Excessive sweating, a condition called hyperhidrosis, can be a big problem physically and otherwise. There are, however, many ways in which you can control excessive sweating. And luckily, there are a lot of natural remedies and things you can do at home to the condition.
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The easiest way to tackle excessive sweating is to use antiperspirants. As they contain aluminum salts, when applied on the skin, antiperspirants form a plug that blocks perspiration. While they are available over the counter, your doctor can also help prescribe one. It is a misnomer that they can be used only on underarms as they can also be applied to your hands and feet.
If sweating is very intense, you may need medical intervention.
1. One of the treatments is Iontophoresis, which involves a low electrical current given through water. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women and those with pacemakers.
2. Another treatment for heavy sweating is injections of botulinum toxin A (Botox), as it prevents the release of a chemical that signals the sweat glands to activate.
3. Likewise, anticholinergic drugs that stop the activation of the sweat glands can also be used.
4. Surgery is only recommended for people with severe hyperhidrosis that has not responded to other treatments where the doctor may cut, scrape, or suction out the sweat glands.
5. Another surgical option is endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS), in which the surgeon makes very small incisions and cuts the nerves in your armpit that normally activate the sweat glands.
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Home remedies for excessive sweating
While you’re trying out different antiperspirants, or whatever other treatment your doctor recommends, you can also incorporate some of these at-home solutions to help reduce sweating. There are a variety of remedies for excessive sweating.
1. You can ingest two teaspoons of natural vinegar and one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar thrice in a day, half hour before meals on an empty stomach, to alleviate excessive sweating.
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2. A glass of fresh tomato juice or even sage tea has proven to be a great remedy to cure the troubles of excessive sweating.
3. Green tea is equally effective if you do not get sage herbs easily.
4. You can also cut slices of potato and rub them under your arms and the areas which sweat more to reduce sweating.
5. Witch hazel is an herb that is a great astringent and antiperspirant, as is a glass of wheatgrass juice a day.
6. Coconut oil infused with camphor can be applied on the sweat prone areas to treat the trouble naturally.
7. Also thin layers of tea tree oil can be applied to the high perspiring areas as it has natural astringents.
8. Even eating grapes every day can reduce the problem of extreme sweating, as it has natural antioxidants that balance the body’s temperature.
9. Another simple option is to mix a tablespoon of salt with lime juice and massage your hands with this mix.
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Try to avoid wearing heavy clothes as they trap sweat. Instead, opt for light, breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen. You can shower every day using an antibacterial soap to control the bacteria that cause body odor. Dry yourself completely afterward and before applying antiperspirant. Use underarm liners and shoe inserts to absorb sweat. Spicy foods, tea, coffee, and alcohol can make you sweat, so do avoid them.
Easy tips to keep in mind
- Drink lots of water.
- Avoid stress.
- Bring down your caffeine intake.
- Avoid using harsh deodorant or soap.
- Avoid taking hot baths.
- Shun hot drinks, alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes.
- Avoid eating sugary, spicy, and chemically-processed foodstuffs.
- Wear loose fitting clothes.
- Reduce that extra flab.
- Try to keep the core temperature of your body cool.
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Guest Author bio: Dr Sushma Yadav, co-founder, Le’jeune Medspa, is a young dermatologist and cosmetologist, who has done her post graduation from the prestigious Vydehi Medical College. She has trained and worked under Dr. Jamuna Pai. Dr. Sushma has an eye for facial aesthetics, excellent injector skills, and most importantly, her drive to innovate has kept her at the forefront of non-surgical facial aesthetics.