How to stop sweaty armpits

Written by c. giles | 13/05/2017
How to stop sweaty armpits
Everybody wants clean, fresh armpits. (woman has stretched a hand image by Stepanov from Fotolia.com)

Although sweating is a normal bodily function, some people suffer from excessive sweating, which is known medically as hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis may be hereditary or a side effect of an overactive nervous system. Secondary hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating caused by another medical condition, such as diabetes. Sweating is most common under the armpits, where there are a number of sweat glands; this is known as axillary hyperhidrosis. Some cases are more extreme than others, and there are different ways of addressing the problem, depending on its severity.

How to stop sweaty armpits
Keeping your armpits clean is crucial. (Shower image by Semfamily from Fotolia.com)

Wash your armpits. Shower at least twice a day, more if possible, thoroughly washing your armpits with soap or shower gel.

How to stop sweaty armpits
Regular shaving keeps armpits hair-free. (disposable razors image by terex from Fotolia.com)

Shave your armpits. Shaving regularly will stop excessive hair in that area from triggering sweating.

How to stop sweaty armpits
Deodorant is available at your local chemist or supermarket. (man's solid deodorant image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Apply an antiperspirant deodorant under your arms. Choose one with a high aluminium chloride content to reduce sweating.

How to stop sweaty armpits
Lemon juice is a natural alternative to deodorant. (impressing lemon's juice image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

Rub lemon juice or talcum powder under your armpits. After you wash, apply lemon juice or talcum powder under your armpits as an alternative to antiperspirant deodorant. Talcum powder absorbs sweat.

How to stop sweaty armpits
Loose tops allow your skin to breathe. (cotton t-short image by terex from Fotolia.com)

Wear loose-fitting clothes made of natural fibres, such as cotton. Avoid man-made, restrictive fibres such as spandex and nylon.

How to stop sweaty armpits
Reducing body fat through exercise can help with sweat problems. (running image by Byron Moore from Fotolia.com)

Exercise to reduce body weight. Carrying excessive weight can increase sweating.

How to stop sweaty armpits
Certain foods, like garlic, can increase sweating. (garlic image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

Cut foods out of your diet that are known to trigger sweating. Chilli, garlic, caffeine, onions, peppers and other spicy foods can all contribute towards excessive sweating.

Tip

Wearing black or white tops are best for disguising underarm sweat.

If your sweaty armpits persist, make an appointment with your GP, who may suggest an oral medication if the problem is serious enough.

Axillary hyperhidrosis can also be treated by Botulinum Toxin A, commonly known as Botox. Ask your GP for advice; the procedure is only available in a small number of NHS hospitals but is widely available in many private hospitals and clinics.

Warning

Seek the advice of your GP before making any drastic changes to your diet or lifestyle, particularly if you have any existing health issues.

Things you need

  • Soap or shower gel
  • Razor
  • Shaving foam or gel
  • Antiperspirant deodorant
  • Lemon juice
  • Talcum powder
  • Loose clothing

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