How to avoid excessive perspiration

Some common sense advice to help avoid excessive perspiration.

Good personal hygiene

  • Wash daily: take a bath or a shower each day helps to decrease the quantity of bacteria which are formed on the skin and that contribute to the bad smell released by sweat.
  • Dry throughly in order to avoid the growth of bacteria and fungus which tend to proliferate on a wet skin.

Drink a lot to help prevent the consequences of perspiration

Drink a lot of water to compensate for the loss of water caused by perspiration and to avoid dehydration.

Shoes and socks

  • Change shoes every day: alternate shoes allowing them to dry out in between wearing them especially if perspiration is a problem on the feet.
  • Change socks at least daily: it is advisable to carry a spare pair of socks around with you in order to change them if necessary.

Walk barefoot as often as possible

Air your feet and walk barefoot as much as possible


  • Choose natural materials for clothing (cotton, wool, silk) which allow the skin to breathe.
  • Wear loose clothing.
  • Wear clothing adapted to the outdoor temperature: for example do not wear heavy clothing in a place where temperature exceeds 25 degrees.
  • Have a change of clothes if needed.
  • Think of light-coloured clothing, which makes perspiration less visible.


Some food gives a bad smell to sweat.

Garlic, onion and the spices give sweat a strong smell.


Some drinks such as tea, alcohol or coffee tend to increase perspiration.

Learn how to relax

Stress is a factor, which produces or worsens perspiration: learn how to relax; practicing some relaxation techniques can help relax which decrease the effects of perspiration.
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