Remedies for stress and sweating

I have had long history of stress and nerve problems, I am 26 and now I sweat even when it's cold, I've tried every deodorant already, what else can I do?

(May 14, 2006)


An excessive body sweating or heavy sweating problem is not an uncommon condition, as there are many people, who suffer from it. The body areas that are most often affected by excessive sweating problems are the armpits, the palms, the soles of the feet and the face. The cause of excessive sweating could differ from person to person. Some of the most common causes of sweating include obesity, anxiety, nervousness as well medical conditions like hyperhidrosis or thyroid. stress and sweating excessively are also closely related, since it is the Sympathetic Nervous System in your body that regulates the sweat glands and controls how much sweat is produced. The reason you sweat even in cooler temperatures is that when you get stressed, the temperature of your body rises, signaling the sweat glands in your body to increase the flow of blood to your skin, causing you to perspire. Unfortunately, since excessive sweating would lead to body odor, this can be quite an embarrassing problem, due to which people shy away from seeking help.

There are certain medical treatments that could reduce the amount you sweat. You could adopt a one-time treatment, to control the problem for good. There are several oral medicines that can be taken, to reduce the amount you sweat. A doctor will be able to prescribe the appropriate medication for you or you can try some over the counter medicines, to see if they suit you. Most of these medicines are believed to work, since they have an anti cholinergic effect on the body, which blocks the neurotransmitter that initiates sweating. Another treatment that has been known to work, is injecting Botox into the upper skin layer, as all the sweat glands are present there. The Botox blocks the sweat glands and reduces the production of excess sweat.

However, in case going in for medical treatments is not an option that you would like to consider, there are a few home remedies that would reduce the production of excess sweat, as well as the odor caused by it. Try the steps given below:

  • yoga is very effective in reducing stress, nervousness and anxiety. There are special "asanas" (poses) that can help in relieving anxiety and the symptoms of stress, including excessive sweating. Exercises like the Pranayam can help to a great extent.
  • Drink a cup of warm chamomile tea just before you go to bed every night. This helps in soothing your nerves and keeping you calm throughout the day.
  • Make it a point to get adequate exercise each day. Losing weight automatically reduces the amount you sweat. In addition to that, exercising is also a great stress reliever.
  • Pamper yourself occasionally, with a head or body massage that can help you relax and get rid of all your anxiety.
  • Several antiperspirant deodorants can control perspiration, as they contain aluminum chloride solutions, which block sweat ducts on the skin surface.
  • Stress and sweating being directly related try and stress to get rid of unnecessary sweating.

In case the sweating does not stop after using the home remedies mentioned above, you should consult a doctor, to rule out other possibilities.

answered by G M on Aug 17, 2010, 4:35:56

Drink chamomile tea before bedtime and it will soothe your nerves and calm you down. Also practice pranayam or breathing exercises regularly to improve concentration and keep you more focused.

answered by P P on Jun 15, 2006, 6:17:49


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