How to Overcome Extreme Sweating

If you suffer from extreme sweating, you know how embarrassing it can be. When you are at work and you have rings under your arms, it isn’t a good feeling. This condition is also known as Hyperhydrosis, and it is a real medical condition. In addition, this sweating can occur not only under your arms, but on your face, your forehead, hands and feet, and even in the genital area. So, what causes this condition? Furthermore, what can be done to help you overcome this condition?

What Causes Excessive Sweating?

Extreme sweating can actually be a genetic disorder, or in other words something that is inherited from a family member.  The other challenging part with this genetic trait is that the sweating occurs no matter what the temperature is, which makes it even more frustrating. If you know that your parents or someone else in your family have this disorder, then you probably did inherit it. If this is the case, then the problem is not going to be something that disappears altogether. While there are options, the challenges that we inherit are the hardest to get rid of.

There are many who do suffer from this condition, and their causes remain unknown. There isn’t always a direct link to hyperhydrosis, but some doctors suspect that small dietary changes may be helpful. What we take into our bodies is always going to have an effect on us whether it’s good or bad. There are also doctors that believe that extreme sweating may be caused by an overdrive in the sympathetic nervous system.

Options for Overcoming Excessive Sweating

What we take into our bodies does in fact have a huge impact on our health. Caffeine while not a specific food, is in many of the foods and beverages that we take in daily and can impact what controls our sweating.  Everything from tea and coffee to soda, are all full of caffeine. Caffeine itself is not bad, but as with anything in life, all things should be done in moderation. Limiting these beverages would be wise.

Extreme sweating can also occur as the result of another medical condition, and once that illness is under control, that can ease the sweating. Many thyroid patients who suffer from hyperthyroidism claim to exhibit the symptoms of excessive sweating. This in fact has been confirmed by many endocrinologists across the world, and studies show that with the help of anti-thyroid medications, there was some success in limiting the sweating.

For those who suffer from “primary hyperhydrosis”, where sweating occurs in the underarms, clinical strength antiperspirants are very helpful. These antiperspirants contain a modest amount of aluminum chloride which helps to reduce the sweating.

There are medications on the market today, and they are referred to as anticholinergic medicines. While these medicines have proven to be extremely helpful to many who have tried them, they have some side effects, such as blurred vision, dry mouth, and drowsiness. When the side effects are extremely bothersome, it’s hard to stick with them. For many years, antidepressants were used along with anxiolytics because anxiety was linked to sweating disorders, but it just didn’t seem to solve the problem. Beta-blockers were also given, but their main purpose is really to shut off the adrenaline.
Botox, which is commonly used for cosmetic purposes, has been shown to be effective in treating extreme sweating. It aids in shutting off the nerves that produce sweat, and it generally lasts 3 to 6 months. The timeframe of how long it lasts depend upon where it was injected, but the side effects with this are mild pain and weakness.

It is always best to speak directly with your physician, as they can order some basic tests to see what else might be going on. If the tests show nothing significant, they can always refer you the proper professionals in the area that you need.





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