Sunday, 20 April 2008

Tips on How To Stop Excessive Sweat

By Jed Elaine

It's natural for us to sweat. We perspire to regulate our body temperature. It also provides lubrication when there's rubbing between moving parts of the body and discharges wastes and substances to maintain the fluid balance in our system. It is hence necessary to sweat, but only under the right conditions.

We can over-sweat or under-sweat. The medical terms for them are Hyperhidrosis and Anhidrosis respectively. The former, better known as excessive sweat, is by far the more common of the two although the latter is usually much more serious and require certified medical attention. Millions of Americans have excessive sweat problem in varying degrees. Some are not even aware of their abnormality. The specific types of Hyperhidrosis are Axillary (armpit), Palmar (hands), Plantar (feet) and Facial (face).

There are 2 main categories of Hyperhidrosis. The first category is Primary Hyperhidrosis. It is usually characterized by one or more of the specific types of excessive sweat (underarms, hands, feet, face and so forth) and not related or caused by any other disorder. The second category is Secondary Hyperhidrosis. It is caused by a separate underlying medical condition and is typically not restricted to any particular type of Hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweat then occurs all over the body in the case of Secondary Excessive Sweat and the most common culprits include diabetes, thyroid and malignancy.

Although Primary Excessive Sweat is not a life-threatening ailment, it can be quite devastating especially in a psychological or emotional way. That's not to say that sufferers are not physically handicapped or challenged as a result of Excessive Sweat. Wet clothes, soaked bodies and unpleasant odor are but only a few of their daily encumbrances. It is therefore necessary to stop excessive sweat whether it's from a medical or hygiene standpoint.

There are various proven ways to stop excessive sweat. It ranges from over the counter antiperspirants to surgery. Other ways to combat excessive sweat in between these two extreme measures include prescription topical creams, injections and oral medication. The choice of treatment to curb excessive sweat depends largely on the severity of the problem, along with consideration of costs, side-effects, risk and permanency of relief or cure. As far as possible, it should be conservative as over-treatment can be as damaging as lack of it.

To play safe, start with natural and no-drug methods in your search to Stop Excessive Sweat. One very well-regarded DIY (do-it-yourself) home treatment is found in Stop Sweating And Start Living by Mike Ramsey. It is 100% natural, simple and practically negligible in terms of treatment cost. It's highly recommended as a hygiene habit too even for those who don't sweat excessively.

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