It may not be lady-like, or gentlemanly, but we all sweat. In fact our bodies lose approximately one litre of sweat per day. It’s our bodies’ way of controlling our temperature. Now if you find your sweating, whether it’s hot or cold, or simply while you’re sitting still you may be suffering from excessive sweating which is a condition known as hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis sufferers produce four to five times the normal amount of sweat per day. It’s divided into two types. Primary hyperhidrosis, where the sweating occurs on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, under the arms and on the face. Secondary hyperhidrosis is where sweating occurs all over the body. It is understandably embarrassing but worrying about it makes it worse.
There are treatments that can help your symptoms. Antiperspirants, which contain aluminium chloride, actually block the sweat glands and are really useful for excessive sweating under your armpits or on your hands and feet. Botox has also been used to treat armpit sweating and this works by actually paralysing the muscle to the sweat gland. Of course, this isn’t a permanent treatment. If you’re really having trouble, make an appointment to see your GP and they can discuss all of the options available to you.
In the meantime, choose an antiperspirant instead of a deodorant as it suppresses the release of sweat, choose loose fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton, and wear dark clothing in the areas that you sweat most. If you notice spicy food, tea, coffee, or stress actually trigger your sweating, then do your best and avoid them.
Remember, it’s not actually the sweating that smells but it’s the dried-in sweat into your clothes that gives that nasty BO pong.
Quick Health Advice: Excessive Sweating
Our bodies lose one litre of sweat every day. However, sufferers of hyperhidrosis (or excessive sweating) can lose 4-5 times this amount. In this exclusive guide, Dr McKenna advises on various self-help methods to tackle this condition and explains the treatment options available for sufferers. And remember, it’s not the sweat that smells – it’s the dried sweat in your clothes!
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