What to do to combat excessive sweating

Written by: Dra. Matilde Lorente Guaita
Published: | Updated: 14/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

According to specialists in Dermatology , heavy sweating or hyperhidrosis is a chronic disorder that affects parts of the body such as the hands, feet or armpits. It is a pathology that suffers almost 3% of the population and causes a decrease in the quality of life, damages social relations and professional activities and, sometimes, causes social phobia.


Hyperhidrosis is the pathology that make reference to excessive sweating


Hyperhidrosis in the armpits, as in any other type of hyperhidrosis, usually occurs for the first time during the period of puberty and early adolescence. Specialists in Dermatology advise to go to the doctor, since there are several treatments that eliminate hyperhidrosis temporarily. Here are some daily solutions:


- Bathe daily to control the amount of bacteria on the skin.

- Dry well after bathing. Bacteria and fungi grow in moist places, for example, in the armpits.

- Apply antiperspirants twice a day, morning and afternoon. Or, if you are using an antiperspirant once a day, apply it also at night rather than in the morning.

- Choosing Air Permeable Clothes. Use natural fabrics such as cotton, wool and silk, which allow the skin to breathe. For physical exercise it is advisable to use high technology fabrics that absorb moisture from the skin.

- Wear dress shields, small cushions that go under the armpits to absorb sweat, may be an option. Extra clean shirts can also be worn in case of emergency.

- Wash your clothes frequently and change them often.

- Avoid hot drinks like coffee, in addition to alcohol and spices.

- Try relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation, which can help you learn to control stress which in turn causes perspiration.

- Changing the diet. Take note of all the foods and drinks that make you sweat more than usual. If possible, remove them from your diet. Do not consume caffeinated beverages, alcohol and foods with strong odors such as garlic and onion.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Matilde Lorente Guaita

Dr. Lorente Guaita has studied Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Valencia, promotion 1976-1982. It was internal student by opposition in the 1980-1981 course at the Dermatology Department of General Hospital of Valencia. With specialist title Medical-Surgical Dermatology and Venereology. Formed in the dermatology department of the General Hospital of Valencia. He completed postgraduate courses at the University of Valencia. He has conducted numerous training courses and has publications in national and international journals. Until 1989 he held his dermatologic activity in public health. Since 1989 until now has exclusive dedication to the Dermatology Clinic of Dr. Serrano.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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