Perspiration or sweating, is the production of fluids secreted by the sweat glands in the skin of mammals. Two types of sweat glands can be found in humans: eccrine glands and apocrine glands. The eccrine sweat glands are distributed over much of the body. Sweating keeps the body cool in hot weather but it becomes a problem when one perspires excessively.
There is absolutely nothing enjoyable about sweating excessively, unless you are in the gym or doing some kind of exercise. Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, could be an embarrassing condition and it affects men of all ages. It is an extreme production of watery sweat, which can occur in any area of the body, and is often apparent due to beads of dripping sweat on skin or damp patches on clothes and if not controlled, it could lead to body odour.
Here are seven ways to manage excessive sweating:
1. Watch Your Water Intake
Water? I can hear someone scream. No one would ever believe that water could have a negative effect on our bodies. But on the contrary, it does. This is different from what the water companies and beauty franchises will tell you about water consumption. They say it’s good for your health and your skin, thereby encouraging people to drink too much water – a common cause of excessive sweating. But that is a one-sided truth. There is a certain proportion of liquid that should be in our body and the liquid from drinks, soup we eat also contribute to that.
2. Get Medical Help
Excessive sweating maybe a medical/health condition. Not all cases of excessive sweating are ordinary. Some health issues could stimulate excessive sweating from the sweat glands. When this condition lingers for long, it is advisable to see a doctor for diagnosis, prescription and treatment.
3. Take Extra Measures To Stay Fresh
You may have to do some deliberate things in order to sweat less. Your armpits and other areas of your body that are hidden need to be given special attention in terms of care because they are prone to sweat more than other areas. Bathing more regularly and applying talcum powder after each bath especially when you are not going out could help cool down the body and reduce sweating.
4. Forget Deodorants, Use Antiperspirants
Many people confuse deodorants with antiperspirants. Deodorants are perfect when you seek to control a body odor as they only mask unpleasant smells, but antiperspirants, because they contain aluminum salts, stops you from sweating at all. How does it do that? The aluminum salts plug the sweat glands and reduce the amount of sweat that travels to the skin. Men who sweat always should use extra-strength antiperspirants even for the groin. Some people’s skin react to the chemicals in some antiperspirants, so you should discontinue immediately if there is any rash, burning sensation, or irritation on the skin.
5. You May Need To Change Your Clothes Selection
Watch the kind of clothes you wear. You should wear light fabrics like cotton or linen, if it is likely that you will spend a lot of time outdoors. Dark colored clothes will make you sweat more. And if you have sweaty feet, you have no business wearing shoes without your socks. Socks made of cotton are more effective and if you don’t like socks, wear sandals instead of shoes. Damp feet are a perfect place for smelly bacteria and fungi to thrive.
6. Reduce Caffeine Intake and Avoid Spicy Foods
Caffeine and spices might make your taste buds happy but they have a way of stimulating the sweat glands and making you sweat more. They can activate neurotransmitters, called acetylcholine, which are located in your brain which in turn, activates the sweat glands.
7. Try Botox
Botox, used by most celebrities to smooth out wrinkles, has also been successful in treating excessive underarm sweat. It works by blocking chemical signals from nerves which trigger muscles of the sweat glands to open up and release sweat. The disadvantage is that it is not a permanent solution but its effect can last up to six or eight months. Also, they could be expensive and have side effects. Consult a doctor or dermatologist before receiving Botox injections.