Excessive sweating is quite a common problem these days, not helped by all the man-made fibres that we wear. No doubt a lot of sufferers would like to know how to reduce, and sometimes stop underarm sweat. You have to watch what you wear, particularly in the summer, always carry tissue with you to mop up the excess and ruin your clothes as well. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to ease your discomfort.
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating simply means that the sufferer produces more perspiration than the body needs to regulate temperature. It is estimated that over eight million Americans currently suffer from hyperhidrosis. There is no known reason why this happens to some people and not others, but if you have over active sweat glands, that’s not much help.
Some of the things you can try to control excessive sweating is to watch your weight, as being overweight leads to higher body temperatures that will trigger the sweat glands. Watch what you eat, as some foods are well known to increase body temperatures. Examples include really spicy foods such as curries and chilli. Caffeine and smoking are other guilty culprits that you could keep a check on.
Of course you should wash regularly, and when choosing an anti-perspirant deodorant, look for one that contains aluminium zirconium. What this does is to help block the pores in the skin and thereby reduce sweating. Be careful though, as some people may be allergic to this and develop an uncomfortable rash. Excess hair on the body will also trap moisture and when it is really hot, this will quickly lead to an unpleasant smell. If you are up for it and your sweating is restricted to a specific area, Botox can stop sweating for around 6 months by blocking the nerve signals that trigger sweating.
When dressing, go for natural loose fitting cotton clothes as this will give the greatest air flow around the skin. If you only suffer from underarm sweat, try using disposable sweat pads that simply stick to the clothes to absorb any excess sweat. These are readily available online. You can also choose to wear a plain t-shirt under your clothes.
Don’t forget to always check with your doctor that there is no known medical condition causing the excessive sweating.