5 Effective Solutions for Excessive Sweaters
by Jeanine B. Downie, M.D.
Hello, summer! It’s the time of year when sweat shows up in all kinds of fun places—down our backs, under our breasts, between our thighs, and of course under our armpits. You’re probably wondering just how normal this all is.
Well, it’s no surprise you’re drenched. Sweat is your body’s air conditioning system. We all have about 2.6 million sweat glands all over our bodies and are capable of producing multiple pints of sweat per hour as needed to regulate temperature levels.
Related: Why ‘Stress Sweat’ Smells So Bad
Amounts of sweat vary from person to person, and each of us has a genetic family history that may predispose us to more or less sweating. It’s completely normal to sweat a lot on a hot or humid day and during physical activity. All of us will have to drink more water in these instances to ensure that our bodies continue to function in a healthy, self-sustaining way.
But here are some signs that you have excessive sweating.
Your clothes stain daily. Excessive sweaters perspire from the armpits down to the waistband of their skirts or pants, and all of this moisture can seep embarrassing stains through clothing. While this can certainly happen to everyone on very humid days or while working out, excessive sweaters experience it even in cool environments.
You stress sweat. If you’re about to give a work presentation and find your back totally soaked or your forehead literally dripping with sweat, it could mean you’re an excessive sweater who is triggered by stress—and this type of sweat smells worse than regular heat sweat. Your palms may also sweat when meeting new people, and when reaching out to shake a hand.
Your feet and hands are always wet. Patients tell me their hands and feet have sweated from the time they were infants, and that their mothers recall soaked baby booties and small chubby baby fingers that always felt damp. As an adult, your shoes may constantly slip off your feet because of excessive sweat.