Sweat. There are two types: the sweat that occurs when the temperature gets high, and stress-related sweat. Either way, most of us try to avoid perspiration at all costs. Most scientists agree that sweat and body odor play evolutionary roles in sending the warning signal to others. A stranger’s body odor causes the brain to interpret the actions of that person in a negative way. Definitely not desirable when trying to make a first impression.
If you are prone to perspiration, you may be at an unfair social disadvantage. After all, many of us have a hard time with high temperatures for different reasons and false assumptions can be made about its cause. We always want to appear in control and put together. Maybe that’s why Americans spent 2.69 billion dollars on antiperspirants and deodorants. If you’re one of the many having a problem keeping your cool, here are a few things you may want to think about.
Causes of Sweating
- High Temperature- When body temperature rises as a result of exercise, fever or hot weather, the ducts in the skin release sweat. This moistens the body’s surface and cools it down as the moisture evaporates.
- Stress- Sweat can be triggered by fear, embarrassment, anger, and emotional stress.
- In response to something you have eaten is called gustatory sweating. It is commonly provoked by caffeinated drinks, alcohol, and spicy food.
- Medication and illness- Sweat can be caused by fever, and fever reducers, infection, cancer, painkillers, hypoglycemia, thyroid hormones and complex regional pain syndrome.
- Menopause-Hormonal fluctuation experienced during menopause can cause night sweats and hot flashes.
- Lifestyle changes to reduce sweating
Whatever the cause of you sweat may be, there are some universal solutions.
- Wear light layered clothing so that your skin can breathe. If you heat up during the day, remove layers until you are comfortable.
- Wash your face and body frequently to get rid of dried sweat and keep comfortable.
- If your clothing is sweaty, change out of it. This will help prevent yeast and bacterial infections.
- hydrated by drinking water or sports drinks. It is important to replace lost electrolytes and fluids after perspiring.
- Apply antiperspirant or deodorant regularly under arms. Bring it along with you and reapply as necessary. If you are a big sweater, (not like the thing you wear to keep warm, get it? Sweater/ sweater?) you may want to consider applying deodorant before bed. In the morning, when the sweat volume is high the active ingredient in the antiperspirant may wash off.
- You may want to try a prescription or high strength OTC.
- Stop eating foods that increase sweating.
- your sweating comes from illness or medication, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
Avoid Sweating Through Clothes
- Read labels- Look for labels that say the fabric keeps away moisture or look for high content of bottom
- Colors- White clothing tends to show the most sweat. It will be least noticeable on prints and patterns.
- Shoes- Make sure your shoes are breathable, especially if foot sweat is a problem
- No hats- Your head holds in most of your body’s heat; don’t trap it in with a hat.
- Carry a change of clothes- It may be a good idea to keep some fresh clothes in the car, especially shirts.
You can handle it. No sweat!