Excess sweating is medically known as hyperhidrosis and is often an embarrassing condition, causing you to sweat much more than your body needs to in order to regulate its temperature. It is fairly common in the UK, with roughly one million people having this condition.
The most commonly affected area is the underarms. However, excessive sweating may be also present in many parts of the your body, including hands, feet, face and head. Sweating is generally harmless and happens to both men and women.
WHAT CAUSES SWEATING?
The most common causes for excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis are the following:
- Sudden changes in body temperature
- Medication side effects
- Infectious diseases
SWEATING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
The most common signs and symptoms of excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis are:
- Damp or wet palms of your hands
- Damp or wet soles of your feet
- Noticeable sweating that soaks through your clothing
If your sweating is severe, it means you might also be experiencing irritating and painful skin problems, such as fungal or bacterial infections. Contact your GP if this is your scenario.
HOW CAN I PREVENT SWEATING?
You can reduce excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis by following these tips:
- Use clinical higher-strength deodorants and antiperspirants
- Avoid spicy, fatty foods and alcohol
- Exercise regularly
- Don’t wear tight, restrictive clothing and man-made fibres like nylon, polyester, denim or rayon. Instead, use cotton, linen or chambray fabrics.
- Wearing black can minimise visible signs of sweating
- Wear socks that absorb moisture
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the best deodorant to stop sweating?
Regular deodorants prevent body odor but they don't reduce sweating. Antiperspirants contain aluminum-based compounds that block sweat. You can use any version - spray, gel and roll-on - as long as they contain antiperspirant.
What is the cause of night sweats?
Night sweats are often linked to hormonal imbalances among women, especially during menopause. However, men can experience night sweats when suffer from anxiety, low blood sugar or drink too much alcohol.
Why does sweat smell?
Sweat itself isn't smelly at all. Actually, it is your apocrine glands that produce sweat that is high in protein. This results in bacteria breaking it down easily, and as a result is the cause bad body odours.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR SWEATING
Apple Cider Vinegar
When you apply apple cider vinegar directly to your skin, it acts as an astringent to help remove bacteria and close up pores. Applying it directly to your sweaty area each night can help reduce your excessive sweat.
Fresh tomato juice
Tomato can shrinks your pores and reduce your chronic sweat. Eating a tomato or drinking a glass of tomato juice everyday will help prevent you from sweating excessively.
The acidic properties that lemons contain will help reduce unwanted sweating. Squeeze a lemon into a small bowl to extract the liquid. With a cotton pad apply it on your skin, leave it for 30 minutes, and then rinse.