Hyperhidrosis is one of the ways the body regulates its temperature – sweat evaporation is the body’s way to protect itself from warm environment. The sweat helps keep our skin moist and contains natural antibiotics – dermicidin – which assists in destroying bacteria on skin.
There are two types of sweat glands:
The first type is the Apocrine glands, which are mostly located in the armpits and rectum areas. Each one of us has about 1 million of these glands. They are scent glands. The sweat odor coming from them is different from one person to another.
The other type is the Eccrine glands, which are responsible for sweat caused by heat. Each one of us has about 3 million of these glands.
If you are over-sweating, it is not because you have too many sweat glands or because they are abnormally large. It is probably because there is extra activity in the tiny nerves controlling these glands.
Sweat itself does not smell, but the area becomes a fertile ground for bacteria and fungus. This problem can be dealt with in two ways: it’s possible to prevent sweat altogether, or the bacteria causing the scent.
Men often sweat more than women, and one of the reasons for this is body size. Scientists examined volunteers in a lab, in an experiment of a hot car. Men lost 250g of sweat per hour, 70g more than the women.
About 3% of people complain to be suffering from hyperhidrosis. Naturally, we all tend to sweat more when we’re hot or in a state of anxiety, but hyperhidrosis may also be genetic. Most sufferers claim the rest of their family members have the same problem. Sweat, accompanied by heat waves, is common among women in menopause. Occasionally, hyperhidrosis can indicate a medical problem (such as a thyroid gland disorder).
As for the reason for hyperhidrosis, there isn’t a clear answer. It seems that there is a genetic correlation with hyperhidrosis. Studies show high percentage of genetic origin to this problem. All around the world there is constant research advancement in studying this medical phenomenon.
Sweat is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. For certain people, the sympathetic nervous system works overtime. The exact cause for hyperhidrosis is unknown. Almost anything can stimulate the sympathetic nervous system.
Is there anything that can be done to treat hyperhidrosis? Yes!
But first of all, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to accurately pinpoint the cause of the problem. The difficulty in this is that it changes from person to person.
Before you begin to panic, you will be happy to know that quite often the reason for hyperhidrosis is not serious. In extreme cases, there is an option for surgery. Nevertheless, most people are able to find a less intrusive way to deal with the problem.
Here are a few tips on how to find the cause to your hyperhidrosis:
- Do you have a thyroid gland disorder? Thyroid gland disorders may cause you to sweat a lot. The thyroid gland is responsible for the production of many hormones, something which may cause sweat glands to be overactive.
- Do you have anxiety issues? Are you mostly under stress? If so, you must learn how to remain calm and peaceful, if you don’t wish to sweat so much.
- Are you eating very spicy foods? Junk food? Are you drinking a lot of caffeinated sugary drinks? All of these are sweat triggers. Removing these foods and drinks from your daily menu might help prevent hyperhidrosis.
- What types of fabrics are you wearing? Synthetic fabrics might be the cause to your hyperhidrosis; start wearing clothes made from organic fabrics, as well as avoid wearing tight clothes. You can also wear sweatproof undershirts to prevent sweat marks.
- Are you drinking enough water? You might think that drinking too much water may cause you to sweat more, but it will in fact cause you to sweat less! Drinking a lot of water will enable the body to get rid of accumulated chemicals in other ways than sweating.
- Are you overweight? Overweight can cause extensive sweating. The more the body weighs the more it sweats.
- The nervous system could be a cause. Neurotransmitters are shot through your nerves. These chemicals include epinephrine which is activated by external reactions, and when this process happens, sweat is produced. If you cannot prevent external reactions (anxiety, a wild thyroid gland, etc.), which stimulate the chemicals in the nervous system, you should consider relaxation techniques, such as yoga, meditation, and so on.
These are some of the more common factors of hyperhidrosis.
If you do not think one of these factors is the cause of your hyperhidrosis, it might be one of the following:
- Certain medications.
- Low hygiene.
The best thing to do is to improve your general health. If you take care of yourself physically and emotionally, you will sweat less as a result.