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.

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

Many people who struggle with underarm sweat ask “what’s the best deodorant for sweaty armpits?

The honest answer is… deodorants don’t stop sweat… not even a little bit.

For odor prevention, deodorant is king.

But for sweat blocking, you need an antiperspirant.

Antiperspirants get their sweat-stopping abilities from various aluminum compounds. The aluminum chloride (or similar) ingredient works to block sweat glands on the skin surface. When aluminum comes into contact with moisture, it creates a gel-like plug that temporarily blocks the sweat glands. Since sweat cannot reach the skin’s surface, you stay dry.

Antiperspirants are available in many forms, including: sweat wipes, roll-ons, sprays, and solid sticks.

For sweat and odor protection, look for a combination deodorant antiperspirant.

For excessive armpit sweating, you’ll need something stronger… (see below)

4. Prescription or Clinical Strength Antiperspirant

Sometimes, daily antiperspirants can’t get the job done. If that’s true for you and your armpits feel like a wet sauna all the time, try a clinical or prescription strength antiperspirant. These stronger antiperspirants contain higher concentrations of aluminum chloride and are very efficient in stopping sweat.

These are the strongest antiperspirants you can get without having to visit your doctor. Because clinical strength antiperspirant is more powerful, it’s 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.

Sweltering summer weather. Intense workouts. First dates. Test jitters.

Sweaty boobs.

It’s true – lots of situations can send your sweat glands into overdrive. When our sweat glands are really working, we can sweat just about anywhere on our bodies – and the very worst kind of sweat may be boob sweat.

Boob sweat is absolutely normal, and most women experience it at some point. If you’re curious about how to prevent boob sweat, here’s a few helpful tips.

boob sweat

10 Ways to Prevent Boob Sweat

  • 1. Find the Right Bra
  • 2. Wear a Lot of Black
  • 3. Go for Cotton
  • 4. Wear Looser Clothing
  • 5. Use Moroccan Argan Oil
  • 6. Try Sweat Pads or Liners
  • 7. Apply an Antiperspirant
  • 8. Carry Body Wipes
  • 9. Use an Anti-Chafing Powder
  • 10. Don’t Forget Anti-Chafing Gels and Creams

Boob sweat can be annoying and embarrassing – but the good news is that it’s also controllable. Keep reading to find out more about how to battle underboob sweat and keep those beads of sweat from pooling in your bra.

Why Do Boobs Sweat?

While boobs are generally great, one downside is that anytime skin touches skin, it creates the potential to block sweat evaporation. This makes the area under or between the breasts prone to sweat accumulation – especially for large breasts or those that droop (darn gravity!). The combination of hot, humid weather, friction, and poor air circulation under boobs can conspire to make stinky boob sweat a serious problem.

Sometimes, though, boob sweat is caused by hormonal issues instead of environmental ones. If you’re unexpectedly sweating more than usual or if you notice a new boob sweat smell, you may want to talk to your dermatologist.

In addition to feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable, boob sweat can also lead to more serious concerns like chafing or underboob rash. Symptoms of an underboob sweat rash include red skin that’s itchy and irritable, along with a burning sensation or broken skin.

Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer from any of these conditions. Let’s explore more in detail how to stop boob sweat and prevent these uncomfortable side effects.

10 Ways to Prevent Boob Sweat

1. Find the Right Bra

The fit and material of your bra are extremely important – and the best bra for boob sweat is ultimately a personal choice. Especially during the hottest summer months, a lightweight bra can keep your girls from overheating. A bra should be comfortable and offer good support – a tight, uncomfortable underwire bra can make you more susceptible to chafing. Your bra should lift your breasts away from your chest and also keep your breasts from rubbing against each other. This can make sure your skin is as aerated as possible. The good news is that bra manufacturers are getting wise to dealing with boob sweat, so they’re starting to make more sweat-wicking options available.

Try to find materials that are as breathable as possible. During the summer season, a good, supportive bra made of cotton is often best. Some women prefer mesh bras, which are thin and usually unpadded. The mesh material wicks away moisture, ensuring that sweat evaporates rather than pooling between your boobs or oozing down to your belly button. Spacer bras, or those made from specially formulated breathable materials, can also be effective options. And while they may feel sexy, silky underwear bras that are tight, lacy or padded can increase your chances for boob sweat by constricting your girls – so say goodbye to them if sweating becomes a problem.

Some women find sports bras an effective option, but be careful. Traditional sports bra materials are often too thick or bulky for excessive sweating. Something in a breathable, moisture-wicking fabric will work better.

Make sure to wear a clean, new bra every day (don’t act like you haven’t worn yours multiple days in a row– we’ve all done it). Especially during hot summer months, make sure to avoid wearing a bra without washing it first. Smelly boob sweat doesn’t get better with age.

2. Wear a Lot of Black

Black hides sweat and unseemly wet spots better than any other color you can wear, so it’s a great option when facing a sweaty day. It won’t stop the boob sweat, but it can cut down on the embarrassment if you sweat through your shirt. In fact, sweat is practically invisible on black clothing.

3. Go for Cotton

As a light and naturally breathable fabric, cotton can help keep heat and sweat from being trapped under cleavage. The only con is that once it’s wet, cotton takes a long time to completely dry out, so be warned.

4. Wear Looser Clothing

When it comes to boob sweat prevention, air is your best friend. The looser your blouse, the more air you allow to move through and help sweat evaporate. Conversely, tight tops only serve to trap both moisture and heat. The tighter your top, the more likely it is for sweaty spots to appear like twin smiley faces. Fabrics like linen and cotton in loosely-fit styles will both increase airflow and help hide boob sweat.

5. Use Moroccan Argan Oil

Moroccan argan oil has been a beauty secret for centuries. It’s especially effective for treating skin infections caused by bacteria and contains more antioxidant properties than coconut oil. Many women swear that argan works wonders for boob sweat, minimizing both the initial sweating and the resulting irritation.

Try applying a few drops of oil underneath your breasts. If you suffer from irritation or itchiness related to boob sweat, Moroccan argan can help calm down your skin. Some women report that sweating, odor, and discomfort completely disappear after a few days of applying Moroccan argan oil. It also has the added bonus of being a natural product.

6. Try Sweat Pads or Liners

Bra liners are just what they sound like – small pieces of fabric that you can wear under boobs to create a sweat-absorbing barrier. These liners are good options for those with sensitive skin or who otherwise don’t want to apply products like powders or creams to the breast area. Some women even report using panty liners to help soak up the sweat that pools in the bottom of their bras. The pads also absorb moisture and protect your clothing from sweat stains – just pop them at the base of your bra cups and enjoy their sweat-absorbing mojo. Just make sure you choose an option that’s 100 percent cotton.

If you’d like something a bit more sophisticated, you can also invest in a specially-designed bra liner, which can prevent irritation by pulling dampness away from your skin. Many popular versions are made with cotton or even bamboo. You can also use nursing pads as boob sweat pads– they’re designed to fit inside a bra cup, so they’re already the right size and absorbency.

7. Swipe on an Antiperspirant

It sounds weird, but you can use some antiperspirants under your boobs to prevent sweat. Many dermatologists recommend a cream or soft solid. Be careful to choose something that won’t leave white marks on your cleavage. Some women report success by swiping a little below their boobs when they apply it to their underarm areas – after all, antiperspirants are meant to stop sweat wherever it may be on your body. Check with a medical professional before applying stronger clinical or prescription strength antiperspirants the the chest/breast area.

8. Carry Body Wipes

Body wipes are fantastic for quick freshen-ups. Carry them in your bag, and then you have them available anytime your girls start sweating. You’ll head off odors, clean your skin and feel generally fresher. Body wipes are gentle on your skin and not overly perfumed – you can get mildly fragranced versions for a touch of boob deodorant or opt for completely fragrance-free.

9. Use an Anti-Chafing Powder

Friction is your enemy when it comes to boob sweat. When your breasts rub against your chest, it can result in chafing and even nipple pain. This boob-rub friction also creates heat, which kicks the sweat into overdrive. Baby powder is a popular choice for absorbing sweat, reducing odor and guarding against both rashes and chafing. One downside to baby powder is that it’s usually absorbed pretty quickly. While it may be effective for night time or when you’re hanging out at home, sometimes baby powder struggles to keep up with your boob sweat demands during the whole day. Powders with corn starch can be a highly effective option, so look for products that use corn starch as their main ingredient (as opposed to baby powder, which is talc-based).

10. Anti-Chafing Lotion, Gels and Creams

If you don’t love the messy application of anti-chafing body powder, there are lotions and creams that can also prevent chafing and help reduce moisture and odor. An anti-chafing lotion is less messy than talcum or body powder and can be carried in your purse throughout the day for quick touch-ups as needed. Don’t apply too much– if you do, it can leave a residue.

Keep in mind that your cleavage isn’t the only area of the body that can suffer from chafing. For more helpful tips, be sure to read out our article on preventing thigh chafing.

Boob Sweat: The Struggle is Real

The struggle is real with boob sweat. When it happens, it can be uncomfortable, annoying and potentially super embarrassing. Not only does it soak your shirt with ugly sweat stains, but it can also cause a whole host of other problems, ranging from chafing to underboob rash and other skin irritations.

It goes without saying, but it’s important to practice good hygiene by showering every day and drying yourself completely with a clean towel. You can even use the cool setting on your blow dryer to completely dry any dampness under boobs after your shower.

But when you need additional help battling boob sweat, don’t lose heart! If you follow these recommendations for preventing boob sweat and chafing, you’ll be on your way to a dryer and worry-free experience– even in the summertime.

If you suffer from excessive and uncontrollable sweating, a condition known as hyperhidrosis, you’ve probably investigated various treatments. Stopping the embarrassing and life-altering effects of hyperhidrosis is a daily, never-ending quest. Iontophoresis hyperhidrosis treatments might be the solution for you. If you’ve never heard of iontophoresis therapy, this article will help answer your questions.

Iontophoresis.

Iontophoresis: Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What is iontophoresis? Who invented it and when?
  • 2. How does iontophoresis therapy work?
  • 3. Does iontophoresis work for hyperhidrosis?
  • 4. How often should I have treatments?
  • 5. When will iontophoresis start working?
  • 6. What areas of the body can be treated with iontophoresis?
  • 7. Can iontophoresis work on my underarms?
  • 8. What is an iontophoresis patch and how does it work?
  • 9. Does iontophoresis hurt?
  • 10. Can I be electrically shocked by iontophoresis?
  • 11. Is the iontophoresis treatment permanent?
  • 12. Are there side effects from iontophoresis?
  • 13. Who performs iontophoresis?
  • 14. Will my insurance pay for iontophoresis?
  • 15. How much do iontophoresis treatments cost?
  • 16. What is the best iontophoresis machine for me?
  • 17. How much will an iontophoresis machine cost and where can I buy one?
  • 18. What if I’m pregnant? (and other iontophoresis contraindications)
  • 19. What other hyperhidrosis treatments can I try?

1. What is iontophoresis? Who invented it and when?

Iontophoresis is a medical procedure which uses a mild electrical current to gently push medications through the skin while the treated body area is submerged in water. You might think of it as an injection without a needle. The procedure is most often used to treat hyperhidrosis or uncontrolled, profuse sweating. It can also be used to treat injuries related to sports by delivering anti-inflammatory medicines directly through the skin.

The idea of using weak electrical energy to deliver medicine dates back to the mid-18th century. Significant progress was made by several researchers in the 19th century and the concept gained serious traction soon after. In the early 1900’s, Dr. Stéphan Leducafter, a French physician, published a series of scientific papers on the subject. Other contributors to the science were Benjamin Ward Richardson, Hermann Munk, William James Morton, and Fritz Frankenhäuser.

Recently, researchers have given iontophoresis a fancy new name: “electrically-assisted transdermal drug delivery.” This is what too many years of education can do. 😉

2. How does iontophoresis therapy work?

Iontophoresis works on the principle of ions. In this instance, the ions are water-soluble substances that carry either a positive or negative charge. Like the poles of a magnet, the positive electrode repels and the negative electrode attracts. By running a mild galvanic (direct) current through a shallow container of water, an ion can be pushed into the skin if the active electrode has the same charge as the target ion. The principle is the same as when two positive ends of a magnet push away from each other when they are placed together. Because the skin is an excellent barrier and protects the body from outside intrusion, iontophoresis has limited value in delivering medications directly into the skin.

Generally speaking, a patient receiving iontophoresis treatment for hyperhidrosis sits with one or both hands or feet immersed in a shallow pan or tray filled with tap water. Normally anticholinergic medicines are placed in the water that block the transmission of nerve signals to the sweat glands. By stimulating the iontophoresis electrodes, the electrical current “pushes” the medication into the skin. Treatments can last from 15 to 40 minutes.

3. Does iontophoresis work for hyperhidrosis?

The short answer is yes. While iontophoresis has limited usefulness in treating other conditions, it can be effective in treating certain types of primary or focal hyperhidrosis. The procedure is routinely used for the treatment of palmar hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the hands) and plantar hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the feet).

4. How often should I have treatments?

Always consult with your doctor before beginning a regimen of iontophoresis treatments. Usually, the process is repeated 3 times a week in the beginning, and until sweating is reduced to the desired degree. Then patients are switched to a schedule of one treatment each week.

To maintain effectiveness, treatments must be consistent and performed regularly before your sweating begins to return.

5. When will iontophoresis start working?

Patience is a virtue. That may not be a comforting thought as you deal with excessive, unrelenting sweating, but it’s important to keep in mind. How long it takes to see results varies significantly from person to person. Some patients report positive results in the first day of treatment. For others, it may require three to four weeks of consistent treatment before the sweating is significantly reduced. Most patients see a discernable difference by the end of the first week. If it’s going to work for you, that’s the benchmark to keep in mind. Long-term improvement is usually achieved after a few weeks of regular treatments.

6. What areas of the body can be treated with iontophoresis?

Iontophoresis has been used to treat hyperhidrosis since the 1940’s. Most medical studies have focused on the procedure for hyperhidrosis of the feet (plantar) and the hands (palmar). Fewer studies have examined hyperhidrosis of the armpits (axillary).

In one year-long study of 27 patients with palmoplantar hyperhidrosis (affecting the hands and feet), there was a “good” response. Desired improvement took from 2 to 4 weeks. In every successful case, ongoing treatment was necessary to maintain dryness. When used correctly, iontophoresis can have a positive effect on 85% to 90% of hyperhidrosis patients.

7. Can iontophoresis work on my underarms?

The evidence collected so far shows that iontophoresis of the underarms might be an effective option for some people. The International Hyperhidrosis Society notes that iontophoresis is generally less effective than other methods for managing underarm sweating. A clinical strength antiperspirant may be more effective in treating excessive underarm sweating.

8. What is an iontophoresis patch and how does it work?

An iontophoresis patch is an electrodynamic patch made from fabric material mingled with photovoltaic cells. Micro-currents are created by the transdermal patch when it comes in contact with the skin. These currents use the iontophoresis principle to suppress the sweat glands from secreting sweat. Iontophoretic patches can be used on hands and feet, but are especially suited for underarm iontophoresis treatments.

A pouch containing a dosage of medication can be attached to an iontophoresis patch which delivers the medication directly through the skin. Iontophoresis dexamethasone is a cortisone-like medication that is often used in conjunction with this treatment. It can provide relief from inflammation and helps prevent unwanted side effects. Sometimes a Diclofenac gel is applied topically to reduce the inflammation.

The ActivaPatch is a self-contained single-use drug delivery patch that contains an electrical source (a battery), electrode and chamber into which desired medicines can be placed. Once adhered to the skin in the desired location, it can provide up to 2.5 hours of iontophoresis treatment.

9. Does iontophoresis hurt?

No, iontophoresis treatments are not known to cause pain. But at the same time, it’s not what you would call “pleasant” either. When performed correctly, the treatment is rarely painful, though many patients report feeling mildly uncomfortable.

You will likely experience a tingling sensation during the process. Be sure you don’t have any open sores or wounds in the area to be treated. The sensation will be much stronger if the current passes through open skin. You can cover any open skin with petroleum jelly to protect it.

10. Can I be electrically shocked by iontophoresis?

You can’t be seriously electrically shocked, but you may feel surprised by the tingling. The voltage of the electrical current used in iontophoresis is low and not strong enough to cause a harmful shock. But if it’s not done correctly, or if you remove your hands or feet from the water during treatment– or if equipment malfunctions– the sensation might be a trifle unexpected. You may temporarily experience minor heel pain during an improper foot treatment, for example. Be sure to remove any metal jewelry beforehand.

As the electrical current is increased, any unpleasant sensation will increase. But you’ll be in control and you’ll be able to decrease the current if the treatment becomes too uncomfortable. It’s a good idea to have another person present during treatments. If you’re using an iontophoresis machine at home, be sure to completely read the manufacturer’s user guide and follow all suggested instructions and precautions.

11. Is the iontophoresis treatment permanent?

No, iontophoresis for hyperhidrosis is not a permanent solution. After the initial treatment period when the desired level of sweat reduction is achieved, maintenance treatments must be continued indefinitely (usually once a week). It is important not to wait until the excessive sweating returns. Permanent hyperhidrosis treatments require more invasive treatments or surgical options.

12. Are there side effects from iontophoresis?

While iontophoresis is a safe and relatively pain-free treatment, some patients may experience some minor adverse effects. The good news is that any side effects are easily alleviated and generally not serious. The most common side effect is itching and drying of the skin. Apply a moisturizing cream or lotion after each treatment to hydrate and soothe dry skin. Other possible side effects include blistering, skin irritation and peeling.

13. Who performs iontophoresis?

Many primary care or family practice doctors can administer the iontophoresis treatments. Some neurologists, internists, and surgeons will also offer the treatment. Seeking out a dermatologist will probably be your best bet.

After initial treatments performed by a qualified physician, it is not uncommon for patients to continue treatments at home with equipment that can be purchased for personal use.

14. Will my insurance pay for iontophoresis?

That depends on your insurance carrier. Sadly, iontophoresis for hyperhidrosis is a treatment that some insurance carriers consider unproven or investigational. If that’s the case for you, you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket. Some physicians will allow you to negotiate the cost of treatment if your insurance will not cover it.

15. How much do iontophoresis treatments cost?

Iontophoresis treatments in a doctor’s office will set you back about $150 to $200 per session. Costs can vary significantly depending on the selected practitioner and location. It’s going to cost you more in Los Angeles than in Fargo, North Dakota.

If you decide to administer the treatments yourself after your initial doctor visits, you can purchase your own equipment. When you consider the cost of several treatments at the doctor’s office, this investment can be a cost-saving alternative.

16. What is the best iontophoresis machine for me?

The best machine for your specific condition depends on a lot of variables. Be aware that the manufacturer of any iontophoresis device is going to claim that their machine is the best. Here are important factors to consider when looking to purchase an iontophoresis machine for home use:

  • Affordability – Find a device that works within your budget. You’ll find many that will work.
  • Machine size – If the machine will be used at home, size may not be an issue. If you travel a lot, you’ll want something you can pack and take with you.
  • Safety – Find a machine that has safety features that eliminate the possibility of electrical shock.
  • Timers – The duration of treatments is critical to potential success. An onboard timer will be helpful in making sure treatments aren’t too short or too long.
  • Power source – Some machines are battery powered only. Replacing those batteries can be expensive.
  • Warranty and Service – Choose a machine that includes a warranty (at least 12 months) and be sure the manufacturer offers a user-friendly customer service program.

17. How much will an iontophoresis machine cost and where can I buy one?

A quality iontophoresis machine with basic features should cost somewhere between $500 – $700. If your budget won’t allow for an investment of several hundred dollars, there are low-cost machines available online starting at about $100. Be cautious of low-priced machines, as safety features and build quality may have not been high on the maker’s priority list. Do your research. There are many choices available online, and they can also be purchased from local medical supply brick-and-mortar stores. Also, if you’re handy, it’s fairly simple and easy to build one of your own.

18. What if I’m pregnant? (and other iontophoresis contraindications)

Always consult a doctor before commencing iontophoresis treatments. There are several conditions and situations for which either extra caution or total avoidance of the treatment are necessary.

  • If you wear a pacemaker – The electrical current used in iontophoresis, although mild, may interfere with a pacemaker.
  • Pregnancy – Iontophoresis has not been tested on pregnant women. If you’re pregnant, iontophoresis treatments are not recommended.
  • Metal orthopedic implants – Because electrical current will pass through the parts of the body being treated, any metal implants in those areas can cause problems. Talk to your physician about the treatment if you have any metal implants in your body.
  • Cardiac arrhythmia – Electrical impulses trigger your heart to beat. If you have an irregular heart condition, you should avoid iontophoresis unless your doctor specifically recommends it and supervises the treatment.
  • Skin rash or disease – Iontophoresis therapy should be avoided if a skin rash or skin disease is present in the affected areas.

19. What other hyperhidrosis treatments can I try?

Iontophoresis is considered a tier 3 treatment. That means there are other treatments for hyperhidrosis that are recommended before resorting to the use of an iontophoresis machine.

One of the most effective treatments for hyperhidrosis is a clinical strength antiperspirant like SweatBlock. It is highly effective for controlling underarm sweating, as well as hand, feet, and head sweating. Clinical strength antiperspirants are not expensive, and they’re easy to use, and they’re readily available online and in local drugstores.

There are other hyperhidrosis treatments that may be worth considering. Many are more expensive and more invasive than iontophoresis. These include Botox injections, and using electromagnetic or microwave energy for killing sweat glands. Irreversible surgery is also an option. Once again, talking with a doctor about your specific situation is the best course of action. He or she can prescribe the treatment that best suits you.

The Bottom Line

Iontophoresis is a widely accepted and proven treatment for sufferers of hyperhidrosis. Whether it’s a good treatment for you will depend on the seriousness of your sweating condition and other symptom relief treatments you may have already tried. Now that you have a better understanding of iontophoresis, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about how best to treat your hyperhidrosis. You do have options, and the good news is that there’s a treatment that will likely work well for you. Don’t give up… life can be good again!

A romantic walk along a sandy beach, a scenic afternoon hike, or a stroll through the mall. They’re all great until it starts. First the itching. Then the burn. Then… the waddle.

That’s when you know you’re in trouble. Your thighs are chafed.

If you’re lucky, you’re at home with rash cream and a soft chair at arms reach. If you’re NOT so lucky (like most of us), you’re at the office or traversing a gargantuan college campus. Even worse, you could be wrapping up the last few miles of your morning run… OUCH.

This infamous burning and itching has many names: Chub rub, thigh chafing, sweat rash, groin rash, etc…

Honestly, who cares what you call it. We’re just interested in how to avoid it.

9 Things Help You Avoid Inner Thigh Chafing:

  • 1. Stay Clean
  • 2. Anti-chafing powder for moisture absorbtion
  • 3. Body Powder Lotion
  • 4. Anti-Chafing Stick or Balm
  • 5. Anti-Chafing Creams
  • 6. Anti-Chafing Underwear, Boxers or Briefs
  • 7. Anti-Chafing Thigh Bands (For the ladies)
  • 8. Anti-Chafing Shorts
  • 9. Anti-Chafe Running Skirts

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What causes thigh chafing?

Thigh chafing is something that most of us are hesitant to talk about, like sweating too much. It is so common that there are many ways to prevent it, or treat and soothe it if chafing has already begun. But first things first. What is thigh chafing?

Inner thigh chafing is caused by friction and sweat, and the repetitive rubbing of the skin. It’s annoying and can be extremely painful. It can occur where skin rubs against clothing or from skin-to-skin contact. Chafing usually occurs in the inner thighs, upper thighs, groin area (especially for men), inner glutes, armpits, and even the nipples. You may also experience chafing where bra straps or backpack straps rub against your shoulders or back.

Chafing can also be caused by a build-up of salt residue when sweat evaporates. If sweat is allowed to dry while physical activity is continued, the salt left behind can accumulate and cause friction. It helps to drink water and stay hydrated in order to reduce the salt content in your sweat. Other factors that increase the likelihood of thigh chafing are hot weather, sensitive skin, gritty sand from the beach, dust from hiking or running, and a previous skin irritation.

People who are very active or overweight are especially prone to body chafing. But even if you’re not an exercise nut or a sports enthusiast– and even if you’re not overweight or have big thighs– you’ve probably experienced chafing on the inner thighs.

The unpleasant results of inner thigh chafing include redness, itching, burning, blistering, and a painful rash. Left untreated, thigh chafing can also lead to fungal skin and even yeast infections. Serious thigh chafing can leave the skin raw and bleeding.

How to prevent thigh chafing

If you want to avoid painful thigh chafing, focus on these 3 areas:

  • Stay Clean
  • Stay Dry
  • Reduce Friction

1. Stay Clean

This is an easy one. Shower daily and wear clean undies (yes, you should wear underwear if you want to avoid chafing ;). Daily activity will lead to a build up of dirt, salt and sweat in your thigh area. This “thigh grime” causes that sticky feeling which leads to friction and chafing. Keeping your body clean is an easy first step to avoiding chafing between the thighs. If you can’t shower after a run or an afternoon hike, use a shower body wipe to clean sticky sweat and dirt from between your thighs and groin area.

Wet clothing and sweaty thighs will get you chafed faster than you can say “whoah nelly!”. Fight chub rub and thigh burn by staying dry. Here’s a few secrets to staying dry down below…

2. Anti-Chafing Powder for Moisture Absorption

Moisture absorbing powders are perfect for keeping your inner thighs cool and dry. If you have a talc-free baby powder hanging around, it will do the trick. If you want something a little more… adult, check out some of our favorite body powder products below:

With any body powder, you’ll need to apply multiple times a day to get the best results. If you want to go “au naturel”, you could toss some corn starch between your legs to get a similar outcome.

If you’re looking for something a little less messy and a bit more sophisticated than baby powder or body powder, you’ll like this next anti-chafing solution…

3. Body Powder Lotion (No mess application)

If baby powders are too messy for you, try a body powder lotion. What is a body powder lotion? It’s a lotion that goes on your skin like any other lotion, but then magically dries into a moisture absorbing powder. You get all the benefits of traditional chafing powder, but avoid the messy application.

4. Anti-Chafing Stick or Balm

Anti-chafing sticks are lubricants specifically designed to reduce friction. Anti-Chafing lubricants work by creating frictionless barrier on the skin that keeps your thighs and other areas from rubbing. Thigh-chafing lubricants are easy to use and often come in the form of a deodorant-like stick or roll-on. We’ve listed the best anti-chafing sticks below…

5. Anti-Chafing Cream

Anti chafing creams are another kind of chafing lubricant designed to eliminate friction. Bikers and avid athletes will use chafing creams to prevent thigh chafing, and saddle sore. Some of the most recommended anti-chafe creams include…

Chamois Butt’r Anti-Chafe Cream:
This cream was designed with avid cyclists in mind, but can be used by anyone. It lubricates areas prone to chafing and also soothes already chafed skin.

Blue Steel Sports Anti-Chafe Cream:
This is another popular chafe cream for active individuals. It can be applied before, during and after activies to reduce friction, skin irritation, blisters and chafing.

Good ol’ Petroleum Jelly
Swabbing on a bit of petroleum jelly to your inner thighs is another inexpensive solution. You may find that petroleum jelly is too greasy and messy for regular use. But in a pinch, and with no other solution available, it might just do the job. It will repel sweat and it certainly has proven lubricating properties. If you’re already a bit chafed, petroleum jelly can protect chapped areas if you need to keep moving.

Your choice of clothing can lead down a path of cool comfort -or- one of burning discomfort. To avoid the burn, avoid baggy clothing and clothing with seems that rub in areas prone to chafing. Avoid wearing underwear with big seems or holes. You want to choose clothing that promotes dryness and reduces friction. Here are some anti-chafing clothing options…

6. Anti-chafing Underwear, boxers or briefs

Run-of-the-mill underwear isn’t designed for moisture wicking or friction fighting. If you want to protect your thighs from painful chafing, you’ll want to grab some anti-chafing underwear. This special underwear is designed to reduce moisture and friction (two of the leading causes of thigh chafing). Perfect for active individuals and athletes.

7. Anti-Chafing Thigh Bands (For the ladies)

Thigh bands are garter-like apparel expressly designed to prevent thigh chafing by covering chafe-prone areas. They come in two basic varieties– fancy and plain. The fancy variety is lacy and looks like the top of a thigh-high stocking. They are decorative and even resemble lingerie.

To use a thigh band, you measure your thighs where they touch to choose the right size. Sizing down a little will ensure a tight (but not too tight) fit. Most thigh bands are elastic and backed with silicone so they’re comfortable to wear.

The plain variety is made from lace-free microfiber. Whether you choose the fancy or the plain variety, thigh bands will prevent thigh chafing by placing a layer of slippery fabric protection between your thighs. Many women wear them under every dress. Thigh bands are lightweight and comfortable, and people often forget they’re even wearing them. Women who have worn anti-chafing thigh bands say they work as advertised.

8. Anti-Chafing Shorts

Wearing shorts underneath outer clothing is an easy and effective way to prevent thigh chafing.
There are several options:

Bike Shorts:
Lots of guys and even some women depend on bike cotton or spandex shorts as a thigh chafing remedy. Men often wear them under gym shorts when exercising. Many women wear bike shorts under their dresses and skirts. There are basic, constriction-free and inexpensive options. They may not be high fashion (I was tempted to say “thigh fashion”) but they do the job.

High Rise Shorts:
High-rise or high-waisted shorts for women are designed to sit high on or above your hips– about 3 inches (remember mom jeans?). You don’t want them too tight and they should be made of a fabric that will breathe and not get hot. These high rise shorts also can’t be too long if they’re to be worn underneath a dress or skirt. Some look like a shapewear short, but they don’t fit as snugly as shapewear.

Compression Shorts:
These are undergarments intended to help women look thinner. They’re mid-thigh shorts that will prevent thigh chafing. You’ll find that they are quite snug and extend further down the leg. You won’t have to keep pulling them down and they’re great for wearing under jeans.

Ultralight Seamless Shaping Shorts:
You may be looking for a happy compromise between compression and non-compression shaping shorts. There are ultralight shorts that offer just such a solution. They will gently hug your thighs without making you feel like you’ve been squished into a giant pair of long, elastic bands.

9. Anti-Chafing Running Skirts (For the ladies)

Female runners can also purchase running skirts. Running skirts often have shorts that are built-in and will protect against inner-thigh chafing. Make sure they’re made of sweat-wicking fabric like nylon or spandex. Avoid cotton because cotton will absorb the sweat and hold it in place.

How to Treat Chafing

Another way to tackle the problem of thigh chafing is with medicated creams or lotions. There are myriad varieties and brands, some with all-natural ingredients. Most contain shea butter, various waxes and other ingredients like tea tree oil that offer some protection from infection and fungus. Anti-chafing creams may require reapplication during prolonged activity unless you find a special kind of cream that dries to powder.

How to Relieve Thigh Chafing

Knowing how to prevent thigh chafing is all well and good. Stocking up on thigh bands and a skin lubricant can help, but chub rub can sneak up on the best of us. Sometimes our thighs can get a little too cozy without us realizing it, and then we have chafed skin. When this happens and we haven’t prepared, we need relief– and fast.

How do you get rid of thigh chafing?

Let’s look at the answer in a few easy steps.

Cleanse

Once you’ve arrived home from the horse-back ride from hell, and your thighs look like a pair of boiled lobsters, the first step is to rinse them off in cool or lukewarm water and some very gentle soap. Avoid any soaps that will sting or send you into deeper agony. Find a mild, moisturizing pH-balanced variety. Don’t scrub.

Disinfect

You’ll want to kill any stubborn bacteria hiding out in your red, raw skin. Use a gentle antibacterial ointment like Neosporin or any of its generic or private label cousins.

Soothe

Now that you’ve cleaned and disinfected, how do you make the inner thigh pain and the rash on your legs go away? Lying spread eagle in front of a blowing fan will bring relief and soothe your irritated skin. But if you don’t have the luxury of spending the day reclined with a fan between your legs, try some Aloe vera gel. Avoid any Aloe product that contains artificial fragrance. You may also find success with coconut oil.

Keep ‘em Dry

You’ll need to keep your thighs dry for a couple of days while they heal. Wear breathable cotton undies, pajamas and other clothing for optimal chafing relief. You may want to delay that daily workout until the area has completely healed. Adding an additional sweat rash ain’t gonna help.

Apply Diaper Rash Cream

Okay, this doesn’t sound real grown-up, but your typical diaper rash cream containing zinc oxide which will provide welcomed soothing and antibacterial protection, too. You’ll want to avoid wearing any clothing that could show any tell-tale white smudges.

Wear Soft, Breathable Clothing

Now that you’re on the mend, wear comfortable, breathable clothing made of cotton.

When to See a Doctor

You should see your doctor if you have signs of skin infection (especially if you’re diabetic), if your skin is not healing, or if you have a thigh chafing rash and skin irritation that refuses to go away. Signs of infection include swelling, skin that’s hot to the touch, blood or pus coming from the chafed area, and redness radiating out from the chafing.

The Bottom Line

Now you know all there is to know (well, maybe not all, but a lot) about inner thigh chafing. Use anti-chafing products to prevent chafing and use these tips to get rid of thigh chafing once it’s happened. Whether it’s a constant concern, or only troubling when you’re exercising, you know what to do. Now, go ahead and do it, and don’t let skin chafing stop you. Happy trails!

Have you ever wondered why your favorite foods are often followed by an unexplained PDES? (Public Display of Excessive Sweating).

Soggy armpits and sweaty palms are just a few of the places this inconvenient sweat might rear it’s ugly head.

Here’s the deal… your diet affects your health, physique, skin complexion, and yes… even how much you sweat.

There are foods that will lead to profuse sweating and other foods that help tame overactive sweat glands.

In this article we’ll explore common foods that trigger embarrassing sweat and how to control it.

We’re not oblivious to the fact that a lot of these foods are delicious, convenient, and hard to avoid. If you’re not ready to give them up, use a clinical strength antiperspirant to keep heavy sweating under control.

Why We Sweat After We Eat

Gustatory sweating is the sheen of perspiration you get when eating or even just thinking about food. It can leave you in a sweat puddle faster than you can say, “Hold the jalapenos.”

If you eat enough of anything – except maybe celery or cucumbers – you’ll eventually start to sweat. That’s the thermic effect of eating food, also called “thermogenesis” or the “thermogenic effect.” But some foods have higher thermogenic effects than others, which makes your body produce more heat (sweat) during or soon after eating.

This can be for a number of reasons:

  • Your body is working overtime to digest fat, carbs, sugar or protein – or just a lot of calories.
  • Your nervous system is being overstimulated.
  • Your body is flushing excess compounds formed during digestion.
  • Your brain is chemically fooled into thinking your core temperature is too high.
  • Your heart rate is elevated and your blood vessels are expanded (vasodilation).
  • You’re experiencing a true increase in body temperature.

Is Sweating After Eating Normal?

Yes, usually. All of the reasons listed above are normal and not a cause for concern. Also keep in mind that there are lots of factors that can trigger excessive sweating – and many times they work together. If you can isolate your triggers, that can help.

What About Excessive Sweating on the Head, Neck and Face While Eating?

Let’s face it (ha!) – this kind of sweating is tough to deal with. In fact, many people battling excessive sweating have the hardest time coping with sweat on their face or neck — mostly because it’s nearly impossible to hide at the dinner table.

Some medical conditions, such as diabetes or chronic heart conditions, can cause you to sweat on the head, neck or face. If you are sure you don’t suffer from these conditions, your excessive head, neck or face sweating could relate to your diet.

The good news is that for head, face and neck sweating, an antiperspirant like SweatBlock can be really effective. It might sound weird, but it really does work. Before going to bed, wipe down your face and neck with a SweatBlock towelette, which will do its magic while you sleep, when your sweat glands aren’t as active. One nighttime treatment should be enough to reduce excessive sweating for four to seven days, but you can also carry a SweatBlock towelette with you — just in case.

You can also carry alcohol wipes to use in an emergency. If a situation pops up that calls for eating Kung Pao Chicken, quickly wiping down your face with an alcohol wipe can close your pores so the sweat can’t pour.

These tips on how to stop face sweating can also be helpful.

10 Foods That Will Make You Sweat

For your convenience we’ve put together list of the most common foods and food types that will lead to embarrassing sweat.

1. Processed, Fatty Foods

These snacks and treats are low in fiber and lack enzymes your body needs for digestion, so your body works twice as hard to process them. Some of the worst offenders? Chocolate, white bread and fast food. When your body works this hard, you can look forward to sweating profusely. Think of it like running a 5K – complete with rapid heart rate and sweating, but without the toned glutes and calves.

2. Sugar and High-Carb Foods

Some people report sweating after eating sugar, sweating after eating carbs, or sweating after eating a heavy meal. These calorie-filled options have high thermic effects in general, so it’s not uncommon for them to trigger a sweaty dining experience.

It’s more rare, but some people also can experience an insulin spike that drives blood sugar dangerously low after eating sugar or carbs. Symptoms include sweating, dizziness, fatigue and or perhaps you feel light-headed after eating. If you have any of these symptoms you should be checked out by a doctor.

3. Caffeine

Your morning espresso is good for more than a wake-up jolt – it can also fire up those sweat glands. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, increases your heart rate and raises blood pressure, all while cranking out the sweat. Basically, your body responds to caffeine like it would respond to a grizzly in the kitchen – you’re in fight-or-flight mode. And coffee can be a double-edged sword, because unless you take your java iced, you get the caffeine stimulation plus the extra temperature from the hot liquid that naturally triggers your internal fire alarm and heart palpitations.

4. Too Much Salt

Consuming too much sodium forces your body to dispose of the excess through your urine and skin – which, you guessed it, makes you sweat. Cutting down on salty snacks can reduce excessive sweating after eating, and this one seems like an easy place to start. Most Americans consume about 12 grams of sodium daily compared to the recommended 4 grams.

5. Spicy Foods

Didn’t see that coming, did you? But why, why, why all the perspiring after dining on the most delicious spicy foods? My stomach wants the spicy food, but my sweaty scalp is begging me to stay away. Short answer: Capsaicin. This chemical fools your brain into thinking your core body temperature is rising. The mouthwatering food triggers your parotid gland and the false alarm goes off triggering your sweat glands (your body’s cooling system). Here come the water works, just like your office sprinklers going off when someone lights a match. To prevent hot flashes and other excessive sweating, watch out for some of the worst offenders:

  • General Tso’s Chicken
  • Spicy Curries
  • Spicy Hot Wings
  • Wasabi
  • Hot Peppers

6. Alcohol

If you routinely down a few beers, cocktails or glasses of wine, you may find yourself feeling light-headed, sweating profusely or even waking up with night sweats. Alcohol does a lot of fun things to the body, but it also has some unpleasant effects – like increasing your heart rate and dilating the blood vessels in your skin. Sure enough, then your body heat increases and your natural cooling system – aka excessive sweating – kicks in. As your blood vessels widen (vasodilation), your pores also enlarge, making it easy for sweat to flow.

7. Ice Cream

It’s true – that cold, beloved treat on the hottest of days will betray you. The high levels of fat in your favorite scoop can actually heat up your internal thermostat. Remember the warning above about fatty foods and increased blood glucose from sugary foods?

8. Hot Foods and Beverages

Hot coffee, tea and soups, along with the steam that’s coming from your mug or bowl, can also rev up the sweat glands. Your body will do everything in its power to cool you down while you slurp. And if the soup you’re sipping happens also to be spicy, get ready for a double sweat whammy.

9. Onions and Garlic

So many health benefits… and so much sweat. Onions and garlic – and really any foods high in Vitamin B – can lead to excessive sweating. B vitamins raise the body’s internal temperature, which (surprise!) can make you sweat more than usual. Plus, the aroma from a garlic- or onion-induced sweat can curl your toes.

10. Protein ( Meat Sweats )

High consumption of protein causes the body to dispose of urea (a substance formed as your body breaks down protein) through – you guessed it – excessive sweating. Think back to the thermogenic effect: High protein foods give up at least 25 percent of their energy content as heat, which means that for every four bites of that scrumptious steak, an entire bite radiates from your body as pure heat – or pure sweat.

11. Smoking

As if the risk of emphysema and lung cancer weren’t enough, smoking can also lead to excessive perspiration. As nicotine is ingested, it causes the body to release acetylcholine. This raises the heart rate, increases body temperature and stimulates the sweat glands. You know the rest.

How to Stop Sweating After Eating

Rest assured, you don’t have to resort to a constant juice and water fast to prevent excessive perspiring after eating. If you are serious about controlling your excessive sweat, try some of these simple diet and lifestyle changes.

Fight Food With Food

Not every delicious food triggers a sweat storm. Here are a few foods that can actually help reduce excessive sweating:

Water

It might seem weird to add water to a sweat-fest, but keeping your body cool will keep it from working so hard to lower your internal temperature by sweating. So drink up!

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

These healthy foods help because of their high water content and digestive power. Some of the best are:

  • Grapes
  • Watermelon
  • Red cabbage
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a metabolism and digestion superhero. It can prevent surges in body temperature and the profuse sweating that follows. Try using it instead of vegetable or canola oil – or even butter. Other side effects include healthy blood pressure and lower cholesterol – so you’re winning either way.

Low-Fat or Skim Milk

Just like ice cream, that tasty whole milk you use on your morning cereal can turn up the heat. Swap it out for skim milk and enjoy the drop in temperature.

Oats

Your body can digest oats quickly because they’re rich in fiber and low in fat. You’re not working as hard, so you don’t need to sweat buckets to cool back down.

Bananas

With a powerful kick of potassium, bananas actually help you hydrate (potassium is an electrolyte). And good hydration means less excessive sweating. Winning!

Green Tea

Known for its calming effects, green tea can be a great meal addition that keeps your nervous system (and sweat) at bay.

Overall, one of the best things you can do is make sure you eat a balanced diet that includes essential nutrients and vitamins. Try substituting some of these foods or at least eating them in combination with your spicier, fattier favorites.

Studies show that a regular exercise routine can help regulate body temperature, too (Sorry – had to throw in that bit about exercise). 

When All Else Fails: Arm Yourself with a Strong Antiperspirant

Life – and great food – happens. You can’t avoid every potentially sweaty situation. But you can fight excessive sweating after eating by using a clinical strength antiperspirant like SweatBlock. Unlike deodorants that simply mask odor, antiperspirants have the ability to actually block sweat. Applying antiperspirant to clean, dry skin before going to bed can help you absorb it better.

Bottom Line: Can I Control Excessive Sweating After Eating?

Most of the time, yes, and it can be addressed using some of the tips here. We all sweat, and nearly everyone has started to perspire after eating something – whether it be spicy food or just something that doesn’t agree with us.

But if you find yourself sweating excessively after every meal, no matter what you eat or what tips you try, you should probably visit with your doctor to make sure you’re not dealing with an underlying health condition, such as diabetes or Frey’s Syndrome.

The fact is, excessive sweating after eating isn’t appetizing, and can be really embarrassing too. But with a combination of clinical-strength antiperspirants, such as SweatBlock, and your doctor’s recommendations, you can rein in eating-induced hyperhidrosis and get back to enjoying your feasts.

Do you sweat when you’re nervous, stressed or anxious?

Does internal panic ensue at the slightest sign of sweat on your brow or the palms of your hands?

Do you melt with perspiration just thinking about your next social interaction?

It may not make you feel any better, but a lot of people experience this same kind of extreme, anxious sweating.

Some sweat is good… in fact, it’s critical to your health. But marathon-like sweating during a job interview or after a simple handshake is NOT good… EVER!

You should only sweat like you’ve just run a marathon… after running a marathon. Right?!

The truth is nervous sweat is a major distraction to living the life you want. It can negatively affect your career, social life, and relationships.

We think it’s unfair. Why should some people sweat more than others? Why does a pair of sweaty armpits get to dictate how you feel about yourself and how others feel about you?

If nervous sweat is a constant thorn in your side, here’s a few tips that might help calm your nerves and curb the sweat.

7 Ways to Stop Nervous Sweating

1. Don’t Panic

Don’t panic at the first drop of sweat. The fear of sweat is often the reason we end up sweating like a cold can of soda on sweltering day. The key is to prevent your body from switching into “fight or flight” mode. This survival mechanism will ultimately lead to increased breathing, blood flow, and sweating.

It may take some jedi mind trickery, but you need to FORGET the SWEAT. Convince yourself that sweat is no big deal and that your current situation (first date, job interview, etc…) doesn’t require you to run or fight for your life. Stay calm and don’t panic.

2. Relaxation + Meditation

When you feel a bit worked up, try a relaxation techniques to help you stay calm such as focusing on your breathing. Take slow, deep breaths, hold the breath in for a few seconds, and then, release it. Repeat the process until you feel calm again. Deep breathing slows down your heart rate, which in turn, helps prevent anxious sweating. Also, consider adding meditation sessions to your normal routine to help keep any unwanted stress at bay.

3. Exercise + Weight Loss

Regular exercise can help manage sweat-inducing stress. Less stress can result in less sweating. Another benefit of exercise is potential weight loss and increased confidence. The more confidence you have, the better you can handle potentially stressful situations.

4. Know your Sweat Triggers

Certain things can trigger excess sweat. Knowing these triggers can help you avoid sweaty situations and prepare for the unavoidable ones. Common sweat triggers include job interviews, dates and speaking in public. Some not-so-obvious triggers include caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, and processed junk food. Medications, your clothes … even your very thoughts can trigger abnormal sweating. Know your sweat triggers and avoid them if possible.

5. Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of H2O to keep your body temperature cool. This will reduce the amount of heat your body has to release in the form of sweat on your skin.

6. Be Prepared, Arm Yourself with a Strong Antiperspirant

Life happens. You can’t avoid every potentially stressful situation and you can’t live the rest of your days out in a cave. One way to combat nervous sweating is by using a clinical strength antiperspirant like SweatBlock. Unlike deodorants that simply mask odor, antiperspirants have the ability to block sweat. Arm yourself with a strong antiperspirant to reduce sweat and boost confidence.

Tip: Nervous sweat has a tendency to be stinky sweat. If you want to put a stop to the stink and the sweat, try a combination antiperspirant deodorant.

7. Dress Strategically

The strategy here is to dress in a way that doesn’t produce more sweat and doesn’t promote nervous sweat. Wear light, breathable fabrics that keep you cool. Wear patterns, darks, blacks or light jackets to hide sweat. Don’t promote your sweaty armpits by wearing solid colors, grays, and light blues. For sweaty hands and face, keep a handkerchief handy. You can quickly wipe away sweat before it compounds into extreme sweat.

Why We Sweat When We’re Nervous

Any type of excessive sweating can be embarrassing, but nervous sweating is probably the worst. Just think about it for a minute.

Have you ever…

  • Dealt with clammy hands on a first date?
  • Had beads of sweat appear all over your forehead before giving an important presentation at work?
  • Felt really anxious about something, and then, noticed that your feet are suddenly sliding around in puddles of sweat?

It’s not fun. But you don’t have to stop living your life to the fullest because of it either. Instead, learn more about why you’re prone to nervous sweating and how to deal with it once and for all.

Can Being Nervous Cause Sweating?

When you’re nervous it activates your stress hormones. And when activated, those hormones cause your body temperature and heart rate to increase slightly. This sends a message to your sweat glands telling them it’s time to produce sweat to cool your body off a bit.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a process that you can control. The best thing you can do to avoid nervous sweating completely is to practice different stress and anxiety-relieving techniques, such as deep breathing, to keep yourself as calm as possible. If you do this every time you start to feel nervous, stressed, or anxious, there’s a good chance you can prevent nervous sweating altogether. But if it doesn’t work, there are plenty of other things you can try too.

What Causes Nervous Sweating?

When it comes to being nervous, anxious, or stressed, everyone has their own triggers. You might become really nervous before an important meeting or before you have to give a big speech, while others may be really nervous when they meet someone for the first time or any time they go on a date. Of course, if you’re in a situation that makes you nervous, the last thing you want to do is start sweating profusely.

Unfortunately, all of these feelings send red flags to your body telling it that you’re on the brink of overheating. So your body starts producing extra sweat in an effort to stay cool. It’s a completely natural process that’s totally annoying and embarrassing.

When you know you’ll be faced with a circumstance that’s a trigger for you, do everything you can to remain calm. The calmer you stay, the less likely you are to start sweating. We know this can be hard to do. To help, wipe your problem areas down with a SweatBlock towelette in advance if possible. This will reduce the amount of sweat your body produces, giving you one less thing to be stressed about.

Which Nervous System Controls Sweating?

The sympathetic nervous system controls sweating. It’s part of the autonomic nervous system, which controls your body functions that you don’t consciously direct such as your heartbeat and breathing.

The sympathetic nervous system is the portion of the autonomic nervous system that triggers your body’s fight-or-flight response. So any time you’re nervous, scared, anxious, or stressed, it tells your sweat glands to start working so that you don’t overheat internally. Basically, this system works to protect you from the inside out.

How to Treat Nervous Sweating

There are several ways to treat nervous sweating, but there isn’t one treatment or remedy that works for everyone. So it’s important to try different types of treatments until you find one that works for your body. For most people, it’s a combination of home remedies or antiperspirants and prevention techniques.

How to Calm Nervous Sweating

The key to calming nervous sweating is calming yourself. You can’t control the amount of sweat your body produces, but you can control the way you feel — to an extent. There are two ways you should approach this problem.

First, you should try to work on the reason you’re nervous in certain situations. For example, if you get so nervous during dates that you get really sweaty hands, you might want to try working on your confidence. Consider making it a point to talk to strangers casually as much as possible. Eventually, you’ll start feeling comfortable and confident holding conversations with people you don’t know well. The added confidence you gain can help stay calm on your next date. The same technique can be used if you’re nervous about speaking in front of an audience. Practice your speeches at home, in front of friends and family members, and work your way up to speaking in front of larger crowds.

In addition to working on the main causes of your nervousness, you should practice calming techniques. These can help calm you down any time you find yourself in a situation that makes you feel nervous.

Take slow, deep breaths until you feel yourself calm down.

Remove yourself from the situation for a few minutes to give yourself time to calm down.

Practice mindfulness meditation to focus on the present. This allows you to focus on the moment realistically, instead of focusing on your fears or expectations surrounding the moment. To do this, focus on specific sights or sounds nearby. This brings you back into the present moment and gets you out of your head.

How to Stop Nervous Sweating Naturally

To stop nervous sweating naturally, the best thing to do is work on your mindset. You get nervous because you have specific thoughts, expectations, or fears surrounding certain tasks or events. For example, if you constantly think that other people are judging you or have a bad perception of you, it may make you nervous to speak in front of groups or meet new people. It’s thoughts like these that are rooted in your anxiety. If you make a conscious effort to flip the negative thoughts into positive ones, you’ll start to feel more confident and are less likely to become nervous.

Additionally, you can try different home remedies designed to keep you calm such as:

Eat more fish. Omega-3 fatty acids work to protect against depression and anxiety.

Eat a protein-filled breakfast every day. Low levels of choline are associated with increased anxiety, and eating protein at breakfast helps regulate your levels throughout the day.

Grab a snack. Anxiety and nervousness often set in when your blood sugar levels are a bit low, so grab a quick snack.

Exercise regularly. When you exercise on a regular basis it helps eliminate lingering depression and anxiety. It makes you feel healthier, which automatically boosts your self-esteem.

Preventing Nervous Sweating on the Face

When your nervous sweat appears on your head, face, or neck, it’s hard to hide — which of course, makes it even more embarrassing. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help prevent nervous sweating on your face.

Our top recommendation for head, face, and neck sweating is using SweatBlock — and no we aren’t just tooting our own horn. It actually does work. Before you go to bed at night, wipe down your face and neck with a SweatBlock towelette. Then, go to sleep and let SweatBlock work its magic. When you’re sleeping, your sweat glands aren’t as active. So the clinical-strength antiperspirant on the towelette can easily get into your pores. While one nighttime treatment is enough to reduce the amount of sweat you produce for between four and seven days, you can also carry a SweatBlock towelette with you — just in case.

Speaking of towelettes, you can also carry alcohol wipes with you to use in the event of an emergency. If a situation arises that makes you nervous, quickly wiping down your face with an alcohol wipe will close your pores so excessive amounts of sweat can’t escape. If you wear makeup, consider wiping your face down with an alcohol wipe before applying your makeup to close your pores. Keep in mind though, alcohol is very drying. You might want to also use a lightweight moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated properly.

You should also drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. When your body is properly hydrated, your body temperature doesn’t rise as easily. And because you produce sweat when your body temperature starts to rise, it’s important to keep your internal temperature as cool as possible to prevent sweating. Also, avoid eating food that’s spicy, hot, or filled with sodium. They automatically make your body temperature rise a bit.

If you can’t find a natural remedy for nervous sweating on your head, neck, or face, you might consider getting botox treatments. When used to treat excessive sweating, botox treatments are done a bit differently than they are when they are used to get rid of wrinkles and age lines. The botox gets injected at specific points, numbing the nerves in the area completely. This way, when your brain tries to signal the nerves to produce sweat, it doesn’t work.

Dealing with Sweaty Hands

It’s common for people struggling with nervous sweating to get clammy hands regularly. This can make a simple handshake practically unbearable. Unfortunately, if the thought of shaking someone’s hand makes you panic, you automatically produce more sweat. And because there are more sweat glands in the palms of your hands than other areas of your body, your hands can get sweaty real quick.

Basically, it’s a Catch-22. The more you worry about your clammy hands, the more they sweat. So what do you do? Well, you don’t have let the thought of having sweaty hands deter you. Instead, follow these tips to reduce the amount of sweat your hands produce.

1. Carry Alcohol Wipes

Wipe your hands with alcohol wipes to dry out your hands before important social interactions. It’s a very temporary fix, but it may just help you avoid some akward handshakes and handholding. Alcohol based hand sanitizers can also work.

2. Try Hand Antiperspirant

Want a more effective treatment for sweaty hands? Try a topical antiperspirant cream or lotion. We recommend our specialized SweatBlock hand antiperspirant.

3. Use Body Powder to Absorb Hand Sweat

If you feel like your hands are starting to get clammy, rub a bit of body powder between them to absorb any excess moisture. Consider carrying a travel-size bottle with you or keeping one in your desk at work to use as needed.

4. Soak your hands in vinegar

Soak your hands in a mixture of warm water and white vinegar two to three times per week for about 20 minutes. The warm water opens your pores, allowing the white vinegar to work its way into them. When you remove your hands from the mixture, run them under cold water for about 20 seconds to close your pores back up. The white vinegar helps reduce the amount of sweat your palms produce and closing up the pores when you’re done, prevent sweat from seeping out of them. This is also a good option for anyone with excessively sweaty feet.

How to Combat Nervous Sweating in Public

If you’re worried about nervous sweating in public situations, it’s important to do whatever you can to reduce the amount of sweat your body produces before you leave your home. The more prepared you are, the easier it is to avoid profuse sweating in public, and if it does happen, you won’t need to worry because you’ve already prepared yourself to hide it.

Wear an undershirt beneath your clothing to trap excess sweat before it can stain your outer layer of clothing. This helps prevent embarrassing pit stains or sweat stains on other parts of your clothes.

Wear sweat guards underneath your clothes. Sweat guards are made to sit in the armpit area of your shirt. They absorb excess sweat so that it doesn’t stain your clothing and isn’t noticeable to people around you.

Use clinical-strength antiperspirant. You can purchase a deodorant that includes a clinical-strength antiperspirant to use on your underarm area. Or you can purchase antiperspirant wipes, such as SweatBlock, to use on other areas of your body.

Do your best to stay out of the heat and sun. The cooler you are, the less sweat your body produces. So you don’t want to do anything that causes you to sweat more.

Discuss Nervous Sweating With Your Doctor

It’s common for people battling nervous sweating to avoid talking to others about it because they are embarrassed or feel alone. But the condition is actually really common, and your doctor may be able to help you with the problem.

In most cases, doctors and dermatologists suggest that their patients try different remedies before they prescribe medication. But if you’ve already exhausted every home remedy you know and clinical-strength antiperspirant isn’t working, it might be time for a prescription.

Because your excessive sweating is caused by your nervousness, your doctor may suggest an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication to help regulate your moods.

There are also oral prescription medications that reduce the amount of sweat you produce, but your doctor may feel that a topical prescription medication is the better option for you.

Topical prescription meds come in cream form and can be applied as needed. So before you go into a situation that you know will make you nervous, simply apply the cream to the areas of your body that sweat the most. The cream works in the same way as an alcohol wipe or SweatBlock towelettes. It closes the pores and dries up the area to keep it sweat free. The only difference is that instead of being clinical strength, the medication is prescription strength, which is why it’s typically used only when other options aren’t working.

Ultimately, the key to combating nervous sweating is to do whatever you can to remain as calm as possible. If that’s not possible, you should try a combination of natural treatments to combat your excessive sweating. And if all else fails, consult your doctor. He or she may be able to prescribe medication that helps prevent you from sweating so much.