In a gym, there will always be someone that sweats a lot (you can see it clearly on their clothes) and some that no matter how much effort does, doesn’t sweat at all. Factors like body fat or the level of fitness can influence that. A person that is overweight or obese will sweat more, because its body will heat up much faster due to the deposits of fat. The level of fitness can influence that, but in the opposite way, making a fitter person sweat less.
The theory was tested by Matthew Cramer of the University of Ottawa and Ollie Jay of the University of Sydney. They gathered 28 subjects and put them to tests. The 28 people had different height, weights and level of fitness. They told everyone to start pedalling and tested the theory. In the end, they discovered that the extra deposits of fat won’t influence how much a person sweats, but instead how much they weight. So, we can have a thin, tall and fit male that can weigh more than a fat male that is shorter, and he will sweat more than his shorter version. Finally, the results were published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
The organism sweat so it can cool off. It’s a preservation instinct. It’s natural and nobody should be ashamed of it, but embarrassing situations may come up when they are less expected. Children and teenagers may sweat more at school and no matter if they receive bad feedback or not, they will more solitary and quiet, avoiding interaction. A solution will be for them to check out why they are sweating, if it is a medical condition or just because they feel hot. If they just feel hot all the time they are at school, they might try to dress lighter or the change the deodorant. There are times when sweat can smell, but if you use a good deodorant, it won’t smell at all, but the wet stain will still appear.
For adults it may be shameful if they are at work, dressed formally and wet stains of sweat start to appear at the armpits or on the back or even sweaty palms. No one wants to shake hands with someone that has sweaty palms. Dr. Puttgen explained the situation in an email to Medical Daily: “Adults have difficulty with social and professional interactions, everything from shaking hands at a business meeting to intimacy.”
Our body contain 2 to 4 million sweating glands and the reason why we see more men sweating than women is because their glands secrete more.
Too much sweating, a medical condition
As described above, excessive sweating can be normal, but it can also be a medical condition, called hyperhidrosis. The two situations can be easily differentiate by the environment. The natural sweating will occur in situations like when you are hot, when you are nervous or anxious. Hyperhidrosis will make you sweat without all this conditions, without you feeling hot or in stressful situations. This medical condition only affects the feet, the arms and the armpits(if the body is healthy) and around three percent of the population has it. When it occurs, it tends to be symmetrical, so if you are going to sweat without a reason, you might have both hands sweaty. Several cures have been developed for it. Tests have been made and the reason behind this is rather simple. The sweating glands won’t stop cooling the system off, even if it doesn’t need to. It just keep going, just like something is broken and the person in cause will keep sweating and sweating. Dr. Puttgen said that it may be transmitted genetically.
People that have hyperhidrosis doesn’t need to suffer from other disease, so except the excessive sweating, they can be perfectly healthy. If they suffer from another disease, and hyperhidrosis appear, symptoms may change, and the areas of sweating may spread to the entire body. Medical conditions that may trigger this are: diabetes, pregnancy, menopause, thyroid related problems, Parkinson’s disease, some types of cancer, heart related problems.
According to WebMD, there are types or medicine than can trigger the anomaly in hyperhidrosis. Supplements, antibiotics, drugs for dry mouth are just few of them. It will just appear like a side-effect.
Signs that tell you to see a doctor asap:
- Sweating during the night: it is normal only if the room you are sleeping in has a high temperature, but if it’s chill inside and you find the sheets wet, then that is a sign for hyperhidrosis.
- If you are sweating in general, not in the main areas, like armpits or hands/feet
- If the sweating is asymmetrical. For example: only one armpit
- If you start sweating more out of the sudden. If until some point you were sweating in normal levels and then the sweating got out of control
- If you are developing hyperhidrosis after the age of 45 years old. Usually, it appears to teens and young adults
- If the sweating appeared after a change in your medication
- If, besides sweating, other symptoms like coughing, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, appear
How to treat excessive sweating
First thing and the healthiest is to wash yourself more often. Once you started to sweat, go and take a shower. In summer, 2 or 3 showers per day should be enough to keep it away. After taking the shower, apply a qualitative deodorant. Stick deodorants keep the sweating away for a longer time. If the doctor can prescribe a special deodorant for such problem, it is in your advantage.
After a check at your doctor he can prescribe special medication for your sweating.
Botox, a more new and intriguing idea, can be injected in the sweating glands in the armpits to stop the nerves and the sweating with them.
Surgery is the ultimate choice someone could make. The surgeon can cut the nerve from your chest that triggers sweating or he can remove some of the sweating glands. Removing them is not the best option, because through sweating we eliminate toxins.
Natural remedies against excessive sweating
Nutrition affects the way our body works. What we eat defines the way the body will work. A remedy will be to reduce all spicy foods from the diet and replace them with herbs or with condiments that are not spicy. Instead of chilly peppers, you can add red bell peppers. Coffee and alcohol have the same effect on the body, by raising its temperature. Coffee keep us awake and increases our heartbeat, while all sorts of alcohol raises the temperature of the body with several degrees, making the sweating glands to activate. Hot food, alcohol and coffee usually triggers the sweat glands from the face.
Bathing is the way we can use to feel refreshed, but instead of using normal gel douches, buy something that has an antibacterial effect. Sweat doesn’t have any odor, but in contact with the bacteria from our skin, it becomes hard to smell. Wash several times with the douche gel before cleaning up with water.
For those who sweat during the night, a window open, even in the winter cause the body temperature to drop and even if the sweating continues, at least you won’t feel that warm anymore. You should be careful tho, sweating plus cold air could rapidly elevate to a cold or pneumonia. If you don’t feel like opening the window, then put some cold bottle of water next to you in bed(the sheets might get wet) or a wet sheet over your body.
The materials and the cut of the clothes influences how much we let the sweating to be seen by other people. The larger the clothes are, the better for your skin to catch air. When exercising, choose fabrics that will absorb the excess of sweat from your skin. If you don’t want to be embarrassed at an event, choose to wear black or white.
As mentioned above, sweating can occur when a person is anxious or nervous. This states of mind come from stress or stressful situations. If we will reduce stress, we will be more calm in such situations and sweating can be avoided. Take some yoga or pilates courses or meditate every day for a state of clean mind.
If the main area where you sweat are your feet, then your should change the materials from which your socks are made. Inside a sport shoes and with a sock, it is almost impossible for the feet to not sweat, but changing the socks from synthetic material to a cotton, should at least improve the odor.
Keeping the cool in the entire house can be achieved with an AC or with a couple of fans. A body that feels just a couple of grades lower than usual will not try to cool off, but instead it will try to warm you. Windows open will help too, if it is cold outside, but opening all the windows in the house is not such a bright idea.
Obesity is the cause for many things and it may be one for sweating too. Since the study was confirmed, the more someone weighs, the more they will sweat. If you are overweight, try to lose a few pounds to reduce the level of sweating.
Feeling clean is the best feeling in the world, but we don’t have to keep clean only ourselves, but our surroundings too. If you take a take a shower and then you get dressed with the same clothes, these is no wonder you will smell the same. The bacteria remains on the clothes, while you have a clean skin. Wash your clothing regularly.
There are some foods that you can eat or apply to reduce the amount of sweat:
- Vinegar: 2 teaspoons of normal vinegar mixed with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Drink the solution 30 mins before or after a meal. For better results, try to take it in the morning on an empty stomach
- Replace ¼ of the water daily dose with green tea. Tea is a great remedy for reducing the sweat on your armpits. Black tea will have the same effect
- Tomatoes: drink every day a glass of tomato juice(homemade), it helps with all the areas
- While you stay at home, replace deodorant with coconut oil. Take 10g of coconut oil and apply it on the areas with problems
- Grapes: they contain natural antioxidants that will help the body remove the toxins from the inside. As a plus, it balances body temperature
- Salt: may seem odd, but it helps. Mix a tablespoon with lemon or lime juice and scrub your hands with it(doesn’t work for other sweating glands)
- Drink a lot of water: keeping your body hydrated and replenishing the water with new fresh one will make you use the toilet more, instead of eliminating water through the sweating glands
Hyperhidrosis is not a disease that you can easily live with it. If you follow the steps presented, you will reduce its symptoms and hopefully, drastic measures won’t be necessary. Keep the body clean by showering at least once per day, wash your clothes regularly and never wear the same item twice. Change your wardrobe with loosen clothes that will cover the sweating. All clothes, including socks should be made from cotton, not any synthetic material. Keep your house cool by turning on the AC or some fans. Try as much as possible at your office or at school to be cool. Drinks lots of water throughout the day and stay away from the sun, you don’t need extra motives to get sweaty. If you need to stay out in the sun, take an umbrella with you or a cap. Sweating on your face is unpleasant to look at. Choosing the deodorant is the most difficult part, since they are so many brands and types to choose from. An advice would be to choose the ones that guarantee that the odor will stay away for at least 24 hours.