A sweat pad is something that can be worn under blouses and shirts in order to stop underarm sweat from dampening and staining one’s clothing. Sweat pads are designed to be invisible when they are worn underneath clothing and should not create an uncomfortable or visible bulk under the arm. Furthermore, they are designed to adhere to the inside of garments so that they do not move about while they are being worn.
Sweat pads are especially helpful for people who experience excessive sweating. While it is quite simple to wipe the sweat from one's brow with a handkerchief, drying a piece of cloth that has become damp with sweat is not quite as easy. For this reason, some people wear sweat pads to avoid such dampness completely. Sweat pads might also be worn if one needs to wear formal attire in a warm climate. Because sweat marks can ruin the look of an otherwise pristine tuxedo or gown, wearing the pads can help to maintain a formal look.
Some people simply wear sweat pads in order to absorb sweat on a daily basis, even if they do not experience excessive sweating. This may be because the wearers simply don't like the look of even small sweat marks. Sometimes people wear sweat pads so that they may wear a garment multiple times before they have to have it cleaned. Not only does this cut down on the cost of dry cleaning, but the less often a garment is washed or pressed, the longer it will last.
Some sweat pads are disposable while others can be washed and reused. The reusable kind are usually made out of a natural fiber such as cotton and come with specific washing instructions. Reusable pads also come in a variety of colors from white and nude to dark brown and black. The range of colors allows wearers to to use the pads even with sheer garments.
The medical term for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis may be a side effect of menopause or hyperthyroidism. People experiencing this condition may find sweat pads to be especially useful. There are some medical treatments that can help to reduce excessive sweating. Unless the hyperhidrosis is coupled with other symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, weight loss, or fever, it is generally not a cause for concern. If you do have any of these additional symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.