For some unlucky people, the problems associated with sweating extends far beyond wet armpits or stinky feet. If fact, there’s a small percentage of the population who simply sweat too much. Besides creating socially awkward situations, this condition, otherwise known as hyperhidrosis, can sometimes be a symptom of an underlying medical condition that needs to be treated.
Thankfully, most people can get relief from their hyperactive sweat glands with these tips:
Visit your doctor
Before you take any steps to eliminate or treat your excessive sweating, be sure to talk to a doctor first. There are literally dozens of conditions that can cause you be be sopping wet all day long. Heavy sweating that is a symptom of an underlying medical condition is known as secondary generalized hyperhidrosis. Treating the condition will generally eliminate the sweating.
When it’s not a symptom of a larger problem
Unfortunately, for about 1-3% of the population they just sweat too much. This condition is called primary focal hyperhidrosis. There is no underlying medical cause, it’s not a symptom of anything, and there’s no medical complications from the condition. However, you should still speak with your doctor as treatment options are be available. These treatment plans can help those who can’t stop sweating enjoy a normal life without embarrassment or constantly having to change clothing.
Learn the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant
You have a lot of options for underarm sweat management. Generally, these options fall into two categories: deodorant and antiperspirant. Deodorant has ingredients that attack the bacteria that produce bad smells when you sweat. Antiperspirant, on the other hand, prevents you from sweating in the first place. For best results, buy the antiperspirant with the highest percentage of active ingredients.
Apply antiperspirant at night
Most people slater on antiperspirant in the morning just before they had out the door or before exercising. However, the most effective time to put antiperspirant on is when you’re not going to perspire; for the large majority of the population, this is at night. Putting antiperspirant on at night allows the active ingredient to really work into your sweat glands, keeping you nice and dry the next day.
Don’t limit antiperspirant to armpits
Many people find relief from hyperhidrosis by applying antiperspirant to locations other than their armpits. However, please consult with your doctor first as some sensitive areas aren’t ideal for antiperspirant.
If you find that you can’t stop perspiring, don’t sweat it. The first step is to seek medical attention. From there, your doctor can determine if your excessive sweating is a symptom of a larger issue, or a very treatable condition. Once you find a treatment that works for you, enjoy staying dry all day long.