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How to Stop Groin Sweat: 10 Ways to Deal with Crotch Sweat

By JP Carter /

Unfortunately, some people have to deal with excessive crotch sweat on a daily basis. Many of the people who struggle with this issue suffer from a condition called primary focal hyperhidrosis, a medical situation that causes excessive sweating to occur on specific parts of the body. However, just because you have a lot of groin sweat doesn’t necessarily imply that you have the condition.[1]

Whether or not you have hyperhidrosis, crotch sweat can be embarrassing and hard to deal with. Below are 10 ways that you stop groin sweat so that you can stay comfortable and dry.

Wear the Right Underwear

What you wear matters when it comes to excessive crotch sweat - especially what you wear under your clothes. It’s important for people who struggle with groin sweat to choose the right type of undergarments. This means not wearing overly tight underwear made of non-breathable materials like polyester and other types of stifling synthetic fabrics. The best types of underwear for those with sweat issues are made of cotton or moisture wicking materials. Cotton is a breathable type of fabric that allows moisture to evaporate off of skin. Moisture wicking fabrics take this one step further and actually keep moisture away from the skin so that it stays dryer, longer. If you are struggling with extremely heavy sweating then you may want to invest in padded underwear which are made to absorb excess sweat and keep it from leaking out onto the outer layer of your clothing.[2]

Use Antiperspirant

Using antiperspirant is one of the most effective things you can do to stop crotch sweat production. Antiperspirant is a type of topical treatment for hyperhidrosis that changes the function of skin in such a way that it stops it from producing sweat. Due to the way it affects the body antiperspirant is considered to be a drug and is regulated by the FDA.[3] You can find a large variety of antiperspirants over-the-counter and they are meant to be applied topically. Antiperspirant works best when it is applied after a shower to dry skin before bed time, this allows it to sink into sweat glands and form a barrier that will be effective the next day. It can be hard to choose the right over-the-counter antiperspirant so talk to your doctor if you are not sure which product you should try.[1]

Use Hygiene Hacks

It is essential that people with crotch sweat use hygienic practices to their advantage. It is recommended that people who sweat excessively change take showers twice a day if possible. However, this can be time consuming and isn’t realistic for everyone. If you can’t shower frequently then it is a good idea to change your clothes any time sweating becomes excessive and wash your groin in between changes. Even though washing will not stop your sweating it will reduce odor build up, prevent skin breakdown, and make you more comfortable. It is a good idea to keep baby wipes and extra underwear with you for quick clean up sessions on the go. [2][4]

Apply Powder

Once you have cleaned your groin after a bout of intense sweating, it may be beneficial to apply powder. There are a few types of powder that can be useful when you have crotch sweat but they all serve to absorb moisture, reduce irritation, prevent chafing, and reduce itching. It’s important to avoid powders that contain talc as it has been associated with the development of ovarian cancer when used by women. However, there are powders with bases like cornstarch or baking soda, among others.[5] Some brands, like Carpe, make powders that are specifically formulated for use on the groin and are considered to be safe.[6]

Groom to Your Advantage

While grooming your pubic region will not completely hinder crotch sweat production it may lessen how much you produce and make it easier to keep clean. Retaining some pubic hair may be to your advantage as it has the ability to reduce friction between clothing and skin and wick moisture away from the skin’s surface. However, keeping hair short and trimmed is recommended because this makes it less likely for bacteria, which are responsible for body odor, to stay trapped on the surface of the skin. It also makes your groin easier to clean so that hygienic practices are more effective.[2]

Wear Loose Fitting Clothing

This one may seem obvious, but wearing loose fitting clothing can make you less likely to sweat and keep the sweat you do produce from lingering on your skin. Tight fitting pants will raise the temperature of your groin and make crotch sweat worse. They can also create more friction and make you more uncomfortable. This applies to underwear as well, men may want to opt for boxers instead of briefs and women should probably avoid skin tight panties.[2]

Try Relaxation Techniques

For some people, anxiety can make groin sweating worse.[2] It is also known that anxiety is related to hyperhidrosis and relaxation techniques have had some success in helping people to control their symptoms[1]. You may want to try biofeedback, mediation, yoga, or another type of relaxation activity to relax your mind and body. Relaxation by itself will not cure hyperhidrosis, but it can improve the symptoms and help you deal with the repercussions of having a stressful condition.

Get Botox Injections

When more conservative approaches have failed, it may be time to seek out medical intervention. Botox injections are known to stop the production of sweat and have successfully been used to treat crotch sweat. They are used to treat excessive sweating on other parts of the body like the armpits, hands, and feet. The effects of botox injections last between three and six months and they have been highly effective for some who use them. If you are interested in trying botox then make an appointment with a knowledgeable dermatologist.[1]

Try Oral Medications

Some doctors will prescribe medications to stop the body from producing as much sweat. Usually these medications come from a class of medications called anticholinergics. They can be helpful for some people but have the potential to cause undesirable side effects like dry mouth, constipation, nausea, drowsiness, and many others. This is because oral medications affect the whole body rather than just target the specific problem area. In some cases doctors may use antidepressants, beta blockers, or benzodiazepines to reduce anxiety and therefore improve the symptoms of hyperhidrosis.[1]

Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle

Sometimes excessive sweating can be worsened by a person’s lifestyle. This can be due to the fact that a person is obese, has a poorly treated underlying medical condition, or if they consume too much alcohol or caffeine. The symptoms of hyperhidrosis, or sweating in general, can be improved by taking steps to remedy these issues. If someone is obese, losing weight may help and if someone is driniking too much caffeine or alcohol reducing consumption can make a difference. If you think your sweating is due to an untreated medical condition then it is imperative that you speak with your doctor. Receiving proper treatment may solve several of your health issues.[2]

Dealing with excessive crotch sweat is frustrating and sometimes people feel like there isn’t much they can do. These tips and tricks may help. Try them out so that you can get on with your life not worry about sweating down there.

Sources
  1. Pariser, D. M. (2014). Hyperhidrosis (4th ed., Vol. 32). Amsterdam: Elsevier Pub. Co., 2014. Retrieved from https://www.elsevier.com/books/hyperhidrosis-an-issue-of-dermatologic-clinics/pariser/978-0-323-32607-0
  2. Sweaty Vagina: Why It Happens and What You Can Do. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/sweaty-vagina#wicking-underwear
  3. Zirwas, M. J., & Moennich, J. (2008). Antiperspirant and Deodorant Allergy Diagnosis and Management. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 1(3), 38-43. Retrieved August 26, 2019, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3013594/
  4. Is the Sweating Between My Legs Excessive? Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/how-do-i-stop-sweating-between-my-legs#overview
  5. What Causes Excessive Testicular Sweating, and How Can I Treat It? (n.d.). Retrieved August 26, 2019, from https://www.healthline.com/health/what-causes-excessive-testicular-sweating-and-how-can-i-treat-it
  6. Carpe Takes Aim At Groin Sweat, Launches Groin Powder With Precision Lever Sprayer. (2019, May 22). Retrieved August 26, 2019, from http://classifieds.usatoday.com/press/carpe-takes-aim-at-groin-sweat-launches-groin-powder-with-precision-lever-sprayer/
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How Can Men Stop Excessive Groin Sweating?

By JP Carter /

Excessive groin sweating can be an especially uncomfortable problem for men - sweaty balls are no joke. Luckily, there are many effective treatment options available. The type of treatment a person needs depends on the cause of their sweating. Many times, excessive sweating in men, especially groin sweating, is caused by a condition called primary focal hyperhidrosis.[1]

Primary focal hyperhidrosis usually develops during puberty and can last for a lifetime. It usually affects specific areas of the body including the hands, feet, face, armpits, and sometimes, the groin. When primary hyperhidrosis affects the groin it is medically referred to as Hexsel’s hyperhidrosis.[1] Excessive groin sweating caused by primary focal hyperhidrosis affects both men and women equally.[2] However, excessive sweating in men causes different secondary issues when it affects the groin because their anatomy is different than women.

Sometimes, excessive groin sweating is caused by a condition called secondary generalized hyperhidrosis. Sweating from secondary hyperhidrosis tends to come on suddenly and it is caused by an underlying medical issue or as a side effect of a medication. Secondary hyperhidrosis affects both men and women, but there are some issues that cause it to occur in women that men will not have to deal with. Treatment for secondary hyperhidrosis consists of treating the underlying condition that’s causing the excessive sweating.[1] Here are some conditions that can cause groin sweating from secondary hyperhidrosis:

  • Diabetes
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Low blood sugar
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Medication
  • Withdrawal
  • Several types of infections and other medical conditions[3]

Treatment Options for Men

Sweaty balls are no fun - they’re downright uncomfortable! The good news is that there are several effective treatment options men can use to get their groin sweat under control. Below are several choices you can try out if you are struggling with sweat.

Lifestyle Adjustments

In some cases, lifestyle adjustments can make a big difference when trying to lessen excessive sweating in men. It often won’t completely solve the issue, but it can help.

First of all, the type of underwear you use can make a big difference. It is best to opt for boxers that are made out of breathable cotton instead of briefs or boxer briefs. This is because sweaty balls need proper ventilation.

Secondly, it is imperative to maintain proper hygiene. This means washing the groin with warm water and soap at least once a day, or twice if sweat has had time to accumulate. Otherwise, men can develop problems like chafing, itching, bacterial infections, and fungal infections. This is how many athletes get jock itch.[4]

Finally, losing extra weight, eating healthy, and limiting your consumption of beverages like coffee and alcohol can also improve the amount of groin sweat men produce.[4]

Over-the-Counter Treatments

Many over-the-counter topical treatments can stop or help lessen excessive sweating in men. The most important over-the-counter medication men can use is called antiperspirant. It is a type of topical medication that temporarily lowers the skin’s ability to produce sweat. It can be tricky to find the right type of antiperspirant for the groin, especially because it can cause irritation. However, there are solutions and antiperspirants can be quite helpful.[4]

Aside from antiperspirant, powders like baby powder (talcum) powder or cornstarch powder can be applied to the groin to help with sweating. These powders absorb moisture, prevent chafing, and ease irritation. Talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer, but this is not an issue for men. Combining over-the-counter methods may lead to the largest benefit.[4]

Medical Treatments

If more conservative measures don’t stop excessive sweating in men, then they can pursue medical treatment options. There are oral medications that can be prescribed to reduce sweat production, but they often have undesirable systemic side effects. Doctors usually prescribe a class of medications called anticholinergics that prevent the body from producing sweat. They occasionally prescribe antidepressants or anxiolytics if they believe there is a psychiatric component to sweating.[2]

One of the most promising treatments used to decrease the production of groin sweat is the use of botox injections. Botox is injected into the skin of the problem areas and it prevents sweat production. To be clear, botox is not injected directly into sweaty balls, so don’t worry about that. Results can last for more than three months in most cases. Botox has very few side effects and is quite effective for this type of hyperhidrosis.[2]

Finally, there are surgical treatments available to treat hyperhidrosis, but they usually are not a good option for issues with groin sweat. Usually excision of sweat glands is used, but this can be risky for the sensitive tissue in the groin region.[2]

If you are a man struggling with groin sweat, it is worth your time to investigate the treatment options available. It can greatly improve your quality of life and reduce the symptoms you have to live with on a daily basis.

Sources
  1. Pariser, D. M. (2014). Hyperhidrosis (4th ed., Vol. 32). Amsterdam: Elsevier Pub. Co., 2014. Retrieved from https://www.elsevier.com/books/hyperhidrosis-an-issue-of-dermatologic-clinics/pariser/978-0-323-32607-0
  2. Hexsel, D. M., Dal'Forno, T. D., & Hexsel, C. L. (2004). Inguinal, or Hexsel’s Hyperhidrosis. Clinics in Dermatology, 22, 53-59. Retrieved June 27, 2019, from https://www.sweathelp.org/pdf/Hexsel.pdf
  3. Is the Sweating Between My Legs Excessive? (n.d.). Retrieved July 1, 2019, from https://www.healthline.com/health/how-do-i-stop-sweating-between-my-legs
  4. What Causes Excessive Testicular Sweating, and How Can I Treat It? (n.d.). Retrieved July 1, 2019, from https://www.healthline.com/health/what-causes-excessive-testicular-sweating-and-how-can-i-treat-it
Complications of Hyperhidrosis

Things to Avoid when Treating Hyperhidrosis

By Katie Crissman /

Hyperhidrosis affects upwards of 3% of the population, making it a very common medical condition. This means that there are many people seeking treatment for their excessive sweating. While there are several effective treatments for people with hyperhidrosis, there are some pitfalls that people need to be aware of. All of the medically recommended treatments for hyperhidrosis have been tested by the medical community but it doesn’t mean that they don’t come with their own risks. For those that suffer from primary focal hyperhidrosis proper treatment can make an immense difference in their quality of life.[1] Here is what people with hyperhidrosis need to watch out for as they figure out which treatments work best for them:

Skin Irritation

The first line treatment that dermatologists will recommend for hyperhidrosis is the use of antiperspirant. Antiperspirant is a type of topical treatment for hyperhidrosis that prevents skin from producing sweat.[1] It is considered to be a drug by the FDA due to the fact that it changes the function of skin. Most antiperspirants, even powerful ones, can be found over-the-counter and are quite effective at stopping a person from producing excessive sweat.[2] Typically, antiperspirant is used for axillary sweating although it has been used on other parts of the body more frequently as time goes on. One of the most bothersome side effects of antiperspirant is the irritation it can cause. When used on the less sensitive skin of the armpit this is not as big of an issue, but it is a problem when antiperspirant needs to be used on other, more sensitive, areas of the body.[1]

The reason that antiperspirant can be so irritating is because of its active ingredient. Most antiperspirants use aluminum chloride, aluminum chloride hexahydrate, or a newer generation ingredient, like aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex. These products can easily irritate skin. One study published in the journal of Dermatologic Clinics found that 26% of patients being treated with aluminum chloride antiperspirant reported stinging and itching sensations after use. If you are struggling to use antiperspirant because of skin irritation there are things you can do. Using antiperspirant consistently over a period of time seems to reduce skin irritation. You can also apply 1% hydrocortisone cream the morning after applying antiperspirant to clear up irritation. If you are sensitive to irritation then you may benefit from trying a newer generation antiperspirant with aluminum zirconium hexahydrate as the active ingredient. Studies have found that these antiperspirants tend to cause less irritation. There are also specific antiperspirants that are made for sensitive skin that you can try. Ultimately, you shouldn’t have to put up with skin irritation to talk to your doctor and see if you can find the antiperspirant that works best for your skin.[1]

Stains

Antiperspirants can be extremely helpful for those with excessive sweating, but they come with another major downfall - they stain clothing. Unfortunately, antiperspirant can leave a yellowish stain on clothing, especially when it is mixed with sweat. One study showed that up to 70% of people with axillary hyperhidrosis reported having to change their clothes at least two times a day. If a person is regularly sweating through their clothes it is safe to assume that they are also getting antiperspirant residue on their clothing. Antiperspirant is usually worth the inconvenience, and thankfully, there are effective ways to get antiperspirant out of clothes.[1]

Medication Side Effects

Doctors often treat hyperhidrosis with oral medications when other, more conservative, therapies have failed to work. Most of the time patients are prescribed a type of medication that falls into the class of anticholinergics. Anticholinergics work on the part of the nervous system that innervates sweat glands and stops the body from producing as much sweat. Unfortunately, they can also act on other parts of the body as well and cause unintended and unwanted side effects. The side effects a person will experience depend on their individual biological makeup and the specific medication they use. Some of the side effects of anticholinergics include dry mouth, constipation, nausea, vomiting, and many other possibilities. If you are planning to try oral medications for your hyperhidrosis, make sure that you work closely with your doctor to make sure that you aren’t suffering from intolerable side effects so that you can find the best medication for your body.[1]

Not Trying Less Invasive Therapies First

Almost all doctors that treat hyperhidrosis will recommend that patients begin trialing the most conservative treatments first before they move on to more invasive options. Sometimes, however, patients are exasperated with their condition and want to move on to more extensive options before trying all of the more conservative treatments. This is a big mistake because some of the most effective options are local therapies which are less invasive.[1] For example, a patient with palmar hyperhidrosis who didn’t respond well to an antiperspirant may try iontophoresis, but be inconsistent with their routine and fail to see a benefit. They may want to move on to botox injections, or even surgery, when iontophoresis may have worked if they had given it a proper chance. This would require them to take less risk and cost them less money. However, this isn’t the case for everyone and sometimes patients decide to go with more invasive treatments first for a variety of legitimate reasons. The most important thing is that you communicate openly with your doctor to find the treatment that is most effective for you.

Giving Up

Sometimes, despite their best efforts, patients can’t find an effective treatment for their hyperhidrosis. This can be extremely frustrating and disheartening because hyperhidrosis is a condition that negatively impacts quality of life.[1] However, it is important that patients continue to try new treatments as they come out and that they remain open to using the treatment options they do have. Even if your hyperhidrosis symptoms are not completely under control, most people find at least some relief from treatment. There are new treatments coming out every year and as awareness grows the future continues to look brighter for those with hyperhidrosis.

Sources
  1. Pariser, D. M. (2014). Hyperhidrosis (4th ed., Vol. 32). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
  2. Zirwas, M. J., & Moennich, J. (2008). Antiperspirant and Deodorant Allergy Diagnosis and Management. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 1(3), 38-43. Retrieved August 22, 2019, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3013594/
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How Do I Apply Powder to my Groin?

By Chris Reid /

Excessive groin sweating can be caused by several factors, but for those who suffer from chronic excessive groin sweating it is often caused by either primary focal hyperhidrosis or secondary generalized hyperhidrosis. Unfortunately for those with hyperhidrosis, groin sweating can become so intense that people may frequently soak through undergarments, experience embarrassment, and have to deal with health complications that arise when skin is exposed to constant moisture.[1] However, there are ways to decrease groin sweat and manage it effectively.

How Does Powder Help with Groin Sweat?

Excessive sweating and constant moisture can wreak havoc on the skin that covers the groin. It can cause issues like maceration, jock itch, body odor, warts, and bacterial infections, among others.[2] This makes it crucial for people who experience consistent moisture around their groin to find ways to keep it dry. While powders will not prevent sweat production, they can protect the skin from moisture damage in a few different ways. When powder is applied to the groin it is able to:

  • Absorb moisture and promote a dryer environment
  • Cool and soothe the skin around the groin
  • Prevent and lessen itching
  • Prevent chafing and skin break down[3]
  • There are several different types of powders that can be used on the groin. The most popular type of powder is called talcum powder, this is typically what is used in baby powder, and many other products on the market. Some studies have linked the use of talcum powder to a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer in women. This is because some natural forms of talc have been found to contain asbestos, which is a cancer causing agent. There are other types of powders that can be equally useful. The most popular alternative to talc based powders are cornstarch powders. Other products may use another type of powder base like baking soda, oat flour, or other types of commercially made powders.[3] There are various types of products available on the market made especially for use on the groin, like Carpe’s No Sweat Groin Powder, that use different types of powders for safe and effective use.[4]

    How to Apply Powder to the Groin

    Applying powder to the groin is a quick and easy process. It is a little different depending on whether you are a man or woman, but in either case it is a simple procedure. Here is how:

    For Men:

    1. Take a shower or bath and cleanse your groin area. Powders work best if used right after the skin is cleaned. Make sure the skin is completely dry before applying the powder.
    2. Sprinkle some powder into your dry hand or onto a clean cloth. Most of the time you can do this by shaking the bottle or can upside down. Use less rather than too much, you can always add more if you need it later.
    3. Rub it onto the skin of your groin and butt, wherever sweat accumulation is an issue. You should aim to do this for about ten seconds until the powder is evenly spread around the problem area.
    4. Check to make sure the powder is spread out well and will not come off on your hand. It is important to make sure you covered the skin of your balls as well as any areas between your legs that may chaf.
    5. Put your clothes on and enjoy your day![5]

    For Women:

    1. Take a shower or bath and cleanse your groin area. Powders work best if used right after the skin is cleaned. Make sure the skin is completely dry before applying the powder.
    2. Sprinkle some powder into your dry hand or onto a clean cloth. Most of the time you can do this by shaking the bottle or can upside down. Use less rather than too much, you can always add more if you need it later.
    3. Rub it onto the skin of your groin and butt, wherever sweat accumulation is an issue. You should aim to do this for about ten seconds until the powder is evenly spread around the problem area.
    4. Check to make sure the powder is spread out well and will not come off on your hand. It is important to make sure that you do not put any powder in your vagina, instead dust it around your vulva. It is also important that women avoid using powders made of talc so they do not expose themselves to unnecessary risk.[6]

    What to Do if Powder Isn’t Enough

    If you are regularly using powder on your groin and not finding enough relief, consider looking into other ways to prevent groin sweat production. There are also ways you can control excessive groin sweat that may be worth researching. The first solution most doctors will recommend it the use of over-the-counter antiperspirants. These can be effective for some people, but not all will find them beneficial. For those who don’t get relief from antiperspirants the use of oral medications or botox injections are the next mainstays in treatment. Botox injections have been found to be one of the most highly effective treatments for groin sweating related to hyperhidrosis.[6]

    If you are struggling to manage your groin sweat then don’t give up! There are effective treatments and more options are becoming available each day.

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    3. What Causes Excessive Testicular Sweating, and How Can I Treat It? (n.d.). Retrieved August 8, 2019, from https://www.healthline.com/health/what-causes-excessive-testicular-sweating-and-how-can-i-treat-it
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    6. Butler, K. (2019, June 5). Why You Get So Sweaty Around Your Vagina—and How to Deal With It. Retrieved August 8, 2019, from https://www.prevention.com/health/a21097060/sweaty-vagina/
    Body Areas Affected by Hyperhidrosis

    Treating Heat Rashes in the Groin

    By Katie Crissman /

    Heat rash stinks - and it’s even worse when it affects your crotch. If you have hyperhidrosis on top of that, it can feel downright terrible. Luckily, there are heat rash treatments you can use to get you back on your feet. Here’s everything you need to know about what heat rash and how to treat it.

    Heat rash is no fun, and unfortunately for people with a condition called primary focal hyperhidrosis, it is a common occurrence. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes those who have it to sweat excessively from specific parts of the body. The most commonly affected body parts are the hands, feet, armpits, face, and sometimes, the groin.

    It is currently estimated that 2.8% of the population struggles with hyperhidrosis, making hyperhidrosis a fairly common ailment. According to a retrospective chart review published in the journal of Dermatologic Clinics only 1.3% of the patients reviewed dealt with excessive sweating of the groin. This means that even though many people deal with hyperhidrosis, not as many have to struggle with the type that affects the skin of the groin.[1] For those that do, sweat rash - known more commonly as heat rash - can be an uncomfortable reality.[2]

    What is Heat Rash?

    Heat rash is a common type of rash that causes tiny bumps surrounded by red coloring to appear on the affected skin. The skin often feels prickly or stings. Heat rash, like the name implies, is caused by overheating of the skin. It occurs when someone sweats too much, often in response to high temperatures, and sweat ducts become clogged. When this happens the excess sweat leaks into the surrounding tissues and causes the characteristic bumps and stinging.[3]

    Due to the fact that people with hyperhidrosis consistently sweat too much, they can easily develop heat rash, especially when exposed to high heat conditions[2]. Heat rash occurs most frequently on parts of the body covered by clothing, like the groin, during hot humid conditions. It tends to improve when the skin cools down and it is not dangerous.[3] Heat rash is also referred to as sweat rash, prickly rash, miliaria rubra, or wildfire rash.[4] Heat rash treatments exist, so don’t worry, there are ways to improve symptoms and prevent it from happening as frequently.

    Symptoms of Heat Rash

    Are you unsure whether your irritated groin skin is caused by heat rash? Here is a list of symptoms that may indicate that heat rash is indeed your problem:

  • Small itchy red bumps appear on the skin
  • Skin feels itchy, prickly, stings, or burns
  • The rash can appear on several parts of the body at one time[3]
  • There are also some symptoms that can tell you whether your heat rash needs to be inspected by a doctor. If your symptoms don’t resolve on their own in a few days, the skin appears to be infected, you have any other signs of illness like fever, or the rash starts after beginning a new medication then you need to speak with a doctor.[3] Keep reading to learn about heat rash treatment and what you can do to prevent rashes in the future.

    Heat Rash Treatment

    Most of the time, heat rash will resolve on its own without any treatment. It is important to keep skin with heat rash cool and to stay in air conditioned areas. Taking a cool shower or bath and letting skin air dry can also be beneficial. Left untreated, most heat rashes will resolve within a few days.[3]

    However, sometimes heat rash treatment can be beneficial. If you prefer to treat your heat rash here are some ideas:

  • Practical Tips:Keep your skin cool. Stay in an air conditioned environment and wear loose clothes. Don’t apply oily products to your skin that can clog sweat glands. Take cold showers frequently and avoid activities that increase sweating.
  • Topical antibacterial products:Using antibacterial soaps on the affected skin can lessen the duration of symptoms and prevent infections from developing.
  • Anti-itch Products:Products that help with itching can be helpful. These products include calamine lotion, menthol products, camphor based preparations, or topical steroids. It is important to use products with oils very sparingly as they can further clog sweat glands and make the problem worse.
  • Powder talc admixture:This is a type of powder that contains drying milk protein, labilin, and triclosan, an antibacterial product that can help prevent infection. The powder can provide some protection from chafing and infection.[4] Even though products like baby powder can help with sweating, it is important to research before using products that contain talc on your groin as it has been linked to cases of ovarian cancer in some women.[5]
  • Don’t hesitate to use the above heat rash treatments if you are uncomfortable. However, if you have a severe case of heat rash it can last for weeks and be debilitating. It can also lead to more serious secondary infections if it does not heal properly. If the rash develops more serious symptoms then a doctor should be consulted and more serious medical heat rash treatments may need to be used.[4]

    There are ways to prevent sweat production in the groin area, even when someone has a condition like hyperhidrosis. If you are struggling with frequent heat rashes then it may be time to check out some of the treatments that are available for hyperhidrosis in order to prevent further rashes from developing.

    Sources
    1. Pariser, D. M. (2014). Hyperhidrosis (4th ed., Vol. 32). Amsterdam: Elsevier Pub. Co., 2014. Retrieved from https://www.elsevier.com/books/hyperhidrosis-an-issue-of-dermatologic-clinics/pariser/978-0-323-32607-0
    2. Nordqvist, C. (2017, December 21). What is hyperhidrosis? Retrieved August 8, 2019, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/182130.php
    3. What is Heat Rash? (n.d.). Retrieved August 8, 2019, from https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/understanding-heat-rash-basics
    4. Kraft, S. (2017, April 26). What is heat rash and how do we treat it? Retrieved July 31, 2019, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/181512.php
    5. Talcum Powder and Cancer. (n.d.). Retrieved August 8, 2019, from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/talcum-powder-and-cancer
    Antiperspirant

    Will Baby Powder Help With Sweating?

    By Katie Crissman /

    Baby powder, also known as talcum powder, can help to manage some of the symptoms associated with excessive sweating, but it is not as effective as some other over-the-counter topical treatments. It is also important to note that there has been some controversy over whether or not baby powder is safe. The company Johnson and Johnson has been manufacturing baby powder for over 100 years and several generations have used it as a way to manage unwanted sweat.[1]

    What’s In Baby Powder and How It Works

    Baby powder is typically made from a substance known as talc. It is a mineral found in clay that can be mined from underground deposits. It is one of the softest minerals in the world which is one of the reasons it is so useful. Talc is sometimes referred to as talcum powder, talcum, magnesium silicate, or cosmetic talc. In addition to baby powder, talc is used in several other cosmetic products like mascara, lipstick, blush, and many others. It is also used to make crayons, pills, chewing gum, and many other products. Talc gives these products a silky texture and the ability to absorb water easily. Some baby powders use cornstarch as an alternative to talc, but this is less common. It will say on the label if a particular brand uses talc or cornstarch.[2]

    People use baby powder to manage excessive sweat because it is both astringent and absorbent. Astringent means that a substance causes body tissues to constrict which helps them to remain dry. So, when you apply baby powder to your skin it absorbs extra moisture on your skin while also encouraging the skin to stay dry. Baby powder also reduces friction between body parts and acts as a barrier to protect skin. Historically, it was used by parents to prevent diaper rash on babies, although this practice is now discouraged by doctors. Many baby powders also contain a fragrance which helps detract from bad smells that often come along with heavy sweating. Most of the time people use baby powder to help with sweating in the axillary and groin regions, although it can also be used on hands and feet. It is generally less advantageous for those who have craniofacial hyperhidrosis.[1]

    Baby powder is not irritating and can be used on sensitive skin. However, it does have some downfalls. It tends to clump when exposed to lots of moisture which can be uncomfortable or unpractical depending on which part of the body it is used on. It is also not as effective as an antiperspirant when it comes to reducing sweat production. Finally, baby powder made with talc, has been subject to controversy for the last several years and no definitive conclusion has been made as to whether or not it is entirely safe to use.[2]

    The Difference Between Baby Powder and Antiperspirant

    Antiperspirant is the first line treatment for people who have hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes the body to produce excessive amounts of sweat. It usually contains an active ingredient like aluminum chloride, or another type of metallic salt. The active ingredients in antiperspirant are so strong that they are actually able to prevent the body from producing sweat and the FDA classifies antiperspirants as drugs. This means that they are regulated by the US government.[3] Unlike antiperspirants, baby powder can’t stop the body from producing sweat and it is not regulated by the FDA. Often baby powder is not a strong enough treatment alone for those with hyperhidrosis, but it can be a helpful alternative method to manage hyperhidrosis, especially for those with sensitive skin. If you are interested in choosing the right over-the-counter antiperspirant for your situation, or the right type of baby powder, it is a good idea to read the label on the products so you know which products will work best for your situation.[1]

    Baby Powder and Possible Health Concerns

    It is thought that baby powder made from talc might lead to the development of cancer. This is because, in its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, which is known to be cancer causing. [4] Talc can be contaminated by asbestos because it lines some of the same mines that talc is taken from.[2] However, it has not be proven that all talc is contaminated with asbestos. In 1976 the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrances Association (CTFA) said that all cosmetic products containing talc should be free from detectable amounts of asbestos. However, there is controversy over whether or not consistent exposure to Johnson and Johnson baby powder has led some women to develop ovarian cancer.[4] Roughly 12,000 women filed a lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson citing that using baby powder is the cause of their ovarian cancer.[2] So far, results from studies looking into whether or not baby powder causes ovarian cancer have been mixed. The nternational Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of the World Health Organization (WHO), currently does not classify talc as a carcinogen if it doesn’t contain asbestos. The same organization has also said that the use of talc containing powders on the genitals may be cancer inducing for humans. Better studies need to be conducted before an official consensus can be reached.[4]

    It is also important to note that baby powder should not be used as a preventative for diaper rash. This is because talcum powder is so tiny that is poses a risk for babies to inhale it and aspirate on it. Several babies have died from baby powder inhalation and doctors have been recommending against its use for decades.[2]

    If you have hyperhidrosis and you want to incorporate baby powder as a part of your routine it may be prudent to a little research beforehand. If you are worried about the health issues talc can cause, you can always try a cornstarch based baby powder. Cornstarch does not pose any of the same risks that talcum powder has and it is still quite effective at absorbing sweat.

    Sources
    1. Freeman, S. (n.d.). Does baby powder stop sweating? Retrieved May 6, 2019, from https://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/men/sweating-odor/baby-powder-stop-sweating
    2. Rabin, R. C. (2018, December 14). What Is Talc, Where Is It Used and Why Is Asbestos a Concern? New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2019, from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/14/business/talc-asbestos-powder-facts
    3. Pariser, D. M. (2014). Hyperhidrosis (4th ed., Vol. 32). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
    4. Talcum Powder and Cancer. (n.d.). Retrieved May 6, 2019, from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/talcum-powder-and-cancer
    5. Gill, K. (2018, October). Does baby powder cause cancer? What to know. Retrieved May 6, 2019, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323525.php
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