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Excessive Sweating Advice and Treatments

Book Review
July 5, 2012
Stop Sweating and Start Living - Mike Ramsey

I have absolutely no hesitation in saying "Stop Sweating and Start Living" will soon put antiperspirant companies out of business.

I was reluctant at first to endorse any product but this book was different. The remedies it suggests are all-natural and target the root causes of problem sweating.

My only complaint is that it is only available as an instant access ebook. It can't be purchased in bookstores or on, but I'm sure the instant download feature is popular with people overseas and those who are ready to get started.

I strongly recommend "Stop Sweating and Start Living" to anyone who sweats excessively in the underarm, hand, foot, face or back areas.

- James Chambers

Excessive sweating is a medical problem - this sometimes sound strange but the irony is that for the person who is suffering from it - it is a real problem and there seem less or no solution for this! The general view of people about this problem is that it generates odor which is not socially okay and should be avoided. However this condition involves more than that! Let us discuss what are the medical issues and details behind excessive sweating? The statistics and records show that around 1% of the total population of the whole world suffers from excessive sweating but this figure may be more as not all the people suffering from excessive sweating go to doctors for medical treatment.

Basics about excessive sweating

The basic medical explanation that is given for excessive sweating is that a part of the sympathetic nervous system in your body is responsible for this condition. This is an autonomous nervous system and has two parts known as sympathetic and parasympathetic parts. However excessive sweating does not constitute the whole body parts as general sweating does but there are some limited body parts that suffer from this condition—hands feet armpit and facial area are the most commonly affected parts of the body from excessive suffering. In women excessive sweating condition starts after the age of puberty though it may be present to some degree all the time. The impact of excessive sweating grows worst under stress which may be psychological or emotional. There are some details about all these parts being involved in excessive sweating which are as following:

Hand excessive sweating

Excessive hand sweating is the commonest of conditions that comes into light and it is known as palmar hyperhidrosis in medical terminology. Around 40% of the people have family history for this problem and it can have huge impact on your social emotional and functional level. Though hand excessive sweating is believed to be a psychological issue but it does increase with emotional stimuli. Excessive sweating in hands is a major problem and it has direct impact on your performance. Though there are many treatments for this problem but none of them are that much effective.

Foot excessive sweating

Feet suffer from excessive sweating and this is known in medical terminology as plantar hyperhidrosis. Though you may not notice this problem as it has lesser social impact on the patient but still it is a problem that needs consideration. There are not many options for the treatment of this problem but as much as 5% of the people suffering from excessive sweating suffer from these wet feet. People who have excessive sweating problem in their feet generally have their hands in same condition and therefore the treatment can be beneficial for both the parts.

Armpit excessive sweating

Armpit sweating is another condition which is found in around 40% of people who are suffering from Palmer hyperhidrosis. It is known as axillary hyperhidrosis is medical terminology. The armpit of the human body has two sweat glands known as eccrine and apocrine glands. There are different treatments for these different glands but the percentage of the sure is lesser. Armpit excessive sweating exists on its own alone; and sometimes is associated with hand excessive sweating.

Facial excessive sweating

Facial sweating may appear somewhat confusing as there are many terms that are sometimes linked together though they may be different--social phobia erythrophobia and rosacea. Facial excessive sweating generally appears in later teen years and it is more stimulated socially. Obviously it will have great impact on the general personality of the person and can mar his or her performance in the social sector.


Due to the lesser attention paid to this problem there are not many comprehensive solutions for it. The research work in the medical field is limited for heavy sweating and therefore the treatments do not work on all the patients and many of them suffer from this condition even after the treatment. Though there are some medicated antiperspirants which are prescribed by the doctors but it sure is not a wholesome treatment and lasts generally for short terms.

Before we discuss in detail the surgical treatments that are available it must be taken into account that patients may have different cases to undergo surgery and some of them will not be able to do so. Some points that needed to be checked are:

  • Your overall health age and medical history is necessary to be taken into account before you opt for a treatment.

  • Severity of the condition should also be noticed which will determine the nature of the treatment.

  • Your ability to withstand the treatment and also your tolerance of specific medications and procedures which will be there.

Surgical treatments

It is widely known that no surgical treatment is free of its side effects and if you are thinking about some surgical treatments for excessive treatment then you should think many times before going for it—surgical treatment for excessive sweating involves multiple side effects. Let us have a look at some of the common side effects of surgical treatments for excessive sweating:

1. With the surgical treatments for excessive sweating though you may be relived from the condition but some other conditions will arise along with it—compensatory sweating which is also known as reflex sweating is the condition in which the patient develops sweat on other parts of the body such as the lower legs thighs abdomen or the back. It is noted that almost all the patients develop this condition to some degree.

2. Another side effect associated with surgical treatment of excessive sweating is gustatory sweating. In this condition the patient will develop facial sweating while eating spicy or sour foods which in itself becomes a cumbersome problem.

3. Reduction in heart rate is also one of the side effects of surgery for excessive treatment and some other side effects include tingling sensation in the upper arms initial night sweating mild weight gain though they may disappear with the passage of time.

It goes without saying and also clear from the above facts that surgical treatments for excessive sweating are not so conducive and should be avoided.