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Dealing with excessive sweating

Dealing with excessive sweating

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Most people sweat at least a little when they’re hot or have been exerting themselves. It’s completely normal and the body’s natural response to cool us down. In fact, the majority of people expel around a litre of sweat every day but as most of this evaporates as soon as it appears we don’t really notice it.

While sweating is completely natural and not at all medically dangerous, some people find that it can be an embarrassing problem that can make them physically and psychologically uncomfortable. If you suffer from excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, there are some things you can do to help reduce it and alleviate the problem.

Underlying conditions

Hyperhidrosis is a condition in its own right but it can also be a symptom of an underlying health problem. Obesity, diabetes, an overactive thyroid and high blood pressure can all contribute to excessive sweating so it’s important to rule these out and treat the root cause.


Most people who sweat a lot do use sprays and roll-ons to try to manage the problem. However, it’s important that you choose an antiperspirant rather than just a deodorant. Deodorants simply mask or neutralize the odours that may come from sweat but antiperspirants work to stop you producing the sweat in the first place. Carry a travel sized antiperspirant in your bag so that you can reapply whenever you feel you need it. As sweat glands are at their most active in the mornings, it’s best to apply antiperspirant in the evening to give it plenty of time to work before it’s needed.


Wear light loose fabrics made from natural fibres and avoid man-made synthetics and tight clothing. Black or heavily patterned clothes can help reduce the visibility of wet patches or sweat stains. If you suffer from excessive sweating on your feet then it’s best to choose sports socks that are designed to absorb moisture and change them at least twice a day. Shoes made from real leather, canvas or mesh can also help minimise sweating.

Avoid triggers

Dealing with excessive sweatingLearn to recognise triggers that can cause you to sweat more. For example, caffeine and spicy foods can activate the sweat glands, making your body produce more sweat. Switch to decaf coffee and opt for milder curries and you may notice a difference. Cigarettes and alcohol are also best avoided as they can have a similar effect.

Armpit shields

If you sweat most from the armpits then you may want to consider using armpit shields. These stick to the inside of your clothing and absorb the sweat before it reaches your clothes. As well as keeping your clothes dry, they can also make your skin feel more comfortable as they attract the moisture away from your body. Most are disposable so you can change them as often as you like.

Visit your GP

You may not feel like your sweating is a health problem but if you’re uncomfortable or embarrassed by it then you should see your doctor, after all that’s what they are there for. There are treatments available for sufferers of hyperhidrosis so there’s no point in living with the misery it can cause if you don’t have to.








About Maria Brett

About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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