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Don't get into a sweat over hyperhidrosis.

'MEN perspire, horses sweat and ladies merely glow' goes the saying. But some people really do sweat a lot, and it makes their lives a misery.

While excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, isn't medically dangerous, it can cause significant emotional and psychological distress to the person affected.

It is caused when the nerves that control sweating don't function normally, causing constant sweating in one or more areas of the body. The hands, the feet and the armpits are the most common places. The face, head, groin, back and chest also sweat, but not as commonly.

Most people produce about a litre of sweat each day, but people with hyperhidrosis (about two to three percent of the population), can produce up to 10 times as much.

In some cases excessive sweating is caused by illnesses, such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. This form of sweating normally stops once the underlying condition is treated.

For sweating that is unrelated to another illness there are self-help techniques and effective treatments available. Changing your lifestyle and daily activities can improve symptoms and make you feel more confident.

HOW NOT TO SWEAT IT: ? Avoid known triggers such as spicy foods or alcohol.

Frequently use antiperspirant spray and avoid tight, restrictive clothing and man-made fibres.

Wear socks made of natural fibres to absorb moisture and change them twice a day.

If excessive sweating troubles you, see your GP.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 20, 2014
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