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Excessive backsweat? We've got your back

First things first, it’s important to know a sweaty back is a natural response to an increase in temperature. If you get hot, your body releases sweat to help you cool down.

Your back sweating while you’re working out or even on the packed commuter train to work is one thing. But when there’s no natural trigger, it may be worth chatting to your doctor or dermatologist about it.

Don’t worry, though – excessive sweating is common, and there are various treatments that can help.

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So, what causes excessive back sweating?

There are two main causes:

Primary hyperhidrosis – a medical condition that causes overactive sweat glands. Although it affects all parts of the body, it’s often localized to specific areas like the back.

Secondary hyperhidrosis – this can be a side effect of medication, a change in hormone levels or a damaged nervous system.

Back sweats brought on by either of these are best dealt with by a doctor or dermatologist. They can recommend proper medical treatment.

It’s important to know a sweaty back is a natural response to an increase in temperature.

How much is too much sweating?

Take a look at the statements below…

I find myself sweating for no reason

I’ve noticed a recent, sudden change in how much I sweat

I’ve changed my lifestyle as a result of worrying about excessive sweating

If you agree with any of them, it’s worth having a chat with your doctor. In the meantime, there are a few things you could try to make an excessively sweaty back easier to manage…

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And what can I do to reduce excessive back sweating?

Try these tips to help reduce the amount your back sweats:

Wear natural fibers like cotton, wool and silk as much as possible to stay cooler during the day.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of cool water. This helps lower your body temperature and replace some of the water lost through excessive sweating.

Avoid potential back sweat triggers, like spicy food, caffeine, smoking and alcohol[1].

Wash regularly, paying special attention to your back area.

If these don’t help, don’t worry. There are other approaches you can take. Speak to your doctor or dermatologist – they’ll be able to talk you through options such as medication and other specialized treatments.