How to stop sweating – lifestyle influences
Sweating excessively or hyperhidrosis, is something that makes
people sociably uncomfortable and self-conscious. Being in a public
place can especially be uncomfortable because of the fear of unsightly
sweat stains or the odour caused by the hyperhidrosis. Those who suffer
from hyperhidrosis can be afraid of interacting with those around them
since they don’t want to embarrass themselves.
What are the reasons for this condition?
In around 90% of sufferers there is no known underlying cause for the
hyperhidrosis (primary hyperhidrosis). This is particularly the case
when the hyperhidrosis effects both sides of the body and is localised
to certain body parts, e.g. just the underarms, or the hands and feet,
or the face. Primary hyperhidrosis usually commences in the teenage
years or early twenties. Generally there is another family member who
also has hyperhidrosis.
Sometimes there can be an underlying medical cause for the
hyperhidrosis (secondary hyperhidrosis). When someone has generalised
hyperhidrosis it is particularly important to see a physician who will
exclude these causes. These include: medications, thyroid disease and
diabetes, gout, infections, hormone imbalances and rarely cancers.
Triggers for this condition and how can they be avoided?
If the weather is hot or humid it is best to go outside into the
fresh air or a place that is well ventilated like near an open window.
Wear light clothing. The best material is cotton rather than synthetic
material because it allows your skin to breathe and this may control
your sweating. Avoid spicy food since this can stimulate your
sympathetic nervous system and result in hyperhidrosis. Alcohol also has
a body-warming effect so it is good to be aware of this, and avoid
alcohol where possible.
Being under stress, or feelings of anxiety, can cause this condition,
and can be worsened by nicotine and caffeine. Avoiding or reducing
these will help. If you suffer from anxiety it might be appropriate to
go to your GP for assessment and appropriate treatment.
This condition may also be triggered during the time a woman is
pregnant or going through menopause. Going to your GP to optimise
treatment your menopause symptoms might be beneficial.
4. Physical activity or exercise
Although this can trigger sweating it is very important to continue
to lead a healthy active lifestyle. Obesity is one of the major causes
Still sweating? Get in touch!
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