Excessive sweating, also known as Hyperhidrosis refers to a condition in which an individual sweats or perspires frequently or in excess of what is normally required for regulation of the body temperature. An individual is born with about 2-4 million of the sweat glands which start to become fully active by puberty. Sweat is mainly composed of water and salt and trace amounts of certain electrolytes. Sweating occurs more frequently on the feet, on the palms of the hand and under the arms. The process of sweating is under the control of the autonomic nervous system which means it is an involuntary response.
As sweating is the body’s natural mechanism to cool itself, normally sweating is both healthy and natural. In conditions where the body temperature rises like when it’s hot outside, when the body is working harder or when you exercises vigorously, the secretion of the sweat from the glands increases to keep the body cool. Also in situations where you are anxious, afraid, angry or nervous, sweating increases.
How to Stop Sweaty Feet and Hands
Sometimes the increased sweating may be a sign of an underlying serious medical condition like hyperthyroidism, a heart attack, menopausal hot flashes, hypoglycemia, leukemia, and lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease or some infectious disease. So if excessive sweating is a problem for you then you should always consult a doctor.
Generally treatment of the underlying condition will cure the sweating problem as well. But sometimes there is no underlying cause and it’s the body’s natural tendency to sweat excessively. This excessive sweating may lead to social embarrassment and you could become self-conscious while shaking hands with others, due to stained shirts or typical body odor.
So, how to deal with sweaty feet? You could try some of these natural ways to reduce sweating:
1. Apply Baking Soda To The Sweat Prone Areas
Baking soda absorbs the excess sweat that your body secretes and is thought to even unclog your pores. By using baking soda sparingly (no more than a couple of times a week) you can help to reduce embarrassing perspiration stains and the odors caused by excessively sweating.
2. Alter Your Diet
You might not have even considered that the foods you eat could have a direct correlation to the excessive sweating you’ve been experiencing, but they do. There are certain foods which can trigger a greater production of sweat, such as caffeine and spicy foods, as well as garlic. Therefore, you may want to include more fruits in your diet, as they typically tend to reduce the odors associated with sweating.
3. Regular Bath
Regular bathing, perhaps 2-3 times in a day then wiping the body parts thoroughly with a towel after the bath may help in decreasing the sweating. It also decreases the chances of microbial growth over the damp regions. Also you may try to keep the room temperature slightly lower to prevent excessive perspiration.
4. Drink Turnip Juice
Though you can’t buy turnip juice off of the store shelves, you can make it yourself at home by simply grating a turnip and squeezing the juice out of the slivers. Turnip juice decreases the activity within your sweat glands, thereby reducing the amount of perspiration. If you don’t care for the taste of turnip juice, then apply it to the areas in which you usually sweat the most.
Clothes made of natural materials like silk, wool or cotton which allows the skin to breathe may be helpful in decreasing the sweating and drying the sweat quickly. Also loose clothes should be preferred over tight ones.
Shoes made of natural material like leather should be worn as they allow the feet to breathe. An extra pair of shoes should also be kept to rotate when needed. If the shoes worn have not dried completely, switching to another pair is possible.
Wearing of open sandals or slippers should be preferred whenever possible as this allows the feet to breathe and sweat less. Wear woolen or cotton socks which absorb moisture and thus keep the feet dry. Changing the socks once or twice a day may also be helpful.
7. Take Zinc
Taking zinc is quick and easy, as all you need to do to receive its benefits is to take it in pill form once a day. Zinc helps to eliminate the body odor associated with sweating excessively, but be sure to consult with your doctor before taking it, just to be safe.
8. Apply Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil dries your skin and can even prevent sweating altogether. You can find the extract at a variety of specialty stores, as well as online, and it is usually relatively inexpensive. You need only apply a small amount of it to the affected areas, avoiding the face and eyes. Another effective extract to use is witch hazel, which works in much the same way that tea tree oil does, and must also be lightly applied to the areas of concern.
9. Relaxation Techniques
Various relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, bio-feedback, imagery or self hypnosis may help to control the stress that leads to excessive sweating.
10. Regular Exercise
Doing daily exercise, starting slowly and then gradually increasing and maintaining of proper weight may help.
These tips on how to reduce sweating are natural and safe ways to cure the often problematic and socially awkward condition of excessive sweating. Though there are many deodorants which claim to be able to assist in diminishing the odors and moisture that perspiring causes, they are often proven to irritate those who have sensitive skin or allergies to the key ingredients. Thus, using simple and straightforward home remedies for sweaty feet and hands can typically reduce sweating more efficiently, and for a fraction of the cost that some other hyperhidrosis treatments might cost.