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Don't worry Janet, we all feel sorry for ourselves sometimes. It can't be helped. 🙁
Sometimes, in summer, when my night sweating and back sweating are at it's worst, I just wonder why my wife doesn't divorce me already – although of course, she herself is being patient and understanding.
I hope that your bad hyperhidrosis spell has eased somewhat by now, so that you are at least not homebound. You'll notice that in humid weather many “normal” people also sweat excessively, so it can look like half the population has some form of hyperhidrosis. On those days, I think no one will look strangely at you if you're soaked, so maybe the best thing is just to brave it out.
I tried this approach over the past couple of weeks, and I didn't really notice the difference. Sorry. :/
For me, meditation did not stop excessive sweat at all, so I can't consider it to be a valid hyperhidrosis treatment. I'm glad to hear it works for you, Elena, but it seems to be an individual thing – either that or I've been doing something wrong. Maybe my hyperhidrosis is different and can't be affected by meditation alone.
Still, meditation did help me relax at the end of a long day, so it's not like it was a waste of time!
I think the yellow water after iontophoresis is the result of some chemical and electrical reaction in the water… It could be the consequence of diffusion of metal in salty water. I have no idea if this could cause any harm to sweaty hands – somehow I don't think so.
First thing that comes to mind: to stop water from getting yellow, you might change the tubs you're using for iontophoresis. Maybe a different pair of tubs, made from a different type of metal, will be less prone to react with salt water. Secondly, try doing iontophoresis for sweaty hands without salt in the water – or vary the amount, gradually lowering the amount of salt used, and see how it affects the yellow water color and the results (dry hands vs. sweaty hands)… Or try adding baking soda instead.
For starters, you can try registering a full account here on Hyperhidrosis Network – that way the other users here will be able to contact you via a private message if they're interested in buying an iontophoresis machine from you. Or you can leave some other way for people to contact you…
And I think it would also be a good idea to try posting your ad on some of the other hyperhidrosis or even iontophoresis communities. I don't know what's hot at the moment, but simply try googling hyperhidrosis forums and communities, and that should help you. Iontophoresis for hyperhidrosis is gaining in popularity, I think, so if you make a good offer (I mean, make your price somewhat lower than the official price), it might work. Posting genuine photographs of your iontophoresis machines could be helpful as well. 🙂
The main disadvantage with reselling iontophoresis machines is that you will probably need to find a buyer who lives in your part of the world, because the shipping costs could be huge otherwise.
Yeah, I agree about trying out things, though you should also be careful not to disrupt your maintenance routine. Maybe try using the same current settings even with the new device? In any case, be careful. The summer is coming (this sounds like something out of GoT), and that's not the best time of year to experiment with your hyperhidrosis treatment, if you ask me.
P.P.S. What iontophoresis device are you using right now? You never mentioned it in your post…
Well you see for me it's psychological. I was relaxed when I rented a device, because I did not feel the obligation to keep it.
First of all, I don't think it's fair to order an iontophoresis device if you're not serious about it. I would just feel like some sort of a fraud, giving them my money when I'm actually half-planning to take it back.
Secondly, what if I change my mind? I try the ordered device – my Fischer Galvanic, for instance – and decide that it's not worth it. Then I return it and get my money back. And then, months later, I realize that I've been doing something wrong with my iontophoresis (or for any other reason change my mind), and want to buy a Fischer Galvanic yet again.
How would that look? Maybe the company would even refuse to sell me the device again, in case they keep track of those things.
So, I'm all for buying and returning a device if you do it honestly: buying it with the real intention of owning it. But if you are buying it just to try it out… That feels wrong.
I was curious and tried adding lemon juice once when doing iontophoresis for my feet. I did not notice any special improvement, so I dropped the experimenting – as you wrote, better not to risk damaging the device itself!
As for my skin, there were no “itchy” or other unpleasant side effects. To answer your question, it's neither yay nor nay… Just “meh”, I suppose. It was the same iontophoresis for me with or without lemon, and the effect on my sweaty feet was also the same.
But, maybe my tap water is good to begin with. Maybe lemon plays a more significant role when iontophoresis is done with tap water of lesser quality. ❓
In my experience, renting a Fischer Galvanic was a wise call. It removed the fear of “what if I throw my money away”, and it alleviated all worries my wife had about the effect a bought iontophoresis device would have on our monthly budget.
This way, it was one small cost to begin with, and after proving itself as a wise investment, buying Fischer Galvanic was a safe call. To be honest, I would rather rent a Hidrex device, since they also come with back applicators, but they don't have this option (at least where I live). It ended up being fine either way.
So, renting is definitely good as a temporary solution, but once you try it out, I advise you to buy the device.
I think you should just stick with what you know. If iontophoresis currently works for you and you are satisfied and have no side-effects, why should you risk wrecking that balance? If you start sweating profusely again, it might take you weeks to get back at where you are now. Just my two cents! 🙂
That's an amusing advice, Jenny… I can see how it can be useful, especially as an antidote for sulking. 😀
I have one thing to add to that: don't get carried away!
I'm sure this works lovely when kept under control and used in very small doses. However, if it gets out of hand you might end up constantly frustrated because of your excess sweating, frustrated with yourself, and so on… And that's not a way to live with hyperhidrosis.
In my opinion, yours is a good advice, but more as a “break in case of emergency” tool that can help you toughen up in some situations. In general, I think it's better to keep calm. My two cents! 🙂
I used to be more anxious when I was younger, but mostly grew out of it by now. Of course, there's a catch… I'm prone to head sweating sometimes – especially on my brow, and it is really extremely noticeable. This turns out into a real disaster in meetings.
I do my best to deal with it: keeping my hair very short and using anti-perspirant on my forehead regularly. This created a decent sweat block and I don't sweat as much. Still, I can't get rid of this small amount of underlying anxiety whenever I am in meetings – I always feel the need to dab at my face with handkerchief, just in case… 😕
I always have trouble with antiperspirants in summer, because I'm sweating at night (we don't have an air conditioner in our bedroom yet!) and I cannot apply antiperspirants before I go to sleep. I mean – I can and I do – but they don't help as much as they would if I stayed dry during night.
While I don't know what's the best antiperspirant for men, I can tell you about those I've used so far. Maxim antiperspirant and Certain Dri worked okay for me, as well as Odaban. Didn't get such good results with Sweat Block. Currently I'm using Drysol solution, seems to be the best one so far!
I cannot remember hyperhidrosis being a big issue in my family – but it is possible that my late mother had it. Father is not sure, however.
Hopefully, it's not genetics in my case. My oldest son is 16 and I am getting increasingly worried that I passed hyperhidrosis to him. My wife has zero problems with excess sweating, so if any of our children will have hyperhidrosis, I'm sure it will be my fault. It is really difficult to live with that fear. 😐
I'm sorry to hear that excessive perspiration has such effect on your life. When I was younger, I felt the same, but then realized how this way of thinking will drive me insane. Our assumptions about the others differ from the reality. Other people have their own thoughts and worries – they probably don't even notice your excess sweating half of the time. To be honest, sometimes they will notice it – for example, if you have sweaty hands during a handshake.
But when it comes to sweaty feet – hey, even if there is some odor, it won't reach up to their noses! Especially if you're using cooling antiperspirant sprays for feet.
Train your brain to stop thinking about sweating all the time – it might help in more ways than one. Good luck! 😉