Treating Hyperhidrosis- How To Stop Sweating

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Published: 07th January 2011
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What Causes Excessive Sweating?

The release of sweat from an individual's sweat gland cools the body when the temperature is even slightly elevated.

Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating above the body's normal level of activity and temperature. For individuals that sweat excessively, odor and overall dampness will be a secondary problem.

Before we can get into how to control excessive sweating and eliminate it from your life, you should understand some of the underlying reasons why people sweat.There are two types of hyperhidrosis?primary and secondary.

In primary hyperhidrosis, the cause is unknown and sweating is localized in the armpits, palms, soles of the feet, face, scalp, and/or torso . Primary hyperhidrosis begins during childhood or early adolescence, gets worse during puberty, and lasts a lifetime.This means that it runs in their family and they are simply born with this condition.

Secondary hyperhidrosis is less common than primary hyperhidrosis. Sweating is caused by another medical condition and usually occurs over the entire body. Medical conditions causing secondary hyperhidrosis include hyperthyroidism, menopause, obesity, psychiatric disorders, and diabetes. Certain medications may cause secondary hyperhidrosis as well as treating it.

There can be many factors that make a person sweat extensively and considering this, there are many ways to combat this annoying physical behavior.

Applying Deodorants

Deodorant and anti-perspirant, when used correctly can reduce the amount someone sweats as well as the odor that results from excessive perspiration. Look at what each deodorant and anti-perspirant does. In the indication section on every product, the manufacturer will recommend the applicaton guidelines and also list the product's ingredients. You should pick the deodorant or anti-perspirant that works best with your life style and also find a scent that you like. Once you take the product home, you should give it a "trial period" to see if it actually does work with your body chemistry. Most individuals find success with deodorants and anti-perspirants ,therefore, it is imperative that you research other brands and products if you find that you continue to have issues with sweat or odor.

Pamper Your Feet

Many individuals suffering from excessive sweating will find that they sweat profusely through their feet. You should try to find shoes that allow air flow around your feet. Some combat sweaty feet while others will fight fungal infections like "Athlete's Foot. While feet tend to sweat on hot days, it should also be noted that one may experience foot sweat on days when it is not hot at all.

Changing the types of shoes that you wear will help your feet sweat significantly less. The first option is to examine the types of shoes that you wear. Sandals, or light weight sneakers can work very well in circulating air around your feet to cool them off. Finding shoes that will allow your feet to "breathe" will help keep you from perspiring as much and will make you feel far more comfortable during the day. Individuals with hot feet should make it a priority to purchase shoes that will allow for this level of comfort.

You should evaluate the material of your socks and decide if they are contributing to having hot feet or adding to your comfort level. If you find that you have heavy socks, you should replace them for socks that will provide an air exchange that will help keep your feet cool.

When you use foot powder, you should apply the product in the morning and in the evening:when you put your shoes on in the morning and when you take them off at night.

By changing your shoes, socks or using a product such as foot powder, you will find that your feet will sweat significantly less or not at all.

Powder Down

When people have excessive sweating problems, they almost always experience this problem in their genital region. One hates the feeling of "stickiness" in that very private area, but it also impacts them psychologically as they can worry whether they are beginning to smell to the others around them.Using body powder can help keep people comfortable and sweat and odor free, but only when they purchase the correct product for the condition they have.

Just as we discussed in the foot sweat section, the type of underwear you wear and the type of material you put against your body can have an impact on whether you sweat or not. Materials such as polyester and satin tend to make people sweat more. If you change your underwear material and find that you are still sweating a significant amount, you should consider not only changing your underwear daily but also packing a spare to change into midday.

Fashion Change

As you now know, sweat is the body's way of cooling itself off. The clothing that you wear has a significant impact on how much sweat your body will produce. Garments that are made up of light colors will attract less heat and will help keep you cool. Clothing should feel "light and airy", by having fabric like this, any breeze will help cool you off and stop you from sweating. Many individuals will enjoy the cool nature of any material made from linen or cotton, so consider these two materials to be ideal when you are picking out your wardrobe. This will help to reduce the problem for you and will also possibly eliminate it.

Staying Hydrated

Whenever a person sweats, their body is releasing heat from their body through water released from sweat glands. Now since sweating means your body is overheated and is expelling water to cool itself off, getting yourself cooled off quickly will help stop excessively sweating. You will find that if you drink cool water and get yourself into a cool location, you will soon stop sweating. (On a side note, if you have been sweating considerably and have not had any water to drink then suddenly stop sweating, you should seek medical attention in case your body has gotten too hot) Drinking a lot of Gatorade-type drinks will also help you stop sweating because it has thirst quenching mechanisms that will help restore your body's liquid and will also keep you cool. While a wet bandana or scarf may make your shirt wet,damp cloths around the neck will make you feel instantly cooler having used this method. Any time your body starts to sweat, you should immediately start drinking water.

If you already have an excessive perspiration problem, there is no reason why you should drink any hot beverages. Hot beverages will make your body hotter on the inside and thus will make you perspire more. Consider drinking a cold beverage any time you are out in public so you can keep from sweating. While you may still perspire, you won't perspire as much if you would have had a hot beverage.

The Use of Moisturizing Lotions

Individuals that wear a lot of body lotion tend to feel hotter than those who don't. If you change your "lotion" behavior and habits, you will find that you will likely be cooler and will not sweat as much. If you find that the lotion you are using can make you feel ever so slightly hotter, consider trying other brands and possibly change to a brand that will not clog your pores. Purchasing one of these products will be very effective in controlling your excessive sweating problem. Remember, your body expels water to cool itself off, so if you can keep your body cool even before you sweat, you will begin to eliminate excessive sweating from your life.

Stay Cool

To combat an excessive sweating problem, make sure you are always in a cool location, both at work and at home.

The first thing you should do is trying lowering the temperature of your home.Keeping the overall temperature of your home cool will make you feel cooler too and will help you sweat less. Try opening the windows, using any fan that you have, and possibly using an air conditioning system.

Lose Weight and Exercise

If you are sweating profusely during exercise, after you finish your body will recognize that it isn't as hot as it was and will stop sweating. Remember to drink lots of water to cool yourself down during the course of exercising.

If you are overweight and have an excessive perspiration problem, you will have a tendency to be hot and will always sweat. It would be ideal for you to drop those extra pounds, but for some people who are are obese that can be yet another difficult obstacle to be dealt with. Always consult with your doctor before starting a weight management regiment.

You Can Do It

When you have a sweating problem, one can worry incessantly whether they are going to embarrass themselves in a public situation. Through building your self confidence, chances are you will also sweat less as you will be able to compose yourself. This way, people will learn to judge you for your confident nature and not because you cannot seem to stop sweating. More importantly, you shouldn't react to your excessive perspiration. If people sense you to be feeling self conscious about your excessive sweating, they will notice it more. You should continue to interact with individuals regardless of excessive sweat. It is best to maintain composure and carry on as though nothing out of the ordinary is happening.

There are so many ways to curb excessive sweating so it doesn't consume or control our lives. Many individuals will drink a lot of water, will choose an appropriate deodorant or anti-perspirant for their body chemistry, will exercise to lose weight and will change the clothing material they wear so they can feel more comfortable all of the time.


About The Author:

Carol Jackson-Freelance writer;Focusing on Baby Boomer health issues


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