Is Excessive Sweating Affecting Your Life?
Are you one of those people who can't stay dry? Are you often embarrassed of your sopping wet armpits and constantly stained undershirts? Basically: Do you feel like you're sweating too much?
If so, here is a list of simple and inexpensive methods you can try that might control, or reduce your sweating. They can all be done at home and don't require any special treatment at a facility.
Excessive body sweating may lead to low self-esteem and confidence. To make matters worse, out of self-pity and frustration, many tend to shy away from social events to avoid embarrassment. Many people may think you're not hygienic or healthy, when, really, this condition can't be helped.
This condition is known as as hyperhidrosis. It affects about 1% of all populations and mainly targets the palms or soles of the feet. It occurs when the sympathetic nervous system gets overactive and creates more sweat than needed.
If you think it’s a serious problem, it would be best to consult a medical professional. For easy, non-prescriptive, and natural ways to stop the sweating on your own, see below for some simple tips.
Tips to Help You Reduce or Stop Sweating
- Stay calm. Stress and nervousness instantly triggers the sweat glands.
- Cut down your caffeine intake. Caffeine tends to create anxiety which, in turn, triggers the body to sweat excessively. In itself, it is also a trigger for sweating.
- Acupuncture. It may look painful, but it's not. Acupuncture targets certain body parts to balance energy and also relaxes the brain by controlling the hypothalamus, which leads to sweat reduction. It might work for you.
- Take a cold shower. In spite of the discomfort of a cold shower, it really works wonders. While you're at it, try using an antibacterial soap to ensure the body is clean and odor-free.
- Avoid taking hot baths. While baths may be useful in eliminating toxins through increased body temperature, the problems of excessive sweating surely outweigh their benefits.
- Drink tomato juice. This is my own, personal handy tip. I love tomato juice and it has helped me reduce my sweating. All those extra vitamins and nutrients come in handy. Some sources recommend drinking a glass a day to get the benefits.
- Drink a lot of water. Hydration keeps body temperatures low, helping prevent sweating. Water is vital to life. It effectively flushes out excess minerals and pushes out all toxins and waste products. Experts recommend six to eight glasses of water everyday.
- Avoid sugary, spicy, and chemically-processed foods. You are what you eat. Spicy foods may be delightful, tasty, and even healthy, but they do cause your body to sweat more frequently after you eat them. A large intake of chemical toxins will aggravate sweating. The same goes for high fructose syrup used by some manufactures to sweeten food. It gets even worse especially for overweight people. Any of those instant, pre-made, packaged, frozen, greasy, ready-to-eat and fast foods are an absolute no no.
- Eat the “right” foods. Fewer complex B vitamins in your body means it cannot allow for an efficient absorption of nutrients and a proper breakdown of toxins and body waste. This means a strained body which leads to more sweat.
So what foods should you eat?
- Whole grains—These are great sources of B-vitamins and fiber.
- Fresh fruits—Whatever your preference, fresh fruits in general should form a crucial component in your daily regimen. Any will do, including cherries, peaches, watermelons, apples, oranges, and plums. The list is endless. You could try having a fruit salad for breakfast or pack it as a snack in between meals.
- Vegetables—If you don’t like just salads, veggies are excellent too as they are rich in B Vitamins.
- Proteins—Recommended: Fish, eggs, and moderate amounts of red meat. As for vegetarians, beans, tofu, and eggs work well, too. If you can, avoid deep-fried foods like the plague.
- Rub your armpits with cotton pads soaked in baking soda and lemon juice. The mixture is cooling and helps control foul odor.
- Some cold water for the road. There’s no better cold drink than water, especially on a hot day. Cold water is essential to reduce stress, regulate body temperature, and keep those sweat glands under control. Make sure you always have a bottle or canteen with you, especially while mobile or traveling.
- Use sage. Taking sage either in pill or tea form may help regulate sweat production.
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. This is an absolute no-brainer. These chemicals make it harder for the body to control sweating because they cause a delay in blood circulation.
- Yoga. Yoga is one of the best natural ways to control excessive sweating. This can be through meditation, calming down the nerves, and then subsequently lessening sweat production. Since yoga teaches proper breathing, it works well especially when one is stressed or uneasy.
- Avoid hot drinks. When it comes to excessive sweating, hot beverages (especially coffee) are your worst enemy. Imagine the effect they give if you are just about to go for an important meeting or make a presentation. Try going for fresh-squeezed juice, lemonade, or iced beverages to regulate your temperature.
- Avoid nylons and polyesters. Wear natural fibers. Cotton and wool are preferable in helping the skin “breathe.” They provide ample space around the armpit area which allow for evaporation and free flow of air.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes. If your clothing is too tight, you are depriving your skin enough air to circulate around it. This increases sweating and triggers the sweat glands to produce more. During especially hot weather, it’s a good idea to keep your collar open or simply wear light clothes, like a T-shirt and linen pants.
- Carry an extra shirt. Be smart and keep a change of clothes if possible, particularly during hot days.
- Wear undershirts. High quality undershirts made of cotton or just a T-shirt will help absorb body sweat and make it evaporate fast.
- Starch your shirts. Starching prevents the shirts from sticking to your body, which in turn keeps the body cool because the space inside allows for circulation of air.
- Keep your head cool. When exposed to the sun for long periods of time, a hat and shades will come in handy. Sunglasses help protect your eyes from extremely bright conditions and harmful ultraviolet rays. Opt for sunglasses with polarized lenses and reflective coating. A hat protects the head from heating and sunstroke.
- Wear socks. Socks help keep the feet cooler by absorbing feet perspiration and also yields faster evaporation.
- Shave those underarms and groin areas. Shaving is one of the most effective natural methods to overcoming excessive sweating. The reason is simple: Accumulation of sweat tends to occur around the hairs. As a result, bacteria will soon start feeding on them with great vigor. In no time, the underarms will emit an unpleasant odor, due to the toxins discharged by the bacteria. Reducing the amount of hair can also let air reach those places and make them cooler.
- Lose some weight. It’s a fact that 90% of people who suffer from excess sweating are overweight. Cutting down on that extra weight drastically increases your chances of dealing with excess body sweat.
- Use the bathroom. The bathroom is a good place to make some last minute preparations. You can change clothes, apply deodorant, or simply clean up excess sweat using cold water.
- Don’t exercise before important events. Exercise is good for the body and an important routine for healthy living. However, an intense workout increases your body temperature and that means more sweat. If you really must exercise, keep your stress levels low to reduce excess sweating. Also, when you’re done, see the tip above about a cold shower. :-)
- Keep your cool in air-conditioned places. When you are traveling or just walking, make periodic stops at a few air-conditioned places to control your body temperature.
- Arrive early. Avoid rushing to work, important appointments, meetings or even that dinner date. Make it a habit to always leave early. By arriving well ahead of time, your stress and anxiety levels are low. Moreover, you won't be exerting yourself rushing around and the extra time will help you cool down. You could even use the free time to drink cold water.
- Use over-the-counter anti-perspirant. Check into a pharmacy and look for a product with aluminum chloride as its active ingredient. This helps in reducing excess sweating by blocking the sweat pores. Apply it at night and then one again in the morning. You can also apply this to your back, feet, and hands.
- Use garment shields. If you don't want pit stains, these handy things stick on the inside of your shirt and help prevent sweat from leaking through. True, it doesn't actually stop the sweat but at least it helps control how noticeable it is.
When Sweating Is a Medical Problem
Most people only sweat when they are exerting themselves, as sweat is the body's way of trying to keep itself cool. For some people, however, heavy sweating is a part of life. For many, it's just a hassle that they have to deal with, but for others it could be a serious medical condition.
If you just sweat more than others when it's hot out or when you're exercising, that's usually not a problem. It's when you're sweating profusely for no apparent reason that it could be a signal of something deeper.
Excessive sweating is called hyperhidrosis. There are two kinds, one that causes sweating only in specific areas, like the hands or feet (primal focal hyperhidrosis), and one that causes sweating all over. If you have the former, it's probably not a medical issue, though it can be really annoying.
If you're sweating all over (secondary general hyperhidrosis), that's a sign there could be a deeper issue. One easily recognizable sign is sweating at night. There are many causes of secondary general hyperhidrosis, such as pregnancy, menopause, and diabetes. Some medications can also cause this issue.
According to WebMD, you should see a doctor if you're experiencing:
- Night sweats
- Sweating all over
- Asymmetrical sweating, such as sweating in just one armpit and not in the other
- Sudden changes in sweating
- If you develop sweating later on in life, as hyperhidrosis usually develops as a kid
- Symptoms after medication changes
- Sweating accompanied by other symptoms like a cough, fatigue, insomnia, increased thirst or urination
If you're really being bothered by excessive sweating, you should see your doctor even if you don't have the above symptoms.
Medical Treatments for Hyperhidrosis
There is no cure for localized hyperhidrosis, but there are some medical solutions that may help. These are not "natural" treatments, but they have been medically proven to help control sweating. This is the order in which they are usually tried:
- Over-the-counter antiperspirants with aluminum chloride
- Prescription-strength antiperspirants with aluminum chloride hexahydrate
- Iontophoresis, a treatment that passes electricity into the skn through a layer of water
- Oral medications
- Microwave destruction
Talk to your doctor about these options if sweating is a severe issue for you. Secondary general hyperhidrosis is generally cured by managing or treating the underlying condition that is causing it.
If you have hyperhidrosis or just sweat a lot, you're not alone. Get the help you need as soon as possible so you can living a life with less sweat.
Don't Give Up
Sweating is a natural process, but it can turn dreadful if it goes out of hand. You can take comfort that you are not alone. Though various treatments are available, the natural methods of preventing excessive body sweating which are inexpensive and easier to implement.
You can now gain your freedom and start living and enjoying life without dreading the warm days. Save yourself the embarrassment and banish all worries of wet underarms and sweaty palms quickly, easily, and naturally.
With some planning and effort, you don't have to feel frustrated and embarrassed anymore.
- Griffin, R. Morgan. Reviewed by Norman Levine, MD, on Sept. 7, 2011. "Is Your Excessive Sweating Caused by a Medical Problem?" WebMD. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
- Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD, on May 19, 2016. "Excessive Sweating in Women — Tips to Stay Dry" (slideshow). WebMD. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
- Cole, Gary W., MD, FAAD. "Hyperhidrosis." MedicineNet. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Tanav on July 01, 2018:
Best ways are given they are best
Maditsi on February 01, 2018:
I sweat when it's freezing outside , when it's hot, when sitting in bed , the only time I do not sweat it seems my glands may be exhausted. Sometimes when sweating I feel tiny pulses of pain in my underarms like tired muscles only on a small scale. There are times when the water works just go on regardless of what I'm physically active in or not. The other day the sweat almost covered my entire short sleeves. Symmetrical and asymmetrical. I've tried countless deodorants. Started sweating like this during puberty which is a long time since then now. But I've never consulted a doctor, I think I should now.
P. Julie Seibol on February 24, 2017:
This is my first and possibly only review I have written before; I tried all the natural, homemade or organic products that you could ever imagine. I was always embarrassed of my excessive sweat in my underarm, always upsetting about of simply raising my hand or meeting people. I would sweat 2 minutes after wearing a shirt, even with the A/C on at 72! I tried MANY other products too with at least 20% Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex, but none worked to be honest. I researched a little and came to a page with recommendations, again they recommended those that didn’t worked for me, but a section later it read that Certain Dri used something different (Aluminum Chloride) and consumers expressed a lot of gratification with it (with no itching) so I bought it! I tried it on yesterday and before bedtime and throughout today NOT A SINGLE SIGN OF UNDERARM SWEAT! (Hallelujah sings) Even under the sun or my car after a hard sunny day or going to my classroom with my bag round my armpits… If you want to end the excessive under arm sweat buy these products right now.
kishan on September 21, 2016:
I've had this problem ever since puberty. My underams sweat out of control, sometimes I get really frustrated about it. It's truly embarrassing especially at a social gathering. Wondering qho is noticing...sigh. I hope these tips will be of some help to me
hey on December 28, 2014:
Arnab Roy Choudhury on November 26, 2014:
There are many disadvantages of using the wrong deodorant which may cause allergies, irritations. It is always better to choose natural deodorants that will keep one active throughout the day and will not harm the skin.
Richard on August 02, 2014:
Driclor is applied at night ...follow instruction first i think apply it every night then wash off at morning try doing this until 3wks no pauses then minimize to 2-3 days application then after a week until once which will last every 2-3 days when royale deodorant is applied..example 1 driclor at night then morning wash off then apply royale deodorant then lie on bed so u r very relaxed no sweating happens..turn ur fan on no.3 then let it for 30-45 mins this is DAY 1......... then no driclor at night then at morning apply royale then no D at night again DAY2 then start driclor at night again...then same routine...at weekends u can put driclor on sunday night so u feel less irritated by driclor application
richard on August 02, 2014:
Btw i only care about armpit sweating even i sweat a lot in face, palm, or even feet .im a registered nurse since having a nursing review lecture i have clothes on my bag around 3-4 pcs.and then i also tried putting 2 clothes at same time one on the underneath i tuck the hand of my shirt up to armpit area so it will thicken and make sweat gone but i find myself horrible im chubby with muscle elevated at the armpit sounds awful though..everyday i find myself lazy to go for a review so i wasted days around 10 days and took the exam and luckily pass as firsttime test taker im glad i did but it came the time when i need to find a job i did have 4 months volunteering as a nurse in a private hospital...i tried using dxn products cuz it eliminate toxin in the body ..and ya it work on white shirt but realy stings a lot around 4 mos too and i find it doesnt work and feel really depressed at that time i did finish volunteering. I did apply to jobs like call center but my anxiety really spiked up and nothing helps ..at the end of the day morning till evening i kept sweating nonstop ..ya i did read some natural remedies and even that thing i also tried like vinegar and honey thing but its not ....i even tried shaving my armpit to lessen sweat but fail even putting driclor i think it work only when ur at home doing nothing ...cuz when i try having computer games i sweat still maybe 35% it works but not decreased or gone up to 85-99% .. Leaves keep falling as days to months and now a year and a half has been wasted ..i was at the house just playin games, watching movies, eating and i keep doing that.. Im really depressed and find myself not moving forward i find myself helpless and i keep asking why did i have this, i keep reading things about hyperhidrosis and until i read about miradry, ya its very interesting and im trying to look for clinics doing such things i even message them tru email...will this thing be available in here,philippines..and ya they reply not yet available on this teritory but they are trying to reach out philippines if possible..and so my hope to get cured lessen until i tried driclor again in mercury stores then bought also royale deodorant which my uncle endorsed cuz he had a friend been using it...its same aluminum tetrachlor but with silicon thing and has a glutathione even driclor is very uncomftable and makes ur underarm dark ...this royale thing makes it lighten sticky when applied at morning right after driclor is wash off then with a fan i lay on bed and turn fan at no.3 to get it very dry and it last me 2-3 days on outdoors activities and a week if on vacation ....guys here in philippines try it if it works on you just reply so i read ur message regarding this thing even if other say aluminum can cause such risk...i did outwiegh it with benefit cuz i don't have resources yet or cure thing it might be my routine but everyday life is something i need to explore im happy that i can do things again i can go out again with my friend hanging around i find my routine things to make me strong even things getting harder on me....u should try this cuz im not endorsing things i haven't tried that work well, im sharing this so you guys for you to find ..HH is something we will be aware and should care for our love ones
richard on August 02, 2014:
Hey there im also from philippines its been 4 years since 2011 that im ive been suffering from hh i know its frustrating to have such condition ...i want to share this ive been using driclor since 2013 then ya it decrease sweating when just at staying at home but when doing something like outdoors it didn't work until my uncle make me try royale doedorant for men at royalebusinessclub site...together it works around 90% and im happy with it...at night i put driclor let say sunday night then morning i wash it off then dry after...i put royale deodorant for men /women if women...then turn on the fan cuz it doesn't dry...but around 30-45 mins it superdry like very rough ..then there you are u can stay dry let say sunday -driclor at night then it last 2-3 days very dry with royale every morning so i put driclor again on tuesday or wednesday night then it became my routine ....what really surprised is that when i go to a party i was then called to join the game and i started to look to my underarm and whoa that's the first time i never saw really wet i feel happy then...until now aug 2,2014 ..i want to share this and hopefully you guys must read thanks.
why oh why on July 10, 2014:
Im 14 years old and these happens to me 3 years now. I don't have any bad odor, but i sweat a lot in my armpits. I always bring a fan with me to cool myself down and it somehow works. I mean, it lessens the sweat. I always go to the bathroom every break time to wipe it. Also, even if we're in an air conditioned place, I still sweat! I always get embarrassed and shy. I'm sure that my friends, classmates and teachers knows this but they just hide it from me. I hate this problem so mucch. I always hide it and try my best to remove the wet stains. I'm not sure if im suffering in hh. I actually thought that only less people experience this, but no. Also, what's worse is I live in Philippines which is a tropical country. ugghh. I hope this gets fixed. I plan to pray the rosary everyday and pray that my sweat will be gone. If anyone knows how to fix this UGHHH ugly problem, please share it! We use uniforms in our school and we don't have aircons but only fans to keep us cool. ughh. Thanks.
Sick and tired on June 08, 2014:
i sweat really bad in my arm pits. like right now im just laying down with my fan ON and i still see and feel sweat forming on my pits. it sucks and is annoying. ive been dealing with this since i was 12, im 21 now. idk how much more i can take. :(
mmmmmm on May 31, 2014:
hi these better work!! also hot water is better than cold, and hats only make you sweat more!!
Johnk381 on May 25, 2014:
very nice submit, i definitely love this website, keep on it decddegebakd
Summer on May 19, 2014:
I found this quite useful, and also all your comments! It only occurs in school for me and all I can really do is try and forget about it. Are there any tips that have actually worked for you guys? Good luck :)
Terrasweatus on April 17, 2014:
Nothing works sadly, these are all merely temp solutions to a permanent dilemma. Worse still if you live in a tropical climate with excessive humidity. Simply depressing....
Sunny on April 07, 2014:
I wear vest under my shirt at school, but still i sweat through my shirt.
solo on February 25, 2014:
heavy sweating my hand,face,armtipe.In any time and affect my confidence
Adam on January 19, 2014:
Im not really convinced by this article... there is nothing new or groundbreaking in it, and just a lot of page fillers.
Im 21 and a semi professional cricketer. I've had problems with excessive sweating since puberty, and its been hugely detrimental on my social life.
Im a fast bowler in Australia, so It is my job to sprint in 25 metres and bowl a.cricket ball for hours on hot summer days... so you can imagine the sweating... particularly embarrassing when you take a wicket and get a pat on the back from a team mate, while your shirt is stuck to your back.
For me, I'm 6'3, and 80kgs, so not overweight, nor do i have any real body hair... yet my back, chest, forehead and underarms will be drenched after.a.short walk down the street on a.cool day. Its incredibly frustrating... i rarely wear shirts, opting for singlets instead.
Most of what I've read seems focused on underarm sweating, but its not half as bad as back and chest.sweating. Be great to see some genuibe tips...
I've found i sweat more under stress, when my breathing is slightly irregular, and when.there is no cloud cover, even if it isn't.particularly hot.
What works really only seems to be:
- cold showers (very temporary)
- loose singlets
- walking slower / not rushing things
And in 8 years, that is really all I've discovered. Its shit
Matt on July 03, 2013:
Found a new product that works great, Perspiration Block. Contains only 4 natural ingredients and comes in gelcaps. I was skeptical at first, but it really reduced my excessive sweating. It's worth giving it a try.
Puneet on May 29, 2013:
I hate standing in assembly at school under a scrotching sun & heat. its so gross, when other boys see me dripping in sweat.
Ashley on April 30, 2013:
Keeping my fingers crossed you are my last hope. No pressure
sherlyn christian on March 18, 2013:
I'm 15 years old..... I really sweat too much....my frnz are too known abt my sweat on my hands......i really feel disgustin...but i dnt have any solution.....
lesswrong on March 18, 2013:
sweat blockers cause cancer
kate on January 15, 2013:
wow. i thought i was the only one with this problem. i sweat under my armpits so much and i cant change clothes in the middle of school because we have a uniform and there is no time to change. I sweat so much and i got it from my mom and my sister has it too and it is so awful. i really wish there was an unpainful, long-lasting way to stop sweating
p.s. deodorant doesn't stop sweating, it only makes youir armpit smell better
little t on January 06, 2013:
Im 17 and have suffered with this problem for about 3 years now, it was a big problem back when i was in school and still is.. I sweat everywhere on my body and i do mean everywhere, hands effect me the most and i would love to find something that helps. I even have sweaty hands and feet when its freezing cold.. I frequently feel drips down my underarms underneath my t shirt even when im just sitting there. Im not overweight so that isn't an option for me as a way of improving things, just so embarassing to speak to people about but i have read that quite a few people do have this problem so that made me feel a little better but yeah im going to try this and see if it helps and yeah to the person mentioning suicide don't ever let it get you that down.. people keep telling me to start feeling more comfortable in my own skin so other people around me will do the same
Zoey on September 09, 2012:
I'm 12 years old, and I only sweat in my armpits. I wear short sleeve floppy clothes. I wear deoderant too. I have so many non floppy tee shirts in my closet that I am afraid to wear.
Brenden on August 11, 2012:
I've read every last single comment here and i to my self have over excessive sweating problems i've never told anyone about this and have managed to keep this problem at bay for 10 years what i learned is that its all truly something not to suicide about everyone has there deffects and unlucky we have this follow this tips and hope it helps you but what always works is that you must be confident in your care free if you don't pay attention and totally forget you have this problem you don't sweat it's something like a if you think about sweating you will sweat if you don't care and are confident most likely you wont sweat my point is always be with a confident mind and easy going relaxed. Alright Hope it help you like i've done for my last few years I'm also a YOGA person wich probobly is why i can always be so calm and carefree ^^
vrajj on July 25, 2012:
I will try my level best & tell u all is it work on me or not hope the result comeS in my favor cu soon frds........
vrajj on July 25, 2012:
i will try my level best & tell u all is it work on me or not hope the result come on my favor cu soon frds........
Geena on June 15, 2012:
Over the past couple of months whenever i get nervous or worked up a little i begin to sweat. Many things can contribute to it, a warm classroom, tight spaces, nervous or embarrassement. I have always been a little overweight, and seeing as ive only started excess sweating in the past couple of months i don't think that contributes to it. Im thinking that its a hormonal imbalance but i will try drinking cold drinks and tomato juice.
Some ways i've found that helps deal with it is mentaly trying to calm yourself down. say to yourself "it is not warm here" and deep breathing. Also carry along a book or piece of paper to fan yourself with. Some people may give you a few weird looks but it stops the sweat. Also if people are drawing attention to me it make it even worse. So when you feel the sweating coming on excuse yourself from the room, either find somewhere open or outdoors, and open the windows and fan yourself. make sure to deep breath because the more nervous you get the more your body produces sweat. Also just let your friends know about it, my friends are perfectly fine and are very helpful. I went to see the doctor about it a few weeks ago and he thinks i just have mini panic attacks, so eat healthy and try to reduce stress, after a few weeks i have already taught myself to control it .
hotmess on June 11, 2012:
So I used the sweat block. I used it on my forehead..cheeks..and neck. It did work in those areas..but it burned like hell the first night after applying it. Also..I sweat in other areas. It was like my body needed to sweat so it just went everywhere else! But a couple days ago I started taking an iron supplement and a vitamin B complex..and eating foods low in sugar. And it is working!! Last night I was even cold!! That never happens! Today at work I didn't sweat at all..and even had to get a warm blanket! I'm not sure which is the one that is helping but I will continue doing all three! I highly recommend u guys try this. Absolutely amazing results! I didn't even sweat today leaving work. My car is parked in a parking lot a pretty good ways from the hospital where I work. And it was close to 90 degrees. Please give these a try! I hope it works for u all too! Goodluck!
ppp on June 10, 2012:
my problem is over sweating when ever i walk at any time just for 5 min? can u judge my proble and help me out of this??
Alexandra on June 09, 2012:
I'm 15 years old and I've been having this for as long as I can remember.. I'm a guitarist in my band and I have to constantly stop playing because my hands were sweating.. My school uniform is light blue in colour so its pretty obvious to see whether I'm sweating or not.. So, even in summer, I wear sweater to hide the colour changes of my uniform when I sweat.. ALSO, in my school, we have assembly twice a week so, we have to stay under the sun.. I sweat like a pig, even my legs sweat and my class stands next to a line of guys. Which is embarrassing since they can see my sweat drip. Even in my exams, I can't finish it as fast as I can since my palm might wet my test paper. I have awesome people in my life. But I am too embarrassed to tell them about my hyperhidrosis. I'm beyond embarrassed everytime my friends see my hands wet. They would ask what happened and my reply would always be "I went to the toilet and washed my hands"
Also, I'm addicted to coffee, but I am DETERMINED to stop this thing so, I will try following everything on the list. I have dancing class in grade 10 so, we have to hold guys' hands.. I wish I could omit it butit is compulsory.. Sighhs.. I wish there's an instant cure for this.. I can't hold my friend's hands, I'm scared of shaking hands with teachers, and I can even bake anymore because my sweat might get in the food..
But its nice to see other people with my same condition.. Its like I'm the only person in my school with hyperhidrosis.. Good luck everybody :D
meka on June 07, 2012:
Nice to see others exist with this condition. Maybe we are aliens!lol:)
ANA:) on June 07, 2012:
Hi, now that I've heard so many so many comments about sweat conditions, I don't feel as insecure anymore. I'm 14, and I've been sweating since birth! I can never shake some ones hand without drying them on my jeans:( it's really embarrassing! My hands and feet get so sweaty sometimes that they literally drip with sweat! I always have people ask me," why are your hands so sweaty?" I usually tell them that it's just something I was born with.
I always wanted to learn how to play guitar, it was my dream to play songs like Taylor Swift:). But my sweaty hands held me back from my dreams. My mom felt sorry when I told her I didn't want those guitar classes because of my sweaty hands. That's when she told me something special. She said: "never let anyone and mostly anything keep you from doing want you truly love." And she was right! Please listen. Don't let sweat beat you in life, it's just sweat! On the contrary, we should be thankful that GOD gave us a healthy body! And know it's flat out embarrassing, but just remember: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger!:) GOD Bless*:)
hotmess on June 05, 2012:
I have been having same issues since I had my last child four years ago. It just keeps getting worse! I sweat excessively. It pours from my forehead..cheeks..and even my freaking chin! I am a surgical nurse so the temp in the operating rooms is always very chilly..yet I'm dripping with sweat! Its horribly embarrassing! Ive always been told that I have beautiful skin but since I have developed this issue my skin is always broken out and blotchy and red. I am only 34 and like to think I'm a pretty and feminine woman but with this sweating I feel disgusting and dirty and gross! People are always asking me if I'm ok..or if I have a sunburn. It is even worse since I often scrub into the surgical procedures..and since I am sterile I cannot wipe my forehead so I have to ask someone to wipe my head constantly which only brings more attention to my problem! I just ordered a thing I came upon called sweat block. It is a towlette that u dab on ur biggest prov areas and it is supposed to help prevent sweating for up to seven days. I ordered it on amazon. It should come in tomorrow so I will let u guys know how it works. I am also going to try some of the above tips. And also..to the younger people writing on this blog..especially the one considering suicide..do not let something like this upset u that bad that u would want to end ur life. There are solutions..we just all have to stick together and help each other and offer advice. Teenage yrs are one of the hardest yrs to get through..believe me..ive been there! Believe it or not..EVERYONE gets made fun of..and EVERYONE has something that they are self conscious about. Especially those who u THINK have it totally together. This is a lesson u will learn later in life. No one is perfect. Everyone sweats..everyone poops..everyone stinks sometimes..everyonefarts
Mitchell on June 03, 2012:
I have been dealing with excessive sweating for so long now, and to make it better, I work on the frontline of my job with the customers. It is really hard to be embarrassed about sweating when I am dealing with customers all the time. I wear layers and everything when I go to work to help cover the sweat, but it really doesn't seem to work as well as one would hope! I really hope that this list can help out, I have been trying for years to find something, thank you so much for posting this! I do hope that this list is able to help me get through work, and life, without having so much sweat!
Kiki on June 02, 2012:
ummm imma need to use some soap
Jasika jj on June 02, 2012:
I too have d same problm my hands sweats a lot .i try 2 avoid hand shakng but its 2 embaresing
angela on May 31, 2012:
it is a very good piece of work.
yam on May 27, 2012:
same thing as you all experienced ..:(
Bonitaanna from Oil City, PA on May 17, 2012:
I also read in "The Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements" that the Adrenal glands cause the medulla to secret adrenalin and other stress related hormones, when someone is under stress. It causes sweat production to increase to eliminate toxic compounds produced by the body and to lower body temperature. There are foods that cool the body like cucumbers, salads, grapefruit, etc. Too much stored glucose in the liver is dumped as the blood sugar is increased dramatically. So too much sugar is one of the problems, and in this day and age it does not surprise me that so many youths have this problems. So many of them are living on processed and unvitalized food and a lot of sugar.
EDEN on May 17, 2012:
it is useful.Iam glad by nowing the solution.it is realy great work.
Bonitaanna from Oil City, PA on May 17, 2012:
Suggesting that people use Aluminum Chloride is not safe to use under the arms or anywhere else. Aluminum can cause cancer of the breast and Alzheimers disease. Drinking cola or anything else out of an aluminum can is also a way of getting 1% aluminum each time you drink it. If that is not enough poisoning of aluminum on a persons body, putting it on the outside of the body will step up the amount they are taking in and in no time it will affect the mind!!!!!!!!!!!
alo8 on May 15, 2012:
I'm 19 years old and I've had a a really bad sweating problem for a couple of years now. My feet, back, hands, face, and armpits all sweat a ton. I walk to class(i'm in college) which is usually 5 or 10 min away and my feet and my back and face are all sweating a ton which is really embarrassing so I always sit in the back of class or wherever there aren't a lot of people. I have found that iontophoresis has helped with my hands and that Hypercare or some other antiperspirant that contains Aluminum Chloride (15%+) has helped with my underarms (I apply it every night just to be sure) but still my face and back and feet sweat a lot. I've done blood work to see if it was something wrong with my thyroid or something else and apparently I'm alright. It's embarrassing and I don't like being around people because I sweat so much, but I guess it makes me feel better that other people have the same thing I do. I hope everyone finds their own remedy and I hope I find my own as well. Good Luck everyone :)
Dildar on May 12, 2012:
Awesome like it
dca006 on May 08, 2012:
ok im 31, i read through all your post but ive not got the smell problem. I just sweat a lot it is the worst if when i sleep. It is the total worst if i sleep next to someone (urg) my girl friend is next to me, i feel like im over heating is there any way to help this aside from making the room colder? lol
Linda on May 05, 2012:
I have hyperhidrosis and I had the laser surgery at penn university in philadelphia pa, It was the best thiing I've ever done. I can work out on the hottest day for hours and not sweat comes out of my arm pits- it comes out in other places but it's not like your arm pits...any one with this problem call any hospital and tell the you want the surgery for hyperhidrosis and they will connect you with a doctor also my insurance covered the whole thing....good luck and get it done you wont be sorry!!!! Also all those little tricks do not work!!!
hate hyperhidrosis on May 02, 2012:
thanks a lot .. i think this will really help me :D
libi on April 29, 2012:
I'm 29 and suffered from hh all my life.. It started to get better when I had my first child 4 years ago.. But now unfortunately I discovered that my son has it too :( I hate myself for passing it on to him, it breaks my heart. His hands are always clammy and his socks always wet. He always catches a cold due to being sweaty as a cold breeze is enough for him to get a cold. I feel so bad and I know he will suffer all his life from this shit disorder. I always wanted to have a big family but due to my condition I won't have more kids as I'm sure they will get it too :(((((
Ruth on April 22, 2012:
I have sweat running down my back - its horrible. I put paper towels under my clothing to absorb the wet. It wakes me up at night - I sleep on baby sheets which have a water proof back so now my bed doesn't get saturated. I often have to change all the sheets and my clothes. The sweating is worse if the Air is cold eg in supermarkets, cafes in drafts. I have to have the heating on which costs so much in Australia at present. If I wear cotton, the cotton absorbs the sweat and I freeze which makes me sweat even more. Is there any one else who sweats in the COLD all over their body? I don't sweat under the arms.
jill on April 15, 2012:
I've had this problem too. My hands get really sweaty and i avoid any hand holding or shaking. Last year i joined the softball team and i hated it because we had a before game ritual that involved holding hands and i barely made it through the season becausewe stopped doing it. Luckily i have a really understanding girlfriend, but telling her was the hardest and most heartbreaking thing because i was in tears when i did finally tell her. Im only 17 and i want to just make it stop. Hope this works :/
rai123456 on April 12, 2012:
i really hope this wroks bcuz im serriously tired of sweating nd being embarrrsed @ skol about it.
Ashliegh on April 08, 2012:
Hi, I am 17 years old. The excessive sweating started when I was in 8th grade. I only sweat under my arms. It's really embarrassing. I really only wear black shirts. But, it's got to the point where I have to wear sweat shirts. But,the thing is I don't really sweat as much when I am at home with my family. Just when I am out like at school, work, practice, shopping, anything like that. Even in the winter. I told my mom and she just said Me too. Which didn't help. I don't know who else to talk to. And I don't have the extra weight to lose. So, hopefully this works. Excessive sweating has taken over my life.
Kay on April 07, 2012:
I'm twenty-one and started sweating when I was in the fifth grade or so. My pit problems have never dribbled to my waist, but I remember coming home from my first day of high school and blow drying my purple polo 'cause it was covered in sweat. Secret Clinical Strength is what I use, but it doesn't help entirely. For you girls out there, I'd advise seeking out shirts with full sleeves and not the "baby tee" style, 'cause that is what makes me sweat more. I'd say just keep a jacket handy or a nice shrug or something in case you start sweating to slip on. Remember, ladies, most of us only have to wait until menopause and hopefully this will go away! Only thirty some more years! T_T In all seriousness, though, I hope you gals find this useful because I too am coping with this issue. I used to wear TONS of white shirts during the summer, now I'm gonna switch to colors again and just live my life. I'm tired of this and I can't afford Botox. Good luck to you all and I hope you all just keep on trucking like I am and don't let it hold you back. The more confident you are, the less of a problem it will be. Remember: sweat is just liquid, and everyone sweats, don't let a liquid own you. :3
kumar on April 04, 2012:
i am 27yers old,i sweat a lot when out of my home.i am starting my career as a model and much worried about my over sweating.i hope any of the above tips work.i feel sorry for those like me
Francesco on April 04, 2012:
You just have to be patient and try and find what works best for you maybe some of the things I suggest might be the perfect thing or you have to keep searching.I am 39 and I have had this problem all my life have kept it at bay at times but continue to try more natural things. I have tried Drysol and if you use it regular every night it can be affective but I found that my armpits had a prickly itchy feeling and have hard time sleeping but it does reduce it also another brand I ordered online called maxim same thing a little less itchy but irritating the same, I have done Botox on my armpits and that was the best it disappeared for 8 months but slowly came back very costly my benefits at the time covered the Botox drug 800.00 but I paid the doctor an injection fee 200.00 I have found that now I try and use the strongest antiperspirant I can find over the counter. The best ones are the ones you put on the night before, also I am trying to drink more water sage tea or sage supplement to see if it helps This problem is not worth losing your life over as embarrassing as it can be at times try different methods you will find something that works For you and don't let it stop you from doing things over time you will be happier in your own skin as we all have a lot to offer the world. Good Luck and hopefully we get more people sharing there experience.
habib on April 03, 2012:
10Q all for sharing ur xperience i hop dadt dis tips will work on me
commee on April 01, 2012:
hi evry1. I pray dis tips work cos lately i've been thinking of commiting suicide.... And am only 17
Katie on April 01, 2012:
I am really crossing my fingers that these tipe work- I am only 12 and have had excessive sweating since I was 10. I have tried many different de-oderants and anti-persperants and NOTHING works. My mom even bought me a pharmacy perscribed clinical treatment anti-persperant, but it didn't help me at all. There are these two girls in my class who saw sweat stains that I had, and texted everyone in my class a text that said "Katie has discusting pit-stains, bet it is a disease or something. I wouldn't go near her, i wonder what else she ishiding." It is so embarassing, most days i don't even want to go to school. My problem results in me wearing baggy clothes, black, or whatever else that can hide the sweat. These tips are my last hope, after that i don't know what i will turn to.
sam on March 29, 2012:
thank u so mauch for these valuable informations and now itself am starting to loose my over weight....
natural remedy on March 28, 2012:
Okay, there are 2 blatent fallacies in the article. Number one, drinking hot drinks actually regulates your temperature better than drinking cool drinks. If your hot drink hot drinks if your cold drink cold drinks, it directs your body to self cool or self heat. Aluminum chloride is a dangerous chemical that should not be put on your body unless in small doses; using a lot of it has many harmful effects. Definitely do your research and do not believe most of what you read on the internet. This is an age of laziness and ignorance.
Hope on March 24, 2012:
Dear all, im a a 20 year old girl who has been surfering from excessive sweating since i was 13 years old. I went through everything described above. Sometimes i felt so humiliated and down that i wanted to take my life away. I have tried everything and nothing seem to work that i just gave up all together in the end. The only thing i continue using was applying sodium bicarbonat to my underarms. I said to myself that i will stop caring about myself and what people say and just live each day like i could not hear, see or smell. With time i forgot i had the condition and realised i was more happier. I was hanging out with friends and even huging my first boyfriend. Then one day after some strainous activity with my friends, i think out loud of how smelly i must be. Then my friend said, "no on the contrary you smell like baby powder" i thought he was kidding so i sniffed at my armpitts only not to smell at nothing foul, just plain sweat. Its been 3 years now since i last used any deodorants or prescription, and the sodium bicarbonat has just work wounders for me. Please just don't give up in the meanwhile prevent yourself from becoming paranoid. Live your life and know that in the dozens of remedies there is just one that is going to work out for you. And when you feel that no one will ever like you because you stink, think of me and no that you are not alone. When you sit next to me in the bus i won't be afraid to snuggle close to you.yours truly, Hope.
kc on March 23, 2012:
I'm 13 now and I started sweating about grade5 here in the philippines. Iam not active about anything like sports,shopping or going to anywhere. Our school uniform is long sleeve for girls and I feel embarassed when someone see my situation and every test we go to different room with a different people you see in the room when my armpits starting to sweat i got panic and I think that someone see and someone lauhging at my back. I hope I can be normal too like hanging up my arms like no sweats and joining my some classmates too. Please give me some advise :(((
Girish on March 21, 2012:
Thanks for the suggestions baba
Godwillhelpus on March 16, 2012:
This is very important information for patients like me who live in africa . I sweat very much and know that drysol is the best solution but i cant get it because africa don care about this no drysol in africa. u r lucky to get it, please help me friends...
Katie on March 14, 2012:
I've been dripping sweat my whole life. I'm 38 now. I like undershirts that wick sweat so I stay dry and my shirt stays dry. Keeps me from getting a chill, too. In summer, tank tops. My hands are the worst, drip constantly. Half gloves are great camophlage. On dates, instead of holding hands, link adms or arm around the waist. Sandles have to have a heel strap, or my feet slip right off them. Wool socks absorb sweat and still keep the feet warm. Shaking hands, well, everyone is human, I just make a point of wiping off my hands and apologize, explaining quickly my hands always sweat, without shame, and move on
Shishi on March 07, 2012:
I sweat a lot in my armpits,hands and feet when I'm in public or group activities.it's absolutely embarrassing situation ,I'm doing most of the tips on the top,I tried ionophorsis treatment but it wasn't help!!!!now I'm waiting for my surgery
Steve Zavitz on March 05, 2012:
I have stopped drinking pasterized milk and I don't need deorderant, though the summer will prove that or not. Chocolate milk carton doesn't say pasterized and I recall hearing white is processed so that is the difference between white and chocolate milk. I also drink water but did so in the past with little help.
Maryam on February 13, 2012:
I really don't do yoga and exerices when am doing somethings I don't sweat at all but the most important thing is when I'm out and when I'm a lil bit far from home I sweat a lot and I don't know what to do and when am about to tell my sister I sweat too much then I change the topic and I run to my bedroom and I change my clothes am too embrassed so help me out ppl!!!
sue on February 12, 2012:
i started sweating just before having my first child, my hormones changed and did not go back to normal but have decreased a little over the 8 years.somethings i do to help is my a hairband in hot weather, as this will soak up the sweat and stop it running down your face, always where a singlet under tops specially in the hot weather as the first top will get sweaty but not the second top, carry a cool drink of water, tissues to wipe and maybe a small talc powder to help you pat dry and feel dry quickly and feel fresh
iHateSweat on February 11, 2012:
I sweat no matter what, even when it is cold. My hands, armpits, and feet that is. The only time I feel clean is when I'm fresh out the shower, and several minutes later, I sweat and feel terrible again. I hate this and wish I could just stop sweating.
Danielle on February 03, 2012:
I'm 16 years old. I don't know for sure if I have hh, but whenever I wear tight clothing I constantly sweat under my armpits. Whenever I go shopping I can't buy clothes based on what's cute, I buy based on if I will sweat or not. I apply deodorant at least 3 times a day. I wear sweatshirts all the time. I sweat even in the coldest temperature. And I don't want to tell my parents because, honestly, it's downright embarrassing.
clara on January 28, 2012:
i've had this problem for as long as I can remember, I sweat excessively on the face, armpits, arms and palms. But my face is the worst. Sometimes, none of my body parts is sweating and my face is already soaked with sweat. it sweats like crazy so when this happens I avoid talking to people because talking to people means looking in the face and that's so embarassing. I hate my life because of this. I'm a very much different person when I'm sweating and when I'm not. When im sweating, i avoid people even my closest friends and they all think im just being moody but when im not sweating, im like the happiest person and really jolly and not embarassed of talking to people. Because of sweating I cannot enjoy my life to the fullest. I'm only 17 and I'm still hoping to get cured. I want to be normal. :((((((
harki on January 22, 2012:
I sweat just washing the dishes .when walk to the shops it runs down my face like its been raining it is a side effect from the antidressant am on its making my life hell any tips would be greatful
Vanessa on January 11, 2012:
My mom said when she was about 9 she started sweating a lot under her arms, i didn't notice until i was in 4th grade i was wearing a pink shirt and i noticed in the bathroom there was sweat under my arms, i didn't think anything of it but it got worse and i sweat more and more. I'm 13 now i just started junior high and it's embarrassing! I always wear sweat shirts and my friends will ask me why and i just say i don't like my arms. i haven't told anybody not even my mom that's how much i'm embarrassed by it! I hope some of these work!
John on January 05, 2012:
Has this worked for anybody?
mwashile on January 04, 2012:
Excessive sweating can be due to some kind of epilepsy, it is under the following category;
Focal (partial) seizures in the temporal lobes
Focal seizures starting in the temporal lobes are common.
The temporal lobes are responsible for many functions. Some examples of these functions are hearing, speech, memory, and emotions.
Here are some common symptoms of focal seizures in the temporal lobes
• Flushing, sweating, going very pale, having a churning feeling in your stomach
• Seeing things as smaller or bigger than they really are
• Seeing or hearing something that is not actually happening
• Smelling non-existent smells
• Tasting non-existent tastes
• Feeling frightened, panicky, sad or happy
• Feeling detached from what is going on around you
• Feeling sick
My sweating was real bad but after a started to take a medicine called Carbamazimpine my sweating is regulated.
i think if you have the above symptoms
or combination of the symptoms you should see a doctor and you will get cured for sure
Derek on December 18, 2011:
My sweating is problem I even sweat when it's FREEZING!
GodBlessMe2751 on November 13, 2011:
i feel comfort when i found that you guys have the same problem with me.this stupid thing annoyed me since 14.i duno why this will happen on me.i feel happy and comfort and i can play very crazy in school without caring this kind of problem.i've try many solution but it doesn't work at all.In school,it really embarass if someone my armpits that full of sweat and yellow stain.I have to go to toilet many many times just because to dry off.My mom teached me bot to be panic.If we are afraid of people laughing,then it will sweat,and we saw our armpit is sweating and we will panic again.This will become a recycle.SO,DO NOY BE PANIC.And the second thing is don't try to hide our armpits.This helped me a little so i share this.And..i hope this 32tips will help me.i really hope that my problem will lose...^_^''
Hannah on October 28, 2011:
Yeah that's a great idea in onley 12 and it's embarrising when I sweat
Deena on October 10, 2011:
Maybe if we ask Doctor Oz on his Website enough he will do us a Show about this Problem and Give us Answers (: So lets start asking (:
Sweatyboy18 on August 21, 2011:
I hope any of these work.... I was at my girlfriends house standing up talking to here and her mom and I worked up a heavy sweat just standing there!!!! It's so embarasing I get teased for it and I'd love to change my life around!
Toni on May 13, 2011:
I have trouble with my excess sweating a lot. and i want to cure it fast! My mum has this problem too, as i found out. and when i went on holiday not long ago, i was wearing a blue shirt and when i went to the bathroom i was covered in sweat! So i went to my mum, "what's happening?" and all i got back was your sweating to much like me. so i hope these tips really work, because i wanna live my life and be free from excess sweating! I hate it when i wanna go out and i put a top on and like 10, 15 mins later i have to change it.! And im only 13! really hope this works you don't know what it is like going through with this, That's why im always wearing cardigans or jumpers well maybe that's a bad thing but i need help, i don't wanna see anyone at school! Hope it works! :)
Southpaw on April 25, 2011:
I had a very bad sweating problem all my life. I went from doctor to doctor to try and find cures. Two things have really helped me. The first I believe was called Drysol Lock. You rub it on your underarms at night and after a while you don't sweat anymore. It burns a little, but my under arms hardly sweat anymore and I used to sweat though my shirts minutes after putting them on. The second thing has changed my life. It is called Tenex. I started on 1mg, then 2mg, and now I am on 3 mg. I think 3mg is as high as you can go. My body over the years has built up a tolerance for it and it does not work as well as it first did, but it still works pretty well. In college I would avoid parties and all social situations because I would sweat even if it was the middle of winter. On Tenex the only time I sweat is when I am at the gym or working out. The stuff works great and I have had no side effects at all from it. Non-sweaters have no idea what it is like to go through life sweating all the time. It is embarrassing and really erases your social life. I hope this helps some of you...
Andrea on April 13, 2011:
I suffer from excessive sweating:s
I also sweat if I get nervous! Which is the worst.
I also go to a school with uniforms, which sucks cause if I have a sweat stain the only thing I can do is try and wash it out.
I hope this helps though!
Thankyou so much!
excessivesweat_ on March 31, 2011:
WOW what a list, thanks for sharing this. I'm going to link to this hub from my blog. I think it is something my readers will find very interesting
Jackie on March 11, 2011:
Responding to Alex above, im a sophomore also, and I have the same exact problem. I feel like I cant go anywhere or do anything and I also am scared to have boyfriends because my palms sweat and i'm afraid of what they'd think. I hardly ever wear colored shirts, usually go with something dark, and I always wear sweatshirts. So in the summer its difficult and i feel like i can't wear anything touching my armpits. plus i have to deal with blushing on my face and blotchy red on my chest, so I can't wear anything that low cut. I remember people commenting in church about my sweaty hands, when i was in first grade. I have no extra weight to loose and I feel like there is no hope. It seems to get worse every tear. I don't even like talking to my mom about it. i hope somthing helps.
Shehryar on February 10, 2011:
thanks brother, i m very thankfull to you, i m also involve this case,
Erin on February 08, 2011:
I hope this works especially now that summer is fast approaching.
Alex on February 04, 2011:
I have had hyperhidrosis for almost 4 years now. I'm a sophomore in high school, & I can never wear colored shirts. In fact, I'm too embaressed to wear even white or black shirts without a fleece jacket over the top. I'm so scared to have boyfriends, go on dates, go to parties, do sports, anything like that. Having this issue is so much harder than it seems..I have tried dozens of deoderants including prescriptions. Also, I read the book, "Stop Sweating, Start Living" and that DID NOT work for me at all. I'm hoping all of these tips will work well for me. High school has not been a fun experience at all because of things I cannot do. Thank you for these ideas, I'll try them & maybe get back to you (:
Victoria Niamh Parkin on January 26, 2011:
thanks :) cutting down on my chocolate in take :D
(natt sure on the cold showers though :D ) LOL
Eddy Croft on January 24, 2011:
Very helpful! Losing some weight is now first on the list...
imli on January 22, 2011:
am gona start using this and i hope it works out
Kim on January 20, 2011:
Hopefully this works :(
chandra on January 06, 2011:
this is super helpful
Sandeep on January 05, 2011:
Actually,I have been suffering from hyperhidrosis.so,i found this instructions and i am very glad to know this.