CHAMPION STRATEGIES – PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP – JULY 6, 2021
HYPERHIDROSIS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING (PT.2)
3. Does the sweat occur is one or a couple of distinct areas (such as the hands, the feet, the underarms, or the face and head)?
If your sweat is isolated to one or more of the aforementioned areas, you may have primary focal hyperhidrosis. This form of hyperhidrosis affects specific locations on an individual and can be quite irritating. There are several available treatments for sweaty hands and treatments for sweaty feet. If you suspect that you have hyperhidrosis, then you should try to learn everything you can about it.
Behavioral tricks to help stop hyperhidrosis while speaking in public.
Fortunately, there are a few behavioral tricks that will help you manage your hyperhidrosis. First, be sure to apply your antiperspirant the night before a big public speaking event instead of applying it the morning of the event. When you apply your antiperspirant at night, the active ingredients are left in an undisturbed and dry environment to achieve their maximum effectiveness. Second, wear breathable clothes and fabrics like cotton. There are certain types of clothes that are best for people who sweat excessively, like breathable cotton and lightweight weaves. People with hyperhdirosis should also use sock materials that are best for sweaty feet to keep them comfortable and dry while performing a task that is anxiety producing for them. Finally, please come prepared to your presentation to ensure no last minute anxiety builds. Another strategy that might help is to use anxiety reduction methods that can lessen excessive sweating, like yoga. Even though these methods will not solve the problem in the moment, they may help people with hyperhidrosis regulate their feelings, and therefore their sweat. Many of these methods can also be used to manage your sweating in general as well.
Medical solutions to stop hyperhidrosis while speaking in public.
If behavioral solutions are not enough to stop your sweat, consider trying an over-the-counter topical treatment as a first step. Underarm antiperspirants like Certain Dri, and hand and foot antiperspirant lotions like Carpe, are two products specifically designed to stop hyperhidrosis.
If further treatments are needed, both oral medication for hyperhidrosis and surgical treatments like botox injections or ETS can be utilized. There are also a myriad of other local treatments like iontophoresis, MiraDry, Qbrexza and prescription antiperspirants that can be helpful. I hope that these answers help.