Playing Sports with Hyperhidrosis

Unfortunately, hyperhidrosis (the medical term for the excessive sweating) and physical activity do not mesh well. Unchecked sweat poses a problem for nearly all athletes. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help decrease your sweat and increase your performance.
Managing Hyperhidrosis at Home

Around the world, millions of people enjoy playing sports. Whether you play a sport occasionally with friends and families, or are a dedicated athlete, sports offer the perfect opportunity to join people together and build character in the player. However, it’s no secret that sweat can pose a serious problem to athletes in nearly all sports. Unfortunately, hyperhidrosis (the medical term for the excessive sweating) and physical activity do not mesh well. From ruining workout clothing and equipment, to actually decreasing a player’s performance, unchecked sweat poses a problem for nearly all athletes. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help decrease your sweat and increase your performance. Specifically, there are treatments for sweaty hands and treatments for sweaty feet that can particularly help certain sports.

Golf:

Between ruining your grip on the club and staining your attire, sweat can pose quite the problem to a golfer. To help minimize the effect sweat plays on your grip, always consider using one of the following three options to keep performing at your highest level and manage your sweat.

  • Keep a clean hand towel with you at all times that can be used repeatedly to dry the sweat from your hands and other sweat-prone areas like the forehead.
  • Bring a pair of golfer gloves that add a heightened grip to you while swinging your club. Be sure to keep your gloves clean and dry, as well as alternate pairs of gloves on a consistent basis to ensure one pair of gloves is not continually exposed to sweat.
  • Consider applying an antiperspirant specifically designed for stopping sweaty hands. You can find antiperspirant in most grocery stores, as antiperspirants are a type of over-the-counter topical treatment. Antiperspirants, like Carpe Lotion, are specifically designed to stop the sweat at the source, and can eliminate the need for multiple towels and gloves.

Tennis:

Considering a strong and comfortable grip on the racquet is a foundational aspect of tennis, sweat can wreak havoc on an person’s gameplay. To help control your grip and overall performance, consider implementing the following techniques into your game plan to manage your sweat.

  • Wear one or more sweatbands that allow you to absorb the sweat you produce. These sweatbands are often worn on the wrist, elbows, biceps, and head. Be sure to wash these sweatbands after each use to ensure longevity and hygiene.
  • Apply a racquet grip that doesn’t allow sweat to accumulate on the handle. When choosing a grip, be sure to select one that soaks your sweat into the grip rather than letting the sweat accumulate on the racquet.
  • Since the sweat will soak into your grips, be sure to change your grips on a regular pattern to keep your grips effective.
  • Wipe down your hands and the racquet after each break in the game.
  • Similar to golf, applying a topical over-the-counter treatment, like Carpe, can help you avoid sweaty hands as a problem in the first place.

Cheer, Dance, and Gymnastics:

In precision sports like cheer, dance, and gymnastics, maintaining complete control of the grip your hands and feet provide you is essential to success and safety.

  • Use ample amounts of chalk to make sure sweat does not impact your routine.
  • If the chalk is leaving too much residue or is simply uncomfortable, consider using a hand or foot antiperspirant, like Carpe Antiperspirant Hand Lotion, or Carpe Antiperspirant Foot Lotion, to reduce your sweating.
  • If the sweating continues, evaluate whether or not iontophoresis treatments for palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis may be an effective way to reduce the amount of impact hyperhidrosis has on your routine.

There are many things you can do to improve your performance in sports despite having hyperhidrosis but it doesn’t help that the humidity of being outside can make the sweating worse!

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