If you’re a serious gamer, you know how frustrating it can get when your joystick or keyboard slips under your fingers.
This is a problem specifically in strategical moments in the game because you’ll most likely end up pressing the wrong buttons and having less control of your game. How did I found out that hyperhidrosis caused me to lose out on my gaming skills?
I’ve been a gamer for multiple years now, and I have dealt with excessive sweating in my hands for a couple of years. At first, I’ve thought that this might be because my hands get wormer while playing, but I’ve noticed that I started to sweat even when I wasn’t playing an important match.
When people sit in front of their controls or computers, they usually bring food and drinks with them, and my most important gadget was a napkin. I had to put down what I was doing multiple times during my matches, to wipe down the sweat from my hands and from my joystick or keyboard. I can’t count the number of times this caused me to get “killed” in survival games.
I didn’t think there was much to do about it until I’ve run upon some discussion about sweating on Reddit. I was surprised by the number of gamers that were having the same problem that I did. If you’re dealing with excessive sweating and it’s giving you a nightmare while playing, continue reading and discover why is it happening and how can you solve it.
Excessive sweating is basically a condition called hyperhidrosis. This means that you sweat more than a “normal” person. The cause of your sweat may be related to some other conditions you might have, but also it can happen for no specific reason.
This usually happens because your nerves send more signals to your sweat glands, and it causes you to sweat excessively. When I’ve learned this I was surprised to discover that this is actually a condition, because I thought that my hand sweat basically for no particular reason.
Since gaming is basically the number one activity in my free time, and my hands are affected by sweat, I joined this discussion to learn if there is anything I can do about it, rather than just wiping my hands every couple of minutes aggressively.
Here’s what I found out.
There are a couple of methods that can help you treat your sweating level. One thing I need to mention before I start explaining these to you is that, unfortunately, there isn’t a cure available for this condition, but some of these treatments can work wonders.
One of the methods that people use is that they inject botox in their hands or other body parts where they have problems with sweat. For some people, this method is very effective, and it can last up to a couple of months, but you have to go back every couple of months to repeat your treatments.
One thing that is important to mention about botox for sweating is that it can often be expensive, and you have to repeat it multiple times a year, and it’s often not covered by your health insurance. I was also curious if it’s painful because I’m not a fan of needles, but they do give you medications to numb the pain.
However, people often experience some effects afterward, and it can take a few days to get your hands to feel “normal”. I thought to myself, “A week without gaming? There must be other ways to handle this.” And there is.
I’ve dug deeper into reading about solutions, and I’ve found out about a treatment without needles and surgical procedures called iontophoresis.
Iontophoresis is a method for treating excessive sweating where you place your hands in tap water, and the machine passes mild electrical currents, which then affect your sweat glands and cause them to decrease your sweating level by 80%.
I know what you may think – “Water and electricity combined, is that even safe?” The short answer is – yes, it is. It’s been used for decades, and with these modern machines nowadays, you have full control of how high you want the density to be. Also, another great thing about iontophoresis is that it’s completely pain-free, and you don’t have to go to visit sweat clinics multiple times and pay extra costs since it’s a one-time purchase, and you can use it for years.
It took me about a month after I initially purchased the machine to see the full results, and now I use it 1-4 times a month to maintain my great results. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I don’t have to bring napkins with me every time I want to play. Also, this helped me to do other things in my life without having to wipe my hands on my clothes.
I wanted to address this problem to my fellow gamers, because I’ve realized that not many people know about this, and I hope that this article will help you if you’re losing out on gaming because of hyperhidrosis. Now that I’ve equipped you with all the info you need, there is no excuse for you to take care of your hand sweat, and have more fun gaming. GGWP!