Sweating for Hours After a Workout

Starting your day with a sweat session is a healthy routine to have, but what happens when you find yourself still sweating for hours after a workout? It's annoying when you need to get to work, and you're sweating through your button-up shirt.

It is important to understand why excessive sweating can occur and how you can remedy it. (Image: PeopleImages/E+/GettyImages)

Still Sweating Hours After Workout

Your body is designed to sweat during a workout. It's how your body regulates its temperature. Sweat cools down your body temperature as it evaporates from your skin, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Sweating is just a sign that your body is overheating.

If you're sweating more after exercise and can't seem to cool down it could be a sign that you're not giving your body enough time to regulate its temperature. The cure? Take time to cool down after a workout. Do some stretching or simple yoga poses to give your body time to cool down and get back to its usual temperature. Then, get back to your day without sweating for hours.

Sudden Sweating After Shower

If you're jumping in the shower right after exercising, instead of cooling down as you should be, you can prolong the sweating. This is because your body is trying to cool down. It needs time to do so, which is why you should do some stretching after your workout.

When you get in the shower without a proper cool down you'll continue to sweat afterward because your body is still overheating. A warm or hot shower will only make this process take longer. Wait at least 30 minutes after your workout before you shower, or at least until your skin dries from sweating.

Night Sweats After Working Out

If you're experiencing night sweats after working out it could be because you're exercising too close to bedtime, according to the American Osteopathic Association. Your body may still be trying to regulate its temperature even after you go to bed and fall asleep. Try working out earlier in the day and give yourself enough time to cool down after your sweat session.

The Mayo Clinic recommends you see a doctor if your night sweats happen regularly, if they interrupt your sleep, if they start after your menopause symptoms have been absent for months or if they are accompanied by fever, diarrhea, localized pain, weight loss or cough.

When to See a Doctor

Excessive sweating is no joke, and it can be super embarrassing. Excessive sweating is also known as hyperhidrosis, a medical condition where the sweat glands overreact and produce more sweat than is necessary. People with hyperhidrosis experience excessive sweating on the palms, feet, face, armpits and groin.

Hyperhydrosis alone isn't threatening. It's just your sweat glands overreacting, but you may want to see your doctor to get it treated. Before your appointment answer these questions from the International Hyperhidrosis Society. It will help your doctor diagnose you and find the best treatment for you.

Stop Armpits From Sweating Permanently

You can stop armpits from sweating permanently with botulinum toxin injections (Botox). Your dermatologist will inject a little bit of Botox in your underarms. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you can experience results in as little as four to five days after treatment.

The Botox blocks a chemical in your body that stimulates your sweat glands. You'll need to go back every four to six months or longer. It doesn't completely stop the sweating, but you should see a significant reduction.

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