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Tips For Managing Hyperhidrosis

Self-care & Management

The following
is a list of tips and suggestions to help a person suffering from hyperhidrosis:

  • Use armpit shields – pads worn in the armpit which protect clothing from perspiration.
  • Loose clothing is best. Nylon clothing can worsen symptoms.
  • Leather shoes are best for sweaty feet. Synthetic materials can worsen symptoms.
  • Natural, thick socks can absorb moisture better.
  • Use clinical strength antiperspirants.
  • Wear cottons and other breathable fabrics.
  • Keep antiperspirants with you during the day to reapply as necessary.
  • Dress in layers year-round.
  • Stay away from spicy foods, which can affect the amount of sweat produced.
  • Purchase clothing that is made of fabric that wicks away moisture.
  • Darker color clothing or clothing with patterns and prints will show less sweat.
  • Bring extra shirts or sweaters with you, if needed.
  • Sleep on breathable, lightweight fabrics. Choose a lighter bedspread.
  • Choose absorbent sheets like plain cotton.
  • Change footwear often.
  • Start your day dry. Never wear clothing that has previously been soaked with sweat.
  • Carry a handkerchief.
  • Don’t wear hats.


Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. This condition is a common disorder that can affect one specific area or the whole body.


Symptoms can vary depending on the severity and the condition. These can include frequent sweating, clammy palms to soaking of clothing.


Treatment for hyperhidrosis is varied. A doctor will evaluate a person’s triggers for hyperhidrosis, along with possible causes. After this evaluation, the doctor will come up with a treatment plan that can lead to positive results and an improved quality of life.


These can vary from Endoscopic Thoracic Sympatectomy to Botulinum Toxin injections.


This depends on what treatment options was administered. In most extreme cases when ETS is performed, most patients leave the hospital in under 24 hours and their recovery is generally complete within two weeks.


At-home lifestyle changes, like wearing loose clothing, armpit shields, avoiding spicy foods and using clinical strength antiperspirants, can reduce symptoms.

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Dr. Peter Mikhail is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Tampa, Clearwater, and New Port Richey, Florida who also specializes in Hyperhidrosis Surgery & Treatment. Dr. Mikhail is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery, The American Board of Thoracic Surgery and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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