Many people suffer from the embarrassment of excessive sweating. They have to deal with soaking through shorts, jackets, socks and any other clothing they happen to be wearing. Many sufferers look to limit their sweating or perspiring and have the ability to lead a normal life. People who sweat or perspire excessively have a condition medically known as hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis happens because the sweat glands become overactive, it can be from an underlying medical condition and the person should be fully evaluated by a doctor to determine the cause. Perspiring or sweating is the body's way of maintaining a normal temperature during hot weather or in hot conditions like during exercise. People who suffer from excessive sweating, sweat regardless of the outside temperature or what activity they are engaged in. Excessive perspiration can happen to the entire body but the most common areas are excessive sweating in the armpits, feet, palms, groin area and under the breasts. Some people suffer from excessive perspiration compounded by a very bad odor. The odor is usually caused by yeast or bacteria on the skin.
What Can Your Doctor do to Limit Sweating?
Doctors can prescribe medications, aluminum chloride hexahydrateantiperspirants or in extreme cases perform surgery to interrupt nerve impulses to the overactive sweat glands. Doctors can also use injections of Botox to paralyze and slow the sweat gland activity.
What Can You do to Limit Excessive Sweating?
There are a few things you can do to help limit or control the excessive perspiration, but always check with your doctor before beginning any home treatments to make sure they will be safe for you and the home remedies will not negatively interact with prescription medication.
What you can do:
Increase your fresh fruit and vegetable consumption especially pineapple and papaya.
Decrease your consumption of meat, meat products and meat fats.
Take a Zinc supplement
Take a Copper supplement
Take Grapefruit Seed supplements
Take a relaxing bath with 4 to 5 drops of each of the following essential oils; Lavender, Geranium, Cypress and Grapefruit. These essential oils can help to calm hyperactive sweat glands. Essential oils are available at natural pharmacies, health food stores and online.
Do not use thick or heavy skin cream which can lead to an increase in sweating because the skin will be sealed into the coating of skin cream and not breathe.
Use antiperspirants in areas that are sweaty; feet, under breasts etc.
Stay away from harsh detergents and soaps or heavily scented soaps which will irritate the skin.
Wear natural fiber clothing such as cotton or linen. Wear shoes that allow air flow.
Avoid manmade materials which tend to not allow an air flow.
Yoga, meditation and imagery techniques have been found to be of some help for those suffering from hyperhidrosis.
Doctors do not know the cause of hyperhidrosis, but feel it can be genetic.
Join a support group to know that you are not alone. Support groups can be found as online groups or face to face meetings. Typically face to face support groups can be found at your local hospital or your doctor may have information on where tehy are held.