Hyperhidrosis is a condition which is characterized by excessive sweating without any apparent reason. While hyperhidrosis can affect the entire body it more commonly affects the soles of the hands, feet and the underarms. This condition can lead to severe embarrassment and interfere with the ability of an individual to perform his regular activities.
While there are several factors like stress, anxiety or trauma that can lead to profuse sweating, hyperhidrosis is usually not associated with the presence of any of these factors. This article provides brief insight into the symptoms and causes of hyperhidrosis and also provides information about the various home remedies and natural treatment options available for the treatment of this condition.
Sweating is a natural phenomenon and the body’s mechanism to regulate the temperature. Sweating is triggered naturally when the temperature of the body rises, typically in situations like heat or physical exertion. Since sweating is controlled by the nervous system, stress or nervousness can also naturally trigger sweating.
In hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating may be without any apparent reason. Experts suggest that profuse sweating in such individuals may be due to overactive sweat glands, making them sweat even when not needed. The exact mechanism of hyperhidrosis is poorly understood.
Causes And Symptoms Of Hyperhidrosis
There are certain factors that may trigger or predispose to development of the condition,
- Heredity or genetics play a vital role in the presence of this condition since this condition is found to be prevalent among families.
- Hormonal disturbances caused especially during menopause or andropause can trigger an episode of hyperhidrosis
- Certain medications are also linked with the possibility of profuse sweating
- An overactive thyroid or sudden drop in blood sugar levels are also linked with this condition
- Hyperhidrosis is also a symptom which is associated with certain types of cancers, infectious disease and heart attacks.
Common symptoms associated with hyperhidrosis include the following,
- Profuse sweating in the arms, legs and the entire body without any apparent reason
- Excessive sweating can be associated with severe embarrassment and self-exclusion from social events
- Profuse sweating at night is a common feature associated with hot flushes observed during menopause and andropause
If the sweating is more profuse than usual or interferes with routine activities, it is recommended to consult your physician immediately.
Natural Remedies For Hyperhidrosis
Here are some simple day to day tips and home remedies that can be found effective in the treatment of hyperhidrosis,
- Bathe regularly about twice a day. Bathing helps get rid of bacterial overgrowth on the skin. Keep your body and skin dry, you could also use talcum powder to keep your skin dry.
- Avoid synthetic clothing. Instead opt for cotton clothing. Wash your cloths regularly to prevent the growth of bacteria in them.
- Relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation can help regulate the nervous system and prevent over stimulation of the sweat glands.
- Avoid pungent foods like onions and garlic since these foods can lead to offensive odor.
- Don’t reduce the amount of water that you drink, as it may increase the risk of dehydration.
- There are certain homeopathic remedies that can work on hyperhidrosis; however these remedies would depend upon the individual’s constitution.