Excessive underarm sweating can be controlled through the use of special products, both over-the-counter and prescription strength. It is also recommended to make lifestyle adjustments to control perspiration. Talk to a medical professional if problems persist.
- Wear an antiperspirant
Antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride, which breaks down when exposed to perspiration. These compounds are small enough to enter the sweat ducts, thus blocking the flow of sweat. Some people find that the over-the-counter antiperspirants are ineffective in controlling their sweat, so they use prescription strength antiperspirants that contain more aluminum chloride.
- Make lifestyle changes
Sometimes excessive perspiration is fixed by simple lifestyle changes. One option is to wear breathable materials, such as cotton, wool or silk. Another option is to combat anxiety, which causes excessive sweat in many people, by discovering what triggers it. Long-term stress is another culprit of excessive perspiration, and it can be controlled using stress management and relaxation techniques. Certain foods are known to cause sweating in some people, such as garlic and onions. Alcohol is another potential culprit.
- Talk to a doctor
If all else fails, a visit to the doctor is sometimes necessary. Excessive sweating may be caused by heart disease, hyperthyroidism, menopause, hypoglycemia, leukemia, and certain stress and anxiety disorders.