Dealing with Excessive Sweating

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Sweating is a natural biological response to the heat. When the body excretes water through the skin, moisture evaporates, helping the body stay cool. Sweating is also triggered during an emotional situation (when agitated, frightened, nervous, or embarrassed). But excessive, trigger-free sweating is caused by hyperactive sweat glands.

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that affects the sweat glands. This condition causes excessive and unpredictable sweating. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis sweat even while at rest, at a very cool temperature. For most people, excessive sweating is a cause of embarrassment. It doesn’t have to be. In today’s post, we are outlining tips to help you stay dry and comfortable even during a bad case of hyperhidrosis.

Avoiding Caffeinated and Spicy Foods

Certain types of food aggravate hyperhidrosis. These foods include spicy and caffeinated foods. Spicy and caffeinated food and beverages trigger the brain’s neurotransmitters called acetylcholine. Any type of food that triggers the brain’s acetylcholine will cause unexplained sweating. This explains why you perspire a lot after eating a spicy dish!

Use Antiperspirant the Right Way

Do you use antiperspirants in the morning after showering? If you do, you are doing it wrong! You need to apply antiperspirant when the sweat glands are at their most inactive. And that period is in the evening. Using antiperspirant in the evening will block the sweat glands more effective as opposed to applying the product in the morning. And don’t worry, antiperspirant won’t literally block the sweat glands. The product will wash away in the shower. But the active ingredients should render the sweat glands inactive temporarily, reducing sweating during the day!

Applying Antiperspirants All Over

The body has around 2 to 4 million sweat glands. Apart from the underarm, the back, face, feet, chest, and even the groin area have millions of sweat glands. This is the reason why when you suffer from hyperhidrosis, you sweat all over. To reduce perspiration, apply your antiperspirant to other parts of the body too. You want to focus on trouble areas, which will vary from person to person. However, do not apply the antiperspirant on very sensitive parts of the body, like your face or your privates. The strong chemicals could irritate the skin.

Opt for Clinical Level Sweat Control

If you are extra sweaty, an average antiperspirant won’t do. You need to opt for stronger formulations to keep sweating under control. You can either switch to extra strength antiperspirant or ask your doctor for a prescription for meds. Antiperspirant medications are typically used to treat excessive sweating caused by anxiety and stress.  Some doctors also offer shots of Botox to the affected area to neutralize the sweat glands for months at a time.

Invasive Treatments

If say, your excessive sweating is starting to become a huge problem, you can always opt for the last resort: surgery. The procedure involves liposuction of the underarm to reduce sweating. The procedure will not work permanently. However, they will keep sweating under control for longer periods without using other antiperspirant products. The procedure takes only about an hour or two and results are long lasting. In some cases, a follow-up procedure is required to maximize the effects of the procedure.

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