Hyperhidrosis is abnormally excessive sweating that’s not necessarily related to heat or exercise. You may sweat so much that it soaks through your clothes or drips off your hands. Besides disrupting normal daily activities, this type of heavy sweating can cause social anxiety and embarrassment.
Hyperhidrosis treatment usually helps, beginning with prescription-strength antiperspirants. If antiperspirants don’t help, you may need to try different medications and therapies.
Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can affect your entire body or just certain areas, particularly your palms, soles, underarms or face. The type that typically affects the hands and feet causes at least one episode a week, during waking hours.
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Most people sweat when they exercise or exert themselves, are in a hot environment, or are anxious or under stress. The excessive sweating experienced with hyperhidrosis far exceeds such normal sweating.
The type of hyperhidrosis that usually affects the hands, feet, underarms or face causes at least one episode a week, during waking hours. And the sweating usually occurs on both sides of the body.
When to see a doctor
Sometimes excessive sweating is a sign of a serious condition.
Seek immediate medical attention if your heavy sweating is accompanied by lightheadedness, chest pain or nausea.
See your doctor if:
- Sweating disrupts your daily routine
- Sweating causes emotional distress or social withdrawal
- You suddenly begin to sweat more than usual
- You experience night sweats for no apparent reason
Natural Remedies For Heavy Sweating
1. Baking soda
Baking soda can be used for reducing perspiration because of its ability to absorb moisture. Another benefit is deodorizing effect. Baking soda is an alkaline that reacts with acids formed by the reaction between sweat and bacteria living on the skin. That’s why it is often used in natural deodorants.
2. Tea tree oil
It is also a natural astringent that narrows skin pores. You can use some sponge or cotton ball for more comfortable application.
Apply tea tree oil directly on the affected area every morning and after few days you should experience a relief from sweat.
3. Tomato juice
Tomato juice is not only ideal food because of cancer prevention, but it has also positive effects on sweat elimination. The juice from tomatoes can decrease skin pores and limit the amount of sweat we produce. Drinking one glass of tomato juice daily can contribute to better sweat management.
4. Green tea
Drinking green tea as a daily routine can help to reduce excessive sweating. Green tea contains high percentages of antioxidants, that help detoxify your body. The fewer toxins you have, the less sweat will be produced by your body.
Green tea has also magnesium which helps constrict sweat glandsand help with keeping a proper bodily temperature. It is recommended drinking cold tea because of cooling effect for the body.
Minerals are an important part of our nervous system. If we have a mineral deficiency of sodium, calcium, and especially magnesium, our nerves lose the ability of opening and shutting pores effectively.
Because of high concentration of phytoestrogens, clover has similar attributes like sage. For preparing a drink, use one spoon of dried sage or clove for 200ml of hot water for 10 minutes, filter the mixture to remove the dried sage, and wait until the mixture is cool before drinking it. You can also prepare a lotion for your feet or apply the extracted mix to sweating body parts.
6. Witch hazel
Witch hazel also helps to minimize sweating. You can make a tincture and apply it with a piece of cotton under your arms or face. As the herbs we mentioned above, witch hazel has also an ability to block the pores that release sweat.
7. Astragalus and Schisandra
Chinese traditional medicine mention Astragalus and Schisandra as natural fighters against heavy sweating. These herbs work as an adaptogen and minimize the hormones released by your body during the night or in stressful situations.
8. Broccoli and potatoes
Sometimes your body can store too much water, especially when you consume more sodium-rich food. Potatoes and broccoli can help you with getting rid of this remaining water due to high concentration of potassium with absorbing effect.
There is no way how to exactly measure the effects of natural remedies for excessive sweating. The result depends on many factors, such as a health condition, the seriousness of a problem, or the ability of your body to adapt. Every organism reacts differently and that is why it is not possible to ensure the full success with natural treatments. It requires a little trial and some patience