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What is excessive sweating?

It's normal to sweat if you get hot or do exercise, but you may be sweating excessively if you're sweating when your body does not need to cool down.

Excessive sweating can happen for no obvious reason, because of another condition you may have or as a side effect of a medicine you're taking.

Things you can do to help with excessive sweating

Do

  • wear loose-fitting clothes to minimise signs of sweating

  • wear socks that absorb moisture and change your socks at least twice a day if possible

  • wear leather shoes and try to wear different shoes day to day

Don’t

  • do not wear tight clothes or synthetic fabrics – for example, nylon

  • do not wear enclosed boots or sports shoes that may cause your feet to sweat more

  • do not do things that might make your sweating worse – for example, drinking alcohol or eating spicy food

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