London: Here are some top tips to avoid embarrassing sweat-patches this summer.
Around two million people in the UK suffer from hyperhidrosis, or excess sweating, and for them it can be a serious source of embarrassment, the Daily Star reported.
Consultant Dermatologist at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, Noor Almaani, provides an insight into how making a few simple lifestyle changes could ease the problem:
- Caffeine intake and spices should be reduced as these foods can activate neurotransmitters, called acetylcholine which can stimulate your sweat glands.
- Prescription-strength antiperspirant, such as those containing aluminium chloride like Driclor, can be helpful.
- People prone to sweating should try to wear loose, stain resistant and breathable clothes.
- Some medications can lead to increased sweating, such as steroids, antidepressants, nicotinamide (Vitamin B3) and opioids, and so, people should consult their GPs.
- If antiperspirants aren't working people can ask their doctors about medical treatments, such as Botox injections, which can banish excessive sweating for up to a year.
- Exercise or hot showers should be avoided
- Excess fat can cause people to sweat more, so keeping one's weight down through exercise can really help.