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What is Head Sweating?
Our bodies have millions of sweat glands all over, including all over the head and face, and they play a vital role in the natural process of thermo-regulation. When the body gets too hot, hormones stimulate these sweat glands to release sweat which evaporates and in turn cools down the body. However, in some cases, something goes wrong in this process and the result is excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis.
Excessive head or facial sweating can be a difficult problem to deal with, and unlike many other types of sweating, head sweating is very difficult to hide and may lead to feelings of embarrassment and social concern. It may appear also on the cheeks, chin, ears, face, forehead, head, neck, scalp, temples, upper lip, and even the hairline.
What Causes Head Sweating?
In some cases, excessive head sweating can be caused by certain medications, or an underlying condition such as a thyroid problem, and so it is important to seek a medical opinion for any excessive sweating, especially if it is a new problem.
There is also evidence to suggest that frequent washing of hair with certain shampoos can increase the likelihood of head sweating. In most cases however, excessive head sweating is a chronic problem that is caused by an overactive sympathetic nervous system for which there is little known cause. There are also a number of factors that may trigger excessive sweating including heat, anxiety, stress and other emotional reactions such as anger.
Help for Head Sweating
Tips for managing head sweating
- Keep cool. Wear loose fitting and light clothing which allows your skin to breathe. Cotton and linen are great, but avoid synthetic fabrics and silks whenever you can. If the rest of your body is cool then you are less likely to break out in a head sweat.
- Keep a handkerchief or two on you at all times so that you can dab the sweat off your face. Knowing you have one on you will make you feel more relaxed and confident.
- Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and replace lost fluids.
- Whenever possible, try walking barefoot or open shoes. This helps cool the entire body.
- Make sure you eat a healthy balance diet with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Foods to avoid include spicy foods, and strong smelling foods such as garlic, onion and hot peppers.
- Manage your stress and anxiety levels. This can be done by taking up some relaxation exercises such as deep breathing, medication or yoga.
- Avoid wearing tight fitting caps and hats as this will make head sweating worse.
- Try switching to a natural shampoo, and if you blow dry your hair, then keep the hairdryer on the coolest setting.