Sweating When Cold? Use These Tips to Stay Dry This Winter
Why do you sweat when you’re cold? Sweating in the summer is normal and expected. But wintertime? Coming to work with sweat marks in the dead of winter draws unwanted attention from co-workers and clients. Here's why you're sweating when cold and ways to cope.
Why You’re Sweating When Cold
Sweating in cold weather seems ironic. Yet overheating in winter is a common and serious issue (especially for those who sweat heavily).
To brave the blistering cold, you layer up. Rushing to work in cold weather — under your dress shirt, suit jacket and coat — leaves you sweating. And once inside a heated office environment, you’re nearly suffocating. If your office environment is too warm, wearing heavy clothing in winter makes you sweat even more.
Aside from the temperature, there may be a few other reasons as to why you’re sweating while cold:
1. Axillary Hyperhidrosis
Do you experience sweaty armpits when cold? You could have the sweating condition axillary hyperhidrosis. Known as excessive underarm sweating, people with this condition sweat heavily in their armpits without warning.
Nearly 5% of the U.S. population suffers from hyperhidrosis, and millions more live undiagnosed. So, feeling cold and sweating at the same time may be more common than you think.
2. Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety can also contribute to cold sweats. Stress sweating and nervous sweating occurs as a natural response to nerve-wracking, exciting or tense situations (unrelated to the temperature or any medical condition).
A lack of exercise can add to the likelihood of both stress and cold sweats. Light exercise and relaxation techniques can help reduce stress sweat and cold sweat. If you’re especially prone to stress sweat, read on for tips on reducing anxiety.
3. Medical Conditions and Medications
For instance, medications like antidepressants and diabetes drugs have potential side effects such as sweating in hot or cold environments. Hypoglycemia (having extremely low blood sugar), hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) and diabetes can also cause sweating in any temperature.
Some medical conditions and medications can also cause excessive sweating at night.
Does Sweating in Cold Weather Make You Sick?
You've grown up believing cold weather and wet clothing make you sick. But is there any truth behind this?
Sweating in the dead of winter won’t bring on the flu or a cold. Flu season tends to revolve around winter when people spend more time indoors. Research has shown that rhinoviruses, which cause the common cold, may thrive in low temperatures. So you can catch a cold in brisk weather — but not as a direct result of sweat or temperature.
How to Stop Sweating in the Winter & Cold Weather
Feeling cold and sweating at the same time is frustrating. You layer up to brave the cold, but overheat the second your heart rate ramps up or you step indoors.
Here are some tips you can use to stop sweating when cold and protect your clothing in the wintertime:
1. Ask your doctor about side effects of medications or medical conditions
Were you recently diagnosed with an illness? Or did you start taking medication around the same time your cold sweats began? If you suspect a medical condition or medication might be causing you to sweat when cold, consult your doctor.
2. Wear a sweat proof undershirt
While a sweat proof undershirt won’t help you sweat less, it will hide those wet marks in winter that puzzle your friends and co-workers.
Thompson Tees’ Original Fit Long Sleeve undershirt is the perfect addition to your fall and winter wardrobe. Available in crewneck or v-neck styles, these revolutionary undershirts have a built-in sweat proof barrier that traps sweat and odor. They’re made with 50% Supima cotton and 50% MicroModal blend for ultimate comfort.
Whether you perspire a little or sweat profusely, know you can count on the protection of Thompson Tees’ soft, durable undershirts in any situation. Stay warm and keep the sweat stains away - what more can you ask for?
3. Rethink your diet
Did you know some foods cause sweating while others reduce perspiration? Avoid sweating-inducing foods and beverages like (spicy food or caffeinated drinks), and store foods that reduce sweat nearby.
4. Wear more lightweight layers
Instead of piling on heavy sweaters and thick jackets, think lighter. Wear a few extra layers (like a sweat proof undershirt, dress shirt, light cardigan, etc.) so you can adjust your clothing to match the indoor temperature. This will leave you feeling cooler throughout the day and less obsessed with those sweat marks forming around your armpits.
5. Take action to reduce stress
Reducing stress is easier said than done. It takes a conscious effort and well-defined plan to put your mind at ease.
Start by incorporating regular exercise (like walking or weight training) into your weekly routine. Stress management tactics like concentrated breathing can also keep you calm, collected — and less sweaty.
What other tips do you have to reduce sweating when cold?
Control Your Sweat in the Winter With Thompson Tee
Sweating while cold is uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to be. To conquer your cold sweats, wear a Thompson Tee - the fastest, simplest and most effective solution for preventing sweat marks.
Thompson Tee’s patented revolutionary technology blocks armpit sweat from seeping through your clothes, preventing wet marks and yellow stains from ruining your shirts.