What Can I Do About Sweating?

I'm 14 and I sweat constantly. I never had a sweating problem before. Is there anything I can do?
Karen*

Though it can be embarrassing, sweating — even lots of sweating — is usually normal. One of the many physical changes of puberty is that the body's 2 to 4 million sweat glands become much more active. This is true not only when you exercise or get hot, but also when you're feeling some emotions, like anger or nervousness. Some of the glands, such as those in the armpits, also start to make a strange new odor.

Your best bet is to take a bath or shower every day and after exercising or getting hot. Try to find a deodorant or a deodorant-antiperspirant combination that works well for you. And it can help to wear clothes made of natural fibers, like cotton. In rare cases there are medical reasons for excessive or unusual sweating. Speak with your doctor if you have questions or concerns.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: May 2009

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