Dress to thwart sweat by choosing lightweight, breathable fabrics, such as cottons
Keep antiperspirants + deodorant with you to reapply them in the middle of the day or before a stressful meeting
Dress in layers year-round, as wearing an undershirt, absorbent camisole top or dress shields can help soak up some of the sweat
Choose clothing in looser weaves, such as linens, and avoid fabrics like silk as it may make you feel hotter
Skip the spicy lunches, as eating certain foods, such as hot peppers, can affect the amount of sweat you produce
Read labels & look for clothing that say the fabric is the type that wicks away moisture or look for clothing with high cotton content
Pick colors wisely – white will show more sweat, but it won’t be as visible on other colors, nor on prints or patterns
Carry an extra shirt or blouse to work or a social function, or leave a quick change of clothes in your car
Pick bed linens that are made of breathable, lightweight fabrics for year round
Skip the down comforter, even in winter, and opt for a lighter bedspread
Pick sheets that are absorbent; the best fabrics are plain cotton, not silk or flannel
See a dermatologist for a diagnosis
A dermatologist is one of the few doctors who receives training in the diagnosis and treatment of hyperhidrosis. A dermatologist can tell you what type of hyperhidrosis you have and recommend appropriate treatment. Prepare for your appointment by being ready to answer the following questions:
Do you avoid certain activities or social situations because of your sweating?
How often do you sweat excessively?
Does anything seem to trigger your sweating?
Get the best results from an antiperspirant
Make sure you are using an antiperspirant rather than a deodorant. Antiperspirants can reduce sweating by plugging your sweat glands to temporarily reduce or stop sweating. On the contrary, deodorants mask or cover body odor, but allow you to sweat.
Apply antiperspirant to dry skin before going to bed. This is because you perspire less at night and the product can work more efficiently and effectively.
Keep a sweat journal
For many people who sweat excessively, certain situations trigger their sweating. Learning triggers is important – this knowledge can tell you when you need more help controlling the sweating. You also may find that you can avoid some triggers.
Common triggers include:
Foods and beverages that are common triggers contain: