27 May 2011

Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis) – Causes, Home Remedies

Hyperhidrosis-Excessive Sweating
Those who suffer from excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis know very well that how embarrassing is it. If not embarrassing, excess sweating causes discomfort to them. This article will give you some natural home and herbal remedies for excessive sweating. However, before knowing these excess sweating natural remedies, it is good to understand it and know the causes for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) so that you can choose the best remedy for your type of hyperhidrosis.

Understanding Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Just sweating more than other people when it's hot or when physical exertion is undertaken, it is not hyperhidrosis. It is just variations in levels of sweating. However, if there is excessive sweating without a good reason- like sweating even in mild temperatures or without being stressed physically or mentally- it can be a sign of hyperhidrosis.


There are two types of excessive sweating "hyperhidrosis"- primary hyperhidrosis (localized hyperhidrosis) and secondary hyperhidrosis (generalized hyperhidrosis). The primary hyperhidrosis is the medical condition itself while in secondary hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating is caused by some other medical condition or medication.

In primary hyperhidrosis, excess sweating is localized such as in the armpits, on the palms, face or on the feet, etc. There are different medical names for this. Axillary hyperhidrosis refers to excess sweating of the armpits and Palmoplantar hyperhidrosis means sweating of the soles of the feet or the palms. In most of the cases of secondary hyperhidrosis, generally the whole body sweats excessively.

Causes of Excessive Sweating

Primary hyperhidrosis though is a medical condition; it is not a sign of disease. It is also called focal or localized as it only affects particular parts of the body like underarms, groin, head, face, hands, or feet. This type of hyperhidrosis possibly is a result of a minor malfunction in the nervous system. Sometimes this is genetic too.

Secondary or generalized hyperhidrosis causes whole body to sweat. It is caused by many factors including health condition, medications etc. Some of the common causes of generalized excessive sweating of the body include:

• Menopause
• Pregnancy
• Thyroid
• Diabetes
• Alcoholism
• Infectious diseases such as tuberculosis
• Parkinson's disease
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Diabetes
• Gout
• Obesity
• Stroke
• Heart failure
• Cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma
• Certain psychiatric medicines
• Blood pressure medications
• Medicines for dry mouth
• Certain antibiotics
• Some supplements

Excessive Sweating Treatment

What is called the treatment of excessive sweating is, in fact, controlling its symptoms. Some of the popular hyperhidrosis treatment options include the following:

Antiperspirants - Some prescription antiperspirant sprays, lotions, and roll-ons help control excessive sweating. However, sometimes these antiperspirants may not work, especially if it is too much of excessive sweating.
Oral Drugs- Certain drugs too stop excessive sweating. They are specifically meant for people who experience excess sweat in feet and hands. They are called anticholinergics. However, sometimes they can lead to such side effects as blurred vision and dry mouth.

Iontophoresis- Iontophoresis uses a light electric current over the patient’s skin to plug the sweat glands. However, it is a temporary solution for excess sweating.

Botox- Botox injections are used to temporarily stop the nerves from triggering excessive sweating underarm. However, this can be a painful treatment for hyperhidrosis.
Surgery- Thoracis sympathectomy is the surgery conducted to cut sympathetic nerves that cause excessive sweating. Apart from being expensive this hyperhidrosis surgery carries the risk of certain side effects like nerve damage and breathing complications.

Secondary hyperhidrosis is treated primarily by treating the underlying medical condition which is believed to cause excessive sweating.

Home Remedies for Excessive Sweating

Here are some natural home remedies for hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Some of these hyperhidrosis home treatments use common ingredients found at home and the others use certain herbs that can easily be bought from some herbal stores.

Natural Vinegar – Add two teaspoons of vinegar with two teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar and have it thrice a day on an empty stomach - half an hour before meal or after meal. You can also soak some cotton balls in apple cider vinegar or white vinegar and rub underarms to get rid of underarm odor. This is one of the very effective natural remedies for hyperhidrosis.

Tomato Juice- Have a glass of fresh, homemade tomato juice a day for at least a whole week. If you see some progress, you can continue it for some more days- everyday or alternate days.

Sage Herb for Excessive Sweating
Herbal Tea– Herbal tea has been proved to be one of the very good home remedies for excessive sweating. Sage herbal tea is particularly effective cure for hyperhidrosis. Brew sage in hot water and let it cool down. Have it everyday to get rid of excessive sweating. Sage contains vitamin B and magnesium which helps reduce the sweat gland activity and therefore reduce underarm sweating.

Potato- Cut slices of potato and rub them underarms to get rid of excessive sweating. This is the most easiest but considerably effective hyperhidrosis home treatment

Witch hazel- This plant has natural astringent properties and acts as a natural antiperspirant for face. It gently dries skin and helps prevent infection. You can even make tea from its brewed leaves.

Remedies for Foot Sweating - For foot sweating, pat your feet dry, especially between the toes after bath. Massage it with apple cider vinegar. Tea Tree Oil is also helpful for foot sweating. It can be applied directly to the sweaty areas.

Remedies for Palm Sweating - Reduce intake of foods rich in iodine. Avoid vegetables like broccoli, asparagus and white onion; avoid beef, liver and turkey meats. Boil a quart of water and soak five teabags in it. When it cools down, soak the palms for at least thirty minutes. Tannic acid in tea has astringent properties that act as a natural antiperspirant.

Remedies for Underarm Sweating- After thoroughly cleaning (shaving and washing) underarms, apply cornstarch and baking soda under arms. Wait for about half an hour and then wash it off with water. You can also add essential oils into the mixture to act as a deodorizer.

Anti Sweat Diet- Have a diet rich in silicon. The mineral silicon regulates the production of sweat. It is present in such foods as strawberries, onions, almonds and grapes. Drink plenty of water to remove toxins causing the odor of sweat. Foods rich in vitamin B are also helpful in reducing sweating. Eat more of natural foods like cereal, fish and milk to have generous intake of vitamins b in your body.

Wheatgrass Juice- Wheatgrass juice or the water extract from young wheat grass is very effective home remedy for excessive sweating. It helps in neutralizing acids and toxins in the blood and is also a very good source of protein, vitamin C, vitamin B-12, folic acid, and vitamin B-6. A glass of wheatgrass a day can help reduce excessive sweating.

If looking for herbal remedies for excessive sweating then you can use such herbs as Osha, Astragalus, Rehmannia, and Schizonepeta to get rid of this embarrassing medical condition of hyperhidrosis. Replace your daily coffee with hot tea mixed with a few pinches of passion flower – found in health stores in powdered form.

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Deepa Roy Chowdhury is a blogger from India who writes a lot on Health and Fitness among other issues.

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