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I walk around with a hand towel but I can't keep up with the sweat on my chest, back, neck, upper stomach, arms and forehead. It's getting worse after starting another round of chemotherapy last week. I'm at the point where I don't even want to go outside because inevitably, my shirt will end up noticeably wet over the other back and chest and my forehead will be dripping down my face. I live in NYC and unless I order an uber in front of my house to drive me directly where I am going, I will look dishelved and wet. Even if I take an uber I'll still be sweating on my back and forehead. I've spoken to my doctor about this and I've tried some topical and oral medicine but I haven't had any relief.

Can anybody offer tips for this? I never wore undershirts before but I think the cons are negligible compared to its benefits. I also wear a hate which helps to catch the sweat over my face but it isn't perfect. I carry around an extra shirt in my man purse but I'm going through 2 or 3 shirts a day. I've always sweated but it has gotten worse as I've been sick and now I find myself avoiding tinder/OkCupid because of embarrassment.

With undershirts, should you change them throughout the day? A big problem I have is long after I stop sweating everywhere else, my upper back is soaked. I try to mitigate this by not sitting against a chair' s back seat but it doesn't matter. With undershirts, how do I avoid bunching? My outfit typically consists of nice trousers and a 1 or 2 unbuttoned dress shirt, either Alumo cotton or a linen so I am upset that I need to wear an undershirt as I'll lose the feel of my dress shirts and I'm worried I will end up looking very badly from bunching at the waist.

Another question I have is do people ever wear long sleeve undershirts with dress shirts? I would prefer to if it's advisable because my arms sweat on the forearms, not the upper arms.

I might have been too personal here but my hope is by explaining my problem in full somebody can point out a tip or advice I have overlooked based on my situation. Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks!
post #2 of 5
An undershirt will certainly capture the sweat if it's made of cotton. Of course, it'll also retain the sweat, as cotton fibers hold moisture for a long time. You might want to look into T-shirts made of 50-50 linen-cotton blends. They're mostly sold as outerwear, but I've seen some white ones with the close fit of an undershirt. The linen wicks the sweat away into the air and helps the fabric breathe, while the cotton keeps the fabric smooth.
post #3 of 5

Stay dehydrated. 

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I walk around with a hand towel but I can't keep up with the sweat on my chest, back, neck, upper stomach, arms and forehead. It's getting worse after starting another round of chemotherapy last week. I'm at the point where I don't even want to go outside because inevitably, my shirt will end up noticeably wet over the other back and chest and my forehead will be dripping down my face. I live in NYC and unless I order an uber in front of my house to drive me directly where I am going, I will look dishelved and wet. Even if I take an uber I'll still be sweating on my back and forehead. I've spoken to my doctor about this and I've tried some topical and oral medicine but I haven't had any relief.

Can anybody offer tips for this? I never wore undershirts before but I think the cons are negligible compared to its benefits. I also wear a hate which helps to catch the sweat over my face but it isn't perfect. I carry around an extra shirt in my man purse but I'm going through 2 or 3 shirts a day. I've always sweated but it has gotten worse as I've been sick and now I find myself avoiding tinder/OkCupid because of embarrassment.

With undershirts, should you change them throughout the day? A big problem I have is long after I stop sweating everywhere else, my upper back is soaked. I try to mitigate this by not sitting against a chair' s back seat but it doesn't matter. With undershirts, how do I avoid bunching? My outfit typically consists of nice trousers and a 1 or 2 unbuttoned dress shirt, either Alumo cotton or a linen so I am upset that I need to wear an undershirt as I'll lose the feel of my dress shirts and I'm worried I will end up looking very badly from bunching at the waist.

Another question I have is do people ever wear long sleeve undershirts with dress shirts? I would prefer to if it's advisable because my arms sweat on the forearms, not the upper arms.

I might have been too personal here but my hope is by explaining my problem in full somebody can point out a tip or advice I have overlooked based on my situation. Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks!

 

Moving this to the Menswear Advice forum where you'll get more help.

 

You might need to visit a doctor, man. Not poking fun or joking at all...I just can't imagine what would help after reading your story.  

post #5 of 5

You might want to look into Ministry of Supply. My brother owns some of their undershirts and says they keep him relatively dry in warm weather (we live in LA). They have other items as well that are sweat wicking that might help you. There are also brands like Engineered Garments that use Tropical Wool which is great in the summer. I'm not a big fan of linen simply because it wrinkles so easily. Tropical wool is also anti odor. Hope this helps. 

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