Sweating is a natural body function. Everyone does it. Mother Nature flips the sweat switch to help cool off our bodies. However, when a person’s excessive sweating becomes a daily headache and continual embarrassment, it is most likely hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a health condition that affects 15 million people in the United States alone. Those suffering from hyperhidrosis tend to sweat up to five times more than the average person.
While there is no cure for hyperhidrosis, there are ways to treat and manage the symptoms with natural products, holistic treatments, and lifestyle adjustments. We’ve collected some of the most popular and effective natural remedies and solutions. They range from nutritional supplements to household applications to specialized clothing.
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition that falls into one of two categories:
The main difference between primary and secondary hyperhidrosis is that people with secondary hyperhidrosis tend to experience generalized sweating in large areas of the body, including at night.
People with primary hyperhidrosis typically sweat from their hands, feet, underarms, groin and face (where a large proportion of sweat glands can be found). They also tend not to sweat excessively while sleeping.
Hyperhidrosis can be incredibly frustrating and embarrassing, and managing symptoms can be exhausting. Common symptoms include:
At Ejis, we believe that no one should feel embarrassed about something as natural as sweating. Many people choose to treat the symptoms of hyperhidrosis with natural remedies instead of opting for more expensive or invasive medical treatments.
We recommend consulting a doctor before starting any natural treatment to discuss possible contraindications.
Lifestyle changes, including dietary modifications, can minimize excessive perspiration. In general, the most important way to help manage hyperhidrosis symptoms is to practice in good hygiene. This includes thoroughly washing and drying areas of the body where you sweat the most, followed by the application of natural astringents to reduce the risk of skin infections. (See specific examples below.) Additionally, refraining from smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol helps reduce excessive sweating.
Many people find making simple adjustments to their diets have helped relieve the symptoms of hyperhidrosis. Suggestions include:
Certain foods and beverages actually activate sweat glands and/or attribute to stifling sweat odor. It is in your best interest to limit or avoid:
While more studies need to be conducted on the effectiveness of the following alternative remedies, they are generally considered to be safe and reasonably affordable. Some of these are known to reduce the production of sweat, while others help manage the emotional impact caused by hyperhidrosis.
In addition to trying holistic treatments and supplements, check out these inexpensive and easy home remedies that help combat excessive sweating and control odor.
One of the most embarrassing aspects of hyperhidrosis is sweating through clothing, leaving visible wet marks for the world to see.
To help reduce or limit the occurrence of sweat marks and pit stains, Ejis® created sweat proof boxer briefs and undershirts designed specifically for people suffering from hyperhidrosis. Our sweat proof undergarments feature a waterproof layer designed to protect clothing from wet marks. They are made from soft micro modal or cotton material fused with odor-fighting silver. Ejis undergarments make it possible for people with hyperhidrosis to wear clothes they usually avoid.
Other wardrobe changes to help minimize the appearance of sweat marks include:
Finding an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis and its symptoms takes time and patience. Using all-natural solutions may be the most effective, affordable and safe way to treat and manage excessive sweating… and the first step to finding a sense of normalcy again.
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