When you get a little nervous, do your hands start to sweat? This is a normal reaction to stress. But imagine if your hands broke out in a sweat at the smallest bit of stress or sometimes for no reason at all.
Well, to some people this is commonplace. Regardless of the amount you sweat…it can have a direct effect on your social and business life. It could be just a handshake…or an underarm shirt stain before an important meeting…or even perspiring excessively before a first date.
Excessive sweating which medically is called hyperhidrosis affects 1% of the population. That may not sound like a lot, but think about it… that means millions of people find their daily lives disrupted by this inconvenient health issue.
This overactive sweating usually affects the hands, feet, face, or underarms. It is a physiological issue. That means you don’t have control over when it happens or for how long. Even so, it can be triggered by emotional stress. And there are ways to reduce symptoms.
Natural Remedies To Counteract Excessive Sweating!
In severe cases of hyperhidrosis which affect the hands and face there are no options. And your personal doctor might want to suggest some possible pharmaceutical or surgical options.
But for mild to moderate cases, usually some simple natural treatments will help restore your life to normal.
Visualization: Even though it is a physiological problem, sweating episodes are usually triggered by stress. Using visualization methods can help reduce your reaction to stress and can reduce or eliminate the sweating. Choose a scene that you find peaceful and relaxing. It could be a mountaintop, a beach, a meadow… whatever puts you at ease. Twice a day for five minutes, imagine yourself in this place completely free of fear or stress. Doing this will help you control your response to stress during the day and can make a big difference in how much you sweat.
Acupuncture: Some hyperhidrosis sufferers get good results from acupuncture and research shows that acupuncture can have a physiological affect on excessive sweating. When choosing an acupuncturist, look for someone who is licensed by the state you are in and who has experience treating excessive sweating.
Deodorant: In the case of excessive underarm sweating, deodorants can help reduce the level of sweating and cover any related odors. Surprisingly, for most people over-the-counter deodorants are more effective than antiperspirants.
And it’s important to understand that aluminum found in most antiperspirants may have a negative effect on your long-term health. So here again is a good reason to stick with deodorants. I suggest choosing a deodorant that is free of aluminum or try dusting your underarms with cornstarch, which absorbs moisture and odor. (You can try cornstarch on your hands, too.)
Excessive sweating is a difficult and embarrassing health issue for many, but natural remedies and medical treatments are available. Try the remedies I’ve described here first. You may find they do the trick. If not, visit your doctor to explore other treatments that might be right for you.
Dr. Jay Brachfeld, M.D.
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