Excessive Underarm Sweating

Home Remedies for Excessive Underarm Sweating

Treatment options such as prescription antiperspirants, medication, Botox and surgery are typically used for moderate to severe cases of axillary hyperhidrosis. If, however, you suffer from a milder form, you may want to try some home remedies before seeking professional treatment.

Some popular dietary tips include eliminating so called "trigger foods" -- foods that make you sweat. These sweat-inducing comestibles include spicy dishes like curries, sugary desserts and caffeine-heavy beverages and foods [source: Kapoor, Mayo Clinic]. Another dietary plan is to avoid foods that are difficult to digest -- raw vegetables, fruit, dairy products and red meat -- because the additional exertion required to metabolize these can induce perspiration [source: Kapoor].

Homeopathic topical remedies are also popular. Ingredients are as close as your cupboard. You can dust your armpits with cornstarch, which helps to absorb moisture, or apply a little apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to counteract odor, both reportedly help balance pH levels in the skin. You can also try applying steeped black tea, a natural astringent, to your underarms to help control perspiration.

In addition to these treatments, there are some preventative measures you can try. Wearing clothes made or natural fibers or clothes designed to wick moisture can help prevent excessive sweating. Bathing daily can also help, particularly in controlling odor associated with hyperhidrosis, as it prevents bacteria from building up on your skin.

Just remember that most of these remedies typically are effective only among people who sweat normally or suffer from very mild forms of axillary hyperhidrosis. Since heat and stress aren't the only causes of this condition, you may need stronger measures to treat the problem.

To learn more about axillary hyperhidrosis or hyperhidrosis in general, peruse the links below.

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