If you sweat excessively, you are not alone. 7.8 million other Americans suffer from an excessive sweating condition called hyperhidrosis. If you think you may have a problem or want to rule out an underlying condition, please see a doctor.
This condition is not life-threatening, but it can be extremely uncomfortable and cause people psychological distress. Most people who suffer from this disorder find the condition to be embarrassing as the excessive sweating can stain clothes and get in the way of business, and social situations.
It is highly suggested that you see a doctor, be diagnosed, and properly treated if you do in fact have hyperhidrosis. Proper medical treatment can help you manage the condition and live a happier life. Along with medical treatments, there are some home remedies that you can try in addition to the doctor-prescribed treatments to help alleviate your symptoms.
- Avoid processed foods loaded with chemicals. A poor diet can trigger more sweating.
- Maintain a healthy weight with a good diet and exercise routine. By being overweight, you will generally sweat more.
- Use apple cider vinegar. If you mix it with water and drink it, it can help control sweating and balance pH levels in the body. It works as an antiperspirant. To use externally, dab some apple cider vinegar on to a cotton ball, apply to your underarms, and leave it on overnight. Rinse your underarms in the morning and then apply deodorant.
- Use baking soda. Baking soda balances out the acids in sweat and lowers the pH level in the body, acting like a natural deodorant as it absorbs and neutralizes odors. To use baking soda, simply combine equal parts of cornstarch and baking soda, and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Clean your underarms and apply the mixture on them using a slightly damp cloth. Allow it to dry. If you don’t have much time, dab a little baking soda onto your underarms with a powder puff.
- Use coconut oil. Rub coconut oil on any sweat areas. It helps combat the sweating.
- Use black tea. Black tea has antiperspirant and astringent properties that can control the extra sweating due to the tannic acid ingredient. Dab black tea onto your underarms or soak your feet in it for 20 minutes.
- Use sage. Sage is known for its antibacterial properties as it restricts the growth of bacteria, which can slow down the amount of sweating. Like black tea, it also contains tannic acid, which helps constrict sweat glands and reduce sweating. You can either drink sage tea or apply to feet or underarms.
All the above home remedies can help relieve symptoms of hyperhidrosis, but you may need more serious medical help from a doctor. Dr. Peter Mikhail is a hyperhidrosis physician and surgeon in New Port Richey, Florida. To book a consult, click our Tampa hyperhidrosis contact page or call 727-312-4844. Dr. Mikhail treats patients in the Tampa and Clearwater area.