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Sweat can be annoying, although the reality is that it is healthy. However, some people sweat too much, which is known as excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis

Sweat can be annoying, although the reality is that it is healthy. Perspiration helps your body cool down. If you didn’t sweat, you would overheat.

However, some people sweat when their bodies don’t need cooling. This is known as excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. We leave you some symptoms and how to solve them.

You could have hyperhidrosis if…

* You sweat mainly in one or two areas of the body such as the armpits, the palms of the hands, the feet, or the head. The rest of your body seems dry while some parts are dripping with sweat.

* You sweat when you’re not exercising or moving. There may be beads of sweat on your skin or you may feel the sweat soaking through your clothes even when you are sitting down.

* Your skin stays moist for a long time. You may notice that it becomes smooth and white.

* You have skin infections (such as athlete’s foot) in areas where you sweat a lot.

How much sweat is too much sweat?

People can sweat less than a liter or up to several liters per day, depending on how much effort is put on their bodies. So, if you exercise regularly or work or live in hot, humid conditions, expect to sweat a lot on a regular basis. That is completely natural.

Still, there are times when your body sweats more than it needs to. About 220 million people worldwide suffer from hyperhidrosis. The glands responsible for sweating are called apocrine glands, and in people with hyperhidrosis, these glands are overactive and produce much more sweat than is needed to cool the body.

If you think you sweat too much and want to do something about it, see your doctor! Photo: Scott Webb

Generalized hyperhidrosis is often a symptom of an underlying health condition, including metabolic disorders (such as hyperthyroidism), diabetes, infections, or lymphatic tumors. Excessive sweating can also be caused by alcohol abuse or withdrawal, and can even be caused by certain medications, especially antidepressants. Anxiety and changes in hormones have also been linked to generalized hyperhidrosis. Localized hyperhidrosis, on the other hand, is not usually a symptom of a condition. 

Because people have different needs, it can be difficult to tell how much sweat is considered excessive. So how do I know if I have a serious problem? The ideal is always to have a doctor confirm the diagnosis.

Is there anything you can do to control your sweating?

If your sweating is moderate, there may be some things you can do to keep your sweating under control. For example, you could:

* Keep the environment cool and comfortable, especially at night.

* Avoid spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, and other foods that induce sweating.

* Use clinical antiperspirants.

* Wear loose clothing made from natural fabrics.

* Wear shoes and socks made from natural materials. 

* Invest in a portable fan that you can easily move.

Treatments for excessive sweating

Always consult your doctor! Some of the popular treatments for hyperhidrosis include:

* Prescription antiperspirants formulated to be stronger than the average deodorant. Some are only available by prescription.

* Laser treatments for the armpits.

* Botox injections for the face, hands, feet, underarms, head, and any other area of ​​the body.

*Prescription Topical Medications

* Oral medications (also prescription): These are the best option for patients with certain types of hyperhidrosis, such as facial sweating and generalized hyperhidrosis, and for those who have tried other therapies without success.

* Hyperhidrosis surgery: it is the last resort. Sweat gland removal and endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) are two types of hyperhidrosis surgery. While these surgeries can effectively treat excess sweat, they are permanent and carry other risks.


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