What to Do to Stop Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating is a problem that many people suffer from. Today we'll find out how to solve it.
What to Do to Stop Excessive Sweating
José Gerardo Rosciano Paganelli

Reviewed and approved by the doctor José Gerardo Rosciano Paganelli.

Written by Editorial Team

Last update: 06 December, 2022

Do you sweat excessively and is this a problem for you? Many people have excessive sweating regardless of whether it’s summer or winter. Find out how to stop excessive sweating here.

This can cause self-esteem problems and embarrassment at work or in other situations where they are in contact with others.

Excessive sweating is often called hyperhidrosis and not everyone suffers from it in the same way. Some may suffer from excessive sweating of the hands, and others on the feet or armpits, as well as other parts of the body.

Although there are different products to treat excessive sweating, it’s difficult to find the right one. In principle, consultation with a dermatologist is the first advisable measure. Below, we’ll look at some issues that we can take into account to cope better cope with this problem.

Talc to stop excessive sweating

A man with excessive sweating.

Talc is an excellent ally to absorb moisture from some areas of the body. It’s often very useful if we suffer from excessive sweating of the feet.

However, in some cases, talcum powder may not be enough to control hyperhidrosis. It can even be cumbersome if used on the hands or armpits. As an alternative, some studies propose boric acid, which gives very good results. However, we recommend that you consult your doctor before starting to apply it.

The use of specific deodorants to stop excessive sweating

Some specific deodorants can only be prescribed by a doctor and should even be used at night. This type of product helps us to progressively regulate hyperhidrosis.

For this reason, it’s important to see a doctor, who can prescribe the right product for your case and monitor your progress.

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Use cotton clothing

If you suffer from excessive sweating, you have probably noticed that polyester or nylon clothing increases the problem and makes it even more noticeable.

To prevent this, it’s preferable to choose cool cotton clothes that allow our body to perspire.

Cotton clothes.

In addition, it may be advisable to carry a change of clothes with you. This way, we’ll feel more confident and will be able to change if we need to.

Reduce stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety are triggers for excessive sweating. The problem is that, very often, we don’t notice that we’re suffering from them, especially with respect to stress.

Getting adequate rest, practicing sports, and attending a relaxation class (yoga or meditation) are options to regulate excessive sweating due to these factors.

Maintain good body hygiene

Both to feel good and to prevent the bad body odor that often accompanies excessive sweating, it’s advisable to maintain very good body hygiene.

This means showering every day. The areas that sweat most may need to be washed both in the morning and at night.

In addition, we must be responsible and use the deodorants or other products the doctor has recommended exactly as they have instructed us.

Take care of your diet

Certain foods or harmful habits can have a negative influence. What’s more, they can make all the above recommendations useless.

Sweaty palms.

We’re talking here about smoking, drinking coffee in excess, consuming spicy foods relatively frequently or drinking alcohol. All these habits can increase excessive sweating and exacerbate the problem.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and consuming plenty of water is essential to cope successfully with hyperhidrosis.

Emergency kit

In addition to all the above, it’s a good idea to always carry certain items with you.

For example, if we suffer excessive sweating in the hands is essential to carry refreshing wipes. In the case of the feet, a small bottle of talcum powder can also help.

If the situation doesn’t improve, in many cases injections, or even surgery, may be required to control this problem. Therefore, going to the doctor, starting to take care of ourselves, and introducing certain habits into our lives to regulate excessive sweating can prevent this from happening.

Do you suffer from hyperhidrosis? Have you been able to control it? We hope these tips have been of great help to you and we encourage you to share any that have worked for you with other people.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.