How to Nonsurgically Reduce Underarm Sweat


Excessive and unpredictable sweating, or axillary hyperhidrosis, can make you miserable. This condition can leave embarrassing stains and dampen your clothing–and may even cause an unpleasant odor. It is possible to manage, however. There are several things you can do on your own to reduce underarm sweating without having to go undergo surgery.

Step 1

Drink enough water to keep your body hydrated. Drinking six to eight glasses of water daily should be enough to keep you body hydrated and cool. If your body is cool, you may not sweat as much.

Step 2

Wear light-colored, loose-fitting cotton clothing. Light colors reflect sunlight and keep you cooler. Loose-fitting clothing allows air to get in and circulate around your body.

Step 3

Apply an antiperspirant under your arms daily and reapply it as often as needed. Antiperspirants help to block the pores and cause you to sweat less.

Step 4

Avoid too much time in the sunshine and find activities that help you to cool off rather than heat up. A dip in the pool can help to lower your body temperature and reduce sweating. If it’s not quite pool season, soaking in a cool bath can help.

Step 5

Apply rubbing alcohol under your arms to help stop sweating. Rubbing alcohol can be effective in curbing sweating for a couple hours at a time, but use it only when you really need it, as excessive use of rubbing alcohol can irritate the skin.

Tips and Warnings

  • Talk to your doctor about medicated deodorants such as Drysol, which contain more aluminum chloride, and anticholinergic prescription medications that can help prevent the stimulation of sweat glands.

About this Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination, and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.