Category: Hyperhidrosis / Excessive Sweating

March 24th, 2016 by Lee

What Causes Sweating After Drinking Coffee?

Well, as most people know coffee contains a fair amount of the dreaded caffeine. Caffeine is an addictive “psychoactive drug”, albeit a pretty low risk and accepted one.

sweating after drinking coffee 1A high percentage of the people in the world consume caffeine in some form or another – around 90% depending on where you look and who’s reporting on this. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration around 80% of Americans consume caffeine daily and in Finland, the world’s most caffeinated country, the average adult consumes 400mg of caffeine every day – equivalent to four or five cups of coffee a day, and equal to the maximum daily limit recommended by the UK Food Standards Agency. This high caffeine consumption appears to be down to the suggested positive effects caffeine can produce, such as an increase in energy and alertness. Whether this is true or whether in actual fact you are just ‘topping yourself up’ to a normality after a caffeine crash is debatable. However, caffeine may cause unpleasant reactions as well. One unpleasant side effect of caffeine is sweating.


Sweating after drinking coffee or consuming caffeine in its many food and drink forms is nottea-cup-1-1419615-638x462 actually that common an after effect, however I don’t think there’s any doubt it does occur in some individuals. Caffeine has a side effect of causing anxiousness or at least symptoms associated with that. Being nervous, overactive or anxious can absolutely cause sweating, as many people will know. Sweating from caffeine use is more likely when someone consumes a large amount of caffeine. I’ve been there myself after 3 cups of Costa Coffee to try and keep myself going, the mouth goes dry, I start babbling rubbish and can feel anxious and start to get a little sweaty! I would say that in general sweating after drinking coffee is much of a cause for concern and should disappear on its own when your body has dealt with the caffeine in the normal manner. However, if you are concerned about your sweating, call your doctor and discuss it with them. Your doctor is your first port of call for anything that you’re unsure about health wise. I often consult “Doctor Google” and find I have 3 hours to live – fortunately this has never been the truth, so far at least!

What Should I Do Then?

It would seem that if you find yourself sweating after drinking coffee or consuming even lower doses of caffeine that you should work your way to cutting out caffeine from your diet completely. It may take you a few days to go cold turkey, and you may even suffer from headaches as you go through withdrawal, but many people report feeling so much better in themselves for doing this because their body is not reliant on something to keep them at a normal level of alertness. There are a plethora of decaffeinated coffees and decaffeinated tea out there to help you with this. If you think caffeine is restricted to coffee, tea and energy drinks, think again. The stuff appears to get everywhere, so check your food and drink labels. Take a look for a variety of decaffeinated coffee: USA here or UK here.

Sweating also may be a response to strong emotions, such as nervousness, anger, embarrassment or fear. Hormonal changes, illness, low blood sugar, an overactive thyroid, spicy foods, warm temperatures, cancer, alcohol and certain medications may also trigger sweating. Eliminating caffeine completely can help you determine if the sweating is due to caffeine or because of one of these other conditions.

Other Effects of Caffeine

In addition to sweating, caffeine may make it difficult for you to fall asleep, increase your heart rate, raise your blood pressure, cause headaches or dizziness, and make you anxious, jittery or irritable. I’ve often felt a bit like Hammy, the squirrel from the animated film ‘Over The Hedge’ – see the effects here! Excessive amounts of caffeine may also cause gastrointestinal upset, dehydration or muscle tremors. You may feel these effects within 30 to 60 minutes after consuming caffeine, and these effects may last anywhere from eight to 14 hours, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.




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November 16th, 2015 by Lee

A Quick Note:

Personal experience of hyperhidrosis from Noor, 16m Canadian, having hyperhidrosis since the age of 9. Noor very kindly sent this to me via email and is now on the site ready for people to read.

My Story

To start off I’d say that looking back on my hyperhidrosis, so long as I didn’t shake anyone’s hand or high five I was fine, socially speaking. Topical medications like Drysol and Odaban didn’t work. They sit in my medicine cabinet, and will stay there forever until I decide to throw them out. When I tried to get a doctor to listen to me all they would say is that there isn’t really anything else I could do besides use topical meds or botox. So eventually I caved in to botox and my doc booked me for an appointment at some random doctor’s office in my city for some more insight. I came out of that office more against getting botox than ever. Hell naw I ain’t getting injections into my hands every few months. My parents thought that if I stopped sweating so much that I’d get a lot of health issues and might die. (even though my dad graduated university, twice, with an honours in engineering and a specialization (full ride scholarship, might I add), he isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to health lol).

Anyways, so I held my head high and kept looking for solutions while going about in my daily life. Also, to those worrying about your HH influencing your relationships with a person you like, don’t worry about it too much. I found two people who were okay with my HH and I was in a long term relationship with both of them. People who dislike you for having HH are not the people who you should be hanging out with, screw ’em dude.

Now to the solutions. Once I moved to a different area and subsequently got a new doctor, everything worked out. He put me through to a specialist and the specialist gave me a prescription for Oxybutynin. This medication is used originally to treat other non-related symptoms. However it can also be used for treating hyperhidrosis. My hyperhidrosis is all over my body but is more active in my hands, feet, armpit, butt and groin area. A little gross to think about but I think a lot of people can relate to me here. Oxybutynin solves all of my sweating for at least the next 8 hours, if not the next 10 or 12 hours. I take 10mg once in the morning and it lasts me all throughout the school day (8am-4pm). If I have anything planned for the evening or the night then I’ll pop half a pill (2.5mg) of Oxybutynin and I’ll be good to go.

So to conclude:

HH didn’t affect me in social situations a whole lot, but it did hinder me from accomplishing some tasks. It’s all about mindset
Go to a doctor and talk to them about solutions, maybe you’ll find a better one than I did (Oxybutynin 10mg once in the morning)
My doctor said that it’s very case-by-case, so if you get Oxybutynin play around with the dosage ’til you find the dose that works for you. A warning though, sometimes your eyes might become dry and sensitive to light. Drowsiness is also a side effect but happens rarely.


As normal I urge you to appreciate that Noor isn’t giving medical advice and is only writing about his personal experiences of hyperhidrosis. Should you want to investigate any solutions from Noor’s post then I advise you contact a medical professional.

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November 9th, 2015 by Lee

Hypnosis for Sweating – Can hypnosis cure sweating?

A darn good question! You and I both know by now – without needing to be in touch with a medical expert – that some excessive sweating is caused by the mind. When I say that I don’t mean that we’re making it up! I mean that we can affect the amount of sweating by the way we feel.

There are of course many who suffer from hyperhidrosis of the face, neck and body who have an underlying medical condition and therefore this particular discussion isn’t really for them. In that case you would need to do a bit more digging and get in touch with your medical professional.

However, if you’re like me – and may God help you if you are – you may get nervous before meeting people, before big social events or before important meetings. I consider myself a very confident person, AND YET I’m an absolute bugger for getting anxiety sweats during the first 5-10 minutes of meeting people – including meetings with clients, training sessions and even when meeting a large group in the bar for drinks. Of course once the initial anxiety is over the sweating subsides and everything is great again. There are other problems of course, whereby the sweating can make me feel even more anxious and then it’s just never ending circle of anxiety and sweating until I finally manage to get a grip.

Knowing what we know about this, one would expect that if it were possible to get rid of the original anxiety, it would follow that the sweats wouldn’t start and one would feel far more comfortable and confident. This in turn would lead to no sweats at all and a great day!

Can Hypnosis Cure Anxiety?

We’ve attributed the cause of this particular sweaty discussion to anxiety. I must say that although I recognise that I get anxiety sweats, there are many other factors that certainly aggravate the fact. These include, smoking, eating the wrong foods, being somewhat overweight and other generic bad lifestyle choices.

That said I can confidently say after having tried simple self-relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques – they help massively! Or at least they did for me. I guess you have to buy into this and not expect to be able to turn yourself into a cool dude with endless swagger – or even make yourself act like a giraffe eating toast. It’s not that sort of hypnosis!

You are looking for something that can help you relax and change your vision of the thing that makes you anxious. In my case it’s the need to understand that there is absolutely no reason to be anxious. I’ve been doing my job for 8 years now and I do it very well. I know what I’m doing, I don’t struggle with any part of it, the people I deal with are great and in 8 years I’ve never been in any situation that requires anxiety. Being calm and being able to change your thought pattern is key to this.

You need to understand that I’m not a ‘New Age’ lovey dovey alternative medicine preacher. In fact for the most part I laugh it off. But if I tell myself that self-hypnosis is just a name for it, and the outcome is as simple as a relaxation and change in thought pattern, then I’m happy with loving this.

Which Self-Hypnosis Should I Use?

Well, there’s thousands out there I’m sure. I’ve tried 2 of these and they’re both easy to get hold of and easy to use. What’s more you’re not conned into buying 15 things you don’t even want!

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A simple and reputable site with a huge array of self-help downloads and CD’s. Prices range from around $15 upwards. You only need targeted downloads, so don’t get dragged into buying 10’s of these things! They do a very good bargain discount when you buy 5 downloads though and this could be worth a look especially when you think that some of the underlying issues may be solved with this technique – such as smoking and eating. Interesting and thoughtful downloads that – if you allow the time and dedication – can certainly help allay some anxiety and other things that may be holding you back.



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Another very reputable and seemingly perfectly aimed downloads. This is the simplest site in my opinion due to it’s simple interface and the fact that the downloads (hypnosis sessions) are much more direct and easy to attribute to the kind of problems I wished to buy for – for example they do a specific download for Social Anxiety Phobia, which is exactly what I needed. No need to buy anything else, except I did plunge for the Anxiety Calm and the Stop Nail Biting, which I’m yet to try. For £9.99 (approx $15) why on Earth not?


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September 19th, 2015 by Lee

A Guest Post by fluxrider7

The following is a guest post from ‘fluxrider7’. A young and promising blogger who suffers with hyperhidrosis and wishes to help others. I spotted this and asked for permission to use his post on this site – to which he kindly agreed. He will be looking to set up his own blog soon but in the meantime please check him out on Reddit and have a read of this.

Hi guys this will be a LONG post but I think you will find the information helpful. Note that I don’t promise to cure your symptoms, I am simply presenting what has worked for me. Hopefully it will help you too. I have no science or research to back up any of my claims, only personal experience from dealing with this condition since I was in high school.

just-hands-1550395I was about 17 when I first began experiencing severe palmar hyperhidrosis and when I was about 19 I stumbled on a way to prevent 90% of my sweating, to the point where I could confidently shake someone’s hand.

Senior year of high school I began noticing that my hands and feet would sweat for no reason at all. It seemed to spring up out of nowhere and began to ruin my social life. I was well liked so no one said anything to my face but I knew people would mention it behind my back and would grimace when they shook my hand. It was so bad that If I was taking notes the page would being to get soaked through. I began to get very self conscious and would try to do anything to stay dry. Carrying paper towels in my pocket, frequently washing hands, spraying deodorant on etc.. All these things just made me think about it more and increased my anxiety which would actually make me sweat more.

pc_drysol_grandeI used to love going out but now all I could think of was how awkward it would be to shake my friends hands when I got there and when I was leaving. I spent several months obsessively researching on the internet and trying to find a cure, but to no avail. I was getting pretty depressed and my social life was taking a hit. A couple months later a friend who actually suffered from the same condition suggested I try Drysol, a prescription antiperspirant. I ended up trying it and it worked pretty well for me. It prevented 85% of my symptoms which allowed me to lead a social life again. I ended up having to use Drysol only 1-2x per week to maintain the dry hands.

For those who have read up until this point, please DO NOT conclude that the point of the post is to get an rx for Drysol. THAT’S NOT IT. The following paragraphs will go into some more thoughts on the issue and eventually implementing other strategies as well.
A couple years later I got really sick. I was desperate to feel better so I made some changes in my lifestyle. I began eating very cleanly and eating fermented foods. I stopped drinking, and smoking and cut out caffeine. I began meditating daily, stayed mindful throughout the day, and did yoga/relaxation exercises.
After about 2 months of this my sweating pretty much went away even in nervous situations. Even without the drysol my hands were dry. This really got me thinking and led me to 2 conclusions: My body which was naturally relaxed had become very sensitive to stress hormones from drinking, drugs, daily stress, and less than optimal gut health from antibiotic use. This last bit is important, there’s a lot of new research coming out showing the relation ship between gut health and our brain/body.

All these factors increased the amount of stress hormones in my body. Stress hormones lead to the fight or flight response and will cause you to sweat. Having constantly elevated stress hormones basically made my hands sweat all the time. And once they start sweating it’s very hard to remain relaxed mentally. You begin to worry, and more stress hormones are released continuing the cycle.

Mind Over Matter – Accept and Move Forward

So, if I could time travel and tell my younger self everything I learned, I would tell him these things:

Accept your hyperhidrosis. What if this was forever? Is it really the worst thing in the world? Sure you might never get a girlfriend, and interviews would go terribly but you can still be happy despite these things. Sitting there thinking about how much your life sucks won’t make it any better. Try to stop thinking about how negative the situation is and try to do something positive. This step is important because it gives you some perspective. Someone out there with cancer would LOVE to trade places with you. So now understanding this, you can relax mentally and stop trying to “cure it”. This means you stop always being on the internet trying to find that silver bullet to fix it. So accept your situation and try to work with it. Learn to program, play an instrument, paint, whatever you gotta do. When you accept it, spend your time somewhere positive and worry less about how this is ruining your life you’ll decrease your stress hormones and this will cause less sweating.
Cut out all the shit. No cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine (not even tea or coffee). No exceptions. Try to get 8 hours of sleep every night. This is very important.

Recommended Reading

Read the book “The Perfect Health Diet” by Dr’s Jaminet and start eating better. The title is a bit gimmicky but the science in the book is sound. You don’t have to be a health freak, I follow the 80/20 rule. Avoid drinking chlorinated water and incorporate fermented foods to help the gut’s beneficial bacteria. Kefir, Kimchi, and Sauerkraut.. MAKE THEM AT HOME!!! The store bought ones are sterile.

Meditation and mindfulness in every moment. The book “Mindfulness in plain english” is a good intro to meditation. Being mindful in every moment has helped me even more. I stumbled upon the concept by reading “The power of now” by Eckhart Tolle. I’m actually not a big fan of this book but it was the first book where I learned about mindfulness in day to day life, not just when meditating.
I think drysol was a good idea as it helped break the constant cycle. It helped me live a normal life instead of worrying all the time. But it was only a band aid solution. Once I addressed the root causes I didn’t even need it any more.
Misc: Look into yoga and the Relaxation Response by Dr. Herbert Benson for more reduction in stress levels.
I hope this helped some of you.

If anyone has their own experiences to share or you find this post useful then please let us know at Sweaty Solutions by commenting on the post at the bottom of the page, or by emailing me direct on

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September 14th, 2015 by Lee

Natural Remedies for Hyperhidrosis

Holy cannelloni! Why did I ever think I wanted to take on a subject this big? So many people have asked about it, that in fairness I feel like now is the time to tackle it. It may be the case that as I write I must partition this a little and flirt some the material onto it’s own post. Let’s see how I go:

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The placebo effect is a really interesting medical ‘trick’

Natural remedies for hyperhidrosis range from traditional Chinese medicines to standard herbal medicines and from hypnosis to acupuncture. Trying to separate the wheat from the chaff is a tough one as many natural remedies for hyperhidrosis, genuinely effective or not, actually show signs of effectiveness through a thing called ‘the placebo effect‘. Placebo being an odd but highly proven medical ‘trick’ that makes people believe they are cured of something and therefore see a reduction or loss of a medical symptom, just through the power of their own mind. For example a headache sufferer could be given a sugar pill but told that they being given a powerful new headache cure. Just the belief alone that they are being given a powerful cure is enough in many cases to reduce or effectively get rid of the headache. Placebo’s have even been proven to work when the subject is told that they are receiving a placebo as opposed to actual treatment. Crazy but actually very true!

Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese Medicine

When you think about natural remedies for hyperhidrosis you’re probably immediately drawn to traditional Chinese medicines, and quite right too as there are multitude of traditional medicines out there that claim to cure or at least alleviate sweating – of different origin and body parts. I certainly can’t claim to be an expert on these matters but can an entire race of people be wrong? I doubt it although as with anything the medicines change and the results vary from person to person. Trying to dig through this massive area of medicine is tough to say the least. A good starting point would probably be the Shen Nong website that gives an excellent overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine views on the development of excessive sweating.

Having a look at patents in this are it would seem there are plenty of new developments or at least concoctions within Chinese medicine that are aimed at hyperhidrosis and sweating. A mixture I’ve been particularly interested in includes, but is not restricted to, ingredients like fructus gleditsiae abnormalis (Zhu Ya Zao or Chinese Honeylocust Abnormal Fruit), rhizoma alismatis (Ze Xie or Oriental Waterplantain Rhizome), agkistrodon (Qi Shi or dried Long-nosed Pit Viper) and nux prinsepiae (Rui Ren or Hedge Prinsepia Nut). Absolute respect to anyone who fancies taking concoctions like this. In fairness this particular concoction is in a shower gel form and is claimed to have an effective rate of 92.5-95%, is low in toxins and side effects

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Natural Remedies for Hyperhidrosis

Natural Remedies for Hyperhidrosis – Home Remedies

  • Natural Vinegar – Taking natural vinegar and cider vinegar are both good astringents (they make cells contract) and can be taken internally (2 teaspoons with water) on an empty stomach or even rubbed into the affected area. I’ve never seen proof of this but there definitely many remedies based upon this.
  • Tomato Juice – tomatoes are rich in antioxidants, which are a well known to have a positive effect on the entire body and sweating. Drinking a glass of fresh tomato juice every day should help towards the reduction of excessive sweating.
  • Herbal Tea – particularly sage yes, is a recognised aid to reducing uncontrolled and random sweats and also particularly hyperhidrosis of the underarms (Axillary Hyperhidrosis). It’s rich in Vitamin B and magnesium, which reduces the activity in the sweat gland.
  • Potato – rubbing slices of potato are a simple home remedy to reduce sweating in specific areas. Potatoes absorb water and are known as a natural antiperspirant. You can even get the juice from a potato by crushing them and then bottle it to use whenever you need.
  • Witch Hazel – a good astringent used to rub in the affected areas to act as an antiperspirant. Drinking witch hazel tea is also said to be a natural aid too.
  • Baking Soda – this is highly absorbent and can used externally to rub into the sweaty areas. It’s also possible to take a teaspoon with water at night to reduce sweating.
  • Wheatgrass Juice – this neutralises acids in the body and is rich in vitamin B6, protein, vitamin B12, folic acid and vitamin C.
  • Tea Tree Oil – applied in thin layers can help to reduce sweating after a few days of use. It has natural astringents that help to reduce the sweating naturally.
  • Salt Crystals – if mixed with lemon or lime juice and then ribbed together in the hands and rubbed into the affected area can reduce activity in the sweat glands and reduce sweating.


Hypnosis is another of the common recognised natural remedies for hyperhidrosis or ‘alternative’ treatments. You would think this is pretty self explanatory really – the idea is that the person undergoes hypnosis treatment to get rid of their sweating problem.
However it’s not a simple as that really. This type of treatment is probably more useful for ‘secondary hyperhidrosis’, which is sweating caused by a secondary issue, such as obesity or nervous and anxious sweating. In this case the hypnotherapy targets the root cause – the anxiety or overeating.

It’s my humble opinion (and many actual professionals) that hypnosis can’t cure primary hyperhidrosis issues, as there is an underlying medical condition as opposed to something the person can influence externally.

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Acupuncture is one of the oldest known medical procedures known


Acupuncture, is often over looked by western medicine for any illness, and so it’s also overlooked as one of the natural remedies for hyperhidrosis. In my opinion it may be worth pursuing before attempting surgery or prescriptions. Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. All of those fantastic Chinese people just can’t be wrong.

The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques; it stimulates points directly related to excessive sweating. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.

Relatively few complications from the use of hyperhydrosis acupuncture have been reported to the FDA in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used. Still, complications have resulted from inadequate sterilization of needles and from improper delivery of treatments. When not delivered properly, acupuncture can cause serious adverse effects, including infections and punctured organs.

Health care practitioners can be a resource for referral to acupuncturists for hyperhydrosis. More medical doctors, including neurologists, anesthesiologists, and specialists in physical medicine, are becoming trained in hyperhidrosis acupuncture, TCM, and other CAM therapies.

An acupuncture practitioner specializing in excessive sweating, who is licensed with credentials may provide better care than one who is not. About 40 states have established training standards for acupuncture certification, but states have varied requirements for obtaining a license to practice acupuncture.

Homeopathic Medications for Excessive Sweating

This still needs to be included within natural remedies for hyperhidrosis. My own opinion of homeopathic medications however, are those that follow the science – there is no plausible evidence to show that any form of homeopathy actually works. However, I also follow the science of the placebo, and I’m absolutely sure that if someone believes that their homeopathic medicine is definitely going to cure them, there’s every chance that it will, or at least show signs of improvement. The placebo in my opinion is THE only reason that homeopathic medicine could ever work. That said, below I’ve listed a few common homeopathic treatments for sweating below.

Silicea: Silicea is generally used for clammy and sweaty feet.
Acidum hydrofluoricum : This homeopathic remedy is used for curing excessive sweating in the palms and is meant for those, who have a sour odour sweat.
Calcarea : Calcarea treats those patients, who suffer from excessive sweating due to obesity.
Botulinum : This homeopathic remedy cures excessive underarm sweating.

Lifestyle Changes

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Cut down or eliminate these from your diet to reduce sweating

As we can see there are lots of natural remedies for hyperhidrosis and these remedies should extend into our way of life. To ensure you’re at a datum point for sweating then you can follow these tips to recuse sweating:

  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Reduce stress – by all means listen to whale music or whatever works for you.
  • Reduce your caffeine intake, remembering that it’s not just coffee that contains caffeine.
  • Avoid using harsh deodorant or soap that doesn’t suite your skin.
  • Avoid hot baths and showers.
  • Drink more cold drinks and avoid hot drinks
  • Reduce or abstain from drinking alcohol.
  • Stop smoking – I don’t think we need to expand.
  • Don’t take drugs – as above.
  • Avoid eating sugary, spicy and chemically-processed food – try eating organic and healthy foods.
  • Shave your bits! Shave your underarms or other affected area.
  • Wear clothes made of natural fibres, like cotton and silk and so avoid synthetic fabrics, like nylons and polyesters.
  • Make sure your clothes are loose fitting to get more airflow.
  • Lose weight if you are obese or overweight.
  • Keep rooms cool and keep your body as cool as possible where you can.

If you have anything to add or you have experiences of natural remedies for hyperhidrosis to share, please add a comment below.

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September 11th, 2015 by Lee
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Hearing about rumoured or claimed side affects can be a bit scary!

Antiperspirant Side Effects – Is it Scary Stuff?

There are numerous possible and rumoured antiperspirant side effects especially with the clinical strength types that we are seeing more commonly used with treatment for hyperhidrosis.

The main antiperspirant side effects found by many are things like a rash, inflammation and itching. This is quite common but often caused by misuse of the product – not following instructions or using far too much at once.

However there are numerous claims of clinical strength antiperspirants being linked to beast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. I’m NOT A DOCTOR in any way shape or form, but I have done the research on this and just want to give you the findings and my layman’s opinion on the subject.

antiperspirant side effectsFirst Thing’s First – Active Ingredients?

Varying forms of aluminum salts are the main active ingredient within antiperspirants. They reduce the flow of sweat from the sweat gland to the skin surface by creating a temporary ‘plug’ on the sweat duct. Once the duct is blocked the body puts a hold on the delivery of sweat to that duct. Aerosol and roll-on products commonly contain aluminium chlorohydrate. Gels and other solid products are most likely to contain a different aluminium salt called aluminium zirconium.

When you start looking at clinical strength antiperspirants for the treatment of mild to moderate hyperhidrosis we generally see Aluminium chloride used. This is much stronger and can potentially cause the aforementioned rash, inflammation and itching related antiperspirant side effects.

So, I’ve Not Been Killed So Far!

When reading up on side effects it’s very hard to separate the truth from the absolute crud. That said we all know that people love to scaremonger and there have been numerous tactics to scare people into believing that antiperspirants increase the risk of breast cancer or Alzheimer’s. These include emails and internet scare tactics to SELL something. Rumours fly around the internet like locust fly through crops. An article called ‘Can Rumours Cause Cancer is well worth a read.

Antiperspirant and Breast CancerAntiperspirant side effects

Some studies have claimed or at least theorised that aluminium salt based antiperspirants may increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Furthermore they claim that it develops in the part of the breast closest to the armpit. The theory is that the aluminium chemicals are absorbed into the skin and and interact with DNA and possibly cause cancerous alterations in cells. A damn big claim considering the number of women who will contract breast cancer each year.

Flip side – well designed studies of 100’s of women with breast cancer have shown that there is no relation with breast cancer at all. It’s thought that many of the studies relating cancer to antiperspirants were flawed and so produced false results.

Some trash claims are easy to spot as they are generally doing it for ulterior motives – money normally. It’s really difficult though for anyone, including me, to separate the reality from what could be classed as the ‘credible’ side effect claims. I’ve read many reports from actual professional though and my conclusion is that if you have underarm hyperhidrosis and it’s affecting your life, try the antiperspirant. It’s FDA approved and I’ve not seen any evidence that would come close to convincing me of it’s validity.

Antiperspirant and Alzheimer’s

Clinical strength antiperspirants have been linked to Alzheimer’s as I understand it mainly due to studies in the ’60’s that found high levels of aluminium in Alzheimer sufferers brains. It wasn’t just antiperspirants that came under fire though, in fact they questioned the use of aluminium cans and antacids as well.

However, times move on and nobody has repeated these findings since and it appears that aluminium has been exonerated from being a cause of this terrible disease.

Kidney Disease

The FDA requires antiperspirants to carry a warning in line with consulting a doctor before using antiperspirants if you suffer from kidney disease. This was essentially born many years ago when people suffering from kidney disease were given aluminium hydroxide to help control phosphorus levels in their blood. Due to malfunctioning kidneys they couldn’t remove the aluminium quickly enough so it started to build up. It was seen that these build-ups of aluminium were likely to cause dementia.

With antiperspirants though it would be a case of absorbing the aluminium thorough your skin, which is a totally different route of exposure than having a direct aluminium medication. It would be practically impossible to absorb the same amounts through the skin. You would have to literally eat the damn stuff to get anywhere near the same levels.


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September 8th, 2015 by Lee

How to Reduce Sweating – A General Guide

Sweating can occur during all sorts of situations – when emotions are high, when
embarrassed, during intimate moments – in fact there is a fairly endless list. This can be a real source of embarrassment for many

If you sweat excessively you should seek medical advice from your doctor. Underlying causes can be diagnosed and they can professionally tell you how to reduce sweating through various medicines, treatments and tried and tested techniques.

There are other steps you can take that help you reduce sweating and help to increase your confidence and comfort levels. The following points show you how to reduce sweating under every day situations such as at the gym or during work.

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Try higher strength to clinical strength antiperspirants that are far more
effective than your standard deodorants. There are many over the counter versions that have great ratings from hyperhidrosis sufferers and heavy sweaters alike. Of course there are also prescription only deodorants approved by the FDA. There’s a school of thought that these work better at night when it gives the deodorant time to work and clog the sweat du

Working Out

We all want to know how to reduce sweating in the gym and other workout situations. There are a few things you can do to help with this:

Clothing – Choose natural, breathable fabrics such as cotton to help wick sweat away from your body and to allow your body to breathe. This kind of clothing has come on in leaps and bounds in the past few years. There are literally hundreds of sports clothes to choose from – and have a fantastic range.

Footwear – Make sure you change your footwear often. Their are plenty of sweat absorbing socks and inserts available and many very low cost. Many sneakers (trainers for my British chums) are washable

Deodorants and Powders – Use the appropriate deodorants and foot powders that are designed for sports.

Sweating at Work

Sweating during work can be really embarrassing and hold you back during those meetings and social networking events. A simple bit of advice is to take antiperspirants with you to these things – let’s face it most guys have a man-bag these days! There are plenty of antiperspirants for hand application too should you get somewhat sweaty hands during these times. Don’t be afraid to reapply the antiperspirants at intervals during the day to keep the protection topped up.

Try to wear loose clothes in layer where possible. For the gentlemen, wearing a t-shirt or other under garment underneath your work shirt can help to absorb some of the sweat. There are also many underarm pads that you use to fully soak up armpit sweat during your working day. For the lady there are dress shields that do the same job and the use of an absorbent camisole top can be really helpful.

Many men carry a handkerchief with them, and this can be really helpful to wipe away that bit of sweat from your forehead or of course dab your hands so they’re not as sweaty.

Perhaps avoiding the lunchtime spicy foods would be a good option to reduce additional sweaty kickers. I don’t personally know anyone who has a full blown Madras during lunch but there are spicy foods even in salads, such as the friendly jalapeño.


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September 7th, 2015 by Lee

Sweating and Cancer – Introduction

I’m going to discuss sweating and cancer here and try to look at the causes of sweating, the treatments and the things you can try to do or change in order to reduce your sweating.

Cancer or the treatment of cancer can cause excessive sweating. It can an added worry at a time that you could really do without it. It can be embarrassing too but there are many things you can do to reduce the symptoms. As with any medical issue you should speak with your medical professional and seek advice from them.

General Causes of Sweating


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Many factors in your life can contribute to sweating

Sweating keeps you cool and you will always be sweating, even when you don’t really notice it. It’s one way to keep your body temperature regulated. The amount of sweat can depend on a variety of internal and external variables such as:

  • The activity you are undertaking – physical exercise will increase sweating to cool us down.
  • The external temperature – if you’re in a hot and sunny country you’re more likely to sweat
  • The moisture content in the air – the more moisture the harder it is for sweat to evaporate from your skin.
  • Your emotional state – if you’re nervous or angry, you’re likely to sweat more
  • Your wellbeing – if you are ill then you’re more likely to have a hot body temperature and therefore need to sweat more in order to reduce it.
  • Taking medicines – some medicines and treatment can cause sweating, generally as a result of increasing the core temperature of your body.

Sweating and Cancer – The Link

Sweating and cancer are certainly intrinsically linked for many and the things that may cause sweating include:

  • Infection – if you have an infection your core temperature increases as your body fights the infection. This in turn triggers your sweat glands to produce the required cooling.
  • Cancer – many types of cancer can cause sweating. The reason behind this as far as the professionals understand, is for similar reasons as with infection.
  • Hormones – as your hormone levels change you can find yourself with symptoms such as hot flushes and sweating. Cancer patients may find that their hormone levels change from the cancer itself or with treatment.
  • Cancer treatment
    • Men – Hormone treatment in men suffering with prostate or breast cancer  is likely to cause flushing and sweating.
    • Women – Women can be put into an early menopause as a treatment for breast cancer, and this can certainly cause the same flushing and sweating that you would associate with that.
  • Cancer drugs and medicines – Many drug treatments and medicines have side effects that include excessive sweating.

Treatments for Sweating

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Speak with your medical professional about treatments

There are numerous treatments for excessive sweating – many of which are posted across this site and dealt with in detail. To run through the most common in the case of sweating and cancer:

  • Cancer – If cancer is the reason you are experiencing the excessive sweating, then treating the cancer should get rid of the sweating.
  • Infection – If you are suffering from an infection, antibiotics should clear up the infection and stop the sweating.
  • Hormone Levels – When hormone levels are changing because of treatment, you may find that this settles down after some weeks when you body gets used to the treatment and the changes.

There are drugs that can be prescribed to reduce the sweating during cancer treatment or thereafter, and this should be discussed with your medical professional. We won’t go into the details of these drugs but suffice to say that your physician will know that some anti-depressants, epilepsy drugs and hormones can help you with the sweating.

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Cut down or eliminate these from your diet to reduce sweating

Additional Actions to Take

There are also actions you can take that apply to anyone with excessive sweating, such as:

  • Reduce or remove alcohol and caffeine from your diet as these make you sweat more.
  • Avoid eating late in the evening to reduce night sweats – your body can’t do everything at once so let it digest, then sleep.
  • Don’t eat large meals as this raises your temperature and causes sweating.
  • Avoid spicy food, which as many know is a sweat inducer.
  • Keep cool whenever possible – don’t use a thick duvet in bed, wear loose and natural fibre clothing and keep the room temperature cool.

If you have been affected by sweating during cancer treatment, or if you have something to share about your cancer experiences, please add a comment to this page or you can always email me directly if you would like anything added here –


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September 3rd, 2015 by Lee

Living With Hyperhidrosis

Living with hyperhidrosis

Living with hyperhidrosis can be a lonely and draining life.

If you are living with hyperhidrosis, you will already understand that people need to recognise the physical difficulties, the mental cost and of course the monetary cost. People who are living with hyperhidrosis generally don’t share their affliction with people because of the embarrassment this causes. As with any problem not shared, this is detrimental to health in a variety of ways. Some who are affected in the worst possible way even take to staying indoors and avoiding social situations.

As a sufferer myself I understand this and can completely sympathise with anyone who hides away and struggles with ‘normal’ human contact.

What Is The Cost?

As mentioned above there are various ‘costs’ to living with hyperhidrosis:

Physical – When thinking about the physical cost we can’t assume that everyone is a primary hyperhidrosis sufferer.

  • Primary hyperhidrosis being that which is as a direct result of an overactive sympathetic nervous system.
  • Secondary hyperhidrosis is a form of excessive sweating caused by secondary sources such as being overweight, being a smoker, having an unhealthy lifestyle or having some underpinning medical condition.

Secondary physical issues that people living with hyperhidrosis find include an increase in body odour. This is again another reason to avoid many situations in their life.

Mental Health – Living with hyperhidrosis can affect the sufferer’s confidence. This can force them into avoidance of social situations. Removing themselves from normal human contact and socialising can have a huge detrimental effect on their mental health.

Actual Monetary Costs – Cures are not cheap. Iontophoresis can be in the $100’s whether you buy a machine, rent one or pay a clinic to have treatment. Even if you’re buying wipes or antiperspirants, although the cost per item is pretty low, the cost adds up over a long period of time. There’s always a cost to trial and error with the products as well – not all products will be suitable, so finding the ones that do work can be costly.

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Sharing your affliction can bring help and comfort

How Can I Share This With People?

Even though we all know that there are 1000’s of people who are living with hyperhidrosis of some form, it’s really of little help. I do think it’s important though to share this with others and speak to them about your experiences. You’ll be amazed at the REAL advice you can get from REAL people who suffer from this. There are a huge amount of companies that are advertising numerous cures and help advice. In general though companies that are providing a service are trying to sell that service to you.

The most effective way to find out what works and what doesn’t is to speak to those who are in the same situation as you. You’ll find comfort, companionship and oodles of advice and help.

Can Sweaty Solutions Help Me?

I’m an actual sufferer of hyperhidrosis myself and I wholly understand the issues and the problems people have living with hyperhidrosis. My website has been built around an ethos of trying to help people and give them a safe haven to come and discuss their experiences with confidence.

If I find a product that works for people I will try and give reviews of it and point you towards it. However, everyone is individual and you are the only one that can decide what is right for you. With your physician’s advice and with the Sweaty Solutions community, we can hopefully find solutions for everyone and make a smack difference to people’s lives.

If anyone wishes to share their experiences anonymously or have their name credited to their writing, please send me a draft and I will proof and place on the website posts. You can do this either within the comments section or by emailing me directly on


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August 28th, 2015 by Lee

My Back Sweats a Lot

After speaking with a lady recently who says that her back sweats all the time and wanted to know how to cure a sweaty back, I thought I’d push a post through on this and see if this would help. The details of her case are similar to many but rather than just look at her individual case we will take a look at all possible cases.

Why Does My Back Sweat?

A sweaty back can be an indicator and another sign of hyperhidrosis, which affects huge numbers of people, so you’re not alone. Primary hyperhidrosis plays out through overactive sweat glands from a highly active sympathetic nervous system. If you find that you only have a sweaty back under certain conditions, like in bed or while sat on the sofa, there could be some of the other factors involved. Who doesn’t sweat if sat with bare skin on a leather (or ‘pleather’) sofa?

This then could well be secondary hyperhidrosis caused, as the name suggests, by secondary factors including the amount of coffee you drink, the clothes you wear, the types of food you eat and like almost everything else, smoking can also be a contributor. To decide what is causing it you are always advised to get proper diagnosis from your physician.


Most people only think of applying antiperspirant to their underarms, but you can certainly use it on your back if this helps to solve the problem. Other people I’ve spoken to have used clinical strength antiperspirants. This is going to get a little technical but after all the chemical compound speak, it just boils down to it being more effective than your standard antiperspirant.

In general these clinical grade antiperspirants contain things like aluminum chloride and aluminum chlorohydrate, which are just the active ingredients. As if those weren’t enough of a mouthful recently aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine has become a popular active ingredient. I understand that in the US you can buy over-the-counter antiperspirants that consist of between 15 and 25 percent aluminum – depending on the particular compound.


Wearing man made fibres that don’t wick the sweat away or irritate the sweat glands can be a cause of the excessive sweating. Wearing loose clothing and natural fibres is recommended in conjunction with the thin layer of antiperspirant advised above.

Diet and Lifestyle

The types of food and drink you consume can have a huge effect on the amount you sweat. Coffee for example contains caffeine, which is known to stimulate sweat glands can be a contributing factor. Beer and curry are renowned for causing sweats without any medical explanation from me! Leading a healthy lifestyle, including moderate exercise and a balanced diet can reduce sweating pretty quickly.

What if None of This Works?


Of course these simple steps aren’t going to cure all back sweats as some people are primary hyperhidrosis sufferers and may require further investigation. These could be looking at oral medication in conjunction with medical grade antiperspirants, or even Botox injections.

I hope this is of some use to people, and if you wish to ask anything don’t forget you can leave a comment or email me on

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