Certain perspiration here and there during a hot day is what we’d call as normal. And obviously it’s not normal when there’s extreme dampness that literally drips from your shirt. If that’s the case, you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis, a condition known as excessive sweating.
Hyperhidrosis affects nearly two percent of the population and this condition is not something to be ignored. On the biological aspect, the process of perspiration itself is not a problem. In fact, our body needs to perspire as one of the channels to purge out toxic material and various impurities from the body through the pores of the skin, as well as keeping your body cool. The only problem is when you sweat way too much that it causes you some embarrassment when dealing with other people.
There two types of hyperhidrosis: localized and generalized. Localized kind of hyperhidrosis is the most common cause of excessive sweating that usually begins from childhood right into the adolescence years. This particular condition does not cause you illness or is a sign of other diseases. In fact, most people suffer from it are physically healthy. Although it’s not a health risk, it does pose some social inconvenience.
The symptoms of local hyperhidrosis are specific as it affects symmetrically specific parts of your body such as underarms, head, face, palms, and even feet. To date, medical experts aren’t sure why localized hyperhidrosis happen, but it seem come from a minor defect in the nervous system. Genetics also is another major factor for this condition.
Another form is generalized hyperhidrosis that makes you sweat all over your body. This condition is more of concern than convenience as the excess sweating is the underlying cause of other disease, which can be serious. One of the notable sign of his particular condition is when you sweat excessively at night for no reason.
There are several reasons why you are suffering from generalized hyperhidrosis. Rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular problems, thyroid problems, Parkinson’s disease, HIV, infectious diseases, and even cancers are some of the possibilities why you sweat excessively.
Obviously it’s mortifying to see other people, as you struggling with extreme sweating. But it’s important that you alert your doctor if there is one or more telltale warning signs of excessive sweating such as perspiring too much at night when there’s no other concrete reasons for you to do so (such as nightmares or sleeping in room that lacks ventilation), sweat coming out from all over your body, or you notice only one side of you if sweating while the other is completely normal.
While there is no true cure to treat your focal hyperhidrosis permanently, there are various methods that can help you to mask the symptoms to prevent you from embarrassing moments. Commonly we’d use antiperspirants that are clinical strength to address excessive sweating. Certain medication is also available to stop a number of sweat glands so you don’t perspire excessively.
Although commonly associated with beauty, botox injections is approved (for underarm cases) to be used for temporarily numbing the nerves from triggering to sweat excessively. And for the last resort, a surgery is carried out to cut off the nerve that triggers excessive sweating or removing the sweat glands altogether.
Apart from conventional medications, natural remedies are often use for their effectiveness in delivering satisfactory results. You can use vinegar by drinking or applying externally. Drink a vinegar mixture three times a day on empty stomach to reduce excessive sweating within a week. To make the mixture, mix vinegar with honey in equal amounts or you can simply rub the vinegar on the affected areas to dry out sweat glands.
Herbal tea such as sage is also beneficial to reduce excess sweating. High in magnesium and B-vitamins, these minerals works to disable sweat glands so you won’t be perspire too much. A cup per day is what you need to prevent the embarrassment for good.
Drinking plenty of tomato or grape juices benefits your body in a number of ways: your body temperature will be even which in turn prevents you from sweating too much. And while nobody knows how potatoes work to reduce excess sweat, you can simply cut them in half and rub the moist part on the affected area to reduce sweating significantly.
Hyperhidrosis is certainly an annoyance, but with certain steps, you’ll be ready to interact with other full of confidence. And with many methods to reduce excess sweating, you can choose accordingly to suit your needs.