Sweat is normal, but it shouldn’t dominate your life! If your sweat is ruining clothing or keeping you from socializing or working, it’s likely you have a condition called hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating.
Many people live with hyperhidrosis, but it is treatable. If you are experiencing excessive sweating, talk to your doctor. Your doctor will suggest several different treatment options to combat your sweat. Now, outside of your doctor’s suggestions, there are some things you can do in your daily life to keep your sweat under control.
As a hyperhidrosis physician and surgeon, I would like to share some tips and ideas for you to use throughout your day to help combat your sweat.
- Make sure you’re using an antiperspirant and not just a deodorant. Deodorant only blocks odor, it doesn’t block sweat. Buy a combination antiperspirant/deodorant. If an over-the-counter antiperspirant/deodorant doesn’t work for you, purchase a clinical or prescription-strength antiperspirant. The higher level of aluminum is what clogs the sweat glands. Ask your doctor for a prescription if you need something stronger. Apply antiperspirant in the morning and at night.
- Keep yourself hydrated. If you’re properly hydrated, your body temperature will remain lower, which can reduce your sweating.
- Shop for sweat-proof and sweat-resistant clothing. These articles of clothing can help block your sweat from getting on other articles of clothing.
- Carry an additional antiperspirant/deodorant with you in a bag/purse or keep in in your work desk so you have a back up during the day.
- Wear patterns, prints, and dark colors to hide sweat as much as possible.
- Wear breathable clothing.
- Avoid spicy foods – they raise your body temperature which can make you sweat.
- Don’t cover your head when exercising or spending time outdoors – you will produce more sweat this way as your head will overheat.
- Sleep on cotton sheets with a light blanket or comforter.
- Sleep with a fan or AC on.
If you experience excessive sweating or have been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, you should talk to a doctor about managing your symptoms. From prescription antiperspirants to Botox injections, there are many treatment options available. Learn to take control of sweat!
Dr. Peter Mikhail is a Tampa hyperhidrosis physician and surgeon with offices in Tampa and New Port Richey, Florida. To book a consult, click our Tampa hyperhidrosis treatment contact page or call 727-312-4844.