Sweaty Underarms. Please suggest some home remedies?

Excessive underarm sweating, also known as Axillary Hyperhidrosis, is caused by hyperactive sweat gland. However, there may be many other causes leading to excessive perspiration - anxiety, nicotine, caffeine, and certain foods and drinks. Although sweaty underarms do not seem to be a serious condition, the problem is more of social and emotional kind. Besides, excessive underarm sweating may lead to bad odor of the body, causing much embarrassment, and leading to low self-esteem.

There are certain measures you can take to deal with this problem. Wear cotton clothes because it helps the body remain cool and can also soak the sweat easily. Clothes made of synthetic fiber should be avoided as they do not allow the sweat to evaporate easily. Always wear fresh and clean clothes and wash your worn clothes regularly. Use strong antibacterial soaps and other cosmetics that can keep you fresh for a longer time. You can also use deodorants and sticks that help reduce the amount of perspiration. Applying apple cider vinegar or baking soda on your underarms can also kill bacteria and body odor. Applying talcum powder on the underarms can be another good way to absorb excess sweat. You can also rub alum on your underarm to control sweating as well as to control bacterial build-up. Wax the underarm hairs as they usually hold sweat and help breed bacteria. Since nicotine and caffeine increases perspiration, stop smoking and having caffeinated drinks. Also, identify the foods or drinks that might trigger sweating in the body, and avoid them as well. Stress and anxiety are the major causes that induce perspiration in the body; therefore, follow a relaxed and healthy lifestyle. Obesity can be another reason for excessive sweating. Take measures to reduce your weight if you find yourself to be overweight.

You should also stick to a healthy diet and avoid anything that might trigger sweating. Spicy and hot foods, for example, can cause perspiration in some people. One should avoid these foods and other strong-smelling foods (like onion, garlic, fish and similar foods). Instead, introduce a healthy diet of green vegetables, whole grain foods, sprouts, fresh fruits, cereals, nuts, and soy products.

If you are suffering from severe sweating disorder it is advisable to consult a physician and ask for proper medical advice. There are several medical techniques to help reduce sweating of certain areas of the body. In extreme cases, you might also be required to go for surgical treatments.

answered by M W

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