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How to Stop Sweating

The easiest way to stop sweating is with an antiperspirant, which will block your sweat glands and keep sweat from coming out.

Sweating is the process by which the body regulates its temperature. When you are hot, you sweat, and that moisture evaporates and cools you down. It’s a completely natural and normal occurrence of everyday life.

That said, there are times when sweating can be undesirable, embarrassing even. For example, it’s not pretty when your shirt starts getting damp patches in the middle of a hot date. Or when sweat drips down your face uncontrollably when all attention is on you.

Thankfully, there are strategies you can use to reduce or even stop sweat when you know you will be in a crucial situation.

1.    Apply topical antiperspirant

Unlike deodorants which only mask the smell of sweat, antiperspirants block the sweat ducts so that sweat will not reach the surface of your skin. The majority of antiperspirants also contain deodorant, so you will be killing two birds with one stone.

For best results, apply the antiperspirant after a shower at night because it needs time to work. However, you need to do it for a few nights before you can see real results. If over-the-counter products are not working for you, ask your doctor to recommend a stronger antiperspirant with a higher amount of aluminum chloride.

2.    Avoid sweat-inducing foods
Certain types of food warm up your body and cause you to sweat more. For example, when you take spicy foods or caffeine, your body will try to cool itself down by sweating. This also applies to a high-sodium diet, processed foods, liquor, garlic, and onions.

Instead, eat things that cool down the body temperature and calm overactive sweat glands. Examples include cold water, bananas, almonds, fruits and veggies with high water content, green tea, and sweet potatoes.

3.    Wear breathable clothes
Wearing loose-fitting and breathable clothes allows ventilation so your body can stay cool. Stay away from clothes that will stick to your body when you sweat or easily show sweat patches. The best material is cotton which is cool, breathable, and very absorbent. If you have a choice of color, go with bright colors like white and yellow because they will reflect the sun instead of absorbing it.

4.    Seek medical help

In rare cases, excessive sweating is not something a simple antiperspirant or breathable clothes can fix. It could be a condition known as Hyperhidrosis, where you sweat for no reason at all. When all else fails, the doctor can give you;

•    Oral medication. The doctor may recommend anticholinergic drugs to stop overactive sweat glands. Unfortunately, these drugs have terrible side effects like blurred vision, dry eyes, palpitation, and difficulty sleeping.

•    Botox. Botulinum toxin or Botox is an FDA-approved treatment method for excessive sweating. Botox ultimately works by preventing the release of a chemical that tells the sweat glands to activate. You may need several shots, but the results can last up to a year.

•    MiraDry System. This procedure is done using thermal energy to target and eliminate sweat glands. Once the glands are destroyed, you cannot sweat anymore.

•    Surgery. In extreme cases of Hyperhidrosis, the doctor can recommend a surgical option where they surgically remove the sweat glands or do nerve surgery. This is usually the last result if the doctors determine you have a serious issue causing you to sweat uncontrollably.

While sweating is a good and natural bodily process, it doesn’t have to cause you embarrassment. The above tips will help you stop or at least control when and how much you sweat so you can live your life in confidence.

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