Are You Sweating Too Much?

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There are a handful of activities during which it becomes socially acceptable to be covered in sweat. These include, but are not limited to, working out at the gym, running around outside, and moving furniture in July. These situations do not include things like sitting at your desk. So, if you find that white T-shirts are not your friend, or that your new nickname around the office is Clammy Hands McGee, you may have a sweating problem.

It's not your fault — some people just sweat more than others, and experts can't really say why. According to Dr. Robert Fealey of the Mayo Clinic, there are two types of sweating: thermoregulatory and emotional. As you may have guessed, the former comes from a rise in core skin temperature, and the latter is from becoming too stressed or excited. But, if you're finding that your sweating is actually affecting the way you live your everyday life, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. At its most basic definition, this means your sweat glands are overactive. But, it can also be specific to a certain part of your body. So, if you find that only your feet are super sweaty, you're experiencing plantar hyperhidrosis, rather than a full-body situation. There's not a diagnostic tool or test for the condition, but, according to experts, you'll know it when you see it.

So, how do you fix the sweating problem? Make friends with an antiperspirant — and get creative with the non-pit places you can put it. Also consider changing your socks a couple of times per day and investing in clothing made of a breathable fabric, like cotton. Of course, if you're an emotional sweater, then you should try yoga or meditation. As it turns out, thinking about how much you're sweating will only make you sweat more. (HuffPost)