Managing Hyperhidrosis Via Alternative Methods

Although many individuals are aware of the medical products and treatments available to reduce the effects of hyperhidrosis, there are several alternative methods that can be very effective in reducing hyperhidrosis. Notably, individuals can take several actions regarding their choices of diet, clothing, and daily habits to reduce their sweat.
Managing Hyperhidrosis via Alternative Methods

Although many individuals are aware of how to manage hyperhidrosis with a doctor and the medical treatments available to reduce the effects of hyperhidrosis, there are several alternative methods that can be very effective in reducing hyperhidrosis. Notably, individuals can take several actions regarding their choices of diet, clothing, and daily habits to reduce their sweat.

Dietary Choices

Many dietary factors can increase or decrease the effects of hyperhidrosis. For example, spicy foods can have a powerful effect on your body’s thermoregulation system and worsen any hyperhidrosis symptoms you might already be suffering. In an attempt to regulate your body’s temperature as a response to spicy food, your body may send more nerve impulses to your sweat glands and compound the effects of your hyperhidrosis. Additionally, caffeine can act as a sweat-inducing agent. Beverages like coffee, soda, and energy drinks that are high in caffeine introduce stimulants into your body and increase the activity of your body’s functions, including the sweat glands. A third dietary factor that could have a significant effect on your sweat levels is alcohol. Alcohol dilates your blood vessels and warms the skin, triggering your parasympathetic nervous system to cool down your body with sweat. If spicy foods, caffeinated beverages, or alcohol are a large part of your diet, they may be causing some of your excessive sweating. It may be a good idea to consider reducing your consumption of these foods and drinks to alleviate your sweat. [1]

Clothing Choices

In addition to dietary decisions, choices regarding clothing can play a significant role in how you manage your sweat.

First, you should always try to wear breathable clothing made of materials that will allow fresh air to flow in and out of your garments. Choose fabrics such as cotton, linen, and chambray, and avoid fabrics like polyester, rayon, and denim.

Second, be sure to stay away from socks and shoes that will trap heat, air, and moisture around your feet - this is important when treating sweaty feet. Although most cotton clothing is considered breathable, summer-weight wool socks do a better job than cotton socks at keeping your feet dry and comfortable. Additionally, select shoes that have mesh pockets or other openings to allow fresh air to circulate around your feet. Finally, be sure to layer your clothing so that removing layers is easy. Getting overheated in your winter clothing can make you sweat buckets, and good layering will help you cool down quickly and avoid sweating through your base layers. [1]

Establishing Good Daily Habits

When paired with sound dietary and clothing selections, daily habits can help reduce the effects of hyperhidrosis. Notably, establishing good habits can especially help kids with hyperhidrosis.

One simple habit that can have a serious impact is making sure to apply antiperspirant at night, this can be especially effective as part of your treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis. Establishing a consistent routine of applying antiperspirants at the same times at night can prove to be a powerful means to reduce excessive sweating. Since most individuals sweat less at night, applying the antiperspirant when your skin is dry allows more of the solution to reach your pores. Second, be sure to always wear clean, dry socks and alternate which pair of shoes you wear to treat sweaty feet. Since shoes can be quickly ruined if constantly exposed to sweat, wearing fresh socks that contain the sweat and exposing different shoes to your feet for shorter intervals can go a long way in preserving your shoes. Finally, exercising on a consistent basis can help reduce sweat. Specifically, practicing yoga on a consistent basis can help reduce the amount of sweat your body produces. All of these measures can help you to manage your hyperhidrosis at home and make your life more comfortable. [1],[2]

Sources
  1. Pariser, D. M. (2014). Hyperhidrosis (4th ed., Vol. 32). Amsterdam: Elsevier Pub. Co., 2014. Retrieved
  2. Kamudoni, P., Mueller, B., Halford, J., Schouveller, A., Stacey, B., & Salek, M. (2017, June 8). The impact of hyperhidrosis on patients' daily life and quality of life: A qualitative investigation. Retrieved May 21, 2018, from https://hqlo.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12955-017-0693-x
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