How to Control Sweating

May 29, 2015
Control Sweating | Physician One

When emotions and/or temperatures run high, many people experience increased sweating that can cause self-consciousness and embarrassment. While sweating is key to helping the body cool itself, it's not a welcome occurrence at work and in social situations. To curb overactive glands and hide the appearance of sweat, try the following options:

  • Use a prescription-strength deodorant
  • Try applying deodorant at night before you sleep
  • Choose breathable, lightweight clothing
  • Wear athletic clothing that helps wick away moisture
  • Don't re-wear soiled clothing
  • Change your socks often
  • Use absorbent powders to keep sweat to a minimum
  • Keep antiperspirants and/or deodorants with you
  • Wear layered clothing year-round
  • Choose clothing with looser weaves to stay cooler
  • Keep a handkerchief with you at all times
  • Avoid spicy foods
  • Wear lighter-colored clothing which will help keep you cooler
  • Don't wear hats, which can trap in body heat
  • Bring along a change of clothes
  • Use breathable, lightweight, absorbent bedding

Confidence Can Help
Many times, anxiety about excessive sweating can actually trigger the problem. By always carrying antiperspirants, deodorants, handkerchiefs and fresh clothing, you may be able to reduce your stress and mitigate the problem before it gets out of control.
When to See a Doctor
In some cases, excessive sweating is owed to a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. It can also be caused by a range of other physical problems, including acromegaly, anxiety, heart disease and other health issues. If you've experienced uncontrolled sweating, see your doctor for an evaluation and to learn about potential treatment options.

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