Pete sweats constantly and doesn’t know why. It’s been a damper on his relationships for years and he’s tired of it. Can anything be done?
Pete, you are suffering from hyperhidrosis. This is a condition where you sweat even when the temperature is cool or you’re resting. This is because your body thermostat is off kilter so that overheat much more quickly than other people. Some cases of hyperhidrosis are genetic, but the condition can also be triggered by diabetes, nervousness, excitement, certain foods, nicotine, caffeine and even some smells. Your first step should be to get a full physical exam, including tests for thyroid and pituitary hormones.
A lot of the time, there isn’t much you can do to relieve the sweating except by undergoing surgery. But here are a couple things to change in your lifestyle before considering this step: You may be consuming too many fluids, spicy food, sugar and salt. Sugar level is most critical to health, so your first step would be to cut way down on this. Also, alcohol opens up the pores and makes you flushed, so stay away from drinking alcohol as much as you can.
As for what you should be consuming, eat more fiber by eating oatmeal in the mornings. And unless you’re exercising, you should be drinking two liters of water a day at most. This is your baseline maintenance level.
If you want to try surgery, botox injections may be very helpful. The problem with botox though is that it’s effects will only decrease sweating in your armpits, but not in your hands. However, this may be all you need because when your armpits sweat, your hands get clammy. So, eliminating the sweat from the armpits may solve both situations. But try dieting first, because if this works you won’t need any further changes.
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