Inguinal hyperhidrosis is a form of hyperhidrosis that produces intense sweating in the groin area and inner thighs. In most cases the excessive sweating begins by the age of 25 at the latest and continues on throughout adulthood. Like other forms of hyperhidrosis such as severe armpit sweating, excess sweating in the groin region can be exceptionally embarrassing as it can cause wet marks and stains in the impacted area which can be noticeable in public settings.
The groin area is full of both eccrine sweat glands and apocrine sweat glands and is similar to the armpit area as it’s where our bodies are most prone to sweating naturally. Because our groin area is typically covered by clothing excessive sweating and skin discomfort can occur much easier than in other parts of our body. With the lack of air circulation in the groin area and an inability to remain cool and dry, skin disorders can develop such as: chafing, sweat rash, fungal infections such as jock itch (tinea cruris).
Chafing – Is the irritation of the skin caused by prolonged rubbing of skin and can occur when the area rubbing is moist. This is a common problem in athletes during a workout and physical activity.
Sweat Rash – Is a very itchy and uncomfortable condition caused when the sweat glands in the affected area become blocked with bacteria and dead skin cells. This stops the sweat glands from working properly causing the sweat to be trapped under the skin which causes a rash. This is a very common athletic condition.
Jock Itch – Is a ringworm of the groin (not actually a worm but a fungus). It is a fungal skin infection that is highly contagious and can spread through contact and clothing. It’s called jock itch because it is a condition that regularly occurs in athletes.
The physical conditions above can be difficult, irritating and painful. However, there are several things you can do to help manage the symptoms and provide relief:
1 – Wear clothing in the groin area that is breathable and allows air circulation – Wear underwear that is made from moisture wicking material. Think athletic gear material that is high performance like Nike, Under Armor, etc. Moisture wicking fabric pulls sweat and perspiration away from the skin and onto the exterior fabric.
2 – Keep the affected area dry – Baby powder and talcum powder will keep your groin area dry however if you excessively sweat the powder may clump. You may need to look at medicated powders that not only keep you drying by prevents chafing as well. There are numerous absorbent powders that help deal with excess moisture as well as bad odor.
3 – Keep your skin lubricated – Keeping your skin moist using a lubricant will reduce the amount of friction as well as skin irritation. Vaseline and baby oil are good options however can make a mess of clothing. You can also try non – greasy lubricants that don’t leave water marks or stains.
4 – Keep your hair – Hair is a natural barrier between our skin and our clothing. It can also help air circulate. If you shave your hair it prevents natural mechanisms your body has in place. This may not be an ideal solution for those who don’t like hair in private areas however may be a necessary if sweating and chafing is excessive.
5 – Do not use perfume or cologne to mask odor – While you may think that applying products to make you smell better will work it can actually have the opposite effect and make you smell worse. Also, you risk an allergic reaction or further irritation to the affected area.
6 – Lose weight – This is an obvious one. Less weight often equals less sweat production. If you are overweight this is one for you to consider.
7 – Drink lots of water – Water keeps your system hydrated and lubricated. It also keeps your body cool and regulates body temperature.
8 – Use a deodorant soap – This will prevent the return of any bacteria build up. Also, it’s important to splash your groin area with cold water after a hot shower. The cold water will seal up pores and reduce the amount you sweat.
When dealing with any form of excessive sweating and hyperhidrosis it’s important that you look at what underlying triggers are causing you to sweat too much. While there are many things you can do to temporarily relieve symptoms and discomfort you will find yourself continually battling your sweating disorder without actually solving the problem. You can find more information on curing your excessive sweating by visiting Control My Sweat.
Source by Maxim Clark