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Sweating over a sweat problem
November 1, 2016, 4:56 pm

Excessive sweating that result in perpetually damp arm pits and dripping brows is a treatable medical condition, which if left untreated could sometimes lead to other skin problems, warn dermatologists.

Sweating is normal and helps the body stay cool. People sweat more in warm temperatures, when they exercise, or in response to situations that make them nervous, angry, embarrassed, or afraid. Excessive sweating, even when the temperature is cool or when people are not exercising, could be the result of hyperhidrosis, which is caused by overactive sweat glands.

If you think you might be sweating too much, consult a dermatologist to see if it is normal; they could help diagnose what type of hyperhidrosis you might have and the best way to treat it.

Other tips for people who perspire profusely include, using an antiperspirant instead of a deodorant. Antiperspirants plug sweat glands and stop the outpour of sweat while deodorants are helpful only in reducing body odor. In addition to the armpits, you can apply antiperspirants to any area of the body that sweats, including the palms, back and behind the knees.

Keep a journal to record when you sweat. Then avoid those situations. Common sweating triggers include heat, feeling anxious and certain foods, including caffeine and spicy curries and sauces.

If you have sweaty feet, wear shoes made of natural materials such as leather, which allow air to circulate. Do not wear the same shoes two days in a row, which will allow them to dry completely before you wear them again. Do not wear cotton socks, which trap moisture. Instead, wear socks that wick moisture away from your skin. Wear sandals or take off your shoes whenever you can.

If you feel anxious or embarrassed by sweating, talk to your dermatologist. It is possible to find treatment that effectively controls your sweating and improves your quality of life.


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