Sweating is a normal function of our body. It is meant for cooling the body and reducing the temperature inside. Every one sweats to a certain degree. When it is excessive, then it causes embarrassment and often there is an offensive smell. This occurs in spite of good personal hygiene. In medical terms it is called hyperhidrosis.
Although the whole body sweats, the maximum amount is at the underarms or armpits. When it is too much, it emanates a smell. This becomes a social problem and the person does not know how to confront this problem. There are some ways to reduce sweating in the armpit.
- Wear natural fibres and porous clothing especially upper body clothing. This material will partly absorb sweat. Wear loose clothes that allow the air to circulate. Synthetic clothes, such as those made of polyester, trap the sweat. Consequently, bacteria breed in the armpit area giving off an offensive odour.
- Use an anti-perspirant deodorant. The aluminium chloride in it is able to control sweat production and keeps the armpit dry.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking. Alcohol affects the heart and increases the flow of blood. It also dilates the blood vessels. Both these factors make the body produce more sweat. Nicotine in cigarettes and caffeine in coffee act on the adrenal gland, increasing the rate at which the heart beats. This increases the body temperature and induces the body to produce more sweat.
- Maintain proper weight. It is a known fact that overweight people sweat more, while those who are thin sweat less. Even the slightest exertion makes obese people sweat profusely.
- A proper diet can help you overcome this problem to some extent. Avoid overly spicy food and preservatives as they activate the sweat glands. Consume fresh fruits, vegetables and milk instead.
- Keep your body well hydrated. If you drink enough water, say about eight glasses every day, your body temperature will be maintained at the normal level. You will automatically sweat less. The water you drink should be at room temperature to approximate your body temperature. If it is too cold, it will decrease the temperature of the body inside, and the body mechanism will go into overdrive to maintain normal body temperature. This will cause sweating.
- You will have to change your mental lookout and try to combat stress. Stress is ever present in school, office and home, but you have to learn to handle it in a positive way. The tenser you are, the more you sweat. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, prayer and soothing music can be tried.
- Thyroid, neurological and heart problems can also be responsible for excessive sweating. If nothing else works, consult a doctor to find out if there is a medical reason for excessive sweating.