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Sweating Part 2: Hyperhidrosis

By Deena Hamza

Earlier articles gave you the 411 on the difference between deodorants and antiperspirants and their possible health affects, but a more serious issue is hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Individuals with hyperhidrosis may spend many hours changing their clothes, showering 5 to 6 times per day, and avoiding contact with the public to prevent possible hand-shaking or overall embarrassment from their condition.

Sweating is the natural body cooling mechanism that ensures your internal temperature does not exceed room temperature. Excessive sweating can be caused by anxiety, emotional stress, and hormonal or nervous system imbalances. Hyperhidrosis has yet to be fully understood: Its causes are still unknown and subsequent cures have not been found.

What’s a Gent to do?

In the event you sweat excessively (even if not diagnosed with hyperhidrosis), the best thing is to try natural remedies to find the one that suits your needs. There is a strong antiperspirant called Drysol that contains both alcohol and aluminum. The aluminum found in antiperspirants has been said to aid in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and although this claim is not entirely founded, it may be best to avoid it until given the green light.

Natural Remedies:

Malt vinegar applied to area before bed

Vitamin B Complex tablet before bed

Avoid garlic, onions, and spicy foods

Sage oil applied to area

Sage tea: drink 3 times per day

Tea tree oil (Note: works as antiseptic and may cause rash)

Be calm.

Breathe.

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Surround yourself with positive people.

The day is still young!

 D.

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