Health and Well Being Tips  Excessive Sweating

Health and Well Being Tips Excessive Sweating

To understand how to stop sweating excessively, it is important to know both the causes and methods to prevent sweating.  It is a natural process controlled by the nervous system to cool down the body when it is overheated.  Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excess production of sweat. This can cause challenges with self-confidence, social relationships and overall anxiety or embarrassment.  Whether you suffer from hyperhidrosis or a less severe problem, there is help in controlling the symptoms,

Hyperhidrosis occurs on the underarms, face, feet and hands. The health condition typically begins during childhood or adolescence.  Some causes include hypothyroidism or other endocrine problems, obesity and heredity.  Menopause can also cause the condition.  Sweating can be continual or induced suddenly by a trigger such as emotional anxiety, hot temperatures or food reactions.  It can also appear for no apparent reason.  There are medical treatments, medications and invasive procedures available.  However, it is less expensive and healthier to try natural methods first.

The most obvious treatment is over the counter antiperspirants. However, they are not sufficient for most people with hyperthidrosis.  There are medical antiperspirants that require a prescription. Antiperspirants can be applied to the hands and feet as well as the underarms. They can irritate sensitive skin or cause allergic reactions in some people.

There are lifestyle changes that minimize symptoms.  If you are overweight, weight loss will reduce overproduction of sweat.  Too much body fat increases perspiration. Stress plays a role in over production of sweat.  Reducing stress through meditation, yoga and exercise is an important part of the treatment.

Diet is also an essential part of reducing symptoms that has helped many people. Avoid foods that stimulate the nervous system, which will increase sweating.  Sugar, spicy food, caffeine will aggravate the condition.  B complex, calcium and magnesium supplements or food sources will help reduce stress and calm the body.  Notice whether certain foods increase sweat and avoid those foods. Acupuncture has had some success by preventing the nerves in the affected areas from being overcharged.  Calming the nerves helps reduce sweat.

There are several methods for minimizing the appearance of sweat.  For the underarms or torso, wear loose fitting light colored shirts that are made of natural materials like cotton.  This will avoid the clothing sticking to your skin and minimize the visibility of perspiration.  If your feet sweat excessively, wear moisture wicking socks or pantyhose with cotton soles.

Figuring out how to prevent sweating takes some trial and error.  The method will be different for each individual.  Most importantly, recognize that it is a medical condition that can be managed.  If the remedies are not successful, consult a medical professional for advice.

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