Working up a good sweat can feel pretty nice when you’re at the gym or finishing up a run. But if you’re going about your day running errands or just feeling a little bit nervous about a presentation – or doing nothing at all that would warrant sweating, apart from perhaps feeling the heat on a particularly warm day – then being drenched in sweat is anything less than a pleasant feeling.
That’s particularly true if you think you’re sweating more than is the norm. It’s only natural to be a little bit worried if you think your body is behaving a little bit different than other peoples’ bodies.
When is Excessive Sweating Normal and When Isn’t it?
However, there’s good news for all the excessive sweaters out there. For the most part, sweating more than the average person is nothing to be worried about, and excessive sweating can be a sign that you are in better shape than the average person. However, it’s always a good sign to take stock of your situation – a better safe than sorry approach is preferable to ensure that you know what is going on with your body and that you know what you can do about your sweaty situation.
Ecessive Sweating – Hyperhidrosis
Excessive sweating has a real name – it’s called hyperhidrosis, and it just means that you sweat more than the average person. Having hyperhidrosis doesn’t mean you have a medical condition or that you need to alter anything about the way that you live. However, you may want to examine a few things about the way that you sweat, just to be sure that there aren’t any underlying problems that you may want to have checked out by a doctor.
First, understand that there are two forms of hyperhidrosis –
The first, primary hyperhidrosis, is not a medical condition and isn’t caused by a side effect of any medications. Primary hyperhidrosis just means that you experience this condition on your own, and not because of anything else.
One of the major indicators that you have primary hyperhidrosis is that you experience it in specific areas of the body such as the hands, underarms, palms, face, or head, and typically in more than one of these regions. Another notable thing is that you usually won’t experience this type of sweating while you sleep.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is generally secondary to another condition or is a side effect of medication. Many people experience this kind of hyperhidrosis over large areas of their body, and may even experience sweating even while they are sleeping. They may also not have experienced excessive sweating before in their lives, and it may come on suddenly, which can make it more frightening to them.
Those who experience excessive sweating as described above will have more reason to have it checked out by a doctor, as it can be an indicator of an underlying condition or a medication side effect.
Source: R. Sonia Batra, MD
Medical Causes of Excessive Sweating
If you do believe that there could be a medical cause of excessive sweating, whether that is an underlying medical condition or a side effect of some medication, then you want to see a doctor to discuss what the problem could be and what your options are for pursuing answers. One of the most common reasons that individuals are experiencing excessive sweating, especially in the case of women, is entirely natural.
Menopause can often lead to sweating, especially for women who are experiencing hot flashes. If you think this may be a problem for you, simply talk to your doctor about this issue and whether there may be ways to resolve this issue.
Other problems that may lead to excessive sweating include rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, heart conditions, nerve damage, and thyroid disease. Obese individuals may also experience problems with sweating related to their condition, and talking to your doctor about weight loss can help with sweating relief. Those who have a history of alcoholism and drug addiction may also experience problems related to sweating, whether they are currently using or have stopped using alcohol or drugs.
Resolving Excessive Sweating Issues
If you have a problem with excessive sweating, it can be difficult to go about your daily life. Fortunately, some solutions can help you resolve your sweating naturally, and can also help you to go about your daily business without being soaked in sweat, even if a natural antiperspirant doesn’t help or you find yourself sweating in places where antiperspirant simply won’t work.
Using prescription aluminium is one way to combat excessive sweating if you have found yourself facing difficulties with this problem. Solutions such as DrySol or Xerac can be utilised on a regular basis and then scaled back as they begin to take effect, so that they are then only used as needed, typically on a weekly basis.
Those who are really in need of relief from their sweating may even turn to solutions such as Botox. While this is more widely known as relief for wrinkles, it is also commonly used to help with sweating. Do be aware that this is an intensive solution, and can be painful, but if you are experiencing social issues or problems because of your sweating, it can be a solution that can help you combat the sweating and find relief where nothing else works.
And, finally, do be aware that if your sweating is related to anxiety, one of the best things that you can do is go straight to the source and find stress relief. That may mean working with a doctor or even taking medication for your anxiety if necessary.
Just realise that sweating doesn’t have to be something that you have to endure. There are many solutions, and you don’t have to worry about your sweating being something that is “wrong” with you. In most cases, it is perfectly normal, so don’t “sweat” it!