Excessive sweating or Hyperhidrosis can be a problem for men. After all, men have over 2 million sweat glands. That's enough to leave you feeling like a sprinkler system.
Let's face it – if you are human, you will sweat. It's a normal reaction when your body needs to cool off.
Body odor and sweat stains are not desirable. Both are caused by bacteria in special sweat glands which are found mainly in the armpits and groin.
What do you do when you start sweating and just can't stop? That's the subject of today's article.
Excessive sweating leads to:
- Lack of moisture in the body. Your skin feels dry and you start to feel the effects of dehydration.
- Odor-causing bacteria to thrive. Especially in the armpit and groin areas.
- Your clothes feel sticky and wet. The resulting discomfort can lead to rashes.
- Swamp crotch. Excessive sweating in the groin that results in itchy/scratchy nuts and fungal infections.
Whether you are engaged in 12-hour work days, playing a 3-hour basketball game or out dancing all night, it helps to know that you can go the distance without letting perspiration play spoilsport.
1. Rehydrate Your Body To Prevent Excessive Sweating
When your body temperature gets too high, the sweat glands secrete water to cool it down again. Replenish your body with hydrating fluids.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Regulate your body temperature by drinking at least 8 tall glasses of water each day. The water prevents your body from overheating and preventing the need to sweat.
Drinking lots of water flushes odor-causing toxins from the body through urine.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends men drink at least 101 ounces of water per day – a little under 13 cups.
Drink 1-2 cups of sage tea every day. Herbs are a natural remedy that soothes the nerve fibers that cause you to produce excessive sweat. Sage tea is a herbal remedy used for profuse sweating because of its astringent properties. To prepare a cup, boil a handful of sage leaves, strain the leaves out of the liquid and leave the tea to cool slightly before drinking.
Quit coffee. Drinking caffeinated beverages can cause you to sweat excessively.
2. Change Your Deodorant
Purchase a natural body deodorant that is paraben-free as these products don't contain any testosterone-reducing xenoestrogens (like parabens and aluminum).
Talcum powders are generally safe, but messy to apply around your armpits. A less messy option is to use a roll-on deodorant that is specifically designed to keep your pits fresh and dry.
3. Protect Your Crotch From Excessive Sweating
It's a big day for you. The meeting room is packed with high-level executives waiting for your presentation. You stand up and start to feel beads of sweat rolling down your leg. Instead of focusing on your presentation, your thoughts are now occupied with whether you look like you peed your pants.
Swamp crotch is a problem that is embarrassing and not openly talked about. Constant sweat in the groin region increases your risk of developing fungal infections.
How do you deal with sweaty, itchy balls?
Perhaps you used baby powder in the past and now you need something with a masculine scent.
Don't put deodorant on your crotch. It's an area that is too sensitive for regular deodorant.
Antiperspirants work by blocking sweat glands. Blocked pores in the groin can lead to irritation and rashes.
Whether you're a trainer in a gym, a regular bike rider or a man who generally has sweat issues in the groin area, you need a men's body powder that is specifically designed for your crotch area.
Look for a product that soothes and cools your skin and is not made with talc or menthol (because they burn), aluminum, or parabens.
To use it, cover the palm of your cup-shaped hand and then splash it into the preferred area. Alternatively, sprinkle directly into undergarments before or after dressing.
Regular application prevents chafing in your groin, avoids prickly heat and keeps your nuts cool, fresh and dry.
4. Wear The Right Clothing To Prevent Excessive Sweating
The clothing you wear can either alleviate or add to your discomfort during the summer months.
- Choose fabrics that absorb sweat. Cotton absorbs moisture as do performance fabrics found in athletic wear. High tech performance materials are ideal for workouts as they are designed to wick away moisture from the body.
- Wear breathable fabrics. Natural fabrics that are breathable are a preferred option. Linen has a loose weave, which makes it an excellent fabric option for hot climates. Light wool, cotton, hemp, and linen are breathable materials that allow the free flow of air to your skin.
- Wear light layers. A 100% cotton undershirt worn to absorb excess sweat ensures that your shirt stays relatively dry.
- Select the right colors. Sweat stains show more clearly on lighter colors. People are going to notice you're sweating in white or pink shirt. Your sweat isn't going to show as much on darker colors or prints.
- Bring extra clothing. Carry an extra shirt so you can change into dry clothes after an unusual sweat session. Use the restroom or your car to change and wipe away excess sweat with a handkerchief or tissues before changing into fresh clothes.
- Wear loose clothing. Tight clothes restrict air circulation. Loose-fitting clothing is suitable for summer weather because it allows air to flow to and away from your skin.
5. Change Your Diet To Prevent Excessive Sweating
Gustatory sweating refers to thermal sweating induced by the ingestion of food. Some foods make you sweat more than others.
The quality of your sweat is influenced by what you put into your body.
- Avoid fast foods, processed ready meals, artificially sweetened candy, soda, or foods containing high fructose corn syrup. All of these foods increase the number of toxins in your system. These toxins clog up the pores and mingle with sweat to produce unpleasant body odor.
- Skip spicy foods. Ingesting spicy foods raises body temperature and leads to thermal sweating. Foods like hot peppers cause you to sweat more. The heat comes from a chemical found in hot peppers, capsaicin. Garlic and onions can make your sweat smell unpleasant. When you're out, eat more bland foods to prevent gustatory sweating. Other foods that will add to unpleasant smelling sweat – broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts.
- Eat fresh foods. Include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet, especially those with a high water content. Foods like tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, whole grains, fish, lean meat, beans and eggs are much healthier options.
6. Build Good Habits To Prevent Excessive Sweating
Become a hygiene freak. Frequent hygiene practices eliminate bad odors caused by sweat. Adopt these simple practices into your daily routine:
- Have a daily bathing routine. Consider bathing twice a day if you have the chance. Use an antibacterial or deodorant soap that will help to wipe out odor-causing bacteria.
- Take lukewarm baths or showers. Hot water makes a shower more pleasant but it also increases the body temperature and causes excessive sweating.
- Use a handkerchief, wet wipes & tissues. When you're out and about, carry a bag of wipes that you can use on your underarm and on your body to mop up sweat quickly in the restroom.
- Carry a natural deodorant with you, especially after physical activity or a stressful experience such as delivering a public presentation.
- Exercise. Excess body fat acts as an insulator, raising internal body temperature and increasing the production of sweat. Overweight people are more prone to excessive sweating than normal weight people. Losing some extra body fat will help you significantly reduce sweating.
7. Reduce Stress To Prevent Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating may also be caused by anxiety, fear, nervousness, pain, tension, and stress. Emotional sweating is independent of ambient temperature.
Fact: Stress causes you to sweat more.
Certain situations can make you sweat more than usual. Memories, emotions, and events can trigger the sweat glands and make you sweat more than usual.
To avoid this, you should learn to relax and deal with your emotions.
Practicing meditation or relaxation techniques daily will help you gain control over many of the body’s automatic functions (sweating, heartbeat, blood pressure, and muscle tension). This will considerably reduce nervous and emotional sweating.
Being more relaxed increases your confidence and reduces the possibility of your sweat glands going into overdrive.
8. Seek Medical Help To Prevent Excessive Sweating
Profuse sweating can sometimes be a sign of a serious medical condition.
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a medical condition that induces the sweat glands to overreact to stimuli. The overactive glands produce more sweat than necessary.
Hyperthyroidism can also cause excessive sweating and requires medical attention.
As a last resort, consider the following solutions after consulting with a medical professional:
- Oral medications – Robinul, Diropan, and Cogentin ease the flow of perspiration and reduce sweating. These drugs work by preventing the stimulation of sweat glands.
- Antidepressants help reduce excessive sweating when the cause is directly tied to emotional distress.
- Botox – Botox injections work by blocking the nerves that stimulate sweating for a period of up to 9 months.
- Iontophoresis – A non- invasive treatment that involves passing a low-level electric current through the skin that temporarily disables sweat glands. Initially performed for 20-30 minutes daily and then gradually reduced to weekly and monthly sessions.
- Surgery – Liposuction is a safe and non-invasive procedure performed under local anesthesia. Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy involves removing the nerves that send signals to the sweat glands to begin producing sweat. Both these procedures can result in increased sweating in other parts of the body and carry unwanted side effects.
Always consult your physician – it is essential to understand the underlying cause of your sweating before deciding to proceed with medical treatment.
And there we have it. Profuse sweating can be unpleasant and unsightly but it can be managed effectively if you improve your diet, drink plenty of water and be mindful of the fabrics you wear.