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Positive Steps To Combat Excessive Sweating

Hyperhydrosis, or excessive sweating, is potentially a very embarrassing disorder which can make social situations and meetings extremely uncomfortable. Typically sufferers of hyperhydrosis will avoid social situations such as School Balls or nightclubbing because they are afraid of the potential embarrassment of an outbreak of excess sweating. They need not worry.

Hyperhydrosis can be fought if the sufferer is prepared to spend a little time monitoring the triggers for the condition.  While outbreaks may seem to be random, recording the exact situation that hyperhydrosis occurs can be an extremely effective way of getting to know the triggers.  The randomness of these outbreaks is actually an illusion caused by not carefully monitoring all aspects leading up to each attack.  For instance:

  • What were you doing?
  • What were you eating or drinking?
  • What were you thinking about?
  • How were you thinking?  ie/  Were you worried or stressed?
  • Who else was present and what were they doing?

Hyperhydrosis appears to be tied closely to the sympathetic nervous system which is in control with our natural fight or flight reaction when faced with a dangerous situation.  It seems likely that the situation you are in prior to an outbreak of hyperhydrosis has wrongly triggered a massive defensive reaction from the sympathetic nervous system, most likely as the body perceives it as being dangerous or stressful.  The reaction is unfortunate, and certainly a massive outpouring of sweat is going to do little to ease anxiety in a social setting.  SOme people quash this theory as they suffer hyperhydrosis in their sleep.  Clearly their subconscious mind can also conjure up situations(dreams) which are equally efficient in triggering the bodies defenses.

Monitoring outbreaks is step one in dealing with hyperhydrosis.  Once you know the triggering situations they can be avoided, controlled and even overcome.  Mike Ramsey has written a very good book that tells sufferers of hyperhydrosis how to Stop Sweating and Start Living.  It is well worth a read if you want to move beyond the simple control techniques discussed here and start getting on with your life.

2 Responses to “Positive Steps To Combat Excessive Sweating”

  1. Padma Raju says:

    I request your suggesion;
    I am 55yrs.lean, 45kg 5feet house wife, not much stressed.
    It often occurs irrespective of day and night, but normally at sleep it sweats more from head , at times at different parts of body like legs, face etc with local
    bit high temperature. periodicity is once in 15 days but nor regular.
    Would you mind to suggest
    a) why it happens
    b) how to control the sweating.
    Padma Raju

  2. Beverley says:

    Hello Padma,

    Knowledge is your best weapon here. Keep a journal of what you are doing when you experience hyperhydrosis, and include what you were thinking about. It may be that your mind is on something else and that is what is causing you stress. Surprisingly many people notice a pattern as early as the fourth or fifth entry. What seemed completely random is actually usually traced when you start keeping a record.

    I do again recommend Mike’s book from the post above. Mike suffered from Hyperhydrosis since high school and this is a guy who not only tried the conventional cures for hyperhydrosis with no luck, but went on to develop his own solution that has helped hundreds of people. You are not likely to find a guy who knows more about curing this problem on the planet than him.

    Good Luck Padma.


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