Although physicians are unsure of the actual cause of excessive sweat production, researchers have identified a link between the condition, and the over activity of the sympathetic nervous system.
Excessive sweating presents an obvious and embarrassing problem for sufferers, especially when at work, at meetings, on dates, or at important functions. However, excessive sweating is relatively common occurrence, which may include excessive sweat production of the armpits, back, palms, and face. Although it is natural and healthy to perspire, excessive sweating hinders proper sociability and self-confidence.
For the individual who sweats excessively, hot baths, spas, saunas and Jacuzzis should be avoided, unless sweat or relaxation is the aim. Cold showers close pores, which reduce sweating, and increases resistance to cold temperatures. Frequent cool showers will go a long way to reducing excessive sweat. In any case, frequent cold showers prevent dehydration of skin, and increases circulation, which are excellent added advantages.
Spicy foods naturally promote sweating, since they excite polymodal nociceptors, the receptors of the skin, which normally respond to heat. Since the receptors respond to extremes in temperature, and chemical stimuli, the central nervous system is fooled when the chemicals of spicy food (and peppers) stimulate the receptors. This triggers the ‘ambiguous neural response’ of sweat.
Like spicy foods, hot drinks increase the body’s metabolism, and increases body temperature; this results in the body’s attempt to cool itself through sweat production. Cold drinks, especially water, are efficient in body temperature regulation, since they keep sweat cells under control; they are therefore ideal as a replacement for hot drinks for those who suffer from excessive sweating.
Stress and anxiety result in a series of systemic responses. The autonomic nervous system initiates ‘hyperdrive’, to supply the body with required blood, oxygen and nutrients. The initiation of ‘hyperdrive’ coincides with vasodilatation, accelerated respiration, and a rise in body temperature, which leads to sweat production.
Stress elimination is therefore, imperative to halting sweat production. There are many simple solutions to reducing stress, and thus, sweat.
1. Rest and relaxation – this may be as simple as a water break, when stress levels become unbearable; or a week off every six weeks to rejuvenate the mind and body.
2. Music – listening to calming music while doing stressful tasks, has been proven to reduce stress levels by more that fifty percent.
3. Organisation – project management and time management are important to reduction of stress, as they afford increased efficiency and effectiveness.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and researchers have developed a relatively effective ‘cosmetic’ method to reduce excessive sweating – clinical-strength deodorants. These are deodorants that contain larger quantities of aluminium chlorohydrate than regular strength deodorants. Aluminum chlorohydrate functions to plug sweat ducts with aluminum hydroxide.
Halting excessive sweating can also be simply accomplished by altering environmental conditions of life. Air conditioners, powerful fans, and dehumidifiers can assist in this venture. They cool indoor environments, and make them more suitable for work, and life, and thus reduce sweat production caused by heat.