The Science Behind Sweating
Some Causes for Excessive Sweating
Hormonal (endocrine) disorders
An overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism), low blood sugar levels, certain pituitary gland disorders.
Drugs (Prescription & Non-Prescription)
Antidepressants; aspirin (Ecotrin™, Aspergum™) and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs); some drugs for diabetes; caffeine; theophylline (Bronkodyl™, Theolair™); withdrawal from addictive substances such as alcohol, tobacco, or opioids
Nervous System Disorders
Injuries, dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, damage to certain nerves by cancer
Lymphoma and leukemia (these diagnoses usually come with the side effect of night sweats)
Tuberculosis, heart infection (endocarditis), severe fungal infections of the entire body, fevers from viral infections such as colds (rhinovirus) and flu (influenza)
Carcinoid syndrome, pregnancy, menopause, anxiety
What is Hyperhidrosis?
People with excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) sweat profusely, and some sweat almost constantly.
Sweat is the body’s natural reaction to heat and stress. People who are exposed to very warm environments, experience anxiety, or who come down with a fever will sweat to bring down their body’s core temperature. However, people who suffer from excessive sweating tend to sweat even without these circumstances. Excessive sweating may affect the entire surface of the skin, but often it is limited to the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, armpits, or genital area.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
It is estimated that over eight million Americans have issues with hyperhidrosis, but many do not discuss it with their physician. However, there a number of disorders and medications that can cause excessive sweating. Some of these include antidepressants (e.g., fluoxetine, citalopram), diabetes medications (e.g., metformin), overactive thyroid, certain types of cancer, fever from viral and bacterial infections, and severe anxiety.
Many dermatologists feel that sweat still has a lot of negative connotations in our society, including deviousness and poor hygiene. Therefore, someone who sweats excessively will be extremely self-conscious how they feel about themselves, and how others feel about them. It’s no wonder people who sweat excessively are frequently anxious about their condition. Unfortunately, worrying about it will make them sweat more, and the embarrassment they feel may lead to social withdrawal. The cycle will continue and ultimately decrease a person’s quality of life.
Meanwhile, severe, chronic wetness can make the affected areas (hands, underarms, feet, and groin) white, wrinkled, and cracked. Sometimes the area becomes red and inflamed. The affected area may emit a foul odor (bromhidrosis) due to the breakdown of sweat by bacteria and yeasts that live on the surface of the skin. Clothing may become soaked with sweat, leading to unsightly stains detergents and stain lifters aren’t able to budge.
How Do Antiperspirants Work?
Excessive sweating can be controlled with commercial antiperspirants sold at pharmacies and grocery stores. Antiperspirants work best when applied to clean, dry skin. The product forms a temporary plug in the skin’s pores, preventing the sweat glands from pushing out water and electrolytes in the form of sweat. As the skin naturally flakes off the antiperspirant plugs will be shed as well.
Monray Antiperspirant: the Most Effective Treatment for Hyperhidrosis
For people who suffer from excessive sweating, stronger treatment is often needed, and that’s where Monray Antiperspirant comes in. Monray’s formula is an aluminum chloride solution that works best when applied during your rest period, when your sweat glands are least active. The skin must be cleaned and dried thoroughly to ensure proper application. The product is then sprayed or rolled on and allowed to dry. While you are asleep Monray Antiperspirant goes to work to block your sweat glands and prevent sweat production.
After several days of regular use some patients report they are able to skip a day between treatments. Many patients report the product is still effective up to 8 days after application. Imagine being able to stay sweat-free for 8 whole days!
1(Taylor M. et al 45 day efficacy and tolerability study of Monray Antiperspirant double blind, placebo controlled study.)
Deodorants don’t stop sweat-
Remember, deodorants only cover up the odor. They don’t stop the sweat glands from producing sweat. If you want to stop sweat, you have to use a antiperspirant.
Monray Antiperspirant is proven to be the strongest USA-produced antiperspirant on the market.