Do You Suffer From Excessive Sweating?
Sweating is the body’s natural mechanism through which it cools itself down when the skin temperature goes up. There are many variations in how people sweat, just like there are variations in other bodily functions. In other words, how people sweat differs from person to person. However, there are instances where unwelcome sweating occurs. For example, if you are sitting in a mild temperature area, you are not anxious, you do not have a fever and you are just relaxing, watching a movie with your family but yet you are sweating profusely. This is not normal and could be an indication of clinically excessive sweating, known in medical terms as hyperhidrosis. This itself can be a warning sign of thyroid problems, diabetes or infection. There are two basic kinds of excessive sweating – localised hyperhidrosis and generalised hyperhidrosis.
Localised Hyperhidrosis: This is the most common form of excessive sweating and is usually found to start in childhood or adolescence. It does not lead to any disease, just that the person sweats excessively. The symptoms are specific because the name ‘localised’ hyperhidrosis comes from specific parts of the body being affected. The usual parts to be affected are the underarms, groin, head, feet, hands or face. Sometimes symptoms also tend to be symmetrical, which means they occur on both sides equally. The exact cause for this condition is not known but it seems to stem from small malfunction in the nervous system. There is also some evidence that it can be hereditary. Altering your diet, avoiding spicy food and alcohol would be helpful.
Generalised Hyperhidrosis: This form of hyperhidrosis causes sweating all over the body – not just in localised areas. It is also called secondary general hyperhidrosis, because it is caused by some other underlying health factor. A common symptom of secondary hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating in the night all over the body. The triggers for this hydperhidrosis include a variety of medical conditions and diseases that include but are not limited to menopause, pregnancy, diabetes, stroke, cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, thyroid problems, tuberculosis and alcoholism. Other conditions include anxiety disorders and side effects of medications.
* Technically, you cannot prevent sweating. In fact, sweating is necessary for the removal of toxins from the body. However, if your clothes are getting drenched with sweat every time you spend a little time outside on a warm day, try using a clinical anti-perspirant deodorant. That would block sweating and help to prevent body odour. Wearing light natural fabrics would help in the body being dry.
* Exercising in a cool place indoors would be a good idea so you do not sweat too much. If you prefer exercising outdoors only, doing it in the morning or evening when it is not too hot outside is advisable. The key point to remember is that sweating means a loss of body fluids. So replenish by drinking water or have a sports drink before, during and after you exercise.
* Anger, love, anxiety, stress, etc. are emotions that make a person sweat. Emotional self-control can be achieved by seeking counselling or practising meditation. In the case of anxiety disorders, always reach out to a doctor.
It is important to remember that the side effects from medication and Generalised Hyperhidrosis are conditions that go beyond our normal understanding of sweating and require appropriate medical attention. If you or a loved one is suffering from excessive sweating, consult with a Care specialist today.