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Don’t sweat it! 5 ways to deal with heavy sweating

As summer rolls around, so do those sweat patches… Here’s how to avoid them.

Excessive sweating - it happens to the best of us (looking at you, Oprah!).
Clinically referred to as hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating is a common central nervous system condition that impacts up to 4 million women across the world.
The human body contains 2-4 million sweat glands, with most of these situated in the palms, feet and underarm. It is these glands, which are activated by nerve endings in the deepest layer of the skin, that respond to physical changes like temperature, hormones and, of course, physical activity.
Not only that, but they can also be triggered by genetics (thanks, Dad!), anxiety and some medical conditions.
While the warm climate in Australia come summertime generally has locals fighting tourists for a prime beachfront spot, it can also bring with it day after day of sweat-stained T-shirts - something those with hyperhidrosis experience .
You should first seek the medical advice of your trusted GP to determine whether you, like many others, suffer from excessive sweating, but these quick lifestyle fixes could help you sidestep an unnecessarily sweaty situation, stat!
Some colours will show sweat patches much more than others (sorry, Nicole!). If you're nervous for a big event, try choosing a frock that won't catch you out.
1. Up the ante on your anti-perspirant
While regular deodorants are adequate for some, clinical strength anti-perspirants are becoming increasingly more available for those after stronger protection. Speak to your doctor to get a prescription for this over-the-counter product.
Experts also recommend spraying before bed; the active ingredient then has sufficient time to make its way into the sweat duct. Just be sure to pick up a deodorant that doesn't contain aluminium salts - researchers have linked this chemical element to an increased risk of breast cancer.
2. Breathable is more bearable
Choose lighter fabrics for your everyday garments. Check the labels for materials like cotton and linen, which will keep you feeling significantly cooler than outfits made of polyester and wool.
And for the restless sleepers who constantly seek out the cold side of the pillow - the same goes for your bed sheets!
Sweat doesn't just hit in common areas. Just ask Katherine Heigl...
3. Consider a fresh new ‘do
According to research, scienctists have debunked the myth that 45 per cent of body heat is lost through your head. But anyone who has long locks will know that, sometimes, it can feel like you're wearing a woolly scarf.
If you’re feeling weighed down by the heat of your hair, consider a fresh chop for the hotter months.
4. Skip the spice
While spicy foods may only heighten perspiration for the 10-15 minutes that your tongue burns, pungent foods, such as curries and meals heavy loaded with garlic and onion, can come out through sweat, increasing your body odour.
5. Consider a sweat lift
If you're wanting to explore a more permanent option, it's been long reported that botox injections, an FDA-approved underarm treatment, has been proven to stop sweat in its tracks.
The injections temporarily block nerves and hinder sweat glands for between six and 12 months at a time, and start at around $420 after the Medicare rebate at some clinics.

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