If you’re a female, sometimes it’s not appropriate to wear a T-shirt under your clothes — especially if your attire consists of a tight, fashionable T-shirt. That would be just fine, too, if you weren’t such a heavy sweater.
We all sweat. Sweating is good. It helps us cool down. But sometimes some of us sweat more than we should for a number of possible reasons, ranging from physiological problems to ethnic background.
Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be caused by anxiety, diabetes, menopause, a thyroid condition, among a host of other health-related problems. The bad news is researchers have no definitive clue as to why some people sweat so heavily. The good news is there is help for the heavy sweater.
The most common complaint from heavy sweaters say, dermatologists are their appearance. Some heavy sweaters won’t even go to a gym in fear of leaving a puddle behind on the floor; others actually fear to drown their sex partner with excessive amounts of sweat, while others refuse to climb a single flight of stairs.
Their fears may be considered comical or trifling to normal sweaters, but they do carry psychological substance and should be taken seriously.
Ask your primary care physician to perform a quick test to determine just how much sweat your body is producing. In severe cases, such oral medications as Robinul (an anti-acetylcholine that stops glands from producing water) or Ativan (a tranquilizer) may be prescribed. You might be advised to purchase a more powerful anti-perspirant that is actually absorbed into the skin.
A more drastic and expensive measure is to have your dermatologist inject Botox, an anti-wrinkle toxin, around your armpits. Research has proven that Botox injections will actually stop you from sweating for up to a year.
However, the side effects can be annoying; your armpits may tingle and become irritated. Furthermore, the injections will also dry out your wallet to the tune of $1,500 in most cases for both armpits.
Some heavy sweaters have resorted to having the nerves that connect to the sweat glands in their armpits severed. However, this surgical procedure is expensive, invasive and high risk.
More conservative and economical remedies have been proven successful. Professionals recommend controlled doses of St. John’s Wort with Kava Kava, in addition to eliminating sugar from the sweater’s diet. Easy-to-digest foods, like steamed vegetables and rice, also help the excessive sweater in a healthy and cost-efficient way.
Healthy young women who sweat a lot can also purchase an extra-strength anti-perspirant and apply it the night before. While wearing a fitted T-shirt the next day, remember to steer clear of caffeine and spicy food. By the way, both Clinique and Secret Platinum Protection have excellent products for the heavy sweater. They can be purchased at most anchor stores at the mall.
Doctors say those who sweat the most enjoy fried or spicy food, are heavy coffee or tea consumers, or overweight. Those who sweat the least either have inactive sweat glands and are vegetarians.
Before treating the symptom yourself, first, talk to your doctor to make sure you do not have a major physical problem that might be causing your body to overwork itself. Estrogen replacement therapy may be the answer to excessive sweating for menopausal women.
For a list of dermatologists in your area who treat excessive sweaters, call the American Academy of Dermatology at 888-462-3376.