It’s normal to sweat if you feel hot or exercise. Sweating is one of nature’s vital ways of keeping us cool. But some people’s sweat glands take an overzealous approach to the task. There are no guidelines to determine what “normal” sweating is. If you feel you sweat too much and your sweating has started to interfere with your everyday daily life, you may have hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating also known as hyperhidrosis is when you sweat more than you might expect based on the surrounding temperature or your activity level.
The sweating doesn’t usually pose a serious threat to your health, but it can be embarrassing and distressing. It can also have a negative impact on your quality of life
Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis can affect either your entire body or just certain areas. Certain areas of your body such as palms, soles, underarms or face. Excessive sweating can happen for no obvious reason. Sometimes, it can be because of another condition you may have or as a side effect of medication you’re taking.
What causes hyperhidrosis?
In many cases, hyperhidrosis has no obvious cause. It is as a result of a problem with the part of the nervous system that controls sweating. This is known as primary hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating that does have an identifiable cause is secondary hyperhidrosis. This can have many different triggers, including:
- pregnancy or menopause
- anxiety or stress
- certain medications
- low blood sugar
- an overactive thyroid gland
Treatment of excessive sweating
Excessive sweating can be challenging to treat and it may take a while to find a treatment right for you. Doctors usually recommend starting with the least invasive treatment first, such as powerful antiperspirants.
If this doesn’t help, you may be advised to try treatments such as iontophoresis (the affected area is treated with a weak electric current passed through water or a wet pad). Others includes; botulinum toxin injections and even surgery in a few cases.
Lifestyle and home remedies
Here are ten really simple tips on how to stop excessive sweating on a hot day.
1. Cut down on salt
What you eat will affect how much you sweat, and the first thing to cut down on, if you want to sweat less, is salt. When you eat too much salt, your body reacts by sweating more as a way to get that excess salt out of your system.
2. Wear loose fitting clothes
If you wear tight clothes the air can’t circulate over your skin, and that will make you sweat a lot more. When the weather goes hot, wear loose fitting clothing and then the air will cool you down and dry off some of the sweat.
3. Drink lots of water
If you are someone who sweats a lot on hot days, then it’s important that you replace the fluids you are losing through sweating or you may become dehydrated. Drinking water will also keep your body temperature down and help to reduce the sweating. Doctors recommend that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day but, on very hot days, you will need even more.
4. Avoid spicy foods
Very spicy foods will make anyone sweat, even on a cool day. If you do sweat a lot you would be better off if you avoid spicy foods altogether.
5. Apply antiperspirants at the right time
You can switch up to stronger antiperspirants to control sweating and, if the sweating is very severe, your doctor may recommend prescription strength antiperspirants. Whatever the strength of antiperspirant you use, it will work a lot better if you apply it before you start sweating, or even the night before. To work properly, an antiperspirant needs to soak into the sweat glands and it can’t do that if you are already sweating.
6. Drink less alcohol
An ice cold alcoholic drink might cool you down in the short term, but if you drink too much alcohol on a regular basis, it will make you sweat more. Your body reacts to excessive amounts of alcohol in the same way as it does to salt; it tries to sweat it out of your system. Initially, alcohol will dehydrate you, but come the next morning, you will find that you sweat more as your body tries to cleanse itself.
7. Try lemon juice instead of antiperspirants
Another tip on how to stop excessive sweating is to try lemon juice. If you are not a big fan of store-bought antiperspirants, lemon juice will work quite well as a natural alternative. Squeeze out the juice of a lemon and then apply it under your arms before you go to bed. It will help stop you sweating the next day and it smells nice too.