Excessive underarm sweating can sometimes be embarrassing, but it doesn't have to be that way! Before you take another pic with your arms firmly folded by your sides, or skip a tight-fitting tee out of pit-stain anxiety, review these facts about hyperhidrosis and learn about some natural remedies for excessive sweating.
What Is Hyperhidrosis?
Everyone sweats. Whether you like it or not, sweating is a biological function that serves an important purpose—to cool down your body. Even though sweating is totally normal, some adults experience the issue to an uncomfortable extent.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the word hyperhidrosis literally means too much sweating—hyper (too much) and hidrosis (sweating). As the AAD outlines, the symptoms of this diagnosable medical condition include:
- Visible sweating
- Frequent or persistent skin infections
- Soft, white skin that may peel
People with hyperhidrosis don't just sweat; they tend to sweat enough to interfere with daily activities.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
Understanding the causes of hyperhidrosis starts with a lesson in human biology. According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, your sweat glands are activated by nerves that respond to stimuli such as hormones, emotions, physical activity, or heat. When the glands overreact to these stimuli, they overproduce sweat.
Along with an underlying medical condition or medication use, a family history of excess sweating can also contribute to your risk of hyperhidrosis, according to the AAD.
The International Hyperhidrosis Society explains that there are two primary types of excessive sweating—primary focal hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis. The primary focal type typically starts in childhood or the teen years. People with this diagnosis are otherwise healthy and sweat in one or a few specific spots. In comparison, secondary hyperhidrosis is tied to an underlying medical condition, medication use, or another cause. This variety affects the entire body, not just the underarm area.
Natural Remedies for Excessive Sweating
While the AAD outlines some medical treatments that your doctor can prescribe, such as wipes or gland-blocking medications, you can also find relief in a more natural way.
Some seemingly simple lifestyle changes could make a major impact on excessive sweating. According to the Mayo Clinic, the following practices may help you combat excessive sweating:
- Taking regular baths
- Wearing natural fabrics
- Choosing sweat-wicking clothing when exercising
- Trying relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation
Of course, don't forget about good old-fashioned deodorant. There are plenty of natural deodorant options to try that don't include artificial fragrances or preservatives. If one deodorant doesn't work for you, try another variety until you get the results you desire.
Keep in mind, hyperhidrosis is a medical condition. Visit your doctor or other licensed medical provider for a diagnosis. Discuss your options, and always consult your provider before starting any type of treatment—including natural alternatives.
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Why It's Good
Natural remedies for excessive sweating can help to stop embarrassing odors and wetness from getting in the way of your day. If you're new to a natural lifestyle, understanding hyperhidrosis and how to treat it can help you make an informed choice that works for your individual needs.