Why You Sweat So Much

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If most of your beauty budget goes towards replenishing your deodorant stock, then there is a good chance you sweat too much. Those deodorants that are formulated to work for 24 hours or more are tested and based on enormous test groups. In other words, the “average” person should be able to wear them for a day or so without feeling damp under their armpits again. And while nobody wants to be “average,” you do when it comes to the amount of sweat you release. It’s a shame to throw away t-shirts every month because of the relentless yellow stains. You don’t need to accept a life of constant perspiration. Here are the reasons you might sweat too much and what to do about them.

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You take antidepressants

Certain antidepressants have been shown to cause excess sweat. But several over the counter and prescription medications can come with this symptoms.

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What you can do

Look at this list and see if your medications are on it. If so, and your excess sweating is interfering with your life, talk to your doctor about switching brands or trying a different formula entirely.

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You work out at the worst time of day

Sometimes the simplest solution is the correct one. If you live in a hot climate, and you exercise in the middle of the day when the temperatures are at their highest, your body is going to work extra hard to cool itself off, and it’s going to produce a lot of sweat.

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What you can do

You might consider switching to swimming if you have to exercise during the day in a hot climate—it’s better for your joints anyways. Putting your body through an intense workout during high temperatures can be dangerous, but working out in cold water can combat that. If you hate swimming, work out at night.

 

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You need more salt

Maybe you don’t sweat any more than the next person, but your sweat can be dangerous. If it gets in your eyes, it burns, and sometimes it leaves your skin with a stinging sensation. This can happen when you don’t get enough salt in your diet.

 

 

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What you can do

If you are an avid exerciser, then you can’t just drink water. You need a beverage specifically formulated to keep electrolytes and sodium at certain levels.

 

 

 

 

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Something is on your mind

Where is your extra sweat coming from? If it’s mostly leaking out of your armpits, and it smells noticeably bad—like that old onion left out for a day bad—you may be under stress. Emotional and heat-related sweat are different, and emotional sweat typically comes from the armpits and smells bad.

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What you can do

Asking you to de-stress may be a tall order. But if your stress comes out during pivotal moments, like when you’re giving a presentation, wear loose, dark clothing, so you don’t also need to worry about visible pit stains.

 

 

 

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You’re going through hormonal changes

These hormonal changes could be a result of pregnancy or premenopause. But essentially, your endocrine system is thrown off, making it difficult for your body to properly determine when you’re overheating.

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What you can do

Pregnant women in particular experience excessive sweating at various times of the day. If you’re sweat come at night, sleep on a towel, so your bed doesn’t absorb all of the moisture. You can also toss a little talc-free powder on sweat-prone parts of your body which will suck up some of the sweat.

 

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You need a snack

One of the symptoms of low blood sugar is excessive sweating—it’s one way diabetics know it’s time to test their blood sugar.

 

 

 

 

 

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What you can do

If you are hypoglycemic or your body responds dramatically to blood sugar drops, always keep snacks on hand that can raise your blood sugar quickly. Juice and chocolate are good options.

 

 

 

 

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You have this rare condition

Does your sweat smell like fish or eggs? There’s a good chance you cannot digest those exact foods. This is a condition called trimethylaminuria it is characterized by the inability to break down a compound found in fish, eggs, and certain beans.

 

 

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What you can do

Your best option is to avoid these foods entirely, but you may be able to take certain over the counter products that help you break them down.

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Or this rare condition

Another rare condition that produces excess sweat is called primary focal hyperhidrosis. This is just the medical term for excessive sweating. Doctors would explain this as the nerves that help produce sweat are constantly on.

 

 

 

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What you can do

Your doctor may prescribe Botox in the armpits—which has been shown to be effective in reducing excess sweating.

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