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How I Beat My Excessive Underarm Sweating

Updated on June 1, 2008

First off I want to say that in this article I am not trying to sell you anything.

Although I do usually recommend certain products to stop excessive sweating you won't find them mentioned here.

What I want to do in this article is give a true (summarised) account of how I personally beat my excessive underarm sweating problem. In writing it I hope to reach out to at least a few of the millions of people who suffer from this horrible condition.

My message is simple: I beat excessive sweating and so can you.

Read on to find out how I did it...

My excessive sweating nightmare begins

To this day I am unsure how or why I developed hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). It happened around the time I took a career change and started working in a corporate office environment. Before this I wasn't even aware that the condition existed.

In all likelihood my condition started as a result of a combination of anxiety, stress and wearing formal corporate clothing. My symptoms

My symptoms were a combination of sweaty hands, sweaty and smelly feet and, worst of all, excessive underarm sweating. The latter had the biggest impact on my self-esteem and confidence.

I would arrive at work at 9.00am and within 30 minutes I would have huge sweat patches on my shirt. Even now when I look back I can still feel that horrible cold, wet sensation of having to wear sweat drenched clothes.

The crazy things I started to do

To try to deal with my condition I started to adopt more and more bizarre habits. I would go to the bathroom every 15 minutes or so to spray myself with antiperspirant and stuff reams of toilet paper under my arms.

Although this did temporarily stop my shirt from becoming saturated, it also meant that I could not raise my arms at the shoulder. Not only did this make me look ridiculous, it also exacerbated the sweating because I had to clamp my arms constantly by my sides.

I used to dread giving presentations or having to write anything on the whiteboard in a meeting room. Not only did I fear that people would see my sweat patches, but also that one of my balls of toilet paper might fall out in front of my associates.

I also tried other things such as wearing a vest to protect my shirt. And when one vest failed to stop the flood I even tried wearing two. Looking back I must have started to look like the Michelin Man!

Enough is enough - How I beat my excessive sweating

I can't remember when it was exactly but I reached a point one day when enough was enough. My self-esteem was at rock bottom and my quality of life was starting to be seriously compromised.

So, I decided to make a change. I was sure that if I approached the problem in a systematic, methodical way then I could at least manage my condition, or in the best case, beat it once and for all.

The following are the actual steps that I took that resulted in me beating my excessive underarm sweating problem.

Step #1: I analysed when my excessive sweating occurred

I sat myself down in a quiet room and reflected on the particular times when my sweating was at it's worst and when it was milder or didn't appear at all.

I wasn't surprised to find that my profuse sweating occurred when I felt self-conscious, under pressure or in uncomfortable situations.

I also noticed that some of the situations were physical - such as being stuck in a small, stuffy meeting room, and some were psychological - such as the intense pressure I put myself under when I first arrived at work and was desperate not to ruin my shirt for the whole day by saturating it with sweat within the first few minutes.

I then set about planning how I could reduce my exposure to the times when I was at high risk of excessive sweating. A simple example would be to go to the meeting room 10 minutes before the scheduled start time and make sure the air conditioning was running.

Step #2: I put together my excessive sweating management kit

Ok, so this sounds very grand but what it meant was to have plenty of spares and supplies available to me when I needed them. My kit included:

  • A roll-on antiperspirant / deodorant.
  • A small towel.
  • A pack of lightly scented, moist wipes.
  • Two spare shirts, neatly folded.
  • A packet of disposable dress guards.
  • Two pairs of clean socks.
  • A foot deodorant spray.

I actually put two of these kits together - one for the car and one tucked away in my filing cabinet at work. And I made sure I replaced anything that I used so I always had a full kit.

For me, the true value of these kits was knowing that they were available should I need them. This relieved the tension and anxiety that I had created for myself by thinking that if I got a bit sweaty then for the rest of the day I would be doomed to feel uncomfortable and ashamed.

Over time I found I needed to call on my excessive sweating management kit less and less until I reached the point when I rarely used any of the items.

Step #3: I experimented with clothing and antiperspirant

Short of taking medication or undergoing medical procedures there a few things that you can do to actively manage and alleviate your excessive sweating. They include:

  1. Choosing the right clothing.
  2. Choosing an antiperspirant that works for you.
  3. Looking after your general health including taking regular exercise and eating healthy foods.

My next step was to experiment with each of these and find things that would have a positive impact on my excessive underarm sweating.

Over a few weeks I tried various non-prescribed antiperspirants - each for one week at a time. In the end I found a product in my local supermarket that worked extremely well for me. The product (that I use to this day) is a roll-on by a company called Mitchum. I recommend you look out for it and give it a try. But also be sure to try other products because you might something that works better for you.

I also experimented with different types of clothing and fabrics. In agreement with popular wisdom I found that 100% cotton, well-fitting clothes (not too tight, not too loose) worked best for me.

In the early days I stuck with light coloured fabrics since they were best at reducing the visibility of my sweat patches. This helped boost my confidence.

Through experimentation I also found that going to the gym during my lunch break worked very well for me. I think this was a combination of being able to "legitimately" sweat for half an hour and the chance to have a proper shower midway through the day. If you are in the position to give this strategy a try then I heartily recommend it.

Step #4: I relaxed, experimented and tweaked

Finally, and most importantly, I made a conscious effort every single hour of every single day to try to relax and take an objective view of what I was experiencing. Experimentation with the items discussed in step #3 really helped me to do this.

Whereas before I would panic and become paralysed with shame and embarrassment the moment I felt a drip of perspiration coming from my armpit, I started to look at what was happening in a more objective way.

I would think "Gee.. this antiperspirant sucks. I think I will drop it and try another one" or "Even though I have been sweating a little this morning, the brand of business shirt still feels really comfortable."

I found that working hard to remove my intense emotion from the situation helped me to think and act more calmly. And this in turn reduced my sweating.

So, how will you stop your excessive sweating?

I apologise to you. This has turned out to be a very long article. If you are still with me then thank you for taking the time to read it. I hope it has given you something to think about.

I managed to stop 90% of my excessive underarm sweating in about 8 weeks using exactly the strategies I have outlined above. I am now in the fortunate position where I rarely, if ever, even think about excessive sweating.

Why don't you do yourself a favour and give it a try? It will cost you very little, but the reward of beating your excessive sweating will be priceless.

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Also, please be sure to check out my website containing more free information and tips on how to stop sweating.

And most important of all please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you about your experiences, successes and challenges.

Good luck to you,



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      6 years ago

      this is the one and only weakness in my life....

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      Markos :D 

      7 years ago

      I'm 15 and have a sweating problem. Really embarrassed in school, especially in the summer. Hope this works and it made me happy to see you achieve your goal. Congratulations

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      7 years ago from Detroit,Mi.

      Sounds as if you have come up with a reliable solution to the problem. Trying not to seem criticle, I just hope you read the labels on your anti-perspirants and made sure they were aluminum free. This is the main ingredient in anti-perspirants and have been linked to Alzheimers,Demetia and other brain disorders. Find a good natural deoderant and calm down.

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      7 years ago

      Also thank you for posting this, it means a lot!! :)

      I am glad you got through it at the end, one again thank you

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      7 years ago

      I just realized I suffer from the same thing, When i feel under pressure this happens to me.. I thought I was the only one :o

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      7 years ago

      I m very much satisfied wid u thank you sir

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      rocky 5 

      7 years ago

      My friend is 13 years old. he has lots of hair in his armpits. his armpit sweat a lot .his armpits have dripping sweat always.his armpit sweat even in 8 c.does he has excessive sweaty armpits.

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      7 years ago

      Im 16 An Sweat Just How This Article Explained it This Really Helped Me A lot i Thought iWas The Only One To Sweat Like This Thanks .

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      9 years ago

      do get detailed about certain dri.

      IF you look at all the products that claim to help excessive sweating they all have the same active ingredient. so if 1 doesn't work for you the others wont be that great. Certain dri has a completely different active ingredient and it works wonders.

      you will see a diffrence with 3 applications.( 1 week).

      its great and its only $5 . last about 2 months. get it

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      9 years ago

      for underarm sweating. use " certain dri"

      it is awsome. i had problems for age 15-22. 2 months ago i started to use cetain dri every 3rd night. and in 3 weeks i stop sweating during normal activities.

      THis is the best product ever. and it's not like all the other crap TV tries to sell you. get Certain dri

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      Thank YOu man! 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for this article which shows up first on in my internet search.

      Never buy products that claim to stop excessive sweating. and never EVER have surgery done before you try a life style improvement change. Doctors hold a serious practice to keep pharmacuties in business and for them to perform surgeries which cost 100s of dollars. So good on this and for everyone who is still trying.

      Live life, Love life and break the spell today!

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      9 years ago

      i am 13 and have to wear a sweat shirt all day and i can only wear shirts that are dark

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      Liam Heffernan 

      9 years ago

      Agggh! God Dam it! Do your research first before you write a seriously long, seemingly definitive, account of your sticky problems. Having read your account I thought I was in the money. I had this whole idea for a product that could elevate your problem by the simple iron-on sweat proof layer than would direct your sweat down your shirt and discretely down into the pants region. I thought since you and all your commentators seemed to need it so badly that I had a captive market. But no. Such a freaking product exists. Thanks for making me think I had won the EuroMillions and in future research before you ruin my dreams of dreaming all day...........

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      10 years ago

      im only 13 and ive suffured from excessive underarm sweating. ive tried almost all the deodorants but they still didn't work! then, i saw a deodorant on tv called Secret Clinical Strenght and it says that its the #1 deodorant recommended by doctors and it says that it will really work. so i bought it and it worked for like 2 days then the sweating began again. i just dont know how to stop it. my mom told me to stop using deodorants because they just damage your skin. and turns out she was right. the deodorants ive used did damage my skin so i stopped using deodorants and the sweating sorta stopped. so i thank my mom and this article. thumbs up!

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      10 years ago

      Liz, I do feel for you. From about the age of 15 I have been dealing with it and I find that sometimes it is present, and other times nowhere to be found. I can't remember how many times I have been completely embarrased to the point where I just want to hide in a shell and do nothing.

      I'm still having a hard time atrributing it to anything in particular.. But as I'm 23 now, I have a good list of things which I know brings it on sooner. One thing I might recommend is discussing it with either your mom or your family doc. They're there to help.

      I ended up cutting caffiene out of my life completely, which has been a huge help. No more coffees, teas, pop, or energy drinks. I spend a fair amount of time relaxing and not so much meditating.. But reflecting positively on my past week, and the week to come. As Howard said.. eating healthy is a huge factor. And a proper excersize routine is also a major help.

      As for topical treatments (anti-perspirant or liquids applied to the skin) I generally use a rubbing alcohol when I get home from work, and let it dry until i'm ready for bed. I then use my preferred anti perspirant before I go to sleep. After my shower in the morning i'll re-apply and go on with my day. It has become significantly better over the years. Antipersporants with a higher concentration of aluminum chloride always seem to work well. Right Guard professional has been my stick of choice for the last year.

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      10 years ago

      i've sufferd from tthis condition and it is very upsetting and embaressing.

      But i feel i can not put this plan into action, i am 14 and im still at school obviously and i am always on the move, none of my friends know and i tend to keep it that way. I cant go into a room before a lesson and turn on a fan, and there is no where i would be able to put your advised kit, and im never alone there so i would feel very awkward and my friends would think it odd if i spent too much time in the toilets puttin on more deodorant and changing t-shirts, plus areosoles are forbidden because they set off the smoke alarms.

      I can see this would be a help to some, but unfortunatley for me it would not work, for it would end up with myself being in more awkward and embaressing situations.

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      Excessive Underarm Sweating 

      11 years ago

      Cool post, thanks for ur information mate!

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      11 years ago

      I've given you a very big thumbs up. I have found my experience with HH to be an incredly annoying and embarrassing occurance as well and have gone through the emotions only to feel worse. It's very clear anxiety for me is the culprit. I also notice my anxiety creating another situation different from sweating but have found your suggestions very applicable. Thank you so much for sharing this so clearly and providing such simple and managable suggestions.

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      11 years ago

      Hi Nicolka,I glad you found it useful. Yes, you have every chance of beating your condition. The key is not to be stressed about it. Good luck and let me know if I can help in any way.Howard

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      11 years ago

      Thank you for the article. I've realized I have the similar situation - recently I found the job I wanted, and all the pressire I experience at work caused excessive sweating. I had no idea about HH before. Your article gave me hope that there are ways to beat HH. Most of the info I read before was discouraging - I thought I was stuck with this problem for the rest of my life. But thanks to your article I am resolute now that I will find my way out of this problem

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for you comments.

      terryg - really glad to hear your treatment worked for you. Hope it wasn't too painful.

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      11 years ago

      I too suffered from this. I had what is known as a bi-lateral skoog operation where a plastic surgeon removed 75% of the sweat ducts from under my arms. It sort of worked, stopped the drip drip drip. Now I am older it seems to have gone. I agree stress related it is.

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      11 years ago from Philippines

      It was indeed a tough experience. But you did good in overcoming it. If there's a will, there's a way. Great article!


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