Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, may occur all over the body and is the result of over-activity of the sweat glands. Many people suffer from excessive sweating in one part of their body, for instance the palms of their hands, the armpits or the feet. In very rare but serious conditions, the skin may become damp and damaged. Although sweating is the body's way of naturally cooling itself. Excessive sweating, particularly when accompanied by an offensive odour, can be embarrassing as well as uncomfortable.
The condition is often within the bounds of what is considered to be normal. Sweating in the armpits and groin area, for example, are stimulated by emotional and nervous changes, while general body sweating is stimulated by heat and is the body's way of regulating temperature. Excessive sweating is a common feature of menopause and anxiety. Other causes include: An overactive thyroid, An excessive intake of alcohol, Hypoglycaemia, and Prolonged fever.
Perspiration is odourless until it comes in contact with bacteria on the skin, so scrupulous hygiene may help to prevent odour.
When to seek further professional advice
If you experience excessive perspiration and it gets to a stage that it is affecting your every day life and personal hygiene is not enough to control the situation you should consult your doctor.
Autogenic Training: Anxiety and stress often cause excessive sweating so the emotionally calming effects of the training may have a large role to play in controlling the condition, particularly if the night sweating is a problem.
Aromatherapy: Aroma therapists will seek to balance the action of the sebaceous glands by using the astringent-like properties of cypress and geranium. Rubbing a diluted oil of these ingredients into the affected areas in the morning and at night can help.
Other therapies include: Bach Flower Remedies, Homeopathy, Western Herbalism, Yoga, Rolfing and Hypnotherapy.
It is not considered healthy to suppress normal perspiration with anti-perspirants, since sweating is necessary to cool the body down. However with excessive sweating the doctor may prescribe preparations of aluminium hydrochloride and aluminium hydroxychloride, which act as powerful anti-perspirants. A doctor may also suggest wearing natural fabrics, which are more absorbent and allow the body to 'breathe', thereby allowing the perspiration to evaporate. Occasionally anti-cholinergic drugs may be prescribed. In severe cases of excessive perspiration the cause of the condition would have to be diagnosed before any treatment was undertaken. However, in such severe cases it may be necessary to surgically remove the most active glands.
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