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4 Reasons Why You’re Sweating While Sitting Down, and How to Stop

We know that we can expect to sweat when we’re physically active or our body temperature is rising. After all, our sweating works to cool us down when we’re heating up.

Unfortunately, some of us experience sweating even when we’re very passive — such as sweating while sitting down at the office or while we’re at home watching a movie.

If this sounds like you — and if you’re constantly checking to see if you have pit stains throughout the day — then you might be suffering from hyperhidrosis, which is the medical term for excessive sweating.

In this post, we take a closer look at hyperhidrosis (how it happens, and who it affects), and we also look at other reasons you could be sweating more than usual.

Then, we explain how you can tackle your sweating problem, featuring our solution, Duradry, which has helped 97% of the people who have tried it achieve total dryness within a week.

4 Reasons Why You’re Sweating While Sitting Down

1. Hyperhidrosis

 

While hyperhidrosis may sound like a really scary medical condition, it’s actually more common than people think (more people suffer from hyperhidrosis than psoriasis).

Plus, hyperhidrosis can often be successfully treated with over-the-counter solutions, as long as they’re made specifically to treat excessive sweating.

There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary focal hyperhidrosis and secondary generalized hyperhidrosis.

Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis

If you have primary hyperhidrosis, there’s no underlying condition that’s causing you to sweat excessively.

You “over sweat” uncontrollably as the condition — usually in the armpits, hands, feet, or lower back. Most people start experiencing this problem in their youth. Sufferers also are unlikely to heavily sweat when they’re sleeping.

While spurts of excessive sweating can come and go, if you have primary hyperhidrosis, it’s much more likely to be a consistently present condition that requires daily or weekly management.

Secondary Generalized Hyperhidrosis

If you have secondary hyperhidrosis, then your excessive sweating is caused by something else, such as having side effects from a medication.

Unlike people with primary hyperhidrosis, those who have secondary hyperhidrosis may sweat heavily at night. And once the root cause is eliminated, the sweating should stop.

The problem is that it may not be an option to get rid of what’s causing you to sweat (for example, if your excessive sweating is brought on by medication that you can’t do without).

The good news is the best solution for managing both forms of hyperhidrosis is the same — use a specially-made topical antiperspirant that can seep into your pores and effectively plug your sweat ducts.

Below, we cover other potential reasons why you’re excessively sweating, but if you’re ready for a solution to your problem, click here.

Surprising Facts About Excessive Sweating*: 
Over 46% of people with hyperhidrosis started experiencing excessive sweating after the age of 23.

2. Hypoglycemia

 

Hypoglycemia means you have low blood sugar. It’s a common issue with diabetics, but it can affect non-diabetics as well. So how can hypoglycemia cause you to sweat?

Your body tries to fix your low blood sugar as quickly as possible. This means your body produces adrenaline that will then help get any stored glucose into your bloodstream.

It’s this adrenaline that can lead to sudden heavy sweating. If this is the culprit behind your sweating problem, the solution is to monitor your blood sugar and see a medical professional for more advice. But once you solve the blood sugar issue, the sweating should go away.

3. Anxiety

 

There’s a fraught relationship between anxiety and excessive sweating — as we discovered when we did an interview with Lisa Pieretti, the Co-founder of the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHhS).

Sometimes sweating can make you feel anxious, which in turn may make you sweat more (or make you more aware of how much you’re sweating).

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can stop your excessive sweating by treating your anxiety. Often, anxiety serves to exacerbate an existing excessive sweating condition.  

To make matters even more complex, sometimes doctors will prescribe anxiety medication when you present with excessive sweating as a symptom. But anxiety medication is also one of the most common causes of secondary generalized hyperhidrosis.

So while you may have solved one form of excessive sweating, you may have to start dealing with the same problem under a slightly different name.

Please note: The relationship between hyperhidrosis and anxiety is nuanced. However, there are several different studies that show presenting with excessive sweating can lead to increased anxiety. It’s important to remember that if you’re suffering from excessive sweating that you’re (1) not alone and (2) there are several different effective hyperhidrosis treatments available that can improve your quality of life.

4. Menopause

 

Menopausal women may experience hot flashes at any time of day — not just at night. They can go through one or two hot flashes or up to 20 in a 24 hour period.

A hot flash generally lasts 1-5 minutes (but that range isn’t written in stone).

Unfortunately, there’s no proven way to treat the sweating brought on by menopause. But there are ways to manage it. You can wear lighter clothing (so when your body warms up due to a hot flash it’s less of an issue) — or if your hot flashes mostly result in night sweats, then you can buy cooling sheets and a pillow.

You can also use hyperhidrosis antiperspirant in key areas such as your underarms, back, and hands. But keep in mind that with the hormonal changes brought on by menopause, you may sweat all over your body or in different areas each time.

Surprising Facts About Excessive Sweating*: 
Nearly 50% of hyperhidrosis sufferers report that their excessive sweating problem adversely affects their job performance.

How to Treat Your Sweating Problem

In this post, we’ve looked at 4 reasons why you may be sweating while sitting down or otherwise being inactive. But the truth is there are dozens of potential reasons that could be causing you to sweat uncontrollably.

For example, you could have an infection that your body is fighting, you could be pregnant (!), or even have an autoimmune disorder. If you’re just now noticing that you sweat more than normal, it’s best for you to consult with a medical professional to get a proper diagnosis.

The good news is that there are safe and effective ways to treat your sweating problem — no matter what is causing you to sweat so much.

But first, let’s take a look at what doesn’t work (and why).

Why Traditional Antiperspirant Doesn’t Work for Excessive Sweating

Traditional antiperspirants have the right idea, but the problem is they’re either not strong enough, and/or they don’t use the right active ingredients to prevent heavy sweating.

The FDA says that only Aluminum-based compounds can be considered “antiperspirants”. (This is why there isn't really such a thing as an all-natural antiperspirant — to be a topical antiperspirant you need to use one of the several approved Aluminum-based ingredients.)

But the issue is that these over-the-counter antiperspirants use Aluminum-based compounds that can’t handle the amount of sweat you produce if you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis. 

To stop excessive sweating effectively, you need pure active ingredients that get deep into the pores in your skin. One of the most effective ingredients on the FDA’s approved list is Aluminum Chloride. Aluminum Chloride gets deep into your pores and when it comes into contact with perspiration, it forms a blocker that keeps you from sweating.

The difference between using a specially-designed antiperspirant that uses an effective ingredient like Aluminum Chloride to keep you dry vs. a traditional antiperspirant is similar to using duct tape to seal a package instead of Scotch tape.

More Invasive Treatment Options for Excessive Sweating

 

There are several other ways to treat your hyperhidrosis without using a topical solution. But these can be extremely invasive.

Botox

You can get Botox injections to block the nerve signals that trigger your sweat. While this treatment can be effective, it’s expensive, painful, and short-term.

You'll generally need to get Botox injections every -6 months and you may need as many as 50 separate jabs in each session.

Iontophoresis

There’s also a treatment called iontophoresis. This is when a medical professional (often a dermatologist) uses a machine to pulse a low-voltage electric current through the parts of your body where you excessively sweat. Generally, iontophoresis is used when treating the soles of the feet or hands, but not the armpits.

Sympathectomy

Finally, there’s an extremely invasive surgery called sympathectomy. This involves the cutting (or clamping) of the nerves that trigger sweat production. This generally is not recommended for a few reasons. Not only is this painful, expensive, and risky, but it’s not necessarily effective.

When you get a sympathectomy to treat your underarms, you’ll often start having excessive sweating problems on other parts of your body, like your lower back or hands. In short, the excess sweat your body is producing just finds another way out.

Luckily, there are other cost-effective and pain-free options that can actually keep you dry.

Surprising Facts About Excessive Sweating*:
Almost 7% of people with hyperhidrosis have reported using expensive and painful Botox injections to treat their hyperhidrosis.

Introducing Duradry’s -Step System for Excessive Sweaters

I suffer from excessive sweating myself, and after years of being dissatisfied with the available products in stores, doctor’s offices, and online, I decided to develop my own solution. I knew I wanted this treatment to be topical, safe, affordable, and most of all: effective.

After investigating the science of sweating — and focusing on why so many other solutions, even prescription antiperspirants, were not up to par — I created a -step system called Duradry, which keeps your skin clean, moisturized, and (of course) dry.

 

Let’s look at each step in more detail.

#1: Apply Duradry PM two times per Week

Duradry PM is a neutral-scented gel antiperspirant using Aluminum Chloride as its active ingredient.

Research shows that Aluminum Chloride is one of the most effective Aluminum compounds to treat excessive sweating.


The reason I developed Duradry PM as a gel was due to my past experience using alternatives. The gel is far more easily applied to the skin than a liquid or spray, which also may leak when you travel.

You apply Duradry PM before you go to bed; that way its ingredients can get to work while your sweat glands are less active. The gel is unscented so it won’t disturb you or your partner while you try to sleep.

#2: Use Duradry Wash to Clean Your Pores

In order to stop your excessive sweating, your antiperspirant’s active ingredients must make full contact with your skin. But what often happens is there is residue in your pores that keeps the compounds out, such as oils and bacteria. That’s why we also include Duradry Wash in the simple 3-step system.

Duradry Wash deeply cleans your skin. This way, when you apply Duradry PM (or AM, which we cover next), the active ingredients aren’t being blocked by any residue.

#3: Apply Duradry AM at the Start of Your Day 

While Duradry PM provides the main sweat blocking benefits, you get another boost of protection by using Duradry AM every morning.

Duradry AM is a stick antiperspirant-deodorant that uses the maximum amount of Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Gly, a clinical-strength active ingredient.

Used together, these three products give 97% of our customers total dryness within one week.

Final Thoughts: Why You’re Sweating While Sitting Down

If you’re sweating when it doesn’t make any sense — such as while sitting down at your desk or as you drive to the grocery store — then that’s the first sign you might be suffering from an underlying issue.

If you have concerns about why you’re suddenly sweating, we recommend you see a medical professional who can rule out any undiagnosed medical problems.

One of the more common reasons why you might be uncontrollably sweating is that you have a condition called hyperhidrosis. While there is no “cure” for hyperhidrosis as such, there is an affordable, safe, and effective treatment: Duradry’s 3-step system.

You can start treating your sweating underarms with Duradry today for just $20.

*All data was pulled from a voluntary survey we ran with 1,296 self-described hyperhidrosis sufferers. For more information and insights into the life of people suffering from excessive sweating, click here.

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