We all know that sweating is a natural and normal function of the human body.
But for some people it goes beyond getting a bit hot and sticky on the tube.
Around two million people in the UK suffer from hyperhidrosis, or excess sweating, and for them it can be a serious source of embarrassment.
With summer well and truly here, Consultant Dermatologist at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, Dr Noor Almaani, provides an insight into how making a few simple lifestyle changes could ease the problem:
Try to reduce your caffeine intake and spices as these foods can activate neurotransmitters, called acetylcholine which can stimulate your sweat glands.
Apply prescription-strength antiperspirant such as those containing aluminium chloride like Driclor.
This should be ideally applied when sweating is minimal i.e. before going to bed and after a cold shower.
Application can be built up from twice weekly to daily if necessary.
This can be applied to other areas of the body such as the palms and soles (avoid face and genital area).
If you are prone to sweating, try to wear loose, stain resistant and breathable clothes.
And if your feet are especially sweaty try silver-lined socks and absorbent insoles.
Some medications can lead to increased sweating such as steroids, antidepressants, nicotinamide (Vitamin B3) and opioids so consult your GP.
If antiperspirants aren’t working you can ask your doctor about medical treatments such as Botox injections which can banish excessive sweating for up to a year.
For more information about this treatment please visit theprivateclinic.co.uk