Last Updated on May 29, 2020 by Paula
Do You Sweat A Lot?
Do You Sweat A Lot? As in a lot? Like:
⚠️ your hands are wet
⚠️ your underarms are wet
⚠️ you got stains on your clothes
⚠️ your face and forehead is covered in beads of of sweat?
These are all signs of over-the-top, as in, too much, excessive sweating!
Sweat got you down and you need a solution stat? ===>>>
Why Do People Sweat?
Sweating is normal.
Sweating is a normal body process. It is important to control our body’s temperature. If you are not sweating, especially in a place or time when people normally sweat (like when you are on the beach or it is summer or it is midday or when you see your crush 😍), something is wrong with you.
But what if I sweat too much?
Unfortunately, our system sometimes go into overdrive, and you sweat too much, as in cringey, drenched, I-wish-I could-vanish kind of sweat occuring at inappropriate times! Yes, even when you are in a super-cold room!
Sweating too much is called hyperhidrosis.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Mayo Clinic defines hyperhidrosis as:
Hyperhidrosis (hi-pur-hi-DROE-sis) is abnormally excessive sweating that’s not necessarily related to heat or exercise. You may sweat so much that it soaks through your clothes or drips off your hands. Besides disrupting normal daily activities, this type of heavy sweating can cause social anxiety and embarrassment.
What are parts of my body that can be affected by hyperhidrosis?
⚠️ feet, and
⚠️ scalp can be affected by hyperhidrosis.
When do hyperhidrosis occur?
Hyperhidrosis can begin as early as early adolescence which are manageable at first but can become worse as you get older. Experts say you can possibly have it for the rest of your life! 🥵
Needless to say, hyperhidrosis is not a live-over-death condition BUT it can be a very embarrassing condition.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis:
Apparently, you can either have PRIMARY (IDIOPATHIC) HYDROSIS OR SECONDARY HYDROSIS.
Primary hyperhidrosis is the most common form of hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis occurs usually by the hands, scalp, armpits, face and feet.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by a physical condition. My boss sweats a lot, even in the coldest of rooms, and she claims she may be entering menopause!(Ssshhhh, I am not mentioning here that she also is crankier lately hehe) Obesity, hyperthyroidism, and psychiatric disorders can cause hyperhidrosis.
Do not hate it when you sweat a lot!
Sweating a lot can be really, really annoying, but always remember that this is how your body normally responds to heat.
Sometimes, hyperhidrosis can be because of genetics. Some people may just have more than the normal sweat glands in the feet, hands and armpits or these glands may just be overactive!
Other than genetics, hyperhidrosis may be a symptom of a medical condition. Always make it a point to have your medical check-up if you feel something is off about your health.
Here are Some Reasons Why You May Be Sweating A Lot.
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- If you have hyperhidrosis, the palms of your hands and soles of your feet are always damp. Your clothes are wet with sweat, and your skin may be cracked or scaly because of being always exposed to sweat. A lot of times, you suffer from body odor.
- Some psychiatric and high blood pressure medications may cause you to sweat a lot.
- Hyperthyroidism is another medical condition that may cause excess sweating. Testing is available for hyperthyroidism and some optional treatments include certain medications, surgery and iodine radiation.
- Women in their late 40s to early 50s complain about excessive sweating durin perimenopause. This problem, most often called hot flashes affect over 75% of women.
- Certain types of cancer such as Non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s lymphoma may cause sweating. Other cancers sometimes involved in hyperhidrosis include leukemia, bone and liver cancers, carcinoid tumors and mesothelioma.
- Diabetes, types 1 and 2, are also known causes for hyperhidrosis.
- Stress and anxiety can cause hyperhidrosis. They cause the body’s temperature to rise, leading to excessive, uncontrolled sweating.
Treatment Options for Hyperhidrosis
- Sweating is a natural body process, but this becomes a disorder when sweating a lot can cause you a lot of embarrassment. A
- Before treatment, the underlying reason for hyperhidrosis must be diagnosed.
- Those being treated for loss of estrogen may try super-type of antiperspirants such as Driclor.
- Botulinum toxin (BOTOX) is also found to be effective for people who sweat a lot.
- Endoscopic Thoracic Symphectomy (ETS) can also be an option if you want your hyperhidrosis to heal really bad. This kind of surgery cuts off the nerve impulses which cause the sweat glands to product sweat.
- Try MiraDry
- Discuss alternatives with your medical provider.
Alternative Treatment and Lifestyle Changes for Hyperhidrosis
- Avoid spicy food and alcohol
- Wear cotton clothes.
- Wear absorbent socks
- Ask for a stronger antiperspirant prescription from your medical provider.
- Try two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar on your water at least three times a day.
- Try taking two teaspoons of natural vinegar mixed with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar three times a day – either on an empty stomach or about thirty minutes after a meal.
- Brew sage in warm water and drink it like tea. It is rich in Vitamin B and magnesium which can calm overactive sweat glands.
- You can cut slices of potato and rub it in your armpti.
- Use witch hazel as an antiperspirant
- Sage tea has been tested and found to help excessive sweating in the armpits. Simply brew some sage in warm water, let cool and then drink it down. It’s loaded with vitamin B and magnesium which calm overactive sweat glands. Green tea may also be an effective herbal remedy.
- Use cut slices of potato to rub in your armpits and other areas of excessive sweating. Drink a glass of fresh tomato juice each day to calm the sweat glands and also consider using witch hazel as an antiperspirant. It dries the areas that sweat the most.
- Avoid stress and anxiety