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The Story Behind Excessive Underarm Sweating

Symptoms and diagnosis

By Neurosurgery Singapore

When is consider as Excessive Sweating?

Excessive sweating is defined as any amount of sweating that causes problems or distress. Most people feel extremely embarrassed by their excess sweating. They frequently report frustrations or problems with things most people take for granted:

  • Frequently changing clothing because of underarm sweating
  • Avoiding shaking hands
  • Missing out on social gatherings due to concern about sweating
  • Challenges with romantic relationships

Why sweat so much?

Producing sweat is how your body regulates your overall body temperature. Basically, any time your body temperature rises, you produce sweat, which helps cool your body down to normal temperature.

Because your body produces sweat any time your internal temperature rises, there are several things that could impact the amount of sweat you produce, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Hormone levels
  • Outside temperatures
  • Medications
  • Physical activity

Your body is always sweating — even when you don’t feel it. If you’re lucky, the sweat your body produces evaporates quickly. But if you produce a lot of sweat, it won’t evaporate as it’s produced, and you’ll start to see small droplets on your skin.

You have more than three million sweat glands on your body, so sweat can be produced pretty much anywhere. However, some parts of your body — such as your underarms, the soles of your feet, your groin area, and the palms of your hands — have more sweat glands than other areas. That’s why you might see more sweat production in those areas.

“It is important to note that there are more sweat glands on your underarm area. So when your body produces sweat, you’re likely to notice it more there than you would elsewhere on your body. ”

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Important thoughts to take note

  • Excessive sweating increases the risk of bacterial and fungal infections on the skin. So, if your excessive sweating seems too much, see a doctor to get back in control and avoid possible infections.

Things you can do to help with excessive sweating

  • Do
    • wear loose-fitting clothes to minimise signs of sweating
    • wear socks that absorb moisture and change your socks at least twice a day if possible
    • wear leather shoes and try to wear different shoes day to day
  • Don’t
    • do not wear tight clothes or man-made fabrics – for example, nylon
    • do not wear enclosed boots or sports shoes that may cause your feet to sweat more
    • do not do things that might make your sweating worse – for example, drinking alcohol or eating spicy food
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