It can be an uncomfortable problem, especially when excessive sweating occurs at times. However, to prevent excessive sweating and body odor that may accompany it, can be simple by following a few tips of proper hygiene and use of products such as deodorants and antiperspirants, among others.
From the outset, we note that sweat plays a crucial role, among other regulating body temperature. Water and minerals are the main component of sweat, which can also be an uncomfortable problem when you sweat excessively. It is what is known as hyperhidrosis.
The excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis is a much more common problem than we thought. Sweating too can become an uncomfortable problem at certain times.
It is estimated that a person, under normal conditions, can sweat about one liter per day, an amount that can be overcome when practiced some kind of physical activity or simply the rise in temperatures. Children and the elderly tend to sweat less. The reason is that in a case the nerve fibers that are responsible for regulating sweating or pulse are not sufficiently developed and in the other case, by age have reduced capacity.
Sweat itself is odorless, but usually shifts the responsibility of odor that can detach our body, which would be bad sweat. But those in charge of releasing smelling scents are the apocrine glands (sweat glands), which are located primarily in the area of the armpits, groin and around the nipples. It is when in the skin are the bacteria that form the secreting apocrine sweat when it can lead to an excess of body odor. Also some foods, such as garlic, or certain drugs can alter the composition and the smell of sweat.
Excessive sweating is a physical problem, but can also lead to emotional problems, as it can generate insecurity or loss of confidence and self-esteem, especially among younger people. There are also stages of life that influence an increased sweating, for example during the period of pregnancy or menopause. The episodes of anxiety or certain infections can also make you sweat more. When excessive sweating is localized on the palms is called palmar hyperhidrosis, but could also be located in other specific areas like feet, armpits or face where abound the sweat glands.
Recommendations against sweat and body odor
Among the advice provided by doctors and specialists, these are some of the essential and that we can better help prevent excessive sweating:
- The deodorants, although mitigate the smell coming from the sweat does not prevent perspiration. Antiperspirants, meanwhile, stop the glands through the action of aluminum salts avoiding sweat.
- When the shower or bath, scrub well all parts of the body, especially areas like armpits.
- The soap containing chlorhexidine is an alternative that works in cases of excessive sweating or strong body odor.
- Clothes can also play against it, therefore, as an option, as recommended by, especially if we practice sport, it is to opt for synthetic materials instead of cotton garments. And as for footwear, best avoided the closed for the perspiration of the foot.
If problems persist, we can resort to medical treatments (antiperspirants, anticholinergic drugs, etc.).