Sweating is one of the most natural reactions of the human body. It is a natural reaction that occurs for many reasons such as excreting toxins in the body through sweat, such as the excretory system, and keeping the body temperature constant. 

The act of sweating can sometimes be affected by external factors and sometimes triggered by health-based reasons such as menopause. If your sweating problem is excessive, it will reduce your quality of life and affect your social life. To get rid of this problem, you need to identify the cause of your excessive sweating. 

Sweating can be triggered by air temperature and rapid movement. This is a natural physiological reaction in the human body. If you are suddenly sweating without such a trigger and your sweating is accompanied by other symptoms such as chest pain, chills and fever, you should consult a doctor immediately. The nature of the disease will be determined after examinations and your doctor will recommend an appropriate treatment. 

If your sweating is not caused by a disease, it is probably due to reasons such as wrong clothing choices, excessive consumption of spices, alcohol and nicotine consumption. It is important to remember that although sweating is normal for the body, excessive sweating can cause some problems.

What are the side effects of excessive sweat?

Excessive sweating will not only undermine your social life. The necessity to constantly change clothes during the day and the yellowing of the color under the arms of the clothes can be seen as the smallest problem. Because excessive sweating causes abrasion in the area where it is located, itching and inflammation have been observed. It is also known to cause wrinkle formation and discoloration of the skin. 

It is also possible to say that excessive sweating can also leave permanent damage, as the above-mentioned can trigger the formation of sensitivity on the skin. 

Why does sweat smell bad?

Actually, it is not the sweat that smells bad. Bad odor occurs when the sweat excreted from the body meets bacteria. Do not be intimidated by bacteria, not all bacteria are harmful. These bacteria feed on sweat and produce some wastes and this is how sweat odor appears. The reason why sweat odor is more or more malodorous in hairy areas is that these bacteria cling to the hair and live. 

Is it possible to prevent sweating and bad odor?

There are some tricks that can prevent sweating. Most of them are based on balancing body temperature. Also, reducing sweating to zero is not the right demand because your body needs it. With the following precautions, it is possible to reduce your sweating activity to a level that will not affect your life badly and protect you from bad odors that may occur in the sweating process.

  • If you prefer cold water when you drink water, your body temperature will stabilize and sweating will decrease. You can drink cold water as much as possible.
  • Reduce or quit alcohol and smoking.
  • Reduce your consumption of caffeinated drinks such as cola and coffee. 
  • Apply apple cider vinegar to your sweating area with a cotton ball after showering. With its antiseptic properties, it will help you get rid of bacteria and protect you from bad odor.
  • Try to avoid synthetic fabrics. Prefer cotton fabrics because synthetic fabrics do not have moisture balancing properties, increasing heat and triggering sweating.
  • Try to shower every day.
  • Use coconut oil as a moisturizer. You can apply it to the sweating areas after showering. While eliminating bad odors with the acids it contains, it also helps moisturize your skin.
  • Get rid of your hair. Hair causes bad odor because it allows bacteria to cling to the body.
  • Consume detoxes such as green tea and parsley juice. In case of edema, the body activates the sweating mechanism as it wants to remove toxins. 
  • Try to consume foods containing zinc.
  • Try to avoid stress, stress increases the heat in the body and triggers sweating.
  • Eating raisins delays the sweating reaction as it stabilizes body temperature.
  • Try to keep your weight in balance. The overweight body is more prone to sweating.

You should consult a doctor for your excessive sweating problem that does not slow down despite trying the suggestions mentioned above. There are surgical treatments to be applied in regional excessive sweating.

ETS (Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy) Surgery

Surgical intervention is the treatment method that brings the most definitive solution to the problem of excessive sweating. In ETS surgery, the nerve causing sweating is identified and blocked and excessive sweating is prevented. Although sweating is sometimes observed in different areas as a side effect, this problem resolves itself over time. If the problem persists, a second procedure may be required.

Although it varies depending on the area of application, the success rate of this surgery is up to 90%. And studies have shown that patients receiving this treatment do not have recurrent sweating complaints for up to 12 years.