Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) affects an estimated three percent of the population, so if you are embarrassed by this condition you should know that you are not alone. Medications and genetics can be the reason for excessive sweating but if you have ruled these out you can focus on simple behavioral changes which could help.
Stress is one of the major contributors to non-medically related sweating. Examine the lifestyle that you lead, and attempt to decrease the stressful situations in your life. That is not always possible, so some psychological approaches may be beneficial, such as meditation. Meditation has been proven to lower stress levels. By keeping yourself calm and learning how to cope with stressful situations you can prevent your body’s sympathetic nerves from triggering excessive sweating.
Spicy foods have been known to affect the nerve endings in the sweat glands causing them to produce sweat. Therefore you should examine your diet to see what role it plays in your excessive sweating problem.
You may be able to apply antiperspirants depending on what part of your body is affected. These antiperspirants contain aluminum-based salts, which act like a gel to clog up the sweat ducts. This prevents the release of sweat moisture, if only temporarily. The salts will eventually dissolve so reapplication is needed periodically.
Iontophoresis is a process for a small electrical charge is passed through the skin near the affected area. This can be a beneficial treatment when large areas of your body are affected by excessive sweating. The low electrical current used in iontophoresis shock the nerve endings and during this shocked state they are unable to transmit the sweat generation signals. Sending electrical currents through the body sounds painful, but since a very low charge is used its usually not enough to cause discomfort. The treatment proves effective for several days before needing to be performed again.Readers with excessive sweating are encouraged to see
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