Sweating Disorder

A sweating disorder is medically termed as hyperhidrosis. Though most of the times we ignore sweating as a natural phenomenon, it can become a medical condition. In this condition a person may sweat profusely in an unpredictable manner. The person breaks into sweat even if the temperature outside is relatively cooler and there is no reason to sweat naturally.

Symptoms of Sweating Disorder

Sweating excessively is the only symptom of this disorder. A person may experience wetness in different areas of the body. Sometimes, sweating may be caused by specific triggers.

Causes of Sweating Disorder

Ordinarily, sweating is the body’s natural mechanism to stay cool. Some people simply sweat more than others. Sweating may also be a natural response of anger, embarrassment and nervousness. A person may also sweat when afraid. In hyperhidrosis, however, the body sweats unpredictably. Sweating profusely when in company can also cause significant distress and social embarrassment.

No exact causes have been found for occurrence of hyperhidrosis in which there is excessive sweating in the arms and legs. However, there have been some findings that link it to genetic material that is passed on in families. Secondary hyperhidrosis can be caused by various different disorders. Some of these disorders that may cause secondary hyperhidrosis are acromegaly, menopause, cancer, diseases in the lungs like tuberculosis, cardio vascular diseases, anxiety disorders, Parkinson’s disease, hyperthyroidism, stroke and an injury to the spinal cord.

Remedies for Sweating Disorder

There are simple home remedies that can help you reduce the amount of sweat you produce. These home remedies can simply help to alleviate symptoms and may not be a cure.

  • Every morning, make yourself a cup of tomato juice. This is rich in anti oxidants and may help regulate the activity of sweat glands. Also eat grapes everyday. Both of them together help keep your body cool.
  • Another great way to cool off your body is to boil tea leaves in a large vessel and let it simmer for a few minutes. Drain the leaves and use the water to soak your hands and feet in it when it’s cooled enough. The tannic acid in the tea has astringent properties which help your body remain cool, making tea one of the best antiperspirants.
  • Alternatively, you can boil sage leaves in a large container and soak your body in it when it’s cool. Sage is considered one of the best cures for excessive sweating. You can also drink a herbal brew of sage leaves along with some honey.

Diet for Sweating Disorder

Though there is no specific diet for this disorder, it is a good idea to avoid spicy and hot foods which increase your body temperature naturally. Alcohol and caffeine should also be avoided as much as possible. Other food items like garlic and onions that are also hot, are considered powerful triggers for sweating. While you are cutting down on these, include more of fresh green leafy vegetables in your diet.

Suggestions for Sweating Disorder

Sometimes if nothing works on this disorder, one has to turn to surgery. An endoscopic thoracic surgery is a viable treatment method but is invasive and expensive and therefore should be used as a last resort.

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