into extreme paranoia and want to flee the room. It's awful. I'm looking for an ointment that I can use on my face/forehead. Would Certain Dri, Dehydra or Antihydral be ok for this?

Thanks,
Mon

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I'm brazilian.. I suffer with hiperhydrosis since I was 12. Now I'm 26... I've been using Antihydral for 6 months and it's incredible. It was the first thing that worked for me. I'm writting to say you aren't alone!! My hands also get yellow, but I don't think it's a big problem. I also use DRICLOR.. It works perfectly on my armpits!!!
Goog luck!!
KK

Isabelle Blankmeyer said...

Hi Windy,
I found your post on using antihydral online but wasn't sure if you were still checking the comments here. Any advice on applying antihydral to your palms? Shaking hands is always an issue for me, but I'm worried about splitting as the only other info online is on rock climbing blogs, which all say to definitely avoid your joints...with my extraordinary sweating I wonder if this would be a problem. It's been a few years since that post, so I'm also curious if it's still working for you! Any other advice you can offer about using it would be much appreciated!
Thanks!

Windy Lampson said...

Hi Isabelle-
I'm still using antihydral- I haven't found anything that works better. I haven't had any issue with splitting...That may only happen if you have calloused fingers from rock climbing, playing a stringed instrument, etc. It has also helped me to take an anti-anxiety medication along with the antihydral. I'm currently taking Celexa.

Anonymous said...

I have suffered from this issue for over 30+ years, as a young girls it was the worst thing ever.And as an adult its just as bad, I had a really hard time finding the right job where I did not have to have any physical contact with anyone. People have always pulled there hand back like they just got an electric shock or that look on their face. I keep a towel handy and I'm always wiping my hands before a hand shake explaining that my hand are sweaty. I appreciate everyone for sharing your story's. Thank you for this site I will be trying all of the natural cures

Anonymous said...

What products do you use for your armpitS.
I started having hh since I became 14 years old... And this problem makes me so anxious 6 years now and it's getting worse...

Windy Lampson said...

I used Certain Dri (over the counter) for about 2 years and it worked permanently. I used to be able to sweat through a sweatshirt easily if my anxiety was high... and now my armpits are pretty much normal. I would put the certain dri on at night before sleeping. It itches terribly and can make your armpits raw, but it does work. I put it on at night and tried to get to sleep before it started itching too bad. I used it every night for two years before realizing I didn't need it anymore. It's been about 8 years since I used it, now.

QueenB said...

My brother and I were both afflicted with this 'silent handicap'. We had Palmoplantar (feet and hands) huperhydrosis. My parents tried everything they knew of to find a treatment for this debilitating condition- we tried hypnotism, special soaks, acupuncture etc., but these were totally ineffective. One day my mom came home with some tubes of antihydral that she'd had ordered by her pharmacist. This was the first treatment we'd tried that had any positive effect at all. It did not cure it by any means, and we experienced the same side effects mentioned in previous entries (dry yellowish skin on the hands etc.), but it was a glimmer of hope for us! This was over 30 years ago. We used the antihydral for a while, until we discovered that surgical intervention was possible. Our doctor referred us to a specialist in this kind of surgery (sympathectomy), and at age 17, I had the surgery for the palmar hyperhydrosis. The surgery was a total success, and my hands stopped sweating completely. I was over the moon! The surgery was also covered by our health insurance. If it hadn't been, I doubt my parents would have been able to afford it at the time. At the age of 25, I had the lumbar sympathectomy for the plantar (feet) huperhydrosis, and that fixed the sweaty, swollen feet. I am 44 years old now, so I know that there that this surgery must be a lot more advanced today. I know that they no longer make incisions, but use laproscopes that hardly cause any tissue trauma, and I believe it is now even an outpatient procedure. The advances in this surgical procedure are especially interesting for me still, because my 11 year old seems to have a milder case of Palmoplantar hyperhydrosis (studies have indicated that it is a hereditary, genetically acquired condition) If it bothers her enough when she is older, I will encourage/support a decision to have the surgery. The surgery shouldn't be done at too early an age, because there is a greater likelyhood that the severed sympathetic nerves regenerate and the hyperhydrosis returns. The reason I am taking the time to write this, is that I know how it feels to have this debilitating condition, this is my experience with it, and surgical intervention eliminated this blight from my life. I have never looked back. This procedure is not a cosmetic one, and I believe most health insurances cover the costs.

Jason said...

Hi windy, my tube of antihydral just arrived today and I just have a few questions to ask.

1) Like drysol do you think it's a good idea to wear plastic or vynal gloves after applying antihydral on the palms?

2) how much do you apply to your palms?

3) how long does one tube last for?

4) is it still effective for you after one year of use?

I'm 27 and I'm a long term sufferer of hands and feet hyperhidrosis. My experience is very similar to what everyone else had said and this condition is the reason why I stopped my bachelor of nursing. I really don't wanna try ets surgery, but I don't have many choices left. Hopefully the antihydral cream will help me.

Anonymous said...

I just want to say... if you suffer from sweaty hands, you have to try antihydral. I was skeptical because I have tried so many things and nothing has worked. I've suffered my whole life from sweaty hands and it's miserable. My entire life has revolved around trying to avoid situations where I would be touching hands with someone else. It's held me back from so many things. I'm now marrying into a religious family that holds hands and prays before every meal so I decided it's time to solve the problem once and for all. I've been so close to getting surgery until I came across antihydral. I used it 3 nights in a row and have been sweat free and haven't had to reapply for 3 days. I don't like the way it makes my hands feel, but those of us that suffer from sweaty hands all know that it's well worth it! I can't recommend this enough!!!

Alex Neil said...

Hyperhidrosis is referred to as hyperhidrosis, and some people may have a tendency to excessive sweating, known as primary hyperhidrosis. Sweating can also be a symptom of several medical conditions, especially when the sweating is excessive or inappropriate. Many types of infections and cancers are associated with increased sweating that particularly occurs at night. Sweating may accompany hot flashes during the menopausal transition.

Julie O'Brian said...

When I read this story I realized just how similar it was to my excessive sweating.

For over 10 years, I had severe hyperhidrosis and my face and back would break out into unbearable sweat at the worst times. My life was pretty much a living hell.

I was so desperate that I tried all sorts of creams, antiperspirants, and astringents. I was even prescribed numerous hyperhidrosis medications but nothing really worked permanently and the sweating always came back.

I knew that there had to be another way. I searched long and hard and finally came across some simple natural remedies that finally made my embarrassing and frustrating excessive sweating disappear for good...to the amazement of my doctor.

In fact, you might want to check out this article, it really helped me a lot:

http://www.journalofnaturalhealth.com/sweating

Hope it helps anyone reading this!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if antihydral is safe to use while pregnant/breastfeeding?

John Arriaga said...

Your articles make whole sense of every topic.
Gary Anderson

Naturalherbs Solutions said...

Staying cool, if you can, is the  Best Treatment for Hyperhidrosis  you can use. By drinking lots of water or tea temperature of your body will stay normal, keep away from caffeine and alcohol because they can make your body temperature increase.