About half of all excessive sweating problems are underarm sweating.
Anyone suffering from underarm sweating can face acute social problems in both their work and personal relationships. This can sometimes be so overwhelming that it makes it difficult for the person interact normally with other people. This has then knock-on effect causing low self esteem and a reducing self confidence.
The Causes of Excessive Sweating
If there is a history of the condition in your family then it is likely you will also have an excessive sweating problem.
There are two types of sweating which are controled by two different parts of the brain.
- Sweating to control body temperature.
- Sweating caused by emotional response.
Excessive Underarm Sweating Treatment
The variety of treatments for excessive underarm sweating go from the simple antiperspirants all the way up to surgery. We will concentrate here on the simple natural things you can do.
Sweat itself does not smell, but it does promote the growth of naturally occuring bacteria on your skin. The bacteria breaks down sweat and produces a fatty acid, which has an unpleasant smell.
You should wash at least twice a day. Using an antibacterial soap can be beneficial. Make sure you dry yourself completely before dressing. Also change your clothing after each wash. Your clothes will retain the smell of stale sweat so make sure you wash them after each wear.
A few other simple and practical steps you can take are:
- Wear loose fitting clothing for free circulation of air around the body.
- Do not wear synthetic and polyester fabrics. Wear cotton and other fabrics that allow for better air flow.
- Stay in air conditioned rooms if possible.
- Drink cold water.
- Avoid hot drinks such as coffee or tea.
- Avoid hot spicy food.
- Avoid caffine.
- Avoid foods with lots of sugar in them.
- Try a clinical-strength antiperspirant. They contain a higher concentration of aluminum chloride which can be effective for stopping excessive underarm sweating.
The sweat glands are controlled by the Sympathetic Nervous System and you have no direct control over it. With excessive sweating the Sympathetic Nervous System is being over stimulated. You need to reduce this over stimulation to cure your sweating problem.
You need to find a way to stay calm and detached in the situations that usually trigger your excessive underarm sweating.
To do this you should consider trying relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or self hypnosis.
Find a method that suits you and spend 30 to 60 minutes per day practising doing it.
I have not tried yoga but I have tried relaxation breathing techniques, meditation and self hypnosis.
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