Excessive sweating

It is called hyperhidrosis: excessive sweating. Your body needs to lose heat if its temperature becomes too high. It does this by sweating. There are many sweat glands, especially under your armpits, feet and hands. But some people sweat more than others. So much so that it will affect their lives.


In some people the condition is congenital. In others, it develops during puberty. There are also people who grow out of the ailment and never return. Others have it for life. Hyperhidrosis can develop later in life under the influence of stress, an infection, hormonal diseases, obesity or even cancer. If the condition arises in one of these ways, the effect is often reversible.


The symptoms are clear. Sweating a lot with little or no effort. People with hyperhidrosis often have sweat spots under their armpits or on their back, and damp hands. For some it is so bad that they have to change their clothes several times every day. The condition can lead to emotional and psychological problems because people with hyperhidrosis feel insecure. They think that other people find them dirty or smelly. The skin can also become irritated by excessive sweating.


Some of this can be remedied by home garden and kitchen tips. For example, it is best for people who sweat excessively to be very hygienic. Make sure you put on clean clothes every day and wear clothes that are not too warm or too tight. Rinse soap residue off your body thoroughly and especially keep your feet well ventilated and clean so that they do not start to smell. Make sure you always have deodorant with you and try to find an environment that is as cool as possible. In addition, special products are available in pharmacies and drugstores that can prevent you from sweating too much.

Professional help

If you suffer from sweating a lot in daily life, you may consider visiting a dermatologist. Drugs such as an ACE inhibitor, beta blockers or anticholinergics can help you. There are a number of interventions that can be done to reduce sweating. Some of these interventions are explained below.

  • Botox injections: Botox (partially) closes the sweat gland, so that no or less sweat can escape.
  • Iontophoresis: The sweat duct is only closed for a few days by this method. The hands or feet are kept in a bowl of tap water for some time through which an electric current is passed.
  • Botulinum toxin: this substance, which is injected, blocks the signals from the nerves that trigger the sweat glands to produce. In short, the sweating stops. Unfortunately, the effect of this drug only lasts a few months.
  • Oxybutynin: this is a drug that you take daily and that significantly reduces sweat production. However, the medicine does have a number of side effects that it is best to be well informed about.
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