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Help with Excessive Sweating

Sweating excessively can be a cause of discomfort at best & an embarrassment or medical condition at worst. Read on to learn more about excessive sweating.

Help with Excessive Sweating

What Is Excessive Sweating?

Sweating is our bodies natural response to heat in order to help cool us down. Excessive sweating, or for some people hyperhidrosis, though is when your body sweats when it does not need to cool down. In certain cases excessive sweating can be a sign of medical problems, but for most it is just a harmless nuisance. Read on to learn more about what might be causing your excessive sweating and how to treat it.
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Sweating is Perfectly Normal

The normal process of sweating happens when our sweat glands produce droplets of perspiration that are secreted to the surface of our skin as a response to rising temperatures.

Things that generally cause us to sweat are: hot air temperatures, exercise, having a fever, certain emotions (such as anger) and stress. If however you are excessively sweating under normal circumstances, you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis - which is when our sweat glands continue to perspire despite the fact they do not need to.

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What Can Exacerbate Excess Sweating?

If you are sweating excessively there a few things you can do or attempt to control to reduce the amount you sweat:

  1. Emotions
    Controlling our emotions can be tricky at the best of times, but in particular typical negative emotions such as fear, embarrassment and anger can trigger outbreaks of excessive sweating. Trying to control these emotions may help to reduce breakouts in sweat.
  2. Stress
    Similar to emotions, stress can also be a cause for outbreaks of excessive sweating. Learning how to cope with and reduce stress will help with excess sweating, as well as reducing additional stress effects on skin.
  3. Diet
    Known as gustatory sweating, this can be a response to eating certain foods. Foods that are often the culprits of causing excessive sweating are: spicy foods, alcohol and caffeinated beverages such as soft drinks, energy drinks and coffee.
  4. Tight Clothing
    This may seem obvious by wearing tight clothing can amplify signs of excessive sweating as well as making it worse by preventing the skin from being able to breathe. Avoiding man made fabrics such as nylon is also a good idea, stick to more natural materials that have a looser fit so skin can breathe and signs of heavy sweating on your clothing are minimised.
  5. Footwear
    Wearing enclosed shoes or boots that don't allow air to circulate around your feet will prevent them from being able to breathe and cause them to sweat more.

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Help Controlling Excessive Sweating

If you are tired of constant excessive sweating or find yourself sweating heavier than you think you should, your first step is to ensure you are using a proper antiperspirant and not just a deodorant. Antiperspirant and deodorant have two different jobs: antiperspirant helps to prevent sweating whereas deodorant hides unpleasant smells.

Using a strong antiperspirant that contains aluminum will help you to get better results as the aluminium salts are active ingredients that help to plug sweat pores. As well as this, aluminium compounds help to reduce unpleasant body odour by inhibiting the bacteria that causes it.

NIVEA Ultimate Protect Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Roll On contains aluminum chlorohydrate and a zinc complex to provide extra protection in fighting perspiration, in all situations. This antiperspirant is gentle on your skin with 0% ethyl alcohol, giving your 48h effective protection against sweat and body odour.

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What Is Hyperhidrosis?

Excessive sweating can be split into two main types: primary hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis.

Primary Hyperhidrosis (AKA Focal Hyperhidrosis) is excessive sweating localised to specific areas such as the hands, feet, underarms and face without any obvious reason.

Secondary Hyperhidrosis (AKA Generalised Hyperhidrosis) is excessive sweating all over the body, or in larger areas than primary, and is most often caused by medical conditions, medication or excessive heat.

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Excessive Sweating Causes

Causes of Primary Hyperhidrosis are not currently known. Symptoms of primary hyperhidrosis are caused by overactivity of certain sweat glands which can be triggered by things such as stress, but this does not preclude that stress is the cause of the disorder. Those with hyperhidrosis are no more prone to stress than those without it. Some studies suggest that genetics can be the cause of excessive sweating from primary hyperhidrosis, as a lot of people suffering from the disorder often have a close family member with the same condition.

Excessing sweating causes from secondary hyperhidrosis are usually because a person is suffering from an underlying health condition such as: anxiety, diabetes, obesity, alcohol abuse, heart disease, other substance abuse or medical conditions.

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What is Bromhidrosis?

Different to hyperhidrosis, bromhidrosis is pungent body odour related to sweating. Sweat itself does not actually smell, the smell occurs when sweat is met by the bacteria on your skin that begins to break it down. Most cases of bromhidrosis can be treated by changing your hygiene habits.
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Causes of Bromhidrosis

Our body has two types of sweat glands called apocrine and eccrine. Apocrine glands usually produce thicker sweat that the eccrine glands and are usually the root of bromhidrosis. These are located mainly in the groin, breast and underarm areas.

When we sweat from our apocrine glands it is clear and odourless, however when the bacteria on our body begins to break down this sweat foul smells of body odour can be released.

Sweat from our eccrine glands can occur all over our body and again is usually colourless and non-offensive smelling. Bad smells can occur though when this sweat is broken down by bacteria. Eccrine gland sweat can also smell like food we've eaten or alcohol we have drunk.

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Treating Bromhidrosis & Body Odour

Serious cases of bromhidrosis may require medical attention as a way of removing or blocking sweat glands. Without going that far though, here there are a few things you can do at home to help:

  1. Find The Best Deodorant for You
    Unlike antiperspirant, deodorant is specially formulated to prevent smelling - although a combined antiperspirant and deodorant will not hurt. Using a spray on deodorant will allow you to get fuller coverage over more of your body where smells may be emitted from. Try our NIVEA Ultimate Protect Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Spray which has been specially created to give extra protection against sweat and body odour.
  2. Wash Regularly & Deeply
    If you are susceptible to strong B.O. make sure you are showering at least twice a day and deeply cleaning the more sweaty areas of your body. Use a deep cleansing shower gel such as NIVEA Clay Fresh Shower Ginger & Basil that contains natural origin kaolin clay to deeply clean skin and leave it feeling soft and pure. As a more masculine alternative, NIVEA MEN Deep Shower Gel has been formulated with microfine clay for those who want to feel deeply clean and refreshed.
  3. Do Thorough Laundry
    If you tend to excessively sweat you should wash your clothes after every wear, thus preventing stale sweat smelling clothes. Adding a cup of vinegar to your laundry can also help to remove smells that cling on tightly to your clothes and turning them inside out will help to remove the sweat from the fabric.
  4. Watch What You Eat
    What we eat can directly affect how we smell, particularly strong foods such as onion and garlic can cause us the sweat unpleasant smells the following day. Other foods include those that contain sulfur and intense spices.