Are you sweating more than usual? Or have loved ones mentioned something about your sweating? Maybe you have something abnormal going on… Check out today’s guest post by Stu Lieberman to see if you have excessive sweating, the causes for it and what you can do about it.
During the summer months, we all perspire. But if you’re sweating more than normal, it can be downright embarrassing.
At least 3% of the global population suffers from excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis. That equates to over 210 million people worldwide. If you’ve tried antiperspirants and are still experiencing a flood of sweat, here are some tips to help:
1. Check your medications. Certain meds have been known increase perspiration. These include:
- Zinc supplements like Cold-Eeze®, Galzin™, Orazinc®, and Zincate®
- Desipramine (Norpramin®)
- Nortriptyline (Pamelor®)
- Oxycodone, methadone and other opioids
If you’re taking one of these drugs, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about available alternatives.
2. Check labels. Many people confuse antiperspirant with deodorant. Antiperspirants are designed to stop wetness. The aluminum salt in antiperspirant enters the sweat gland tubules and forms a plug that stops the flow of sweat. The plugs can stay in place at least 24 hours and then are washed away over time. Deodorants, on the other hand, reduce smell by reducing bacteria on the skin. Be sure the product you’ve been using is an antiperspirant, not deodorant.
v3. Apply antiperspirant at night. Avoiding skin irritation is the key to success with antiperspirants. Applying to damp skin increases risk of irritation. That’s why you want to apply antiperspirant when your skin is driest—at night. In addition, if your formula contains aluminum chloride it works best after 6-8 hours, so applying at night is best.
4. Don’t apply right after shaving. If you shave your underarms, wait 24 to 48 hours after shaving before applying the antiperspirant to avoid skin irritation.
The Aluminum Controversy
It’s impossible to talk about antiperspirant without mentioning the controversy around products containing aluminum. There has been a great deal of publicity about the possible connection between antiperspirants containing aluminum and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. However, many medical experts in these areas, as well leading organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation have stated that these claims are unfounded.
But, if you still don’t want to take the risk by using antiperspirant with aluminum, you might want to talk to your doctor about electromagnetic energy. A treatment approved by the FDA in 2011 uses electromagnetic energy to disable sweat glands under the arm. It’s non-invasive, permanent, and has seen impressive results.
In April 2012, clinical data showed that this therapy was successful in reducing underarm sweat in over 90% of patients through the final study visit, which was 12 months after treatment. And, the average sweat reduction was 82%.
About the Author
This article is written by + Stu Lieberman the writer for Nutri-Health.com, an online High Quality Probiotics and Health Store. Assisting people and helping them find quality natural health supplements and health products online is what Stu has been doing for over 2 years. Nutri-Health.com carries Digestive Supplements to Probiotics to Joint Health.
What do you have to say about excessive sweating or the aluminum controversy?