Sweating armpits are uncomfortable, not to mention embarrassing. Picture a scenario where you have a really important meeting and presentation, only to look down and see the embarrassing sweat already formed around your armpit region.
While shaving regularly and showering twice daily are practices that have been known to reduce excessive sweating armpits, this problem sometimes persists still and you are left with the discomfort and embarrassment of that constant dark patch under your armpits.
What Causes Excessive Sweating Armpits?
Most people experience excessive sweating because their bodies are built that way. Try as they might, they just seem to sweat a lot more than usual. For a few others however, excessive sweating can be a symptom of one or more underlying health conditions.
According to Mayo Clinic, excessive sweating that isn't linked to any health complication is referred to as primary or focal hyperhidrosis and is somewhat hereditary.
People with primary hyperhidrosis usually sweat in certain parts of the body like their palms, underarms, face or feet. However, this type of excessive sweating is usually not a cause for alarm and most health practitioners would treat it as such.
Secondary hyperhidrosis, on the other hand, is excessive sweating that comes about as a result of one or more underlying health conditions.
From research, health conditions that could make you sweat excessively include malaria, fever, infection, diabetes, side effects of certain medications, hyperthyroidism, menopause, tuberculosis, leukemia, and heart attack. Other factors that could likely bring on episodes of excessive sweating include stress, obesity, and anxiety disorder.
People who sweat excessively almost always experience excessive armpit sweating and since this armpit sweat gets broken down by bacteria, it ends up producing that unpleasant armpit odour we all would love to avoid.
Remedies for Excessive Sweating Armpits
The good news with excessive underarm sweating is that it can be managed and in most cases, eliminated completely. There are tons of remedies you can adopt if you do suffer from this condition.
1. Armpit Pads
Armpit pads, also called garment guards or dress shield , are breathable cotton pads that you attach to your clothing or underarm to keep it dry. These pads will absorb excessive sweat to protect your clothing and armpit stain.
Armpit pads come with adhesive on one side so you stick it to your dress and an absorbent surface on the other to soak up that sweat.
If you're short on these armpit pads but still need a quick fix, then a quick alternative you can use is panty liners as they perform the same same functions.
Another effective remedy for sweating armpits you can use is antiperspirant deodorants.
Antiperspirant deodorants are terrific in controlling excessive sweating armpits. However, you should opt for one that's clinically string and offers up to 48 hours protection for best results..
While deodorants are great and been known to reduce or even combat this excessive sweating problem, you should know they contain a lot of toxic chemicals that get into the bloodstream overtime and are likely to cause one or more health challenges. They are also likely to irritate sensitive skin.
So, if you are skeptical about store-bought deodorants here are some deodorant alternatives you can use with great results:
Deodorant Alternatives to Try Out
Deodorant Alternative #1: Aloe Vera
One of the best natural remedies for managing excessive sweat is aloe vera. This simple-looking plant is a power house and will help regulate your excessive sweat problem in no time.
Aloe vera is anti-bacteria and antioxidant which is also effective in combating the bacteria that mixes with sweat to produce that unfriendly odour.
To use, apply fresh aloe vera juice over your armpit and allow it get dry before wearing your clothes.
Deodorant Alternative #2: Lemon or Lime juice
If aloe vera isn't your thing or you don't have it readily available, then a good alternative you can turn to is fresh lime or lemon juice.
Lemon (or lime) contains a natural acid that regulates excessive armpit sweating. To use cut one lemon or lime into two halves, rub one all over your armpit, leave for five minutes so the juice gets dried and you are good to go!
Using lemon juice is great as it doesn't just make for a great antiperspirant, it also doubles as an odour neutralizer.
Deodorant Alternative #3: Apple Cider Vinegar
This is yet another effective remedy for excessive underarm sweating. Like lemon juice, apple cider vinegar also neutralizes odour and using this will bring your confidence back if you suffer from odour caused by sweating armpits.
To use, mix one half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with the same quantity of water and using a cotton ball, lightly dab at your underarm. This solution dries quickly and you can resume your regular activities in no time.
Deodorant Alternative #4: Alcohol
Alcohol is another remedy for sweating armpit odour as it kills the bacteria responsible for this smell. To use, dip a cotton ball in some alcohol and dab at your armpits after your bath.
Deodorant Alternative #5: Coconut Oil
When settling for a natural antiperspirant, coconut oil is one alternative a lot of people go for due to its pleasant aroma.
This oil is also antimicrobial and will eliminate the bacteria in sweat. To use, lightly dab 1/8th of a teaspoon under your arm using cotton ball and the odour ceases.
For a more effective result, you should add half a teaspoon if baking soda and scrub at your armpits to neutralize all odour.
6. Deodorant Alternative #6: Cornstarch
Cornstarch is antiperspirant and should be applied under dry armpits after your bath. For a more lasting effect, mic six parts cornstach with one part baking soda with a little water and apply to your underarm. Let this sit for 20-30 minutes and gently rinse off.
Deodorant Alternative #7: Milk of Magnesia
Milk of magnesia is also known to neutralize odour and is a great choice for some people experiencing sweating underarm. With the aid of a cotton ball, dab a little quantity under your arm, leave to dry, and the effect kicks in.
by Muobo Isivwe Appah
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