Welcome, my name is Jason Calderon, I'm dermatologist from University of Florida (U.S.). I want to share in this blog methods to control hyperhidrosis, and my experience in various treatments. I hope to help!

How to Stop Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating a body part is a disease that affects millions of people worldwide. In the West, 1 in 25 people suffer and in Asia, 1 in 5 people, between 1% and 3% of a population suffers from this disease, which is characterized by the sweating in a region of the body, not controlled by the conscious, which leads to a loss of confidence in themselves as well as being a personal illness, since there are different types of patterns.
How to Stop Hyperhidrosis? How to Stop Sweating?
Two thirds of the sweat glands in men and women are located in the hands. Sweating is a physiological phenomenon of our body designed to maintain a stable body temperature of 37 ° C. By evaporation of sweat is consumed excess heat from the body and, in a situation of excessive heat, it allows the removal of heat and thereby protecting the body. This mechanism is regulated by the autonomic nervous system and, more specifically, the sympathetic system. There is talk of hyperhidrosis when regulating this mechanism is altered and excessive sweating occurs somewhere in the body. The most common manifestation of hyperhidrosis is called "Hyperhidrosis". However, hyperhidrosis can also affect other areas of the body, such as the armpits, feet, trunk and thighs. About 1% to 3% of the population suffers from hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is divided into primary and secondary, by cause. Is called primary when we are facing a phenomenon idiopathic (whose causes are not known). This is the most common form. It usually begins in adolescence. Anxiety can be a trigger hyperhidrosis rate, but often, establishing a vicious circle: Sweating creates anxiety and, in turn, creates more anxiety sweating. Hyperhidrosis creates social inhibition, as t-shirts or shirts have large sweat stains on the armpits. Secondary hyperhidrosis is spoken of when it is a manifestation of another disease process, such as hyperthyroidism, hormonal therapy or hormonal dysfunction (menopause, psychiatric illnesses).

A condition is very debilitating to the patient's life and at the same time, little known up to the same physicians or specialists in the skin, which makes these patients feel totally disadvantaged and with great psychological trauma because it is a circle one cycle that ends. They just feel excluded from society and do not know what to do, so try several treatments which have momentary results and too few troops. There is loss of confidence in themselves, usually do not shake hands, which affects the individual's relationship with the people around you, because I feel afraid that wet. 

The sweating can occur at any time, even in cold and quiet moments. They can not stop sweating even if they wanted and not control it. Since newborn babies with the syndrome have hands or feet are wet. These patients are very poorly understood because, until much of their doctors, are unaware of this pathology and dismiss the patient and just go around the world radically alone, have social isolation, family, work and, often, affective up fear and phobia that know they have hyperhidrosis. 

It is the patient who is always near his washcloth to wipe the sweat, hand, or, those who have always sweaty armpits with sweat stained shirts. It affects women and men regardless of race or age, although some ethnic groups suffer more than others. Sudan despite the temperature of the environment in times of complete tranquility and they are under much more stress sweat. Sweating is profuse, noticeable and disabling. 

As we said is a very little known even by the same doctors and specialists, as well as being very poorly managed, even empirically, with any number of solutions unscientific and not caused by neurosis, nor endocrinological disease and less Moreover, a skin disease. It is a neurological disease and, as such, should be treated. 

As additional information we know that the human body has two types of nervous system, somatic and autonomic. The somatic nervous system or volunteer is the one that gives the sensation of heat, position, pressure, control the muscles that move to adopt different positions we want. The autonomic or involuntary nervous system regulates many of our functions without conscious control, such as heart rate and perspiration, which is important for temperature regulation. Patients with hyperhidrosis are prevented from performing routine activities and crises may be precipitated by stress, emotions, exercise, but can also occur spontaneously.

Types of Hyperhidrosis

Types of Hyperhidrosis, sweat ArmpitsThere are several ways or presentation of the disease, each person is a different being so its many forms. 

Secondary Hyperhidrosis

It is a condition of excessive sweating widespread throughout the body. The causes of this are diseases such as chronic infections, hyperthyroidism, autoimmune disorders or tumors. These conditions will be diagnosed by a specialist and do not respond to sympathectomy. 

Hyperhidrosis on Hands

They are the hands that are constantly very humid, this can occur independently or in combination with sweating armpits arms or feet. Findings may also include facial flushing (reddening of the face), is caused by over-stimulation of the sweat glands by the sympathetic nervous system. These symptoms occur even in cold temperature environments and the hand is cold and pale. 

Axillary Hyperhidrosis

Excessive sweating under the arms, breasts and back. Also occurs with palmar hyperhidrosis, feet and facial flushing. The clothes are always wet armpits and a big sweat stain. These people use a lot of black clothes and never wear flannels. 

Axillary Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis on Feet

Is excessive sweating of the feet for the same cause overstimulation of the sympathetic nerve system. In plantar hyperhidrosis nerves that stimulate the foot come from the thoracic and lumbar chains.

Approximately 70% of patients with plantar hyperhidrosis benefit thoracic sympathectomy, or treatment of hyperhidrosis of the upper body for sweating of the feet. No lumbar sympathectomy is recommended because it produces retrograde ejaculation in men and in women, urinary incontinence or inability of bladder control. We do not perform lumbar sympathectomy. 

Hyperhidrosis on Face

It is an abnormal physiological response in response to a variety of emotional stimuli. The mechanism is involuntary and is aggravated by anxiety. Although facial redness can occur without stress or anxiety.

The physiological flushing occurs in some individuals, but usually occurs in special situations. But people with severe facial redness present the "Tomato Face" all the time, neck, neck and ears are also affected and has a bright red color.

Those affected may develop a condition called social phobia anxious severely affecting their quality of life. These symptoms usually occur with palmar hyperhidrosis.

Home Remedies for Smelly Armpits

Home Remedies for Smelly Armpits


Mix willow bark tea with borax and then wet armpits with this preparation.


With the armpits or feet clean and thoroughly dry baking apply using a cotton swab.
Bicarbonate prevents odor and maintains the dry zone longer even is incorporated in many of the deodorant on the market.

Vinegar and alcohol for odor in the armpits

Mix two parts vinegar with alcohol and apply every night in the armpits and feet clean. Beware of possible injuries they have at the moment, but it will burn a little pass.

Infusions to sweat less

Prepare an infusion with five tablespoons of dried sage per liter of water, boil for 15 minutes. Then strain, book and drink a cup daily on an empty stomach, preferably cold.

This herb helps to normalize the activity of the sweat glands and decrease perspiration as it has antiperspirant properties. Drinking tea preferably cold.


Peel and cut a potato into slices. Place a few under the arms and repeat a few times renewing the slices. Allow the area to air dry for finally applying a deodorant.

Aloe vera

Apply the juice content in its leaves clean and dry underarms.
Aloe vera acts as a natural deodorant, helps fight fungus and improves skin appearance. Note that may stain clothing if it is dark.

Lemon Juice

Apply lemon juice on the underarms after bathing or make a masita mixed with some baking soda to remove the odor.

Pine leaves

One of the natural ways to fight sweat is bathing with pine needles.


If you notice signs of irritation means that your skin is sensitive, so I recommend trying another remedy after your skin has improved.

Study About Smelly Armpits

Smelly Armpits
The dermatology faculty of University of Florida, U.S. conducted a study on what people thought of body odor, smelly specifically the armpits. We did a survey of 7 questions about this subject to one hundred randomly selected people in the city of Tampa, Florida. The questions were:

Answer Yes or No.

1. Do you suffer from smelly somewhere in the body?
5% Yes   95% No

2. You know anyone who suffers from bad smell?
90% Yes   10% No


3. You know anyone who suffers from smelly armpits?
85% Yes   15% No

4. Do you think the odor in the armpits is because that person is not hygienic?
80% Yes   20% No

5. Hyperhidrosis or know about Bromhidrosis?
5% Yes   95% No

6. Did you know that 90% of cases of bad odor or excessive underarm sweating due to the conditions mentioned in the previous question?
25% Yes   75% No

7. Knowing now that 90% of people suffering from bad odor or excessive underarm sweating is due to suffering from these conditions, continues to believe that these people are not hygienic?
40% Yes   60% No

This survey reveals that a large percentage of the population, at least in the U.S., do not know anything about hyperhidrosis.
More people need to know about this problem, because ignorance bring psychological effects due to hyperhidrosis sufferers and those who do not.

Compensatory Sweat

Compensatory SweatCompensatory sweat is a strange behavior of the body, manifested in nearly 70% of individuals, and in 99% of persons suffering hyperhidrosis. Sweat is basically compensatory accumulation of sweat on a body part in which there is no sweat, you sweat more than usual in this area, ie to stop sweating in any part of the body, the sweat will stop in another area. 

This phenomenon is very common in people who fail to control underarm sweating, and sweat will stop controlled in the back, forehead or buttocks. This happens because when we sweat, the body releases toxins and fluid to hydrate the skin, the sweat can not be stopped, can be controlled in a body part but there will always be released. 

The compensatory sweating is a natural response of the body, so it can not be fixed, and it's better this way because it is worse than the sweat want to be released and can not leave the body. 

Now, this problem has a solution, but this solution is a bit radical. In a previous post talk about the sympathectomy, this is a surgical method that removes the in the sweat glands of the body, I I promote this method because it is a permanent solution to excessive sweating. But I also recommend trying to control hyperhidrosis and leave this method as a last resort. The compensatory sweating is not a big problem, so you can easily tolerate. But if you're unhappy with this, you can think of the aforementioned method.