Sweating is the release of a salty liquid from your sweat glands, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Sweating, also called perspiration, is a normal response to physical exertion, warm temperatures, nervousness or stress. Menopause may also cause hormonal-related perspiration in the form of hot flashes. Perspiration is usually little more than an annoying and possibly embarrassing condition. A number of remedies can help prevent and control the amount of perspiration exuded from your body.
According to the Mayo Clinic, antiperspirants contain aluminium-based compounds that temporarily block sweat pores, thereby reducing the amount of perspiration that reaches your skin. Some antiperspirants may be more effective when applied at night, while others are intended to be put on in the morning. Follow the directions on the product to reap its maximum benefits.
If your antiperspirant fails to prevent you from sweating, your doctor may recommend a prescription antiperspirant that contains aluminum chloride. Keep in mind that deodorants may do a great job eliminating body odor, but they do nothing for perspiration.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says excessive perspiration (hyperhidrosis) may be treated with injections of a highly-diluted form of botulinum toxin (botox). Botox is derived from a bacteria, that impedes muscular nerve signals and diminishes the effects of the sweat glands. The AAD says botox can be injected into underarm skin, the soles of the feet, or the palms of the hands.
The effects of botox may last several months. Temporary side effects may include headaches and mild bruising or soreness at the injection site.
Taking a daily zinc tablet may reduce perspiration considerably, says Natural Home Remedies.com. Zinc is purported to be especially beneficial for underarm sweating. Health 911.com points out that it is not wise to take more than 15 mg unless approved by your doctor since zinc may interfere with copper absorption.
Wearing natural fabrics, such as cotton, wool and silk, allows your skin to breathe easier, according to the Mayo Clinic.This gives perspiration an escape route so it doesn’t sit on your skin and become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga may help keep you from sweating. The Mayo Clinic says these calming activities can help manage the stress the often triggers perspiration.