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 sweating1,2,3
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 fibres such as nylon or polyester, especially under the armpit. Natural fibres 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
If sweaty feet or foot odour are a problem…
- Use a foot deodorant regularly
- Wear shoes made of natural material such as leather or canvas rather than synthetics
- Wear socks made of natural material – cotton socks are more breathable than synthetic fibres and can also absorb moisture better
- Alternate your shoes so you’re not wearing the same pair every day. This allows your shoes to dry out before you wear them again
If possible, try to change your socks at least twice a day
Antiperspirants and deodorants
Using an antiperspirant or deodorant is a common and effective way to tackle moderate sweating and body odour. Antimicrobial agents in deodorants and antiperspirants work by reducing the number of odour-forming bacteria that live on the surface of the skin. The active ingredients in antiperspirants also work to control the flow of sweat from the armpits, and both antiperspirants and deodorants contain fragrance to mask any odour.References
- NHS Choices. Stop excessive sweating http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/embarrassingconditions/pages/excessive-sweating.aspx (Last accessed 15.12.12)
- Patient.co.uk. Excessive sweating. http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Excessive-Sweating.htm (Last accessed 15.12.12)
- Embarrassing Problems. Body odour http://www.embarrassingproblems.com/expert-guides/Dr-Phil-body-odour (Last accessed 15.12.12)