Excess sweating, also known as Hyperhidrosis, is excessive sweating in response to heat or emotional stimuli. It can occur at all ages, but it progressively worsens in adolescence and decreases in old age.
Hyperhidrosis is not necessarily related to a bad smell, this is a separate condition known as Bromhidrosis, and they can be found together or separately.
Hyperhidrosis is found mostly in areas like the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, and the armpits.
This condition is a frequent cause of consultation because it worsens patient’s quality of life; many are embarrassed by the sweat stains that remain on their clothes. Even on occasions, they are ashamed to shake hands because of the excess sweat on their hands.
To avoid excess sweating, there are a lot of treatments available; some of them are easy to follow in your home comfort, and a specialist should perform other ones:
- Botulinum toxin: This treatment blocks the sweat glands for around three months; it is the most non-surgical and effective treatment so far.
- Topical antitranspirants: Choose products with aluminum chloride if regular antitranspirants don’t work for you. Always apply on dry skin right after you properly washed the area.
- Wear loose clothes:
- Make a pause after your shower: Always wait until your body is completely cool before applying antitranspirant or putting your clothes on.
- Eliminate the hair from your armpit: By leaving your hair short is more likely that the antitranspirant can cover all the area. Eliminating the hair can improve at the same time the bad smell from the area. But avoid applying it right after you shave the area.
- Avoid certain foods: Some foods can increase sweat production, mostly processed food, onion, alcoholic drinks, ice creams, spicy food, caffeine, and food with high-fat content.
- Drink plenty of water: By drinking the recommended quantity (eight glasses daily), you will help your body stay cool; therefore, excessive sweat as a compensation process can be improved.
Avoid smoking: While smoking, your body temperature rises; hence your physiological process increases the velocity, being one of them increase the production of sweat by glands.