Problems with Sweating

Managing Sweat Problems

Normal sweating can be controlled easily by using antiperspirants or deodorants and by a few simple changes to your daily hygiene routine. Your doctor or a healthcare professional can also provide further advice.

Hygiene and personal care tips to manage sweating

Mild cases of body or foot odour may be helped by some simple hygiene and personal care tips. The tips below can also be useful when used alongside other treatments for more severe sweat problems.

  • Use antiperspirants daily as they help to reduce sweating in the armpit area
  • Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes and synthetic fibers such as nylon or polyester, especially under the armpit. Natural fibers such as cotton are more ‘breathable’ and help sweat to evaporate.
  • Try to shower straight after exercise or exertion and make sure you dry yourself thoroughly after showering as bacteria prefer moist conditions
  • If night sweats are a problem, try sleeping with fewer layers of bed clothing and reduce the amount of blankets or use a lighter duvet
  • Alcohol and spicy food can be a trigger for sweating so try to avoid or minimize these

Antiperspirants and deodorants

Using an antiperspirant or deodorant is a common and effective way to tackle moderate sweating and body odour. Both deodorants and antiperspirants control body odour by eliminating bacteria present on the surface of armpits contain. Antiperspirants have the added benefit of sweat control ingredients which work to reduce the flow of sweat.

How do antiperspirants and deodorants actually work to control sweating and body odour?

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