Sweating and body odor
do a number of things on your own to reduce sweating and body odor. The
following suggestions may help:
Regular bathing helps keep the number of bacteria on your skin in
feet thoroughly after you bathe.
Microorganisms thrive in the damp spaces between your toes. Use OTC
foot powders to help absorb sweat.
shoes and socks made of natural materials.
Shoes made of natural materials, such as leather, can help prevent
sweaty feet by allowing your feet to breathe.
Shoes won't completely dry overnight, so try not to wear the same
pair 2 days in a row if you have trouble with sweaty feet.
Cotton and wool socks help keep your feet dry because they absorb
moisture. When you're active, moisture-wicking athletic socks are a
Change socks or hose once or twice a day, drying your feet
thoroughly each time. Women should try pantyhose with cotton soles.
Go barefoot when you can, or at least slip out of your shoes now and
Wear natural fabrics, such as cotton, wool and silk, that allow your
skin to breathe. When you exercise, you might prefer high-tech
fabrics that wick moisture away from your skin.
At bedtime, apply antiperspirants to sweaty palms or soles of the
feet. Try perfume-free antiperspirants.
Consider relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation or
biofeedback. These can help you learn to control the stress that
If foods or beverages cause you to sweat more than usual or your
perspiration to smell, consider eliminating caffeinated drinks from
your diet as well as foods with strong odors, such as garlic and
prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke:
plenty of water.
Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink water — by the time you
feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated. If you're exercising, drink
before, during and after you exercise.
when it's cooler.
In hot weather, try to exercise early in the morning or in the
When the weather's warm, wear loose, lightweight, natural-fiber
clothing. In cooler temperatures, layer your clothes.
Wear a hat.
Keep your head covered when exercising or working outdoors in hot
drinking caffeine or alcohol.
Both these liquids are dehydrating.
attention to your body.
Don't ignore the warning signs and symptoms of heat stress, such as
muscle cramps, nausea, dizziness or weakness.
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