How To Stop Your Armpits From Sweating Excessively

You probably know the feeling of sweat trickling down from your armpits on a super hot day, or when you’re all jittery before a big meeting or presentation. And that’s normal! But for some, a hot day (or any day for that matter) doesn’t produce just a small amount of sweat—it creates a torrential downpour in the pit area.

A quick health lesson: Sweating is your body’s way of keeping your temperature in check and keeping you cool. When you’re getting overheated—say, because you’ve been exercising or because it’s a warm day—your body sweats and then the sweat evaporates off of your skin, which helps to regulate your overall body temperature, says Allison Arthur, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Orlando, Florida.

Everybody sweats different amounts, too. Some people may sweat less than a liter a day, as WH reported previously, while others may sweat several liters. This all depends on your body, your genetics, the climate you live in, and your physical activity levels. So if you notice you feel prettttyyyy damp under your armpits and your coworker seems totally comfortable temperature-wise beside you, don’t assume you have a problem—everybody sweats differently and more or less in different parts of the body.

But if you feel like your armpits are much wetter than they should be (and not just when it’s a scorcher out there or you’re standing body to body on public transportation) and it’s interfering with your life, you could be dealing with what’s known as hyperhidrosis.

What is hyperhidrosis?
An estimated 3 percent of people in the U.S. deal with excessive sweating, which is known as hyperhidrosis, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Someone who has hyperhidrosis sweats more than is physically necessary for the body and even when they don’t need a cool-down, the AAD explains. It’s not totally clear what causes hyperhidrosis in every case, but it could be genetic for some people, or related to another underlying health issue.

There are two types of hyperhidrosis—primary and secondary:

Primary hyperhidrosis: This means that there’s no underlying cause to your sweat, according to the AAD. People who have primary hyperhidrosis typically start to notice excessive sweat as a child or a teenager.
Secondary hyperhidrosis: This is when your sweating is related to some other underlying health issue—it’s not just a thing your body does. For example, you’re taking a medication that triggered excessive sweating, you have diabetes, you’re going through menopause, or you have an overactive thyroid.
Most of the time, hyperhidrosis only happens in one or two areas of the body, according to the AAD. So, you might see a lot of sweat under your armpits and on your forehead, but nowhere else.

While it sounds pretty uncomfortable, excessive sweating likely isn’t a serious risk to your health. That being said, it can be a pain and a little embarrassing. Going on first dates or job interviews could lead to some pretty embarrassing situations. Maybe you’d stop scheduling dates altogether or, at least, you’d spend a ton of time thinking up a sweat strategy before you go out, and then worry about your sweat the whole night. That sounds pretty miserable, right?

Hopefully, that kind of debilitating sweating would lead you to a doctor’s office. But it often doesn’t, the AAD notes. Lots of people with excessive sweating likely never reach out to a doctor for help, either because they’re too embarrassed to talk about their sweat problem or because they assume it’s a burden they have to bear.

But that’s a mistake, because a doctor could help you figure out how to stop the sweat—and whether your sweat is excessive in the first place.

Not sure if your level of armpit sweat would quality as hyperhidrosis? Here’s how to tell.
“Normal” is hard to quantify, Dr. Arthur notes. Sweat is one of those things that can easily freak us out, so it’s possible that you think you sweat way too much, but you actually have a totally normal amount of sweat.

So imagine this scenario: It’s a nice day—80 degrees, sunny—and you’re sitting in the park with friends. You’re not playing frisbee or running around or exerting yourself in any way. You’re just sitting. It’d be normal to sweat a little bit, sure, but you shouldn’t feel sweat dripping from your armpits, down your back, or anywhere else. “If sweat is dripping down the sides of [your body], or frequently soaking through your shirts at rest, that would be considered excessive sweating,” Dr. Arthur explains.

So if a day like that does make you drip sweat, you might have hyperhidrosis. Even if you’re still not sure, it’s worth making an appointment with a dermatologist. The first thing your dermatologist will do is determine if you have primary hyperhidrosis or secondary hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis treatment depends on whether you’re dealing with the primary or secondary type.
Your doctor will ask about your sweating history to try to determine which category you fall under. And, if it’s secondary hyperhidrosis, addressing the root cause (i.e. diagnosing and treating a thyroid issue or getting through menopause) should help dial down the amount you sweat.

If your hyperhidrosis is primary, then your dermatologist might first suggest that you try an antiperspirant like Certain Dri. Antiperspirant is different from deodorant because of its active ingredient, aluminum chloride, which plugs the sweat glands when you sweat and signals to your body to stop sweating, says Chris Adigun, MD, a dermatologist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Antiperspirants are also great for people who don’t have a hyperhidrosis diagnosis but still want to quell armpit sweatiness, and you can buy antiperspirant products at the drugstore. But just FYI, if you have sensitive skin, a product like Certain Dri could cause a rash or irritate your underarms due to its active ingredients, Dr. Arthur says—so patch-test it first.

If antiperspirants don’t work, there are also prescription medications (such as special wipes and pills) that could help reduce excessive sweating, Dr. Arthur says. And, finally, you can consider in-office procedures like Botox injections, iontophoresis, or Miradry.

Most people know of Botox for its power to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. But the injection has also proven to be helpful for a number of medical conditions, including excessive underarm sweat. Getting Botox shot into your underarms suppresses your sweat glands so they no longer create as much sweat. “We can identify areas of excessive sweating with a starch iodine test,” Dr. Adigun says. For this test, iodine is wiped on the skin and then a layer of cornstarch is spread over top. Purple dots will mark where your sweat glands are, allowing dermatologists to target those spots for treatments.

With Botox, for example, those purple dots are where your doc will stick the needle (don’t worry, they numb the area first). Botox is safe and long-lasting, Dr. Arthur notes. Typically, you’ll need to have Botox injections done twice a year. Of course, in-office procedures like this do tend to get expensive, which means they’re typically a last resort.

The other two treatments, iontophoresis and Miradry, are also FDA-approved and safe. These use electrical currents and thermal energy, respectively, to either seriously damage or completely kill the sweat glands causing your excessive sweat. Iontophoresis is most often used for the hands and feet, but Miradry is great for your underarms. “MiraDry targets the underarm sweat glands that produce sweat and odor,” Dr. Adigun says.

Miradry works like this: First, your armpits are marked with a temporary tattoo that indicates where your sweat glands live under the skin. Then, a technician uses a big, hand-held device that sends thermal energy underneath your skin while simultaneously cooling the top layer (so it’s not too uncomfortable for you). The heat kills the sweat glands so they’ll never again create any sweat.

You’re probably thinking, but isn’t sweat important? Yes, it is. But you don’t need to sweat everywhere. These types of long-term or permanent treatments target specific sweat glands in the armpits, head, hands, or feet, but they don’t stop your sweating overall. So even if you choose to destroy the sweat glands in your armpits, you’ll still sweat from your forehead, back, and other body parts, giving you that much-needed cooling effect.

IKEA Recreates The Famous Living Rooms From The Simpsons, Friends And Stranger Things With Its Products

Some rooms feel so familiar to us that they immediately make us feel right at home; even if we never stepped foot in them before. I grew up watching endless reruns of The Simpsons and could immediately identify the iconic living room in the opening credits, but what would it look like in real life?

The latest ad campaign from Ikea in the United Arab Emirates has the answer, after rummaging through the furniture giant’s vast catalog to recreate some iconic TV living rooms. Dubbed “Ikea Real Life,” the campaign took two months to bring together, with the furniture pieces enhanced by 3D digital software to recreate rooms from The Simpsons, Friends, and Stranger Things.

“The Ikea team worked closely with the creatives for months. They went through hundreds of items to find the perfect pieces that would bring those iconic rooms,” Vinod Jayan, managing director for IKEA in the UAE, Qatar, Egypt and Oman, told Adweek.

“It was a great collaborative effort that led up to a stunning result. A true testament of what IKEA represents: a place where everyone can bring whatever idea they see or have to life.”

We think they did a pretty good job! You can check out more about the individual furnishings on this special page for the project, in case you fancy bringing a little of 742 Evergreen Terrace into your own house. What do you think? Which other rooms would you like to see given the Ikea treatment? Let us know in the comments!

Britney Spears Shares Photo Showing Off Her Super-Toned Abs In Zebra-Print Bikini

Britney Spears posted a photo on Instagram wearing a zebra-print bikini and lounging on a peacock float.
Britney looks incredibly toned and rejuvenated following news she spent time in a mental health facility.
Britney previously shared at-home workouts as she prepares for summer.
After a rough couple months, Britney Spears is looking rested and refreshed—and her me-time came with a surprise side of killer abs. The singer just posted a new photo on Instagram flaunting her incredibly toned bod in a tiny zebra-print string bikini.

In the photo, Britney is lounging on a peacock float in a pool. Her head is tilted down and her gaze is directed right at her toned tummy. (Personally, I don’t blame her for staring at those chiseled abs—I would be, too.)

Britney, 37, simply captioned the photo: “??????”—but her fans and her boyfriend Sam Asghari definitely took notice. He commented on the photo, “Hot as….. what?” leaving followers the opportunity to fill in the blank. (FYI: Real Brit fans know he was referring to her song, “Hot as Ice”—and many commented as such).

Britney looks totally rejuvenated. I can’t help but hear, “But now I’m stronger than yesterday, Now it’s nothing but my way” playing in my head.

To recap: Britney was admitted to a mental health facility in April for treatment for mental health issues. In January, the singer stepped away from her career to focus on family, helping her father through health issues.

One thing that Britney hasn’t pressed pause on: her workouts. The singer has posted a series of workout videos on Instagram. She captioned her most recent workout post: “Getting ready for summer.”

This routine included strength moves from head to toe. She included oblique work, squats, leg raises, biceps curls, and triceps. Britney has even donned the same zebra print bikini for some alfresco yoga. Yup, she ditched yoga pants for a bikini.

Inspired By Nature, I Upcycle Faux Fur Fabric By Sewing It Into Realistic-Looking Animals

I’m Rachel Austin, a textile artist from The Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.

Greatly inspired by nature and my beautiful surroundings, I love the challenge of working out how to cut fabric pieces, which when sewn together and stuffed, form realistic-looking animals. I mainly use unwanted faux fur fabric and hand sew it into tactile pieces of art. So far I’ve created animals from little birds to life-size badgers! I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy making them.

If you would like to know more, pop over to my Facebook or Instagram.

Thank you for reading!

Kim Kardashian Shares Plant-Based Breakfast Featuring Sea Moss Smoothie On Instagram

The Kardashian family is known for eating things that are…questionable, to say the least. (Yes, I’m looking at you, detox teas.)

Now, it looks like Kim Kardashian is at it again—this time, sharing an Instagram Story of something called a “sea moss smoothie.”

Kim shared the food picture Wednesday, and it seemed like a pretty ordinary breakfast at first: eggs, sausage links, and avocado toast on a plate, along with a purple-colored smoothie. “Plant based life,” she wrote on the photo, along with a heart emoji. Near the smoothie, she wrote “sea moss smoothie.”

Honestly, I have so many questions already: For starters, Kim’s photo showcases what looks like eggs (definitely not a plant), next to sausage links (still not a plant), next to what looks like avocado toast (hooray, a plant!). Of course, it’s entirely possible that she was noshing on some kind of tofu scramble with fake meat links, but let’s discuss that smoothie already.

First, it’s important to note that Kim’s not the only one drinking this questionable looking beverage: There are sea moss (also known as Irish moss) smoothie recipes all over the internet. Who knew? Fans claim the stuff can help boost your immune system and get rid of infections, since it’s a good source of potassium chloride, a nutrient that helps fight inflammation while acting as a natural antimicrobial and antiviral agent.

There is some merit to these claims. Sea moss is a red algae that contains nutrients like bromine, sulfur, calcium, iodine, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, beta-carotene, selenium, protein, pectin, zinc, vitamin-C and B-vitamins, says Beth Warren, RDN, founder of Beth Warren Nutrition and author of Secrets of a Kosher Girl.

“The potassium chloride, omega-3 fatty acids, and chlorophyll are helpful in clearing mucus,” she says. (Maybe Kim has allergies?) As for the claims that it provides antimicrobial and antiviral benefits…there’s really not good data to back this up. “More evidence-based studies need to be performed to understand short and long-term effects,” Warren says.

The potential negative side-effects of consuming sea moss are also pretty unclear, with sites like Indigo Herbs noting that it could act as a blood thinner (which could be problematic if you’re already taking blood-thinning meds), and cautioning against its use in pregnant or nursing women. Mountain Rose Herbs also notes that sea moss could cause allergic reactions in people with shellfish allergies.

So, like many Kardashian-endorsed foods, you might want to check in with your doctor before trying this one. Or, you know, just stick to your usual strawberry-banana smoothie and call it a day.

Jessica Simpson Just Shared A Photo Of Her Freezer Packed Full Of Breast Milk For Birdie Mae

Jessica Simpson, 38, posted a photo on Instagram of all of the breast milk in her freezer.
The freezer is filled to the brim and her followers on super-impressed.
The mom of three is storing breast milk to feed her youngest child, Birdie Mae.

Got milk? Jessica Simpson does and it’s taken over her freezer.

The designer posted a photo of her freezer jam-packed with bags of her breast milk all dated and ready to serve to the newest addition to her family, three-month old Birdie Mae. Her caption? “I’m starting to think we should add breast milk to the Jessica Simpson Collection ??”

While the designer might not actually sell the stuff (though she’d make BANK if she did), her fans are calling on her to donate any leftovers she might have to a milk bank to be distributed to infants in need.

“Awesome!! If you don’t know, when you overproduce there are ways to donate leftovers!” one follower commented.

Others were simply in awe of how much this momma’s been able to produce for her baby girl:

“Holy milk momma! Great job.”

“You are the liquid gold queen!”
FYI, it’s totally cool for breast milk to chill in the freezer until you need it, according to the Office On Women’s Health. All you need to do is store it in bottles or breast milk storage bags, like the ones Jessica filled up, and mark them with the date the milk was expressed. (By the way, these are the exact breast milk storage bags Jessica’s using in this pic.) Pro tip: Store breast milk inside the freezer and not in the freezer door. Keeping it in the door will increase the odds that the milk thaws a bit every time the door is opened.

If you’re as impressed as Jessica’s fans are by the amount of breast milk she’s got stashed, you should know Jessica’s celebrating her milk-production abilities right there with you. Just last month, she commemorated a successful pumping session with an Instagram photo of a bottle she filled to the top. “This is what success feels like ??,” Jessica wrote for a caption.

Jessica gave birth to Birdie in March and, after a pretty rough pregnancy filled with broken toilet seats, swollen feet, and bronchitis, postpartum life seems to be loaded with rewards for the momma of three… after all, it brought her a beautiful daughter.

As for whether all that milk will be going to Birdie is unclear, but one thing’s for sure: This baby girl’s got plenty of it stored away if she wants it.

28 Wool Animals That Will Make You Look Twice

This artist from Japan is making toys from felt wool that are so realistic, at times you’re going to need to double check if what you’re seeing are not the actual pets. Miru has been gaining a lot of attention on Japanese social media and we really believe that his work needs to be seen internationally, too. Bored Panda has compiled a list for you of the amazing toys that the artist has made. So scroll down below to see all the cute creations and don’t forget to vote for the ones you like!

This Puppy Sleeps Like As If It Was ‘Turned Off’ And It Looks Ridiculously Cute

Everyone loves puppies, whether they are playing, posing for photos or even just sleeping. Shih Tzu puppy, Paningning, is one of the latest adorable canines to steal the heart of the internet, not for teddy bear face – but for her hilarious sleeping positions.

Owner Janess Cua uploaded photos of Paningning to the Facebook group Dog Lovers Philippines, which showed the animal sleeping on her back in a human-like position, with an exposed belly. The photos quickly spread across platforms and now Paningning is a viral sensation with 55.5k followers on her official Instagram page. Cua told Bored Panda “That is her sleeping position since birth because it’s the way she feels most comfortable.” Even though many of her photos feature the dog sleeping, her owner said Paningning is very playful and enjoys romping around with her siblings. Scroll down below to check out some photos of this sleepy pup and don’t forget to upvote your favs!

Paningning is the youngest of a litter born to Cua’s dog Baobei. Now three months she is the only tri-colored of her siblings. Originally her owners named her ‘Maningning’, which translated to bright in Filipino, because of her distinct coloring. But her daughter wanted her name to start with ‘P’ so it became Paningning.

Paningning’s successful Instagram account was created by one of her adoring fans, “Later on, he turned over that page to me so that I can continue to post pictures and videos of Paningning,” Cua explained. The account features more than just sleeping photos and her popularity has evolved into Paningning merch.

Sleeping is only one of Paningning’s hobbies “she loves to eat and sleep.” While in her photos she may appear to be just a good-natured and sweet puppy, her owner admits, like many puppies, “most of the time she’s very naughty.”

According to her owner, Paningning never sleeps any other way, “For me, She’s just a normal puppy that loves to sleep on her back.” The delightful photos of the Shih Tzu have not only created a fan base but spurned many memes by eager photo-shoppers.

Persian

Personality

If you want your cats bouncing around like hyperactive popcorn, don’t adopt a Persian. Persians are perfect companions, if you like placid, sweet-tempered cats. Don’t count on using your Persian pal as a furry doorstop, however. They love to play between periods of regal lounging on your favorite davenport. Proponents say that Persians do not deserve their furniture-with-fur reputation; they are intelligent, just not as inquisitive as some breeds, and not as active.

Persians are devoted to their humans, but can be selective in conferring that honor. You must earn their trust and love. They crave affection and love to be petted and fussed over, but won’t harass you for attention the way some breeds will. They will, however, let their feelings be known if they are not getting the requisite amount of attention.

Persians require significant time commitment. That beautiful coat requires daily grooming to keep it in good condition and free of mats. Many Persians require professional grooming.

History

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Persians have enjoyed a long reign as a favorite breed and have featured prominently since 1871. Persians have been around for much longer than 125 years. Longhaired cats, including the ancestors of the modern Persian and Angora breeds, were first seen in Europe in the mid-to-late 1500s, introduced by Roman and Phoenician caravans from Persia (now Iran) and Turkey, according to documents of the era. Researchers believe the recessive gene for long hair appeared spontaneously via mutation in the cat population in the cold mountainous areas of Persia.

An Italian traveler by the name of Pietro della Valle (1586–1652) is credited with bringing Persian cats to the European world in the 1600s. Both Angora and Persian cats are mentioned in the manuscript Voyages de Pietro della Valle. He described the Persians as gray with very long, silky, glossy fur. He noted that the cats resided in the province of Khorazan in Persia, and that they came from India with the Portuguese.

Other travelers brought Persian and Angora cats into France and then into England, causing them to be called “French cats” for a number of years. These cats quickly became popular in Britain. During this time and for centuries after, the Turkish Angora and Persian varieties (among others) were commonly mixed. At first, Angoras were preferred for their silky white coats. Eventually, however, the British came to favor the stockier version. By 1871, distinct differences between the Persian and the Angora could be seen, the former being stockier with small, rounded ears, and the latter being slender and tall eared.

By the early 1900s, the Persian had become overwhelmingly popular. Blue Persians were particularly prized, probably because Queen Victoria was the proud pet parent of two. In the early 1900s, it was decided that the Persian, as well as the Angora and Russian Longhairs, would be known simply as Longhairs, a policy that continues today. Each color is considered a separate breed in Britain.

Persians were brought to America in the late 1800s, where they were enthusiastically received. The Persian quickly shoved aside the competition and quickly took the place as the top cat. The American Persian developed a unique style and evolved into the type we see today. They are by far the most popular pedigreed breed in the North America. In North America, the Persian is considered one breed, regardless of color. Colors and patterns are divisions within the breed.

Physical Attributes

BODY
Substantial and rangy. Medium to large in size. Prominent shoulder
blades. Back not level, slight upward slope toward hips. Hips medium
width, prominent, slightly higher than shoulder sloping downward to
tail. Deep flank, broad chest. Primordial belly pouch.

HEAD

Medium to large inverted pear. Chin well-developed. Full broad muzzle.
Fleshy gently rounded whisker pads. Definite whisker break. Nose
wide, slightly convex. Slight nose bump. Slightly rounded forehead;
concave curve, eye ridge to bridge of nose.

EARS
Medium height, wide, deep base. Set as much on side as top of head,
slight outward tilt.

EYES

Medium-sized, heavily hooded soft triangle. Bushy brow. Deep set, one
eye width apart. Eye color gold, brown, or gooseberry green.

LEGS & PAWS

Legs long, hind legs slightly longer. Muscular with heavy boning. Feet
large, long, wide almost round, large fleshy toes. All toes except dew
claws must rest on floor pointing forward. Seven toes maximum.

TAIL

Tail bone is usually two inches minimum, maximum length to hock
with leg extended. Some have an articulated tail, kinks and curls.

COLOR

All shades of Brown Spotted Tabby; mouse coat; reversed ticking; light
color throat to belly; paw pads/hocks dark brown/black; tail tip is usually dark brown/black; white or cream band must surround eye; mascara
marking from outer corner down through cheek. Pattern small to
medium spots; muted by ticking; random spotting.

COAT: LONG HAIR

Medium, under two inches (5 cm). Belly hair longer. Texture soft, lying
closer to the body than shorthair. Semi-dense. Coat, color, and pattern
secondary to type. Both coats’ facial hair is full and bushy, with downward
growth pattern. Coat separates easily and is weather resistant.

COAT: SHORT HAIR

Short stand-up coat. Belly hair longer. Texture soft and wooly, having
loft. Is resilient to the touch. Coat, color, and pattern secondary to
type. Both coats facial hair is full and bushy, with downward growth
pattern. Coat separates easily and is weather resistant.

Yorkshire Terrier

History

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The Yorkshire Terrier doesn’t look like a product of the working class, nor do they look like a dog who protected the home from rodents, but they were both. In fact, the Yorkshire area of England was known for having fine animals, and it is thought that the Yorkshire Terrier was no accident but rather the result of purposeful mixing between a variety of terriers, probably including the Waterside Terrier, Clydesdale Terrier, Paisley Terrier, rough-coated English Black and Tan Terrier, and perhaps even the Skye Terrier and Dandie Dinmont Terrier.

The Waterside Terrier was one of their early relatives; these were small blue-gray dogs with fairly long hair, usually weighing around 10 pounds, brought from Scotland by weavers. Because of their modest roots, the Yorkshire Terrier was initially looked down upon by other wealthier households with dogs. Even the most snobbish could not deny the breed’s obvious beauty, however, and in short order, Yorkshire Terriers were gracing the laps of wealthy mistresses.

By 1880, Yorkshire Terriers had come to America, but the breed varied so much in size that there was great confusion around how big a Yorkshire Terrier might be. Many of these early Yorkies weighed between 12 and 14 pounds. By 1900, people on both sides of the Atlantic had decided that the small size was preferable along with a longer coat. Today, the modern Yorkshire Terrier is one of the smaller and most luxuriously coated dog breeds. These traits, along with their terrier heritage, have placed them as a consistent favorite with families.

 

Temperament

The Yorkshire Terrier seems oblivious of their small size, ever eager for adventure and sometimes even trouble! They are busy, inquisitive, bold, stubborn, and can be assertive with strange dogs and small pets. Although some tend to bark a lot, they can easily be taught not to do so through training.

Upkeep

Yorkshire Terriers tend to exercise themselves within the home, but they also need to have interaction in the form of games. They appreciate a daily walk outdoors on leash and enjoy the chance to explore a safe area, like a fenced yard. Their long coat needs brushing or combing every day or two.

Health

Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: patellar luxation
Occasionally seen: portacaval shunt, PRA, tracheal collapse, Legg-Perthes
Suggested tests: knee, eye, (hip), (thyroid)
Life span: 14–16 years