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How to Condition My Body to Sweat Less

By Allison Stevens ; Updated August 14, 2017

Sweating provides temperature control for your body by cooling you down when you overheat. Sweating is a normal bodily function during exercise, in warm weather or as a physical reaction to emotional upsets like being nervous. However, if you find yourself perspiring excessively to the point that it affects your social or professional life, you may have a condition known as hyperhidrosis. Speak with your doctor regarding the best course of action to treat this condition while making some lifestyle adjustments that might also help you sweat less.

  1. Contact your doctor. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition and your doctor is able to prescribe strong antiperspirants and oral medications that may eradicate your problem.

  2. Join a hyperhidrosis support group. According to pharmacist Jeff Bracey, this step allows you to gauge how severe your condition is by comparing your situation to others.

  3. Bathe at least once each day, using antibacterial soap. The combination of bacteria and sweat can produce body odor, the International Hyperhidrosis Society reminds.

  4. Dry yourself thoroughly after your bath, as fungi and bacteria flourish in damp conditions.

  5. Apply antiperspirants in the morning and in the evening. If you find sweat excessively through your hands or feet, apply antiperspirant to those areas by gently massaging it in. Apply prescription-strength antiperspirants according to directions from the manufacturer or from your physician.

  6. Wear natural fabrics like cotton to allow your skin to "breathe." Wear high-tech fabrics during exercise that wick perspiration away from your body.

  7. Pad your armpits with underarm liners to absorb excess sweat.

  8. Launder your clothes and change your shoes often. Use shoe inserts to absorb moisture and consider bringing extra socks with you to change throughout your day if you sweat excessively from your feet.

  9. Allow your feet to air out often by going barefoot whenever possible.

  10. Track your diet and eliminate foods that encourage sweating. Foods that commonly produce excess perspiration include hot beverages like coffee, alcohol and spicy foods.

  11. Control stress that triggers perspiration through yoga, meditation or other relaxation techniques.

  12. Consider iontopheresis, a topical skin treatment that uses electricity through moistened pads to coagulate your skin's proteins and block sweat ducts. Home kits are available, but are time-consuming. Iontopheresis can be effective, Bracey writes, particularly when combined with other treatment methods.

  13. Discuss Botox injections and surgical options with your doctor.

  14. Tip

    Prescription-strength antiperspirants can damage clothing. Wear an undershirt to protect clothing from coming in contact with it. A combination of treatments has the best results in eliminating excess perspiration.

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