The Story Behind Excessive Underarm Sweating
Symptoms and diagnosis
By Neurosurgery Singapore
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 our body regulates our overall body temperature. Basically, any time our body temperature rises, we produce sweat, which helps cool our body down to normal temperature.
Because our body produces sweat any time our internal temperature rises, there are several things that could impact the amount of sweat we produce, including:
- Hormone levels
- Outside temperatures
- Physical activity
Basically our body is always sweating — even when we don’t feel it. If we’re lucky, the sweat that our body produces evaporates quickly. But if we produce a lot of sweat, it won’t evaporate as it’s produced, and we’ll start to see small droplets on our skin.
We have more than three million sweat glands on our body, so sweat can be produced pretty much anywhere. However, some parts of our body — such as our underarms, the soles of our feet, our groin area, and the palms of our hands — have more sweat glands than other areas. That’s why we might see more sweat production in those areas.
“It is important to note that there are more sweat glands on our underarm area. So when our body produces sweat, we’re likely to notice it more there than we would elsewhere on our 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 our excessive sweating seems too much, see our doctor to get back in control and avoid possible infections.
Things you can do to help with excessive sweating
- 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
- 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