What is excessive sweating?
Excessive sweating occurs when someone sweats without the triggers of heat or physical activity. This can have a big impact on how people feel about themselves and their day-to-day life. But there are ways to deal with excessive sweating.
Only 1% of people who experience excessive sweating also have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. This is thought to occur as a result of overactive sweat glands, but the exact cause is unknown. Hyperhidrosis can produce up to five times more sweat than is normally required.
Some people may experience excessive sweating all over their body as a result of medical conditions or particular medications – this is called secondary hyperhidrosis.
How can I stop excessive sweating?
There are products and treatments that can help with excessive sweating. Extra protection antiperspirants have double the strength of normal antiperspirants and can make a big difference if you sweat excessively.
Making a few lifestyle changes can also help:
- Avoid sweat triggers like spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol.
- Avoid synthetic fabrics and wear loose-fitting clothing.
- Wear shoes and socks made from natural materials that draw moisture away from the feet like cotton, linen and bamboo.
- Change your clothes regularly and wash and dry them properly to avoid body odour and sweat patches.
If you’ve already tried the methods listed above, don’t worry – other treatments and medical procedures are also available. These can include medication, specialised treatments, and some cosmetic surgeries. Thoroughly discuss all options with your doctor or healthcare practitioner to find the best solution for you.