How to Manage Excessive Sweating

By on October 29, 2013
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Are you one of those people who can’t stay dry? Do you feel embarrassed because of sopping wet armpits and stained under-shirts? It affects about 1% of all population and mainly targets the palms, armpits, and soles of the feet.

It occurs when the sympathetic nervous system gets overactive and creates more sweat than needed. Unless you are deep in the pleasures of hot wild passion or doing intense physical exercises or you are on the brink of winning a marathon, excessive sweating is nothing to go raving about. If you feel that you are sweating too much, there are dozens of simple, inexpensive, natural ways to stop excessive sweating and actually improve the smell of your body odor, all free and natural. But if you think it’s a serious problem, it would be best to see a doctor.

Causes

Common causes of excessive sweating are heat and humidity, hot and spicy food, hard workouts, strong feelings, smoking, diabetes. Other medical causes may include:

  • Endocarditis
  • Fever of undetermined cause
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Heart attack
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Leukemia
  • Medications, such as some beta blockers and tricyclic antidepressants
  • Menopause
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Stroke
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

You should see a doctor if you have the following symptoms.

  • Night sweats: If you are waking up in a cold sweat or you find your pillowcase and sheets are damp in the morning.
  • Generalized sweating: If you are sweating all over your body, and not just from your head, face, underarms, groin, hands, or feet.
  • Asymmetrical sweating: If you notice that you are only sweating from one side of your body, like one armpit.
  • Sudden changes: If your sweating has suddenly gotten worse.
  • Symptoms after medication changes: If an outbreak of excessive sweating started up after you began a new drug.
  • Sweating accompanied by other symptoms, like fatigue, insomnia, increased thirst, increased urination, or cough.

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Preventing Excessive Sweating

Drink plenty of water – Hydration keeps body temperatures low and therefore less sweat will be produced. Water effectively flushes out excess minerals and pushes out all toxins and waste products. The experts recommend six to eight glasses of water every day.

Yoga – It is one of the best natural ways to control excessive sweating. This works through meditation, calming down the nerves, and subsequently lessening sweat production. Since yoga teaches proper breathing, it works well especially when one is stressed or uneasy.

Avoid using deodorant or soap – This may come as a surprise but unknown to most people, the effects of deodorants or soaps not compatible with your body will do you more harm than good. They cause more bacteria to build up on the skin, which end up setting foul odor. That is why it is important to choose a deodorant or soap that suits your body.

Take a cold shower –In spite of the uncomfortable effects of a cold shower, it surely works wonders. While you are at it, try using an antibacterial soap to ensure the body is clean and odor-free.

Rub the armpits with wool pads soaked in a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice.

Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. These chemicals make it harder for the body to control sweating because they cause a delay in blood circulation.

Avoid sugary, spicy and chemically-processed foods. Spicy foods may be delightful, tasty and healthy, but they make your body sweat more frequently in short time periods. Large intake of chemical toxins will aggravate sweating.

Shave those underarms and groin areas. This is one of the most effective natural methods to overcoming excessive sweating. The reason is simple. Accumulation of sweat tends to occur around the hairs. As a result bacteria will soon start feeding on them with great vigor. In no time, the underarms will emit an unpleasant odor owing to the toxins discharged by the bacteria.

Avoid nylons and polyesters. Wear natural fibers like cotton and wool. They are preferable in making the skin “breathe”. They provide ample space around the armpit area which allow for evaporation and free flow of air.

Wear loose-fitting clothes – If your clothing is too tight, you are depriving your skin enough air to circulate around it. This increases sweating and triggers the sweat glands to produce more. During extreme hot conditions, it’s a good idea to keep your collar open or simply wear light clothes like a T-shirt and pants.

Wear undershirts. High quality undershirts made of cotton or just a T-shirt help absorb body sweat and make it evaporate fast.

Wear socks. It helps keep the feet cooler, by absorbing feet perspiration and faster evaporation.

Lose some weight – It is a fact that 90% of people facing problems arising from excess sweating are overweight. Cutting down on that extra weight drastically increases your chances of dealing with excess body sweat.

Home Remedies

  • Take 1 cup coconut oil. Add about 10 g crushed camphor. Mix well and make a paste. Apply on areas prone to sweating.
  • Add two teaspoons of vinegar with two teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar and have it thrice a day on an empty stomach – half an hour before meal or after meal. You can also soak some cotton balls in apple cider vinegar or white vinegar and rub underarms to get rid of underarm odor. This is one of the very effective natural remedies for excessive sweating.
  • Grapes: Consuming about 10-15 grapes each day is also recommended. Grapes help to cool the body and also loaded with anti-oxidants that can help regulate the internal body temperature and prevent excessive sweating.
  • Eliminate foods like onions and garlic from your diet. These foods are highly pungent and are responsible for the offensive odor of the sweat. Also limit the intake of animal foods include chicken, lean meat and red meat.
  • Zinc: Zinc is considered to reduce sweating naturally. Increase the intake of foods that are loaded with zinc which include turkey, spinach, nuts and sea foods. Zinc also helps control of offensive odor of the sweat.
  • Potato: Cut slices of potato and rub them underarms to get rid of excessive sweating. This is the easiest but considerably effective home treatment for excessive sweating.
  • Wheatgrass Juice: Wheatgrass juice or the water extract from young wheat grass is very effective home remedy for excessive sweating. It helps in neutralizing acids and toxins in the blood and is also a very good source of protein, vitamin C, vitamin B-12, folic acid, and vitamin B-6. A glass of wheatgrass a day can help reduce excessive sweating.
  • Remedies for Foot Sweating – For foot sweating, pat your feet dry, especially between the toes after bath. Massage it with apple cider vinegar. Tea tree oil is also helpful for foot sweating. It can be applied directly to the sweaty areas.
  • Remedies for Palm Sweating – Reduce intake of foods rich in iodine. Avoid vegetables like broccoli, asparagus and white onion; avoid beef, liver and turkey meats. Boil a quart of water and soak five teabags in it. When it cools down, soak the palms for at least thirty minutes. Tannic acid in tea has astringent properties that act as a natural antiperspirant.
  • Remedies for Underarm Sweating- After thoroughly cleaning (shaving and washing) underarms, apply cornstarch and baking soda under arms. Wait for about half an hour and then wash it off with water. You can also add essential oils into the mixture to act as a deodorizer.

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