Last Modified on Nov 20, 2014
What Is Excessive Underarm Sweating?
Sweating is the body’s natural response to several situations and serves as the body’s attempt to regulate temperature; however, when that natural response moves into overdrive and causes sweating when the body is not hot, a medical condition may be the cause. Excessive sweating, otherwise known as hyperhidrosis, is sweating that occurs even when the temperature is not hot and when the body is not exercising. The condition can affect any part of the body, particularly the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and underarms. The excess sweating associated with the condition is often to such an extreme it disrupts typical daily activities and causes anxiety or even embarrassment.
It is normal for the body to sweat when exercising or during exertion. Likewise, the body sweats when exposed to a hot environment, a high stress situation or anxiety; however, excessive sweating exceeds these normal situations. Sweating that is characterized as excessive typically involves sweating of the hands, feet, underarms or face and not the entire body. Such sweat may soak through clothing or even drip off the hands. Likewise, episodes typically occur at least once a week with no obvious cause or reason.
The underlying cause of extreme sweating and excessive underarm sweating is the over-activity of the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. The nerves become overstimulated and trigger the sweat glands to produce an excessive amount of sweat. This response may be triggered by medication, menopausal hot flashes, low blood sugar, overactive thyroid, cancer, heart attack or infectious disease.
Natural Cures for Excessive Underarm Sweating
As embarrassing as a problem as excessive underarm sweating can be, effective treatments are crucial. Many natural options offer immediate relief from the issue and manage the associated concerns as well – odor, etc. Activated charcoal, apple cider vinegar and honey taken orally decrease sweat production and diminishes issues. Likewise, sea salt applied to the area decrease sweat production and diminishes odor. Additional options include castor oil, formalin, iodine, liquid chlorophyll, sage fluid extract and magnesium.
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[YEA] I had a large container of activated charcoal sitting in my cupboard the last 2 years that I rarely touch. I decided to give it a shot for body odor after reading about it on Earth Clinic. Yes, it works! You need to give it 2 days to get into your system before you notice the difference, then you need to maintain a dosage every day.
I do have a few side effects to note: Activated charcoal is best taken on an empty stomach, but I do not suggest taking it first thing in the morning. I drank my heaping tablespoon in 8 oz of water 2 days ago, then oil pulled. I ended up gagging up acid after 2 minutes of oil pulling. Yuck. This was interesting because I read that charcoal is actually a remedy for Acid Reflux! Well, then I changed to taking my charcoal in the middle of the day, before lunch. That seems to work. However, it does give me a slight stomach ache. You might also try taking it at night, several hours after dinner.
One benefit to the charcoal besides not having to use deodorant or baking soda (that irritates my skin, I must admit) is that I seem to sweat less when I have this in my system. It may be a remedy for excessive sweaters, I don't know... worth a shot. And it is a general detoxer, so that's a good thing in this hot and humid weather. Question for regular users of charcoal. Do you take it every day or is it something you need to stop every so often? Thanks!
Replied by Nita
Geraldton, Western Australia
Approval Ratings YEA (3) 33% NAY (4) 44% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 11% SIDE EFFECT (1) 11% Posted by Darian (Berkley, MA) on 05/27/2009
[NAY] I started to take the Apple Cider Vinegar supplement for my excessive sweating ive had for 3years and sadly it did not help get rid of it. However, Apple cider vinegar is usefull for a lot of things such as boosting metabolism and helping regulate cholesterol!
EC: ACV tablets and pills aren't nearly as effective as the liquid!Replied by Cynthia