Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing condition. It can affect many areas of the body, including the armpits, palms, and soles of the feet. While sweating is a natural bodily function that helps to regulate body temperature, excessive sweating can occur for a variety of reasons, such as stress, anxiety, or medical conditions. Fortunately, there are several ways to manage and treat excessive sweating.
Antiperspirants: Antiperspirants are the first line of defense against excessive sweating. They work by blocking the sweat glands, preventing sweat from reaching the surface of the skin. Aluminum-based antiperspirants are the most effective for reducing sweating.
Clothing: Choosing the right clothing can help to reduce sweating. Wearing loose-fitting, breathable clothing made from natural fibers like cotton or linen can help to keep the body cool and reduce sweating.
Stress Reduction: Stress and anxiety can trigger excessive sweating. Practicing stress reduction techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can help to reduce stress levels and prevent excessive sweating.
Medications: There are medications available that can help to reduce excessive sweating. Prescription antiperspirants, like Drysol, are stronger than over-the-counter antiperspirants and can help to reduce sweating. There are also medications like anticholinergics that can reduce sweating.
Botox Injections: Botox injections can be used to treat excessive sweating in the armpits. Botox works by blocking the signals that stimulate sweat glands, preventing them from producing sweat. The effects of Botox injections can last up to six months.
Surgery: Surgery can be an option for those with severe hyperhidrosis. A procedure called thoracic sympathectomy involves cutting the nerves that control sweating in the affected area. While surgery can be effective, it is a more invasive option and is usually reserved for severe cases of hyperhidrosis.
It is important to talk to your doctor about your excessive sweating and discuss the best treatment options for your individual needs.
Natural Home Remedies to decrease Excessive Sweating
While excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be treated with medication, Botox injections, or surgery, there are also natural home remedies that can help to reduce sweating. Here are some natural remedies you can try:
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has astringent properties that can help to reduce sweating. Dilute one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water and apply to the affected areas with a cotton ball.
Witch Hazel: Witch hazel is another astringent that can help to reduce sweating. Apply witch hazel to the affected areas with a cotton ball.
Lemon Juice: Lemon juice has natural acidity that can help to reduce sweating. Apply lemon juice to the affected areas with a cotton ball.
Baking Soda: Baking soda can help to absorb moisture and reduce sweating. Apply baking soda to the affected areas with a cotton ball or mix it with water to create a paste.
Sage: Sage has natural antiperspirant properties and can help to reduce sweating. Brew a cup of sage tea and drink it or apply sage tea to the affected areas with a cotton ball.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil can help to reduce sweating and has natural antibacterial properties that can help to eliminate odor. Apply coconut oil to the affected areas.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial properties that can help to eliminate odor. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with water and apply to the affected areas with a cotton ball.
It is important to talk to your doctor before trying any new remedies to ensure they are safe for you to use.
Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)
Internal Medicine Specialist
Phone : 85000 23456