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Excess Sweating and Alcohol – You do not want to know this!

Well here in the UK summer has arrived for 2009. I have just spent an idyllic afternoon sitting in my garden in the sunshine. the temperature must have hit 25% centigrade which is very pleasant without being too hot.

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Click Photo To Stop Sweating

There is even a cooling breeze wafting across the lawn and I am as cool as a cucumber. So Here I am sitting in the full sun and not a bead of sweat anywhere. Well OK maybe the odd signs of sweating but nothing to worry about. Certainly not the usual excess sweat I am used to having.

Alcohol and Excess Sweating

Then what do I do. I decide that the afternoon would be even more perfect if I had a glass of wine. That was a big mistake. Halfway through my glass of pinot grigio I can feel my temples welling up. Sure enough a few moments later There is sweat pouring down my face. I always find that alcohol affects my face more than anywhere else. Facial sweating is so hard to hide. I was sitting in my patio chair reading a book and my face was like rivers of sweat.

The Bad News About Sweat and Alcohol

For many people with a sweat problem alcohol is the trigger. For some it is the only trigger. For others it is one of a set of triggers. As well as an immediate onset of excess sweat you also will find that you sweat too much in bed. I have often woken up in the middle of the night dripping with sweat because of drinking wine or other alcohol during the previous day.

The Main Culprits

This is not a scientific list – just what I have discovered from experience. I find that certain drinks have a greater affect than others. The worst one by far is white wine. In particular sweet and medium white wine. Then there are sparkling wines, ciders and champagnes. Following this are strong beers and lagers. Then alcoholic drinks that have the least affect on excessive sweating are spirits and red wines.

Alcohol is not good for excess sweat

Alcohol is not good for excess sweat

The best thing to do of course is to abstain completely from alcohol which is what I do most of the time. This afternoon I simply couldn’t resist the idea of a glass of wine on a lovely English summer afternoon. My own fault really.

For more information on alcohol and the causes and cures of excessive sweating click here. the Stop sweating and start living information is just the best.

Body Odor – Do you have a real long term problem or is the answer simple?

Body odor can have a serious cause or it can be simple neglect of the obvious. But sometimes even though we know we have a body odor problem we do not do the simple things to combat the problem.

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So, before looking at what may be the cause, check out the following steps to curing body odor.

  • Take a bath or a shower. Blindingly obvious but you need to bathe or shower regularly.
  • When you dry yourself make sure you do a good job. Bacteria like damp areas so dry yourself thoroughly after bathing
  • Change your clothes on a frequent basis. Particularly your underwear. Your body is giving off skin cells and bacteria all the time and your underwear is closest to where the action is.

Actually it is not your sweat that smells but the bacteria that develops with your sweat. The odor comes only after bacteria or fungi on the skin’s surface break down the fat in sweat to form chemicals that smell.
So if you do all these things and you have a continuing body odor problem then you may have a long term problem that needs medical help. But try the simple things first. Do you really have a sweat problem or are you just being lazy about bathing and changing clothes.
If you do the simple things and you still have a sweat problem then you may have a skin infection or a dietary problem that needs medical advice.

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