The Problem With Sweating
AD| Excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, is an embarrassing and often disabling condition. Most of us have been in a situation where we’re sweating and worried that it’s staining our clothes or we’re a bit smelly! It’s uncomfortable and hard to hide.
What is sweat?
Sweat is formed when the body gets too hot. When the sweat glands are stimulated they release water onto the surface of your skin. The water cools down your body by evaporating into the air. But excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis is caused by overactive sweat glands that produce excessive amounts of sweat for no particular reason.
There are two types of sweat glands in our bodies: eccrine and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands are most commonly found on the forehead, chest, back, palms, and soles of feet; whereas the apocrine gland usually form around hair follicles where it produces scent components like body odour
You may have heard of postpartum sweating or postpartum night sweats. This occurs when you’re body’s hormones levels are getting back to their pre-pregnancy levels and many women suffer from this for a few weeks after giving birth. I remember the struggles of this, and it’s not helped by having a baby on you all the time. It’s like holding a hot potato!
Thankfully, there are things we can do to prevent sweating or at least control it!
Techniques for Prevention
1. Use an antiperspirant
This is probably the easiest thing you can do, just spray antiperspirant after your morning shower and you’re good to go.
Antiperspirants are different to deodorants. They stop you from sweating rather than just covering the smell. Antiperspirants have metals like zinc and aluminium that block the pores from releasing sweat.
You should use them before you start sweating, like right after a shower and shaving your armpits will help them be more effective.
You can get stronger antiperspirants that last longer or you can get them on prescription if your condition is really bad.
2. Use an iontophoresis device
Iontophoresis is a non-invasive, drug-free, and needle-free way to treat excessive sweating. It uses tap water and an electrical current to temporarily stop the production of sweat.
Using an iontophoresis device, you can halt your sweat production which is great for more severe cases of sweating.
3. Watch your diet
Spicy, fatty and salty food can make you sweat more. This is because your body has to work harder to process these foods which raises your temperature.
Opt for foods that have high water content to help keep you cool, like fruit and vegetables.
4. Drink water
Staying hydrated is a great way to reduce sweating. It keeps you cool and stops you sweating as much – so aim for that two litres a day!
Avoiding drinks with caffeine and alcohol also help as this dehydrate you. Opt for water instead.
5. Wear breathable clothes
You want to aim for clothing with breathable fabrics like cotton, linen or moisture-wicking fabric and avoid fabrics with synthetic fibres like nylon, rayon or silk.
Dealing With the Problem
We always need to be accepting of the human body and not feel ashamed for having something that is natural. But if sweating is becoming a big problem and making you feel self-conscious, then it’s time to do something about it. We all want to feel good about ourselves!
It’s still important to take care of the excessive sweating by wearing clothes that are breathable, washing your clothes more often, and taking steps to prevent overheating.