While this is not a pretty topic, it needs to be talked about. No one else is talking about it, so I guess it’s up to me to put on my brave writing face and don my fearless quill to help people. This is intimidating, you guys. I know people who read my blog, and some of them might even be coworkers since they know I blog. Yikes. Two of you who read my blog asked in me the same number of days about groin sweating. Here is what I have to say about it.
Groin sweating can at times be the worst area of the body in which one has to endure sweat. It’s uncomfortable, takes longer to cool off from after an episode, and clothing takes longer to dry in that area. Now, sweating down there is normal. Most people probably sweat more when they are exercising and think nothing of it. People with hyperhidrosis, however, have to worry about this in every aspect of their lives. It affects everything: sitting on chairs, sitting on other surfaces and worrying about leaving sweat marks behind, clothing choices, potential odor issues, the type of fabric you choose when buying a car or furniture (I will never have leather furniture in MY house), and the list goes on. Hyperhidrosis in the groin area can also migrate to the backs of the legs and the behind. As if the groin area weren’t enough, right?
Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, you can still sweat in the groin/buttock area. A cousin of mine likes to refer to it as “swass” (sweaty ass, if you’re a little slow on the uptake). This can be made worse by humid and/or hot weather. If you suffer from groin sweating, the following ideas are worth trying if you want to be drier.
– Skirts to generate air flow
– Men’s boxer briefs (not shorts) underneath the skirt; not terribly sexy, but effective for absorbing sweat and keeping your legs from rubbing skin to skin, which can trigger more sweat
– Darker colored clothing: black, navy, etc.
– Frequently changing your clothing so that you can be dry
– Deodorant spray: There is an entire section of this in the grocery store, so obviously you are not the only one who has a problem. Think of it as a personal invention just for you and go with it. You can usually find it the feminine care aisle, and they have scents that are not girly smelling, so males can use this, too. Some brand names are FDS and Summer’s Eve.
– Cool Wrapps hand made by Denise Bartell: These are reusable washable panty liners made from soft cotton muslin, and they get softer each time you wash them. If you order these, please tell Denise I sent you.
– Unscented/sensitive skin antiperspirant: You can apply this to your groin area. Dove Sensitive Skin is a good brand.
– Baby powder: You can apply this over the unscented/sensitive skin antiperspirant for an added layer of protection. If it’s good enough for a baby’s bottom, it’s surely good enough for you.
There are other options to treat hyperhidrosis. You can visit the treatment page on the International Hyperhidrosis Society website for more information. I’m just sticking to things that are easily obtainable and over the counter for this post. You can also visit the IHHS’ Deals and Discounts page for discount codes on sweat-friendly products.
It’s exhausting living with hyperhidrosis, and it can drastically alter the activities and life occurrences in which you feel like participating. But don’t hold yourself back from life because you have groin sweating. Try to make a few modifications to make it easier to live with. You don’t have to accept the sweating, but you can learn to work with it until there is a cure. Don’t stop seeking treatment options, and know that what works for one person may not work for you, but the point is to investigate and try everything possible to improve your quality of life.
Leaving wet spots behind is no fun, but together we can navigate the world of sweat.
Read my previous post about sweat-friendly products and techniques.
Note: I was not paid, nor did I receive any products mentioned, in exchange for writing about them. I’m just trying to help you out.
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