Tips, Tools and Tricks to beat unwanted, embarrassing sweat.

Glycopyrrolate and oxybutynin belong to a class of medications known as anticholinergic drugs, which are often used to treat excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis. In a general sense, anticholinergic medications block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine within the peripheral and central nervous systems. Essentially, this means that they impede the ability of the sympathetic nerves to communicate with the body’s sweat glands and prevent them from producing sweat.

Pros and Cons of Glycopyrrolate and Oxybutynin

Before starting a course of either medication, you should carefully consider the pros and cons of each. While these medications can be effective, be aware that there are also many negative side effects. Oral medications are typically prescribed when other treatments have failed to show significant positive results. Though no oral medications are currently FDA-approved specifically for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, several have a long history of off-label use for that specific purpose.

Pros of Glycopyrrolate and Oxybutynin

  • Available in a convenient pill form.
  • Oxybutynin is also available as a topical gel and as a transdermal patch.
  • Ability to scale dosage – this allows you to experiment to find the right dose that’s effective for stopping excessive sweating while leading to the fewest side effects.
  • Oxybutynin is relatively inexpensive medications, accessible for a wide variety of people.
  • Effective in preventing plantar (foot), palmar (hand) and axillary (armpit) hyperhidrosis. In fact, one study reports that 70 percent of patients saw decreased sweating symptoms related to axillary and palmar hyperhidrosis, while 90 percent reported improvement in plantar hyperhidrosis symptoms.

Cons of Glycopyrrolate and Oxybutynin

  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Fast, weak pulse or increased heart rate
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Dry mouth
  • Loss of taste
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dry eye
  • Nasal congestion
  • Decreased mental alertness
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Eye pain
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Flushing or redness in the face and skin
  • Constipation or urinary retention
  • Hallucinations

Oral medications are usually most effective when used as adjunctive therapy with other treatment options, like topical medicines and antiperspirants, in order to decrease hyperhidrosis symptoms. People who usually find the most success with oral hyperhidrosis medications are those who experience excessive sweating all over the body.

Before prescribing an oral medication, your physician may encourage you to try other remedies, such as Botox injections, local permanent treatment options, or topical creams. Oral medications, however, can be especially helpful when the cause of excessive sweating is identified, but cannot be eliminated or remedied – for example, if an existing medication regimen causes excessive sweating but cannot be changed or abandoned without causing bigger issues.

What You Need to Know About Each Medication

While not specifically developed to treat hyperhidrosis, anticholinergic drugs like glycopyrrolate and oxybutynin are often prescribed for this purpose. This class of drug binds with acetylcholine, thus preventing it from being used throughout the body. Receptors are located throughout the autonomic nervous system and expand through the whole body – resulting in a system-wide, rather than localized, effect.

Here’s the kicker: These medications also block receptors completely unrelated to the sweat glands and perspiration, which can lead to unintended and unwanted side effects. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about each of these oral medications.

Glycopyrrolate

Glycopyrrolate is the most commonly prescribed anticholinergic for excessive sweating. It’s primarily prescribed to treat ulcers and gastric secretions in adults and drooling in children, since it decreases stomach acid and saliva production. In addition, it reduces the body’s ability to sweat. Glycopyrrolate in oral form is the most commonly prescribed anticholinergic drug for hyperhidrosis treatment – mainly because it causes fewer central nervous system side effects. People typically take glycopyrrolate as tablets or a liquid, by mouth, either two or three times per day on an empty stomach – usually one hour before or two hours after a meal. Appropriate dosage is based on your specific medical condition, documented response to treatment and body weight.

Before beginning a glycopyrrolate dose, your doctor will ask if you have ever had any of the following: glaucoma, difficulty urinating, enlargement of the prostate, ulcerative colitis, high blood pressure, overactive thyroid, coronary artery disease, disorders of the nervous system, or kidney or liver disease. In addition, you should notify your physician if you are pregnant, think you might become pregnant, or are currently breastfeeding.

To reduce the incidence of possible glycopyrrolate side effects, your physician may recommend that you begin taking it at a relatively low dosage and gradually increase as your body acclimates to the new medication. You should not increase the dosage or frequency of glycopyrrolate without consulting your doctor – doing so won’t improve your hyperhidrosis, but it will increase your chances of suffering adverse events and side effects.

The glycopyrrolate drug class has shown a high rate of effectiveness when studied – for example, one clinical trial has reported that up to 90 percent of patients taking glycopyrrolate saw a reduction in hyperhidrosis symptoms. Unfortunately, up to one third had to abandon therapy because of adverse side effects, which have been reported by up to 80 percent of participants taking these oral medications as part of clinical studies.

Glycopyrrolate can negatively interact with a wide variety of other medications, so make sure to tell your doctor about any prescription, over-the-counter or holistic medications you are currently taking before starting a round of glycopyrrolate. Depending on the potential combinations, your physician may choose to either change your dosage or monitor you carefully for side effects.

Glycopyrrolate dose helps reduce sweating by systematically reducing all body secretions, which can result in some annoying and uncomfortable side effects. For many people, glycopyrrolate side effects show up as minor irritations that can be mitigated through measures like drinking more water (which may increase urinary frequency), eating mints, or using eye drops. However, these side effects persist over time or grow worse, you should contact your doctor immediately.

While rare, the following side effects of glycopyrrolate can also occur and are especially dangerous. You should consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Urination problems: difficulty urinating or inability to urinate
  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing

Anticholinergics are systemic medications, which means they cannot target any one particular area on the body in which sweating is most profuse; instead, they decrease sweating over the entire surface of the body, no matter whether that’s needed. If you’re not careful, this overall reduction in the body’s ability to cool itself through sweating can put you at risk of overheating. In essence, the sweating mechanism is turned off, which dramatically decreases the body’s ability to regulate its temperature.

Athletes and those who work outdoors should be especially careful when they take anticholinergics – and for these reasons, these types of patients may be considered ineligible for use of oral medication for the treatment of excessive sweating. The same is true for people who have a natural tendency to overheat. Taking these medications can dramatically hinder the body’s ability to cool itself down, leading to a dangerous situation.

In addition, the high cost of glycopyrrolate for sweating is a limiting factor for some people.

Oxybutynin

Oxybutynin chloride is often prescribed with elderly patients to treat urinary incontinence, overactive bladder or frequent urination. It is the second most commonly used anticholinergic drug to treat hyperhidrosis. Ideally, the lowest possible dose of oxybutynin should be used in order to minimize the risk of adverse side effects.

Oxybutynin tablets are often prescribed – both immediate and extended-release – as well as oxybutynin gel, oxybutynin syrup, or even an oxybutynin transdermal patch. No matter its form, oxybutynin is recommended to take with water on an empty stomach, though some physicians insist that patients with incontinence take the medication with food or milk in order to decrease the chances of an upset stomach. If your oxybutynin is prescribed as a time-release oral medication, be sure to follow the directions carefully. Swallow the tablet whole – do not crush, break or chew it, as doing so will adjust the time-release formulation. Drink lots of water or any other liquid of your choice. Also, be sure to take your oxybutynin tablet at the same time each day.

Oxybutynin dosage will vary from patient to patient, but usually hovers around 5 or 10 mg taken two or three times per day for adults and children over 12. The dosage rarely exceeds 30 mg per day. It is very important to use oxybutynin medication only as directed – no more, no less. Refrain from operating motor vehicles or other large machinery until you have an idea of how your body tolerates the oxybutynin drug.

One important consideration is that oxybutynin effects can cause a serious allergic reaction known as angioedema, which is life-threatening and requires immediate medical care. If you experience any of the following adverse reactions after taking oxybutynin, call your doctor or emergency medical care immediately: chest tightness or trouble breathing, body rash, itching, intense swelling of the face (including lips, throat, tongue, eyelids), hands, legs, feet or genitals.

Oxybutynin has been known to cause a negative reaction when combined with the following drugs and compounds: potassium, glycopyrrolate, donepezil, bupropion, tiotropium, secretin human, glycopyrronium tosylate, rivastigmine, ketoconazole, and galantamine. Tell your physician if you are taking any of these medications. Your doctor may choose to either change your dose of oxybutynin, watch you carefully for side effects of oxybutynin, or modify other medications you take while you are taking oxybutynin.

Certain pre-existing medical conditions can affect your body’s acclimation to oxybutynin, especially with elderly patients. Any of the following conditions have the potential to react negatively with oxybutynin: dementia, overactive thyroid, enlarged prostate, heart disease, hypertension, intestinal or stomach problems, Parkinson’s disease, toxemia of pregnancy, urinary bladder blockage, or glaucoma. Make sure to tell your doctor if you are currently suffering from any of these conditions.

Patients are more likely to see anticholinergic side effects right after beginning a course of oxybutynin or after an increase in dosage. Any of these symptoms should be reported to a physician as soon as possible – your doctor can help you determine whether your side effects are severe enough to need medical attention or if they will likely go away as your body acclimates to the new medication.

In addition, oxybutynin and alcohol are a dangerous combination; oxybutynin exacerbates the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants like antihistamines, tranquilizers, sedatives, muscle relaxers, and some prescription pain medications.

New Topical Applications Available

One of the biggest drawbacks to any oral medication for the treatment of hyperhidrosis is its systemic nature – it can’t be localized, and it often creates side effects that affect the entire body. However, new treatment options featuring glycopyrrolate and oxybutynin are now being developed and marketed that are topical in nature, which allow patients to concentrate treatment within a particular, localized problem area.

While topical creams containing glycopyrrolate and oxybutynin are now available, their efficacy is still under review. Some early indications show that the creams may have trouble penetrating the outer skin barrier. In addition to topical creams, a new product called Qbrexza features glycopyrronium tosylate within a medicated wipe that can be used to topically treat hyperhidrosis. It is typically used once per day to prevent excessive sweating.

In addition, there is some indication that topical treatments like Qbrexza can be used in conjunction with iontophoresis treatments, which use low-level electrical currents to push medications – usually anticholinergics – through the skin of a particular body area submerged in water. These treatments have shown best results when treating excessive sweating of the hands and feet.

Future Studies and Uses

While no cure is yet available, treatments for hyperhidrosis continue to improve. Excessive sweating affects 3 to 5 percent of the world’s population, and medical experts are still trying to understand the causes of hyperhidrosis. Many current treatments, including the use of anticholinergics, can be invasive and ineffective. However, as this condition is further studied, researchers will be able to develop targeted and more effective treatments.

There is a great deal of promising research on the horizon for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis. Emerging treatments and technologies have great potential to make a profound difference in quality of life. For example, topical medications have great promise in treating hyperhidrosis without many of the negative anticholinergic effects experienced when taken orally. The theory is that being able to apply a topical anticholinergic to a local area will stop or dramatically reduce sweating in that area without the drawbacks associated with an oral dose, which affects the entire body.

Many studies and intended future use of both glycopyrrolate and oxybutynin are on the horizon. One of the most encouraging is the planned use of glycopyrrolate in a topical cream that would be used to directly target the eccrine glands – it would likely include a 1 percent or 2 percent glycopyrrolate suspension. Oxybutynin also is currently being studied in connection with topical applications that would be more effective than current options. In preliminary studies, glycopyrrolate has shown promising results in the higher 2 percent suspension with very few side effects. Other studies have specifically explored a 2 percent glycopyrrolate pad, finding that some participants reported sweat reduction of up to roughly 62 percent. While existing studies have been small, a series of larger, double-blind studies could help further understanding of topical products’ potential to improve quality of life for people with excessive sweating.

In addition, while Qbrexza currently is indicated only for underarm use, additional research could have implications for additional hyperhidrosis treatment throughout the body.

Other Research and Product Possibilities

Along with various topical formulations, researchers are currently working to develop next-generation, non-injection Botox treatments for addressing plantar (foot), axillary (underarm) and palmar (hand) hyperhidrosis. In addition, the FDA-approved MiraDry is a medical device indicated for the treatment of underarm hyperhidrosis. This treatment involves heating the skin to the point that sweat glands are destroyed. Several other devices also are under development that employ various methods for heating the skin to destroy sweat glands.

Another new technology is fractional microneedle radiofrequency treatment, which sends energy into the reticular dermis – the lowest layer of the skin – without harming the epidermis, or the skin’s outer layer. FMR has been widely used to treat wrinkles and acne scars, and early studies show that it has potential to address hyperhidrosis as well. Early results indicate that many people undergoing treatment show significant improvement as soon as two months.

Lasers may also offer some benefit in the future for hyperhidrosis sufferers. Specifically, the 1064-nm Nd-YAG laser has potential, particularly when tested against underarm hyperhidrosis. In some studies, as many as 70 percent of participants showed improvement in self-reported assessments, while physicians’ assessments revealed upwards of 80 percent of participants showing improvement. With further study and refinement, this kind of therapy could be especially effective.

Additionally, ultrasound, which focuses ultrasonic energy within a localized area, is a new focus of interest and further study. In particular, the VASER ultrasound has been shown to improve symptoms for up to six months, but no data for longer time periods is currently available. Early results are encouraging, though more research and study are needed to determine exactly how effective various ultrasound methods may be in treating hyperhidrosis symptoms.

Treating Hyperhidrosis

Today, no cure for hyperhidrosis exists, but further research, medical knowledge, and understanding may expand to the point where a cure is within reach. Above all, scientists must understand the physiology of hyperhidrosis and how various drugs impact that physiology. Doing so can help lead to better therapies that are more effective with fewer side effects. Because hyperhidrosis is at least partly hereditary, understanding its underlying genetic sequence may also reveal additional clues for how best to prevent, treat, or cure the condition. Thankfully, as hyperhidrosis continues to garner awareness and attention, more researchers and medical professionals can get behind exploring new ways to improve quality of life for those with the condition.

If you sweat excessively and haven’t been able to find a treatment that works, the next logical step is to visit with your doctor. At this point, the physician may prescribe oral anticholinergic medicines to decrease the overall amount of sweat produced by your body. Glycopyrrolate and oxybutynin are the two most commonly used anticholinergic agents to treat hyperhidrosis.

Overall, medicines like glycopyrrolate and oxybutynin can be effective components of a comprehensive treatment plan for people with hyperhidrosis, though be prepared for negative side effects. If you’ve been prescribed one of these drugs, the information in this post can help you better understand how each medication works and what to expect in terms of potential side effects. And, as always, make sure you are working closely with your physician to manage your hyperhidrosis symptoms. Your doctor can help you further understand the full pros and cons of using systemic anticholinergic drugs for your specific situation.

groin sweat

Let’s face it, groin sweat can lead to some rather embarrassing moments. When your sweat is visible and makes you feel smelly, slimy and self-conscious– it isn’t just bad, it’s darn bad (and gross too). There’s nothing like a sweaty crotch to put a damper on your day. Here are some ways that can help:

10 Ways to Deal with Crotch Sweat

  • 1. Wear the Right Clothing
  • 2. Loose is Better Than Tight
  • 3. Sweat-Resistant Underwear
  • 4. Change Your Clothes
  • 5. Hygienic Trimming
  • 6. Powders and Creams
  • 7. Antiperspirants
  • 8. Body Wipes
  • 9. Botox Injections
  • 10. Last Resorts

There are more than a few causes of groin sweat. But, before we get into each of them, let’s take a quick look at the physiology of sweat.

What is Groin Sweat?

Everybody knows that sweat is the mechanism by which the body cools itself and maintains its core temperature. You probably also know that the underarms, crotch, hands, feet, and forehead are the places we sweat most and most often.

The reason that these areas of the body are more prone to excessive sweating than others is no mystery: It’s just a matter of numbers.

The average person has about 2 million sweat glands. Some people have as many as 4 million sweat glands. There are two kinds, eccrine and apocrine. Eccrine sweat glands are distributed just about everywhere on the body (ear canals, lips, and genitals are the exceptions.) The sweat they secrete is clear and mostly made up of water, salt, and electrolytes.

Apocrine glands are found in abundance in and around your armpits, scalp, eyelids, and nipples. They’re concentrated around areas where there are lots of hair follicles. This includes the groin region in both men and women. The sweat secreted by apocrine glands is different. It’s thick and yellow in color and much of it reaches the skin’s surface by way of hair canals. This type of sweat contains much higher concentrations of fatty acids and proteins.

Ladies: There are no sweat glands on the vagina, but there are very high numbers of apocrine sweat glands around the outside of the vagina on the labia majora.

When these fatty acids (lipids) and proteins arrive on the skin’s surface, millions of bacteria are waiting and eager to gorge themselves. As the bacteria break down lipids and proteins, smelly acids are left behind. This causes body odor and that terrible smell we know all too well.

What Causes Excessive Groin Sweating?

First of all, it’s not unusual to sweat between the legs, thighs, and in the groin area. Hot, muggy weather and physical exertion will cause you to sweat, especially down there. The sheer number of sweat glands in the groin can cause profuse sweating.

If hot temperatures or physical exertion are not the cause of your excessive groin sweat, something else may be at work. That something else is called hyperhidrosis. It’s a medical condition that affects an estimated 3% of the population.

There are two kinds of hyperhidrosis: generalized hyperhidrosis and primary focal hyperhidrosis. Generalized hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating over your entire body. It is usually caused by an unrelated underlying condition, like diabetes, cancer, or other disease or disorder.

The other type of hyperhidrosis–and the prime suspect for overactive sweat glands in the groin area–is called primary focal hyperhidrosis. It usually affects one specific area of the body, i.e. the underarms, face, head, hands, feet, or the groin.

Common Causes of Groin Sweat

So, why does your crotch sweat so much? Here are several likely causes:

High Temperature

Even minimal moving around in hot environments will cause you to sweat in the groin area.

Exercise

Any form of vigorous exercise will cause you to sweat in the crotch (and other places). Exercise that’s focused on the lower body will produce more sweat in and around your groin.

Pubic Hair

Because apocrine glands are found in and around the groin, pubic hair traps bacteria and moisture from sweat, creating a virtual greenhouse for bacterial growth. The rapid surge in bacterial population causes itching, discomfort and groin sweat odor. If proper cleansing does not take place, the buildup of sweat and bacteria can lead to groin sweat rash, thigh chafing, and infection.

Bad Underwear

There is good underwear, and then there’s bad underwear. We’re not talking about your Batman briefs. We’re talking about underwear that’s made of synthetic fabrics that don’t breathe. These types of undies don’t wick away moisture and they trap sweat and heat in the groin area. Always choose underwear made from natural, breathable fabrics that can absorb and wick away moisture and allow ventilation. Natural fabrics are also non-allergenic and less likely to cause a rash.

Obesity

You knew it was coming. Yes, if you’re overweight, the chances of excessive groin sweat are much higher. The body is naturally insulated by fat. Excess fat in and around the hips, stomach, and thighs will cause excessive groin sweating.

Feminine Hygiene Products

May panty liners and pads are made of materials that don’t breathe. Wearing them may increase the temperature resulting in increased vaginal sweating. If you must wear pads and panty liners, try changing them at frequent intervals.

Lack of General Hygiene

This probably goes without saying: Good hygiene is critical. Clean your groin area every day, either by bathing, taking a shower, or using a cleansing wipe. To win the battle of groin sweat, you have to start out right–and that means starting out clean.

Hyperhidrosis

Uncontrolled and excessive groin sweat may be a sign of hyperhidrosis. Generalized hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating all over the entire body. Primary focal hyperhidrosis is sweating in one particular part of the body. If you’re experiencing excessive and profuse sweating only in the pubic area, you might be suffering from primary focal hyperhidrosis. A qualified doctor can make that diagnosis.

Menopause

The changing hormone levels in women over the age of 45 often cause hot flashes, which can lead to heavy perspiration–even in the crotch region. Night sweats are also commonly associated with menopause.

Anxiety or Stress

If you’re sweating a lot, it may be due to anxiety and stress.

Diabetes

Diabetes can cause glucose levels to swing wildly, which in turn can cause excessive sweating in both men and women.

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is caused by an overactive thyroid gland. Other symptoms include weight loss, elevated heart rate, nervousness, and fatigue.

Got Groin Sweat? 10 Ways to Deal with and Stop Crotch Sweat.

Here are the best ways to prevent and control unwanted sweating in your crotch:

1. Wear the Right Clothing

One simple yet effective way to stop sweating and prevent that heat-related groin rash is to wear the right clothing. Synthetic fabrics like rayon and polyester are tightly woven and don’t allow adequate ventilation. While they can wick away moisture, they will retain groin sweat odors. Use caution when choosing clothes made from these fabrics. Some synthetic blends are breathable and are moisture wicking, too.

Clothing made from natural fabrics, like cotton, linen, and wool, are breathing fabrics which allow air to reach the skin. These fabrics (except cotton) also will wick away perspiration, allowing it to evaporate. Cotton, while super absorbent, holds on to moisture longer than other natural materials–and even other synthetic fibers. Silk is also a natural fiber but is not moisture wicking. Silk hangs on to odor, requires special care, and is fragile.

2. Loose is Better Than Tight

Skinny jeans and tight leggings are all the rage. You may love them, but they won’t love you back. Pants that are tight in the crotch area are going to spike the thermometer down there. If you’re wearing skin-tight clothing, fabric will rub against your skin. Friction creates heat. Then heat and friction are going to gang up on you, making you sweat. The sweat will make you feel uncomfortable, and when bacteria are added to the equation, the result can be offensive sweat odor along with the potential for a burning groin sweat rash.

Instead, to minimize heat and moisture, you should opt for loose-fitting pants. Looser pants will provide plenty of room for movement without creating friction. Less friction means less heat, and less heat means less crotch sweat. Loose joggers are great for casual days. For other, less casual situations, choose something comfortable that won’t rub you the wrong way.

3. Sweat-Resistant Underwear

When it comes to underwear, it’s best to choose function over fashion. Sweat-friendly fabrics are especially important when choosing what to wear underneath it all.

Many manufacturers within the athletic apparel industry have developed special fabrics that do a great job of wicking away moisture so it can evaporate. If sweat is allowed to evaporate quickly, bacteria won’t be able to breed and multiply.

These new, space-age fabrics are capable of not only of moisture-wicking, but they can even help regulate temperature, neutralize odor, and fight bacteria. Bamboo underwear, for example, is rapidly growing in popularity. Underwear made from bamboo is soft and moisture-wicking. Additionally, it can help regulate temperature and kill bacteria. Sweat-proof underwear that will help prevent groin sweat is available for both men and women.

4. Change Your Clothes

It may be obvious, but another simple way to control the problem of sweat glands on the rampage is to change your clothing after experiencing a crotch-sweating episode. This is more easily done when at home or after a workout at the gym, but what about other situations? Yes, it could get awkward and may not be an option at times.

You’ll want to do this for a couple of reasons:

First, yeast is a fungus that loves moist, warm climates, like the one between your legs. Spending too much time in sweaty underwear can lead to an opportunistic yeast infection that includes vaginal itching and burning. Unfortunately, yeast infections can be difficult to treat.

Second, if you continue to function in sweat-soaked underwear, you’re going to feel terribly uncomfortable. And when the unpleasant odor becomes noticeable to you and others, you’ll wish you had a spare pair of underwear in your purse or bag.

5. Hygienic Trimming

Ever wonder why we have so much pubic hair? It’s bad enough that we have so many sweat glands in the crotch area. Pubic hair does have a purpose and function: It can act as a friction reducer from our clothing and also works to wick away groin sweat.

But hair traps bacteria on your skin. In genital areas, that can be both good and bad. The good kind of vaginal bacteria helps to prevent yeast from overgrowing. But when groin sweat mixes with bacteria, oil, and pubic hair, there will be unwanted and unpleasant smells.

If you have excessive sweating in the vaginal area, you can reduce the chances of problems with an occasional trim. Be careful, though! You don’t want to nick or cut the skin while trimming. Specialized electric trimmers are available for this task. Also, grooming scissors for pets which have rounded tips can do the job, too.

6. Powders and Creams

Starting your day by dabbing on a moisture-absorbing powder may be the solution for you. If so, you’ll be able to make it through the day without accumulating problematic amounts of groin sweat–along with the accompanying smell and discomfort.

When it comes to powders, there are three popular choices: baby powder, talcum powder or a starch-based powder like corn starch. Many doctors recommend talcum powder, as it tends to be more effective than corn starch products against crotch-area sweat. Powders enriched with antifungal agents are also available. If using baby powder, be careful not to apply inside the vagina. Researchers have uncovered a potential association between baby powder and ovarian cancer if baby powder gets into the body.

Absorbent powders and body powder lotions can also be a good way to reduce “swamp crotch.” Chafing, sticking, and a vinegar-like odor often plagues men with excessive groin sweating. There are dozens of products specifically formulated to control sweating in the nether region and help prevent a rash from groin sweat.

Creams for application in the groin area are intended to treat irritation and rash that result from groin sweat. Jock itch (tinea cruris, aka crotch rot) is a fungal infection that primarily afflicts men, though women can get it, too. Jock itch causes a rash, pain, and itching in and on the groin folds. It’s easily treated with antifungal creams and it can even clear up on its own if the crotch area is kept clean and dry.

7. Antiperspirants

Antiperspirants are not the same as deodorants. Deodorants are fragrance products that mask or neutralize body odor. Antiperspirants, on the other hand, stop sweat before it gets to the surface of the skin.

All antiperspirants contain an aluminum salt compound–usually aluminum chloride. When aluminum chloride comes into contact with moisture (your groin sweat), it forms a gel-like plug that blocks sweat glands from secreting sweat. It’s been used for this purpose for nearly 90 years. The plugs are temporary and will dissipate over time, requiring reapplication to extend perspiration protection.

Should you use a deodorant or an antiperspirant in your groin area? The answer is yes–but be careful.

The skin on your private parts is more sensitive than your armpits or other areas that are subject to a lot of sweating. You don’t want to use a product down there that may irritate your skin and lead to even more serious problems.

A deodorant may help with groin sweat odor, but it won’t do anything to prevent moisture, bacteria growth and possible crotch rash. A deodorant can only partially help solve your groin sweat problems.

Many dermatologists and the International Hyperhidrosis society suggest using an antiperspirant to stop groin sweat, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with primary focal hyperhidrosis.

According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society:

“Antiperspirants are considered the first line of treatment for excessive sweating and can be used nearly anywhere on the body where sweating is a problem. That’s right, antiperspirants are not just for your underarms – you can use them on your hands, feet, face, back, chest, and even groin.”

Check with your doctor if you have concerns about using an antiperspirant in and around your groin–or if you experience irritation, swelling or pain when using an antiperspirant to stop crotch sweat.

8. Body Wipes

A quick, easy and convenient way to temporarily deal with groin sweat is to use body wipes. They are available in single-use packages or in travel versions that can be carried in your purse or pocket.

Flushable (bathroom) wipes are great for this. Most are formulated with vitamin E and aloe, are pH balanced, and they are gentle on the skin. Don’t use wipes with alcohol or antibacterial wipes, as they can kill good vaginal bacteria.

And guys, there are even wipes specially formulated for you and your anatomical differences. Whether its male groin sweat or female groin sweat, there’s a body wipe for you that can help you deal with groin sweat and feel fresh.

9. Botox Injections

Botox injections have been FDA approved for the treatment of excessive sweating of the underarms (axillary sweating) and have become a widely-accepted practice. An increasing number of doctors–particularly dermatologists–are now using Botox to treat profuse sweating of the feet, face, and head.

Today, dermatologists are taking the lead, using Botox to treat other localized areas–including the groin, under the breasts, and on the chest and back. While considered “off label” or “not as intended,” Botox injections in the groin have been successful for many patients.

Botox works by interrupting the signals that your nervous system sends to activate your sweat glands. The beneficial effect usually lasts 3-6 months and must eventually be repeated. When done correctly, there is no negative effect on sexual function.

10. Last Resorts

If your problems with groin sweat are so severe that none of these remedies and treatments are effective, there are other approaches you might want to consider.

Anticholinergics

These drugs are usually taken orally (by mouth). Anticholinergics act by preventing the nervous system from communicating with sweat glands, which stops the sweat glands from activating. Potentially serious side effects can be experienced with these drugs, and they must be prescribed by a qualified physician.

Sweat Gland Removal

As a last and final treatment, doctors can surgically remove sweat glands. This procedure is not reversible and can cause compensatory sweating in other parts of the body.

All Your Sweaty Groin Questions Answered

Groin sweating can be head scratching. Why it’s happening, how it’s happening and what can you do fix it? For your convenience we’ve organized a list of additional groin faqs to help you get to the bottom of your sweat down under.

When should I see a doctor about my groin sweating?

If lifestyle changes, good personal hygiene, and other non-prescriptive treatments aren’t working for you, consult with your doctor.

Can I put deodorant between my legs?

You can, but it won’t do anything more than mask bad groin sweat odor. Ladies, be sure to avoid getting any inside the vagina.

Can I use an antiperspirant on my groin?

According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society and a growing number of dermatologists, the answer is yes. Remember that your skin in the groin area is more sensitive than other areas. Discontinue if you experience discomfort, redness, or swelling. For women: Be careful not to put any inside the vagina. There are no sweat glands there, anyway.

Can excessive sweating be cured?

If excessive sweating is due to an unrelated disorder or disease (generalized hyperhidrosis), successfully treating that condition usually stops the sweating. Otherwise, excessive sweating can only be successfully managed and treated.

Why does my groin sweat smell so bad?

Sweat in the groin area is different than the sweat we experience elsewhere on the body because groin sweat is secreted by apocrine sweat glands. Groin sweat contains fatty acids and proteins which feed bacteria. As the bacteria break down the nutrients in groin sweat, foul-smelling acids are left behind. Additionally, pubic hair traps heat and sweat, creating the perfect breeding environment for bacteria and more bad smells.

Why does my groin sweat at night?

If you’re experiencing night sweats in the groin area, it could be primary focal hyperhidrosis. Other causes could be diabetes or low blood sugar. Women may be having night sweats due to changing hormone levels brought on by menopause.

Dealing with Groin Sweat

Everyone can experience groin sweat. Often, excessive sweating in the crotch area causes an embarrassing, unsightly appearance and offensive odor. Preventative treatments and remedies range from inexpensive and non-invasive to expensive medical procedures. It’s best to start with simple remedies, then work your way down the list until you find a solution that works for you.

If you’re sweating excessively in the groin region, it may be due to any one of a number of causes. Fortunately for all of us, there are ways to curtail, manage and even eliminate crotch sweating and the accompanying and physical and social implications. One or more of these treatments will likely work for you, and your problems with groin sweat will dry up and disappear.

best deodorant for sweat

So, you’re looking for the best deodorant for sweat…

Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the universe in search of deodorants that are strong on sweat and even stronger on odor.

Top 10 Best Deodorants for Sweaty Armpits

Some armpits are sweatier than others. That’s why we’ve included the best deodorants for mild, moderate, and excessive sweating.

Best Deodorant for Light Sweating

  • 1. Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant Deodorant
  • 2. Degree Advanced Protection Antiperspirant Deodorant
  • 3. Art of Sport Antiperspirant Deodorant
  • 4. Gillette Antiperspirant Deodorant

Best Deodorant for Moderate Sweating

  • 5. Certain Dri Everyday Strength
  • 6. Degree Clinical Antiperspirant Deodorant
  • 7. Dove Clinical Protection Deodorant Antiperspirant
  • 8. Gillette Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Deodorant Gel

Best Deodorant for Excessive Sweating and Hyperhidrosis

  • 9. Certain Dri Prescription Strength Roll On
  • 10. SweatBlock Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Wipes

Did you know the average human sweats around 278 gallons each year? That’s a lot of soaked shirts and sweaty armpits.

Experts say the human body has 2-4 MILLION sweat glands. Unfortunately, large numbers of these sweat-secreting glands live in your armpits.

Now you know who to send those thank you cards to…

Dear sweat glands, thanks for the sweaty armpits! They made my presentation truly... unforgettable.

Joking aside… sweaty underarms and pit stains are no laughing matter. They ruin your shirts, cripple your social life and sap your confidence.

You need a strong deodorant to tame those sweat glands and keep foul body odor at bay.

What is the best deodorant for sweaty armpits?

This is a tricky question. It’s almost like asking “what’s the best car for space travel?”

Confused? Let me explain…

A car won’t get you very far on your space odyssey. Just like a deodorant won’t get you far in your fight against armpit sweat.

You need a spaceship for space travel. You need antiperspirant for stopping sweat.

There are several differences between antiperspirant and deodorant, but the main difference is this…

Deodorant stops odor. Antiperspirant stops sweat.

If armpit sweat is your problem, you should be asking “what is the best antiperspirant for sweaty armpits?”

If ending stinky AND sweaty armpits is your goal, you need both antiperspirant and deodorant -or- a deodorant antiperspirant combo.

Now that we’re asking the right question, we can get some real answers…

What is the best deodorant (antiperspirant) for sweat?

When choosing the best deodorant for sweat, you need to consider a few things:

Sweat Levels

  • How much do you sweat? (light, moderate, excessive)
  • What climate do you live in? (cold, hot, humid)
  • What’s your lifestyle like? (sedentary, active, always on the move)

Your sweat levels will largely determine which deodorant options will work best for you.

If you’re a light sweater, a deodorant antiperspirant combo is best.

If your sweating is on the heavy side, you’ll get better results when using a pure antiperspirant.

If your sweat is excessive, you’ll want a clinical strength or prescription strength antiperspirant. These antiperspirants are much stronger and specifically formulated to treat excessive sweating and hyperhidrosis.

Bottom line… the more you sweat, the stronger you’ll want your antiperspirant.

Ingredients

Many people with sensitive skin prefer an all-natural or unscented deodorant or antiperspirant. These natural products are available online, or at retail outlets like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. You can find them made with natural ingredients like essential oils, baking soda, witch hazel, or coconut oil. Keep in mind, antiperspirants don’t typically fit in the natural category and contain ingredients like Aluminum Chloride. If you need a product to stop sweat, you may have to compromise on your natural prefrences. In fact, unless the product contains aluminum, it won’t be very effective at stopping those sweaty pits.

Staining

If you don’t mind occasionally cleaning white marks and residue off your clothes, you can choose from the full range of affordable drugstore brands of antiperspirant deodorants. They work fairly well and are available at all drug stores and supermarkets. But if white antiperspirant stains drive you crazy, you might want to consider antiperspirant wipes, spray versions, or even gels.

Top 10 Best Deodorants for Sweaty Armpits

For the sake of transparancy, this list was compiled based on 2 primary factors; popularity and consumer feedback. While other “cute” deodorant products are out there. This list contains only the serious sweat contenders. For your convenience, we’ve organized them by strength and sweat severity.

If you’re after natural deodorant options, you won’t find them on this list. Natural solutions will do little to nothing to stop armpit sweat.

Best deodorants for light to mild sweating

1. DOVE Advanced Care Antiperspirant Deodorant for Women

Dove deodorant is a gentle, over-the-counter antiperspirant deodorant for women with sensitive skin or who don’t necessarily need clinical strength formulations.
Strength: 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (15.2%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 48 Hours
Available at: Amazon.com

2. DEGREE Advanced Protection Antiperspirant Deodorant

Degree deodorant is another over-the-counter brand that offers a wide range of body-responsive products for both men and women, all designed to work hardest when you need them the most.
Strength: 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (18.2%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 24 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

3. ART OF SPORT Antiperspirant Deodorant for Athletes

Performance driven and formulated by and for athletes.
Strength: 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (15.2%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 24 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

4. GILLETTE Antiperspirant Deodorant for Men

Degree deodorant is another over-the-counter brand that offers a wide range of body-responsive products for both men and women, all designed to work hardest when you need them the most.
Strength: 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum zirconium octachlorohydrex GLY (16%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 48 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

Best Deodorants for Moderate Sweating

5. CERTAIN DRI Everyday Strength Antiperspirant Deodorant

Certain Dri deodorant antiperspirant provides all day protection against sweat and odor.
Strength: 💪 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (20%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 24 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

6. DEGREE CLINICAL Antiperspirant Deodorant

This product represents the Degree brand’s strongest concentration of active ingredient designed to prevent heavier sweating. Like all Degree products, this one is designed to respond to your body chemistry in order to provide the highest level of sweat protection.
Strength: 💪 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (20%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 24 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

7. DOVE Clinical Protection Deodorant Antiperspirant

Dove offers this stronger deodorant antiperspirant combo for moderate sweating. Strong, but soothing with ingredietns to condition and moisturize the skin.
Strength: 💪 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (20%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 48 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

8. GILLETTE Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Deodorant Gel

If you’re heading for a marathon, a strength-training session, or just a stress-filled workday, this sport-level, strong deodorant for men boasts that it can keep the sweat away.
Strength: 💪 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Octachlorohydrex GLY (20%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 48 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

Best Deodorants for Excessive Sweating

For those who need something stronger, consider the following products that are formulated to treat excessive sweating and axillary hyperhidrosis.

9. CERTAIN DRI Prescription Strength Antiperspirant Roll-on

If you’re a heavy sweater, Certain Dri can effectively stop sweaty underarms for up to 72 hours.
Strength: 💪 💪 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Chloride (12%)
Sweat Protection Duration: 72 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

10. SWEATBLOCK Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Wipes

Deemed by customers as “the antiperspirant that works when nothing else will!” SweatBlock is an over-the-counter pure antiperspirant solution. Featured on many TV shows and publications including The Rachael Ray Show, Dr Oz, Buzzfeed, Bustle and Men’s Fitness. The first antiperspirant of its kind, boasting 4-7 days of sweat protection with a unique wipe application.
Strength: 💪 💪 💪 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Chloride (14%)
Sweat Protection Duration: 4-7 Days per application
Available on: Amazon.com

Once you determine which antiperspirant or deodorant you want to try, make sure you use it correctly. Yes, there’s a right way, a best way to use deodorants and antiperspirants.

How to get the most out of your antiperspirant

The best antiperspirant in the world may not be helpful if you don’t use it to its fullest potential. Below are a few tips to help you get the most out of your antiperspirant every time you use it.

Apply your antiperspirant to clean, dry, non-irritated skin and give it plenty of time to dry before you get dressed. This will help it be more effective and cut down on its potential to leave any residue on your clothes. For example, you don’t want to apply antiperspirant to armpits that are already sweaty or that are still damp after your shower. Consider using a hair dryer on a cool setting once you get out of the shower to make sure your armpits are nice and dry before applying antiperspirant.

If you’re using a clinical-strength deodorant or antiperspirant, apply at night to allow the active ingredients to start working on your sweat glands before you need it. You’re also typically cooler at night before bed, so this allows the antiperspirant to have maximum effectiveness. In fact, using your antiperspirant at night allows it to work all night while you sleep, which sets you up for a sweat-free day. And if you apply your antiperspirant at night, you dramatically reduce your chances of any residue discoloring your daytime clothes.

You can still apply your antiperspirant again in the morning; twice-daily applications have, in some studies, shown the greatest user benefits. But if you only want to apply it once a day, night time is best. Some users report that gently massaging the antiperspirant into their skin is also beneficial.

One point to remember: Go easy on the amount of antiperspirant you use – a little antiperspirant goes a long way. You don’t have to cake it on and doing so can wreak havoc on the clothes you’re wearing.

Can You Use Deodorant and Antiperspirant Together?

Yes, you can combine deodorant and antiperspirant, but you do need to keep some particulars in mind. The main difference between deodorant and antiperspirant is that deodorant is formulated merely to neutralize body odor once sweat is already on your skin, while antiperspirant is able to temporarily block the flow of sweat before it begins. The metallic salts in antiperspirants, including compounds like aluminum chlorohydrate, create a temporary blockage within the sweat duct, which reduces sweat flow.

Most dermatologists agree that the best deodorant for sweaty armpits is actually a combination of deodorant and antiperspirant. By using the combo, you’re fighting sweat at its source and also any chance of resulting odor.

Take Control of Your Armpit Sweat

It’s no fun to spend your day worrying about raising your arms for fear of revealing sweat stains and odor. The reality is that the wrong antiperspirant–or deodorant–can literally put you right in the middle of a sticky (not to mention smelly) situation. If you sweat lightly, you’re probably fine with a regular deodorant to keep smelling fresh. People who sweat moderately would do well using an antiperspirant and deodorant combination. For those who suffer from extreme sweating, a clinical-strength antiperspirant like SweatBlock is the best way to stay dry.

Picking the right antiperspirant or deodorant for you can be a challenge, especially since so many options are available. But if you follow the guidelines here, you’ll be well on your way to making a well-informed decision, along with staying dry and odor-free.

Guys, do you struggle with a hot, smelly groin? This topic might be uncomfortable (no pun intended), but it’s important. You’re looking for some serious and effective answers to help you out of a sticky situation. So here it is: Let’s talk about the super annoying, super awkward problem of stinky, sweaty balls.

7 Ways to Get Rid of Stinky, Sweaty Balls

  • 1. Develop Good Grooming Habits
  • 2. Carefully Manscape
  • 3. Use Powder
  • 4. Wear Breathable Clothing/Underwear
  • 5. Try a Deodorizing Cream
  • 6. Cut Down on Chafing
  • 7. Carry Wipes or a Spray

All guys have to deal with it–no matter your age, activity level, or body chemistry–particularly during hot and humid summer months. Having sweating balls is the worst feeling ever. Plus, sitting in a pool of your own ball sweat can lead to nasty odor, painful itching and even infections like jock itch.

Fortunately, stinky ball sweat is easily treatable. There are plenty of steps you can take to cut down on the sweat and embarrassing odor associated with a solid case of swamp crotch.

What Causes Ball Sweat (And Odor)?

In general, there are many environmental and body-chemistry factors that contribute to excessive sweating. Or, you may have overactive sweat glands, a condition known as hyperhidrosis. Read on for a few likely suspects that could be contributing to your case of swamp crotch.

Heat and Humidity

Heat makes us sweat. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Whether you’re living in the tropics or stuck in an office with the heat cranked too high, when your body temperature rises, you start to sweat. And your balls can get extra sweaty since they live in a dark and warm environment. Keep in mind that sweating is your body’s natural air conditioning system, designed to cool your body temperature. While it’s great that sweat keeps us cool, there’s no denying it causes some unpleasant side effects.

Sweat is usually fine when it has a chance to dry on the surface of our skin. The problem is, our balls don’t usually get a chance to fly free in the breeze. If you try it in most places, you’ll probably get arrested. It’s highly doubtful that the sweat pooling in your crotch has a chance to dry properly. Instead, it hangs out down there, keeping your groin area full of moisture and forming the perfect habitat for odor-causing bacteria and fungi.

Wearing the Wrong Clothes

Wearing the wrong clothes can end up trapping unwanted moisture around your sack. If you know the day could become warm, one of your best options is to dress in layers. This allows you to remove clothing as needed to help lower your overall body temperature. This will help you sweat less and keep your gonads dry.

Diet

Believe it or not, a diet high in processed foods and trans fats can lead to higher levels of sweat in general, including excessive ball sweat. In addition, some foods, like certain fish, can cause odors when secreted through your sweat glands. Furthermore, many cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, along with garlic and onions, can also release a sulfur smell when secreted through sweat glands.

If you notice extra sweaty or smelly balls after eating these foods, you can cut down on the odor by making sure you eat them only when fully cooked. Interestingly, the after-effects are much diminished through the cooking process.

Heavy Workouts

Whether it’s CrossFit, trail running, or cross-country biking, intense exercise can lead to a sweaty, swampy crotch. It makes sense, right? If you’re breaking a sweat everywhere else, the amount of sweat downstairs is usually significant, too. The harder you work out, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the stinker your balls become.

Skin Folds

There’s no denying the truth. Our saggy, wrinkly balls make a prime environment for bacteria and yeast to grow. As skin folds rub together, they slough off dead skin cells, which can help both yeast and odor-causing bacteria to thrive. Let’s face it–there’s a lot of loose skin flopping around down there, so even the slightest rise in temperature can turn your pubic area into a sweaty, smelly mess.

Concentration of Sweat Glands

You have two types of sweat glands that densely populate the groin area – eccrine and apocrine glands. Both produce sweat, and the apocrine gland goes a step farther to add a musky scent. When the smell and sweat combine with the yeast and bacteria that often grow in this area, it’s a perfect recipe for stinky, swampy balls.

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7 Ways to Get Rid of Stinky, Sweaty Balls

A lot of these steps seem like good, old-fashioned common sense – but there are some nuances you may find helpful. It’s important to know what to do when your old friend swamp crotch comes to visit. If you sweat at all, and most of us do, you’re likely at some point to be a victim of stinky, sweaty balls. Below are some remedies to help you prevent and minimize the embarrassment and discomfort that comes from having smelly balls.

1. Develop Good Grooming Habits

Guys, this should go without saying, but we need to shower. Every day. Maybe multiple times a day, depending on the ambient temperature and your activity level. The reality is that when sweat sits on your skin for an extended period of time and has a chance to mix it up with the bacteria that live on the surface of your skin, you’re in for a pretty nasty time.

Showering regularly and washing your manparts can go a long way toward minimizing the embarrassing odor that often accompanies sweaty balls. Keep in mind that bacteria thrive in a warm, moist environment, so the longer you let your testicles wallow in sweat, the more bacteria have a chance to develop and grow.

A morning shower goes a long way toward resetting the bacteria button every day, but simply rinsing your sweaty balls with water isn’t good enough. Look for products specifically designed for your private parts that can kill bacteria, moisturize, and knock out odors. You can even find products that can help soften body hair in the groin area, which helps prevent chafing (your balls will be delighted).

At the very least, use regular soap down there–both bar soap and liquid versions will get the job done. But try to use unscented, gentle products and make sure you rinse well. The skin folds of the scrotum can trap fragrances and chemicals from shower products, which can lead to irritation later in the day. And if you switch over to cool water at the very end of your shower, you can help cut down on the chance that you’re sweating when you get out of the shower.

When toweling off, dry your groin carefully. Some experts even recommend blowing air on your testicles using a hair dryer on a cool setting. This can help remove any moisture you missed while toweling off. If you don’t want to use a hair dryer and have time, you can also simply wait a few minutes before getting dressed to allow your pubic area time to air-dry completely.

2. Carefully Manscape

Many of you won’t like the sound of this, but carefully maintaining and grooming the pubic area can go a long way toward fighting the discomfort, and especially odor, associated with sweaty balls. Pubic hair can become a solid breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, trapping them and seriously compounding the problem. You must trim. Some men prefer to remove all the hair down there, but it’s not always necessary.

You’ll want to pay attention to the entire groin area and its associated body hair–including the area in front of the balls, the balls themselves, and even the inner thigh area and the area above the penis.

A good manscape session includes essential trimming, so find a good, reliable cordless electric trimmer specifically designed for grooming your groin area. Don’t try to skimp and use a facial hair trimmer down there– trust me, it won’t go well. You need one that’s designed with a powerful motor and ergonomic design specially to tackle the genital area. Use the included adjustable guard to help ensure there are no dangerous nicks or scrapes along the way.

Once you’ve done everything you can with your electric trimmer, you can also go one step farther by refining the balls with a safety razor made especially for this job. This elevates both softness and smoothness–and, unlike a pair of hairy balls, when balls are smooth, it’s harder for them to trap sweat and odor.

3. Use Body Powder

One of the most effective things you can do is keep your private area dry so that it’s an inhospitable environment for bacteria and yeast to populate. Using a body powder can help reduce sweat, deodorize, and leave a clean and fresh scent on your private parts. Some powders may also include menthol, which provides a fresh, cooling sensation.

Some men have found success by using antifungal powders. If you’re a DIY kind of guy, you can even use simple cornstarch if you have it in your pantry. If you prefer natural ingredients, you can use products that contain tea tree oil and oatmeal, both of which guard against bacterial growth. Apply the powder directly to your nether regions or sprinkle powder into your underwear before putting them on.

If the messy application from body powders is not your thing, try a body powder lotion. It’s a lotion that goes on silky smooth and dries into a powdery fresh protective barrier that reduces sweat, moisture, odor and chafing.

4. Wear Breathable Clothing/Underwear

Remember, the goal is to keep your nether regions as dry as possible, so don’t constrict your junk. Some experts recommend wearing boxers instead of tight briefs. You want to allow air to circulate around the “cajones” so that sweat has a chance to evaporate instead of pooling and festering.

Lucky for you… there are underwear brands out there made especially for you and your sweaty balls. Many brands are now introducing materials designed to keep your privates cool and fresh. Some even use antimicrobial fabrics that actively fight odor-causing bacteria. Cotton is always good; it’s light and absorbs moisture well. Even better, a cotton-polyester blend can push moisture toward the surface of the material, which allows it to evaporate as your body intended.

And for Pete’s sake, change your underwear at least once a day. You may even want to keep an extra change of underwear with you during the day. This will give you the option of putting on fresh undies rather than sitting in a pool of swampy sweat.

5. Try Deodorizing Creams

Some manufacturers have begun making creams specifically for the jock area. Look for a version that goes on smoothly, has a mild scent, and dries on contact. While they are often effective, you should be aware that some deodorizing creams may leave a white residue on both your hands and your privates after it dries. You can also find a gel-talcum formulation designed to both moisturize and deodorize; it goes on dry from the very beginning and can help keep you funk-free downstairs.

Some of the best versions contain zinc oxide, which provides an effective barrier against chafing and irritation, and helps prevent growth of bacteria and yeast.

6. Cut Down on Chafing

Chafing is one of your greatest enemies. Your testicles can rub against each other during a strenuous workout or even just walking around during the day, resulting in everything from minor irritation to cuts/openings in the skin and even bleeding. Since chafing exacerbates problems in the nether regions, you may want to try an anti-chafing gel. This allows those foldy scrotum layers to pass over one another without creating a lot of friction and irritation.

If you have an intensely irritated groin area, you may also consider bandaging it to prevent chafing while it heals. This will help keep you more comfortable while also stopping further breaking of the skin.

7. Carry Wipes or a Spray

When you’re on the go and can’t make time for a shower, carry deodorizing wipes with you for quick sweaty balls fixes. You can find wipes made specially to combat ball sweat. Many are natural and non-toxic, and contain ingredients like allantoin and aloe vera which fight odor and bacteria without irritating your skin. Keep these stashed where you can easily access them in an emergency situation–your wallet, office desk, gym bag, or back pocket.

Along the same lines, you can also find freshening spritz designed to revive and refresh your junk. Simply spray it around your private area, and the pH-balanced ingredients wipe out sweat and odor. A lot of people who suffer from frequent sweaty balls keep this kind of product stashed conveniently where they can access it for a quick freshen-up when there’s no time for a shower.

Can Sweat Cause Jock Itch?

Can your sweaty balls cause jock itch? Well, sort of. Tinea cruris, also known as jock itch, is a fungal infection that develops within the scrotum area, causing redness, itching, scaling, flaking, and general discomfort. The infection is caused by mold-like fungi that often live on the surface of people’s skin, along with their hair and nails. Most of the time, they’re harmless. But bacteria and fungi love warm, moist environments, and your sweaty groin is an ideal place to live, under the right conditions.

If you’re not keeping your jock area dry during the hot, humid summer, you may be creating a perfect storm of fungi in your crotch. It’s very common for the infection we call jock itch to develop around the inner thighs, groin, and buttocks. While sweaty balls don’t directly lead to the infection, they do help create the right kind of environment for fungi to thrive.

Jock itch is highly contagious. You can catch it from close contact with an infected individual, or even from sharing towels or clothing. Those who are overweight may be more likely to develop jock itch since the skin folds of the groin area are prone to trapping sweat for long periods of time, where fungi can thrive. And jock itch isn’t just for jocks–you don’t have to be an athlete to catch it, you just have to human, which means basically no one is immune.

The good news is that jock itch is typically confined to the epidermis, the top layer of skin, and is easily treatable with over-the-counter or prescription topical medications, like creams. You can prevent jock itch by following all the same guidelines in this post about preventing and fighting sweaty balls and odor in general. In addition, avoid sharing towels or washcloths with others who might have a fungal infection. Consider wearing flip-flops when using public showers at your local gym.

Keep in mind, though, that every rash of the pubic area isn’t necessarily jock itch. If you develop a rash that doesn’t respond to topical medications and isn’t improving or clearing up, make sure to talk with your dermatologist to make sure you’re not dealing with something more serious.

The Battle Against Sweaty Balls

Every man has experienced stinky, sweaty balls at some point in life. Smelly balls syndrome eventually affects us all. If you’re not vigilant, sweat in the groin and testicular area can lead to embarrassing smells and uncomfortable rashes like jock itch. But you don’t have to be the guy with the smelly balls. You can fight back. You can take simple measures to prevent ball sweat, and you have many options for fighting it once it appears. And just so you know, us guys are not alone in this one – women face many similar issues when it comes to preventing and fighting boob sweat.

Fortunately, there are a lot of medical information and scientific products at our fingertips that can help cut down on swamp crotch and scrotum stench. With a little pre-planning, careful hygiene and smart clothing choices, you can keep your private parts as dry and odor-free as possible. You can live your life without stress, fear or self-consciousness, and the battle against stinky, sweaty balls can be won.

Out of the calm comes the impending doom. It happens when you interact with others. Perhaps it’s a meeting, a presentation, a first date, or even a simple chat with a significant someone. You begin to sweat because you’re nervous. Then you get even more nervous because you’re sweating. You’re caught in the vicious vortex of anxiety sweating.

anxiety sweat

11 Tips to Beat Anxiety and Reduce Stress

  • 1. Let Go and Relax
  • 2. Try Meditation, Visualization or Yoga
  • 3. Dress to Sweat Less and Stress Less
  • 4. Limit “Sweat Triggers” from Your Diet
  • 5. Drink Your Water!
  • 6. Consider a Home Remedy
  • 7. Splash Some Cool Water on Your Face and Wrists
  • 8. Carry a Handkerchief or Baby Wipes
  • 9. Use a Prescription-Strength Antiperspirant
  • 10. Anxiety Medications
  • 11. Other More Expensive and Invasive Treatments

Understanding your nerves and social anxiety is the first step to beating stress sweat.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is the emotion you feel when you’re afraid or worried. It’s a natural response to stress. When you feel threatened, physically or emotionally, you feel apprehension and fear about what might be coming.

Anxiety is normal and can be healthy. If anxiety is due to a physical threat, adrenaline is injected into the bloodstream and prepares you with the fight or flight reflex.

Emotional anxiety is that worrisome feeling and unease, sometimes vague, that occurs when no physical threat or danger is apparent, but we fear some social or mental threat. Our emotional anxiety can be caused by negative emotions such as sadness, fear, anger, and rejection, to name a few.

Emotional anxiety is normal. However, normally occurring anxiety and anxiety disorders are two very different things. When our emotional anxiety becomes chronic, hard to control, and interferes with daily life–it’s probably an anxiety disorder.

Why Does Anxiety Cause Excessive Sweating?

We have a love/hate relationship with sweat. The body’s sweating mechanism is a marvel of physiological engineering. When triggered by the hypothalamus in the brain, apocrine and eccrine sweat glands secrete sweat. The evaporation of sweat, composed mostly of water, salt and electrolytes, creates a cooling effect that helps maintain body temperature. Sweating at the gym or when working out is desirable and keeps us healthy.

When does sweat turn from desireable to deplorable? When it’s anxiety sweat — sweat that is excessive, embarrassing and only increases its flow when you begin to stress about it.

Stress and anxiety cause the body to secrete the fight or flight hormones that prepare us for action. These hormones cause our breathing rate to increase, our heart to beat faster, our blood pressure to rise, and–you guessed it–our sweat glands are activated to produce more sweat. A lot more. More than we need, and certainly way more sweat than we want.

Why Does Sweating Lead to Anxiety?

Nervous sweating often leads to even more sweating–sometimes uncontrollably–because we feel self-conscious about it during social interaction. It’s a vicious cycle that feeds on itself.

If you suffer from anxiety sweating, this cycle of stress sweat is probably familiar.

You sweat >>> you stress about sweat >>> your stress causes more sweat >>> your sweat causes more stress… you get the picture.

For many of us, stress and anxiety rear their ugly heads when our confidence is low. We wonder if we have what it takes to succeed in a particular set of social circumstances. In a way, our own bodies betray us by signaling to the outside world that we’re nervous. What do those who suffer from social anxiety fear?

Everyday situations that cause social anxiety sweating are:

  • Public speaking
  • Making a request or presenting information
  • Meeting new people
  • Wanting to impress or be accepted
  • Fear of rejection
  • Being judged or evaluated- as in a job interview
  • Looking odd or feeling out of place
  • Being thrust into unfamiliar situations
  • Wanting to be in control

Do I Have Anxiety?

Let’s be clear: Bouts of anxiety are a natural part of life. It’s a normal response to stressful events and situations we all encounter. Family or relationship problems, changing employment and financial worries are some of the common events that can cause anxiety and some degree of anxiety sweating.

But the kind of normal anxiety that we experience from time to time is much different than the kind of chronic, ever-present anxiety that disrupts our lives at every turn. When the symptoms of severe anxiety overshadow the events that caused them and turn everyday life upside down, they could point to an anxiety disorder.

Here are some of the most prevalent signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders:

Excessive Worrying

This kind of worrying is generally linked to anxiety disorders is way out of proportion to the event that triggers it.

Agitation

Anxiety is our way of telling the nervous system that we’re facing some kind of threat. When that happens, blood is diverted away from your digestive system, your heart rate increases as does the rate of your breathing. And, you sweat excessively. While all this may be appropriate and helpful if a real threat is present, it’s debilitating when the threat is only imagined.

Feeling Restless

Restlessness can be a symptom of anxiety disorder, especially when it occurs in children and teens. Not everyone who has been diagnosed with anxiety experience restless feelings, but it is one of the signs doctors look for in diagnosing anxiety.

Fatigue

If you become easily fatigued, it may be a sign of anxiety. It’s often a sign of depression, too.

Difficulty Concentrating

Many people who suffer from anxiety report having trouble concentrating. Studies including children, teens, and adults demonstrate that 60% to 90% of people diagnosed with anxiety have serious difficulty concentrating.

Feeling Irritable

Even those of us who experience normal anxiety levels feel more irritable when we’re feeling anxious. A study including over 6,000 adults found that more than 90% reported having feelings of heightened irritability when their anxiety disorder was in high gear.

Muscle Tension

If your muscles feel tense on most days, that can be another symptom of anxiety disorder. Some doctors have found that treating muscle tension with muscle relaxants can at the same time reduce feelings of anxiety.

Trouble Sleeping

One of the most frequently reported symptoms of anxiety is falling asleep and waking up often during the night. It’s a chicken and egg conundrum. Does anxiety cause insomnia or does insomnia cause anxiety? We just don’t know.

Panic Attacks

Panic disorder is a specific kind of anxiety disorder. A panic attack produces intense episodes of fear. Panic attacks can trigger rapid heartbeat, increased sweating, chest pain, and even nausea.

Fear of Social Situations

Social anxiety disorder is not uncommon and affects an estimated 12% of adults at some point in their lives. If you feel anxious about social events and avoid them, it can be a sign of social anxiety disorder. Fear of being judged, embarrassed, humiliated, or scrutinized by others are red flags that point to social anxiety. Extreme shyness and remaining silent in groups can signal social anxiety, too.

Excessive Sweating

Cold sweats, night sweats, and excessive sweating on the hands, palms, forehead, face, under the arms–and even sweaty feet– can all be symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Excessive sweating and uncontrolled sweating could also be caused by hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is often the root cause of social anxiety.

Diagnosing generalized anxiety disorder includes a physical exam to determine if anxiety might be caused by an underlying medical condition, such as hyperhidrosis, or medications you’re taking. Your medical history and a psychological questionnaire will also be used to arrive at a diagnosis. One such anxiety disorder test includes questions like these:

  • Do a lot of things cause you to worry or feel anxious?
  • Do you think you worry excessively?
  • Do you worry most days?
  • Has it been six months or more that you’ve been worrying like this?
  • Do you have difficulty controlling your worry?
  • Have you noted physical symptoms like, trouble sleeping, feeling restless, chronic fatigue, tense muscles, trouble with concentration or feeling easily irritated?
  • Is your ability to function at work, in social situations, at school or in other areas of importance to you, negatively affected by your worrying?

If you’re wondering if you have an anxiety disorder or if you have anxiety attack symptoms, visit with your doctor. Anxiety disorders and panic attacks can be treated and managed.

What Causes Anxiety?

Stress is the number one cause of anxiety. For those who suffer from anxiety sweating, the phrase, “Don’t sweat it,” seems like mockery. Anxious people stress over almost everything, and that stress makes them sweat. A lot. Learning how to stop stress sweat and finding an effective stress treatment are high priorities.

Stress and sweat travel together, and they’re rarely separated. There are three basic causes of sweat: heat, activity, and–you guessed it–stress. We produce different types of sweat depending on the cause.

Sweat from heat and activity is secreted by the eccrine sweat glands. It is composed of 99% water and small amounts of protein, lipids, and other nutrients. It’s the kind of sweat that cools us down as it evaporates.

In contrast, stress sweat comes from apocrine sweat glands. Of the 2 to 4 million sweat glands that cover our bodies, most are eccrine glands. Apocrine glands are concentrated in areas where there is an abundance of hair follicles, like armpits, and around the genitals. Apocrine glands secrete sweat that is thicker than heat sweat and contains more lipids, nutrients, and proteins. Stress causes the apocrine glands to push stress sweat to the surface of the skin.

Waiting on the skin’s surface is bacteria. When bacteria come into contact with the high levels of protein and nutrients in stress sweat, the bacteria begin to feast. The result is not only unsightly moisture, but it also produces a strong odor. A really bad, offensive odor. To answer the question, “Does stress sweat smell worse than sweat from exercise?” the answer is a resounding YES.

Here’s another interesting tidbit. Recent studies have found that people can tell if sweat odor is caused by emotional stress. Your smelly stress body odor lets everybody know that you’re anxious.

Stress and stress sweat can be caused by perceived physical threats, emotional anxiety, pain, and mental duress. Most of us experience stress sweat before a job interview, making a presentation in a meeting, receiving criticism or evaluation or even running late for an appointment.

How to Stop Stress Sweat

Ideally, the best way to stop anxiety sweating is to simply stop the stress. But for most of us, that’s just not an available option. So, here are a few ways to stop stress sweat and the unpleasant odor it brings:

Deodorants

Deodorants can stop stress sweat odor, although they can’t stop the sweat itself. Fragrances mask the undesirable odor and may help reduce bacteria, but they can’t do anything about those telltale sweat marks around your armpits.

Antiperspirants

Everyday antiperspirants can temporarily block sweat glands when the aluminum chloride ingredient comes in contact with sweat. These products usually contain a fragrance as well.

Prescription-Strength Antiperspirants

Prescription-strength antiperspirant products contain higher concentrations of aluminum chloride and can be purchased without a prescription. A single application can last up to 7 days. Prescription-strength antiperspirants can be an effective stress sweat treatment that works for many who suffer from stress sweating caused by anxiety or hyperhidrosis.

Other Treatments

If you find that antiperspirants or prescription antiperspirants don’t adequately manage or stop your stress sweat, there are other stress sweat treatments. However, these are more invasive and expensive. Treatment options include Botox injections, microwave treatments, and even surgical sweat gland removal.

How to Deal with Anxiety and Stress Sweat

Here are 11 ways to deal with sweat caused by stress and chronic anxiety:

1. Let Go and Relax

Much of the anxiety we all experience from time to time is due to our need to feel in control. Letting go of the urge to control every situation can go a long way to reducing the stress we feel. It sounds overly simplistic but relaxing a little can make a big difference.

2. Meditation, Visualization or Yoga

Meditation can help you contain your anxious feelings and relax your breathing. Relaxed breathing can quell an active stress response and help reduce stress. Visualizing desired outcomes and behavior can help form a healthy response to a stressful situation. Yoga is a mind-body activity that brings together physical activity, breathing control, meditation, and relaxation.

3. Dress to Sweat Less and Stress Less

Wearing loose-fitting clothes that breathes easily can help reduce sweating due to anxiety. Avoid tight-fitting clothing and artificial fabrics that aren’t absorbent and may constrict airflow. Don’t wear the same shoes every day and avoid socks made of cotton as they don’t wick away moisture. Wearing the right socks and changing them often will help keep sweaty feet at bay.

4. Limit “Sweat Triggers” from Your Diet

Your diet and blood sugar level can either help or hinder your efforts to control sweating due to anxiety. Here are some foods and beverages to avoid:

  • Stimulants, like caffeine, can put your nerves on edge. Minimize or eliminate coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks.
  • Fatty, processed foods are low in fiber and harder to digest. Longer digestion times raise your body’s temperature and can trigger more perspiration.
  • Spicy foods.

5. Drink Your Water

Don’t skimp on your water consumption. Water contributes to just about every critical body function. When you don’t get enough water to keep your body running smoothly, it can lead to stress and anxiety. In fact, dehydration and stress go hand-in-hand. Stay hydrated to keep anxiety and sweat at bay.

6. Consider a Home Remedy

Home remedies for controlling sweat include herbal products like sage, chamomile, valerian root, and St. John’s Wort. When applied to the skin, apple cider vinegar is an astringent that can contract skin pores. Tomato juice is thought to have the same astringent effect as apple cider vinegar. Other natural treatments include tea tree oil (another astringent), fresh lemon rubbed on your underarms, and applying cornstarch, baking soda, or baby powder to sweaty areas. These remedies may be less effective if your sweat is caused by an anxiety disorder. But give them a try; they may work for you.

7. Splash Some Cool Water on Your Face and Wrists

Breaking away to a restroom for a few moments to splash some cool water on your face and wrists can help reduce profuse sweating caused by anxiety. Cooling your face and wrists signals the body that its internal temperature is okay. Also, taking, a minute or two away from the action will provide time to take a few deep breaths, slow down your breathing, and can help you relax.

8. Carry a Handkerchief or Baby Wipes

This is a simple but effective way of temporarily dealing with excessive sweat. When you experience forehead sweat or sweaty palms, a handkerchief can mop up profuse sweat before it becomes noticeable. If you can duck into a nearby restroom, a baby wipe can be used to clean up under your arms or wipe away nervous sweating.

9. Use a Prescription-Strength Antiperspirant

Applying a prescription-strength antiperspirant helps prevent sweat before it can cause you anxiety. A prescription-strength antiperspirant, like SweatBlock, can eliminate armpit sweat for up to 7 days. The powerful aluminum chloride ingredient blocks sweat glands and prevents perspiration from reaching the skin’s surface. Wetness and bad odor are prevented before they even happen. And now, there are specially formulated antiperspirant creams that can be applied to the hands and feet as well.

10. Anxiety Medications

If your profuse sweating is caused by stress, anxiety medication may help. Benzodiazepines are often prescribed for panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Brand names include Xanax, Librium, Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan.

11. Other More Invasive and Expensive Treatments

If none of these remedies are helping you, it may be time to consider other more complex treatments. These medical treatments can be expensive and require a doctor’s care.

Botox Injections

Botox is a neurotoxin made from botulism microbes. Botox injected directly into the areas where sweating is a problem blocks the nerves from communicating with the sweat glands. While effective, Botox injections must be repeated every 6 months or so to prevent chronic anxiety sweat.

Microwave Therapy

Microwave therapy makes use of a device that sucks sweat glands close to the surface of the skin and then destroys them with microwave energy. A qualified doctor must perform this procedure.

Anticholinergic Drugs

Anticholinergic drugs work to block the hormone the nervous system uses to send signals to your sweat glands. When the signals are blocked, you don’t experience sweating of any kind. These drugs are expensive and come with a number of unwanted side effects.

Sweat Gland Surgery

As a final and last resort, doctors can surgically remove your sweat glands from the sites most prone to excessive and uncontrolled sweating. There are some potentially serious drawbacks to this procedure, and that’s why it’s reserved for only the most serious cases.

Dealing with Anxiety Sweating

Everybody experiences anxiety from time to time. But when anxiety takes control of your life and leads to excessive sweating (which in turn causes more anxiety), there are steps you can take to minimize your stress and calm your sweat glands.

The information in this article should better inform and educate about anxiety sweating and what can be done to curtail or eliminate it. Seek to understand the cause of your anxiety and try these tips for reducing sweating and staying calm. One of these solutions is bound to work for you. Think how much better life could be when anxiety sweating is no longer a problem. With the help of these remedies, you’ll be able to calm your mind–and your sweat glands.

Are you afraid to raise your arms? Do you often wear a coat or jacket to hide your sweaty armpits– even when it’s hot? Is your excessive armpit sweat always on your mind? If so, you’re among the millions of people who want to know why– and how– to stop sweaty underarms.

Why Do Armpits Sweat So Much?

Apocrine sweat glands are the real culprits when it comes to armpit sweat. Apocrine glands are found in high concentrations in the armpits, the groin, and areas around the nipples and breasts. Apocrine glands are a dual threat: Not only are they the cause for embarrassing and excessive underarm sweating, but the sweat from these glands also smells bad when it comes into contact with bacteria lying in wait on your skin. Soaked armpits and BO (body odor) are traveling companions. Fortunately, both can be controlled or eliminated.

sweaty armpits

Profuse armpit sweating can be caused by several factors:

Nervous Sweating

Whether it’s a job interview, first date, or an important business presentation, anxiety can cause nervous sweating, especially under the arms. If you are embarrassed by your sweating, that can make you even more nervous– which leads to more sweating. It’s a vicious cycle. When the stress or anxiety ends, so does the excessive armpit sweat.

Hot, Humid Environments

What happens to us on hot, sweltering days? Tidal waves of sweat wash over our us, making armpit sweat even worse. Like automatic sprinklers, your sweat glands turn on full blast until you cool down. Even though it’s healthy and normal, visible sweat is often embarrassing.

Physical Exercise

When you work out or engage in any strenuous exercise, eccrine sweat glands work overtime to stabilize body temperature. Your hypothalamus, which acts as your body’s thermometer, signals your sweat glands to secrete increased amounts of salty, smelly perspiration. Your heart rate increases, your blood pressure spikes, and you start breathing heavily. This elevated activity tells your sweat glands to pump harder.

Diet

Your diet matters– you really are what you eat, as the saying goes. Your eating habits can have a significant impact on your sweating.

Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, hormone levels go bonkers, your metabolism can go wacky, and your blood pressure climbs. This causes your body to produce more sweat. But not to worry– in nine months, these bodily functions should normalize.

Menopause

Ladies, menopause plays havoc with your hormones, especially estrogen. The most common symptoms of hormonal changes are hot flashes and increased sweating. As far as hormones are concerned, menopause is a lot like pregnancy and will normalize in time.

Diabetes

Two things frequently happen to people with diabetes. First, diabetics tend to be overweight. Second, diabetic neuropathy caused by higher than normal levels of glucose can occur. Normal nerve function can be adversely affected if blood sugar levels stay high for too long. These two physiological factors dramatically increase the likelihood of increased sweating.

Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is a medical situation known for excessive and uncontrolled sweating, usually with no discernible cause. Axillary hyperhidrosis, the medical term for excessive armpit sweat, is profuse and uncontrolled sweating of the underarms. While it’s a physiological condition, people who have it affirm that it also negatively affects their quality of life– physically, socially, emotionally and psychologically.

9 Ways to Stop Sweaty Armpits:

Knowing what causes armpit sweat is all well and good. But knowing how to stop sweating is even better. Most of these remedies can be accomplished at home without seeing a doctor or undergoing an invasive treatment. A few remedies will require a doctor’s care. Read on and see which remedies may be right for you.

1. Stay Hydrated to Reduce Underarm Sweating

Drinking lots of cool water throughout the day will help maintain your body’s internal temperature and control the sweating mechanism. Ample hydration can short circuit the body’s nervous system response to factors that trigger sweating by keeping body temperature lower, which in turn, reduces sweat production.

How much water should you drink? As much as it takes to prevent thirst, and enough so that your urine is more on the clear side than on the yellow. For some of us, this means drinking more than we’re used to. The rule of thumb, according to conventional wisdom, is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. If you know you’ll be in a situation or environment that will create more sweating, drink even more.

2. Wear Breathable Clothing

Another natural and often effective way to combat excessive sweating is found in the clothes you wear. Your choice of clothing can either increase perspiration in the underarm areas, or help you feel more comfortable and confident.

Clothing made from natural materials will help you stay cooler and avoid sweaty armpits, reducing those nasty sweat stains. Fabrics such as cotton, wool, silk, and linen weave together more loosely, enabling them to breathe. These natural fibers also absorb moisture. By keeping moisture off the skin, you can prevent sweat from mixing with the bacteria that causes a strong smell and brings unwanted attention.

On the other hand, clothing made from man-made fibers like nylon, rayon, and polyester doesn’t breathe well. These artificial materials are woven together much more tightly and actually prevent moisture from evaporating. Do we need to go into detail about what trapped heat and moisture in and around your armpits will do to your social life? Global climate change is bad enough without creating a mini-greenhouse effect in your underarms.

To be fair, there are some man-made microfiber fabrics that are designed to wick away moisture from the skin so it can evaporate more quickly. If you’re going to wear clothing made from artificial fibers, make sure it’s not going to make life more difficult.

3. Use Antiperspirant

One of the questions we hear most often is “what’s the best deodorant for sweaty armpits?” You probably already use a deodorant every day to prevent embarrassing body odor. Deodorants are a one-trick-pony, however, and only cover up the odor. While stopping odor is good, stopping sweat is better.

For that, you need more than a deodorant: You need an antiperspirant. Deodorant and antiperspirant are not the same, learn more here.

An antiperspirant containing some form of aluminum salt compound (usually aluminum chloride) can reduce underarm sweat. Antiperspirants are available in many forms, including roll-ons, sprays, and solid rub-on sticks. There are formulations specifically designed for men and for women. They are readily available in every grocery store and drug store.

The aluminum chloride (or similar) ingredient works to block sweat glands in the armpits. When aluminum chloride comes into contact with water, it combines with moisture in perspiration to create a gel-like plug that temporarily blocks the sweat glands. Since sweat cannot reach the skin’s surface, you stay dry.

Everyday antiperspirants can be an effective armpit sweat treatment for those who don’t sweat excessively. The plugs dissipate over time, so everyday antiperspirants are just that– they must be applied every day. And, be careful: You’ll want to wait a day or so after shaving your armpits, as antiperspirants can cause mild skin irritation.

4. Try a Clinical or Prescription Strength Antiperspirant

For many of us, everyday antiperspirants are just not enough. If that’s true for you and your armpits feel like a wet sauna all the time, you may want to try a prescription strength antiperspirant. These antiperspirants contain higher concentrations of aluminum chloride.

These are the strongest antiperspirants you can get without having to visit your doctor. Because clinical strength antiperspirants are more powerful, they’re an ideal solution for people who suffer from excessive armpit sweating or axillary hyperhidrosis.

5. Learn to Manage Stress and Anxiety

Stress seems to be inescapable. Public speaking, meeting new people, a job interview, family concerns, or just trying to get through traffic can cause stress, anxiety, and nervous sweating. When you become anxious, the flight responses kick in– your breathing rate increases, your heart begins to race, your mouth suddenly feels like the Mojave Desert, and– you guessed it– your sweat glands switch into overdrive.

How can we sweat less when faced with stressful situations? Try to understand what triggers your anxiety, so you can stay relaxed. Letting go of the constant need to be in control can help quiet your body’s response to anxiety.

Other important elements of stress management include proper exercise, getting enough sleep, and replacing negative thoughts with optimistic ones. You may find meditation or yoga helpful in managing anxiety. Find what works for you and your armpits will stay drier.

6. Is Your Diet to Blame for Sweaty Armpits?

Are you one of those people who finds that certain foods and beverages cause more underarm sweat? Some of the things we take into our bodies not only cause us to sweat more profusely, but they cause us to smell bad too. Among the repeat offenders are caffeinated beverages, alcoholic drinks, onions, garlic, and peppers.

It might not be too much of an exaggeration to say that the world runs on caffeine. It’s in hot morning beverages, soft drinks, energy drinks, and countless other beverages and snacks. If your morning starts with a few cups of coffee, and your day is punctuated with a popular caffeinated soft drink or two, you have an important choice to make.

Coffee and tea not only raise your internal temperature, but the caffeine they contain sends your sweat glands into high gear. Additional sources of caffeine throughout the day certainly don’t help. Spicy foods can also cause your body to pump out more sweat. Peppers contain a compound called capsaicin, which can signal your sweat glands to work harder. Changing your diet can help reduce sweating.

7. Check Your Medications

If you’re sweating more than usual– not just in your armpits, but on your feet, palms, groin, neck, or thighs– you might want to reevaluate the medications you’re taking. Here’s a list of some most common medications known to cause excessive sweating.

  • Antidepressants
  • Migraine Medications
  • Pain Relievers
  • Diabetes Medication
  • Asthma Inhalers
  • Heartburn and Reflux Medicine
  • Sildenafil (Viagra)
  • Breast Cancer Medications

8. See Your Doctor

Unrelenting and excessive sweating may be caused by an underlying illness or condition. A visit to your doctor is the best way to determine if there’s something more than sweating occurring. Excessive sweating for men and women can be caused by heart disease, thyroid problems, hypoglycemia, leukemia, tuberculosis, and other disorders.

Hyperhidrosis is another condition responsible for excessive sweating. Primary focal hyperhidrosis affects a certain area (or areas) of the body. Excessive armpit sweating is called axillary hyperhidrosis, which is a form of primary focal hyperhidrosis.

The second form hyperhidrosis is called generalized hyperhidrosis, and it affects the entire body. This type of hyperhidrosis is often caused by an underlying illness or condition. Your doctor will be able to accurately diagnose any illnesses or condition that may be responsible for your excessive sweating.

9. Consider Other Medical Solutions

If none of the remedies we’ve discussed so far helps reduce your excessive armpit sweating, you may want to explore more expensive and invasive ways of reducing underarm sweat.

Botox Treatments
Botox (Botulinum Toxin) is best known as a treatment for reducing wrinkles. Botox can also reduce the effects of excessive sweating, especially in the armpits, by temporarily disrupting the chemical substance that signals armpit sweat glands. Botox treatments for excessive underarm sweat are temporary and must be repeated every 6 to 12 months.

Nerve-Blocking Medications for Hyperhidrosis
Some medications taken orally can block the chemicals that allow certain nerves to communicate with each other. These are called anticholinergics. The effects are similar to those achieved through Botox injections. The medication works by blocking the chemical acetylcholine in its travel to the receptors on the sweat glands. These drugs are not for everyone and they do come with unwanted side effects.

Topically applied anticholinergics, like Qbrexza (recently FDA approved), are also available for axillary hyperhidrosis.

Microwave Treatments for Excessive Sweating Symptoms
If the thought of having your armpit sweat glands microwaved (or nuked in today’s vernacular), doesn’t bother you, this approach might work. Treatments like miraDry use microwave energy to destroy the sweat glands responsible for underarm sweat. After local anesthesia is administered by your doctor, a vacuum-like hand-held device is used to pull sweat glands close to the surface of the skin. While the device cools the upper layers of your skin, the microwaves destroy the sweat glands in your underarms.

Sweat Gland Removal Surgery
Extremely severe underarm sweating may be treated by permanently removing sweat glands. The procedure requires the services of a plastic surgeon. Either a traditional surgical approach or a less invasive treatment called “suction curettage” can be used. Suction curettage is a modified form of liposuction. It’s an outpatient treatment so there’s no need to spend a night in the hospital.