Perspiration

Do you have any tips for minimising perspiration now the summer’s here? I often feel overheated although I try to stay cool. The more self-conscious I become the worse it is, but it’s hard to train myself to forget about it. Sandra Marsh, Chorley

Answer
Normal sweating or perspiration affects most of us. Usually it occurs in the armpits, palms of hands, soles of feet, face, chest and groin. Although sweating doesn’t pose a serious health risk it can be distressing and embarrassing, but excessive sweating can be challenging and it may take a while to find a treatment right for you. A powerful antiperspirant is the first way to combat unpleasant and smelly perspiration. But lifestyle changes such as wearing loose and light clothes can help and wearing black or white clothes helps to minimise the signs of sweating. Avoid triggers, such as alcohol and spicy foods, that could make your sweating worse.

If you sweat excessively and it’s started to interfere with your everyday daily life you may have Hyperhidrosis. Do you avoid physical contact such as shaking hands or dancing close to your partner? Are you forever, showering and having to change your clothes? If everyday jobs such as holding tools, grasping the driving wheel or sticky hands using the computer key board worries you, perhaps it’s time to talk to your GP to establish the cause and get medical treatment. Also tell the GP if you are having night sweats, because it might be a sign of something more serious.