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Don't Let Hyperhidrosis Make You Sweat!

Updated: Sep 24, 2023



Don’t Let Hyperhidrosis Make You Sweat!

Hyperhidrosis is a common medical condition characterized by excessive sweating.

People with Hyperhidrosis produce 4-5 times more sweat than average. Their sweat glands overproduce sweat, leading to additional odour, discomfort, embarrassment and frustration. Sweat’s primary function in the human body is for body temperature regulation. Anxiety or stress can also produce perspiration. The human body maintains homeostasis with the cooling effect of sweat.

Conditions that may promote Hyperhidrosis:

Diabetes, Thyroid problems, Low blood sugar, some forms of cancer, Heart attack, Nervous system disorders, Infections, Allergies, Pregnancy or Menopause can create excessive sweating.

Excessive sweating of the head may indicate a vitamin D deficiency.

Foods that promote sweat:

Salt, garlic, Fat / Processed Foods. Caffeine. Alcohol, Spicy Foods. Sugar / Carbohydrates, excessive Protein.

Recommended Clothing:

Generally, wear natural fabrics, such as cotton, wool and silk, which allow your skin to breathe. You might prefer materials designed to wick the sweat away when you exercise.


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Wear shoes made of breathable fabrics, such as leather, and wear sandals when the weather is appropriate. Moisture-wicking socks are also available—place desiccants in shoes to let them dry in between use. Also, get a UV light to insert in shoes to prevent fungal growth.

Natural products that may help:

Coconut oil helps eliminate sweat-causing bacteria due to its lauric acid content. It can be used as un underarm deodorant. The downside is that it clogs pores. Tea tree, Thyme, and Oregano essential oils also kill bacteria and sweat-causing bacteria. It's best to dilute them with a carrier oil.

Clinical strength Antiperspirants are available for sweat control.

Iontophoresis: Home device that uses mild current to stop the sweat glands.

Consult the following with a medical professional:

Anticholinergics: a group of medications that manages excessive sweating

Botox injections: expensive and temporarily effective, need to be repeated.

Microwave therapy. Microwave energy device destroys sweat glands.

Thoracoscopic sympathectomy is a minimally invasive surgery. It is also known as an endoscopic transthoracic sympathectomy or ETS.

Sweat gland removal. A minimally invasive procedure known as suction curettage may be an option to remove sweat glands from your armpits if other treatments are ineffective.

Nerve surgery (sympathectomy). The surgeon burns, clamps, or cuts the spinal nerves that regulate your hands' sweat glands. It's not always the best option, as it can trigger excessive sweating in other areas of your body (compensatory sweating).


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