How to Stop Excessive Sweating

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Sweating is a normal function of the body. It can give the appearance of a healthy glow on a summer’s day and help cool body temperature in extreme heat. Everyone sweats a different amount, and some noticeably more than others. Perspiration can ruin an outfit and draw strange looks from others. Generally speaking, sweating more than others, or hyperhidrosis, does not have a negative effect on health, although it may lead to anxiety due directly to sweating.

Many causes of abnormal sweating

The amount a person perspires is hereditary. In addition, diet and medication can affect how much a person sweats. Moods and level of activity changes sweat levels. Heavy sweating can be a symptom of the following medical conditions:

  • diabetes
  • anxiety
  • hyperthyroidism
  • obesity
  • menopause

If you also feel cold or dizzy when you sweat, note your symptoms and consult a doctor.

When sweat seems impossible to control

Eating hot and spicy foods can trigger your sweat glands, so avoid these foods when you’re not comfortable with developing tell-tale signs of sweating such as beads of perspiration on the forehead and dark patches under the arms and possibly back and upper chest. There are direct and effective ways to address intense sweating even if the underlying medical cause remains.

Topical products and oral medication

Antiperspirants are applied when necessary for temporary relief from sweating. Products containing the active ingredient aluminum chloride hexahydrate have a longer-term effect and requires semi-regular application. Drysol is very effective and applied on a weekly basis before bed. There is also medication that will suppress levels of perspiration.

Long-term relief using Botox

Nerves around the sweat gland are activated by chemical signals, which is how skin sweats. Botox injected in specific areas, like armpits, will block some of the signals. Only some of the signals will reach the gland and reduce the sweat produced. Over time, the effect of the injection will wear off, and the glands will return to producing sweat as before. The most permanent solution is to surgically remove glands or change the nerves that carry chemical signals.

Antiperspirants and products like Drysol often irritate the skin. During the summer temperatures and humidity rise, causing the body to heat up and perspire. It’s also the time to take advantage of the weather and wear clothing to match the lovely weather. For a worry-free season, wear tops that expose the underarm confidently with a consultation from us.

March 17, 2014
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