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Old 01-09-05, 12:31 AM   #1
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Sorry for posting this but....

Like I said sorry,

To start off, I sweat a lot under my arm pits and I find it very embarassing. I have tried al sorts of Anti-persperents and nothing works well. Do any of you know any tricks to help reduce the sweating. Seriously I will start sweating just sitting at my computer.

I have thought about shaving my armpits but I was afraid that could have a negative effect.

Any help would be great.
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Old 01-09-05, 12:54 AM   #2
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Shaving and then applying anti-perspirant will help a little bit.
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Old 01-09-05, 01:05 AM   #3
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I can speak from experience because my armpits used to sweat a lot, especially on the right side. Once during a meeting my jerk-of-a-boss noticed my wet underarms and asked me if I was nervous. This was in front of 7 other people! Yes, it can certainly be embarassing.

Now I don't have the problem at all. It wasn't because I tried to stop it. I don't think I can pinpoint the reason, but maybe I can narrow it down to a few. Between then and now, I cut my hair very short, lost 20 lbs and learned to handle stress better. Maybe all three had some effect.

After losing some weight and buzzing my head, I find that I am often cold in temperatures where I used to be comfortable, so much so that I now keep a light jacket at my desk. I have also read quite a bit about anger management and handling stress constructively, too. Funny, but people who claim they never get angry or raise their voice sometimes have the biggest problem with anger and don't realize it.

Anyway, hope you can get something useful out of my experience. Good luck!
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Old 01-09-05, 12:36 PM   #4
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First, make sure you're buying antiperspirants and not deodorants, which won't help with sweat. The strongest of the antiperspirants seems to be Mitchum. Get the roll on kind and lay it on heavy.

If that still doesn't do it, talk to your dermatologist - they can mix up a special brew for you that will completely eliminate the problem, if you're skin can tolerate it.
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There used to be some cloth you could buy with straps you could slip under your arms. It would absorb the excess sweat, then you could wash them in the evenings and put them on under your clothes the next day.

I really don't remember what they're called, but call the department stores and speak with the people in the underwear department. Someone is bound to know what you're talking about.

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Old 01-09-05, 03:07 PM   #6
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I'm wondering how old your are? When I was a young lad (now I sound like my father ) around 13-16 years of age I use to sweat alot under there too.

It was so bad that I use to have to pin cloth on the inside of my clothes (like Koffee suggested) to help soak that stuff up. I had always bought white shirts because it was harder to see. By the time I turned 17 or 18 the problem went away. I guess I was "going through the change".

Now that I think back some more on my own life I think JavaMan might have nailed the cause(s) - stress, overweight, outta-shape, etc. Not saying that you are all of that, but it may be something to look at.

I was a tad overweight and way outta shape as a kid, and when I was finally able to get out from underneath the thumb of my mother (source of stress) I was able to eat better, exercise and I felt better. Problem gone.

See you doctor and no need to apologize for posting, we all do it.

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Old 01-09-05, 05:52 PM   #7
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You may have chronic hydro-somethingoranother, seriously, I just don't remember the name. You could use Aluminum Chloride-Hexahydrate 20% ("Dry-sol" is the commercial name), you get it from your doctor. It is like prescription strenght anti-persperant. It is a liqiud you dab on with a cotton swab at night a couple times a week. Pooff, no more sweat where you don't want it.
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Old 01-09-05, 06:08 PM   #8
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I can't personally say I've run into this but I do remember an TV news piece on using Botox to stop excessive sweating. Might be worth looking into if it's a serious issue.
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Ehenz, you should repost that response. It was pretty good.

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I think anti-perspirants are unhealthy. I think you should drink alot of water, keep clean and live with it.
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There used to be some cloth you could buy with straps you could slip under your arms. It would absorb the excess sweat, then you could wash them in the evenings and put them on under your clothes the next day.

I really don't remember what they're called, but call the department stores and speak with the people in the underwear department. Someone is bound to know what you're talking about.

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They were called "Dress Shields"
Those are reallly good. If you're using anti-perspirants and still sweating a lot, this is a really good recommendation.

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Old 01-09-05, 07:22 PM   #12
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I have had similar experiences as javaman.

Being on the skinny side really helps the sweat issue, as well as stress managment. I don't even bother anymore with anti-perspirant even in the summer.

Of course clothing choice helps too. I think people these days really under-rate wool.
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Old 01-09-05, 07:36 PM   #13
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I have the same problem. It's a stress-related thing, from what I gather. This makes sense because when I'm here, where I hate pretty much everyone around me, I'm practically sweating to death, but when I'm at my dad's house I'm totally fine.

Like Digger said, a lot of this could have to do with your age. Up until I was about twelve, I never had any problems, and didn't even wear any deodorant/anti-perspirant, from thirteen up until now, I soak my shirts through everyday under the pits.

Either way, I don't really worry about it. But I guess that's something most people couldn't do.
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Old 01-10-05, 04:44 AM   #14
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For most people, the most effective anti-perspiration products use "aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly" in a percentage of about 17% to 20%. Most roll-on and stick brands use this formula, including the mega-expensive brands, as well as the 99 cent "Degree Ironman" I bought at the "Dollar Store".

The odd thing about this formula is that it becomes more effective the longer you use it. You could start out using it after each shower, or two or three times a day. After a few weeks, once a day is fully effective. After a couple of months, just three or four applications a week is effective.

For many guys, shaving under their arms is a big help. Now, if you were a football player, shaving there would get you some funny looks. But, you are a cyclist. You are IMMUNE to funny looks.

So, combine shaving and a.z. tet gly for a few weeks. I'd bet that by March you will be "cured".

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Those are reallly good. If you're using anti-perspirants and still sweating a lot, this is a really good recommendation.

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That was me , I thought if I knew too much on the subject it might be too telling. But ah, who cares, I'm a sweater.
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You may have chronic hydro-somethingoranother, seriously, I just don't remember the name. You could use Aluminum Chloride-Hexahydrate 20% ("Dry-sol" is the commercial name), you get it from your doctor. It is like prescription strenght anti-persperant. It is a liqiud you dab on with a cotton swab at night a couple times a week. Pooff, no more sweat where you don't want it.
Although it hasn't been clinically proven, there has been speculation about adverse health affects from aluminum exposure. I'd be a little hestitant about applying it to an area with such a high potential for skin absorption.
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Although it hasn't been clinically proven, there has been speculation about adverse health affects from aluminum exposure. I'd be a little hestitant about applying it to an area with such a high potential for skin absorption.
yep..

i had problems with sweating for more years than i can remember....

lose the underarm hair and think natural products...(don't laugh)

but those crystals that they sell at gnc or most health food stores work way better than any anti perspirant, but it takes a bit for your body to adjust to it....

but i have had even better results by using products made by these folks

http://www.kissmyface.com/Category/K...ce/Deodorants/

their lavender is the bomb...
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I am only 22 and I had considered my age as a cause for my situation. Also, I am a Wookie. I thought by shaving the AP would actually be able to get to the glands in order to work their magic. I am talking to my mom tomorrow and I will see if she could set up a doctor appointmentfor me. THanks for all your suggestions.
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That was me , I thought if I knew too much on the subject it might be too telling. But ah, who cares, I'm a sweater.

I know. I used to be a sweater too... but that was back in puberty-land. Now, plenty of showering and normal hygiene does the trick every time.

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I am only 22 and I had considered my age as a cause for my situation. Also, I am a Wookie. I thought by shaving the AP would actually be able to get to the glands in order to work their magic. I am talking to my mom tomorrow and I will see if she could set up a doctor appointmentfor me. THanks for all your suggestions.
Ask your mom about the dress shields too. She should know about them, and she can probably get you those in the meantime.

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Although it hasn't been clinically proven, there has been speculation about adverse health affects from aluminum exposure. I'd be a little hestitant about applying it to an area with such a high potential for skin absorption.

My ex was extreemly sensitive to anit-persperants containing aluminum clorhydrate. I don't know if they are still making such products. But figgered I'd chip in my two bits
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