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.
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