Sweat dripping into eyes in Patient Rooms, help!!

What can I do to stop from getting sweat into my eyes in patient rooms? Nurses General Nursing

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Hi everyone! I'm a nursing student in the south and have heat intolerance. I'm a very sweaty person because of this. Almost everytime I have a hospital clinical, I go into a patients (usually sweltering hot) room and begin to profusely sweat. I obviously don't want to drip sweat onto my patient, and am making changes to continue avoiding that. The biggest issue I have is sweat drips into my eyes and then I can't see or touch my face. I bought this mega babe top to toe powder at ulta and I've noticed it helps to soak up the oil and not leave my bangs wet, but it doesn't stop sweat and that has been getting into my eyes when it drips down my forehead and that's obviously not good for me. I can't really wear a headband because I have my glasses, hearing aids, and mask looped on my ears and if anything else is behind them my hearing aids won't stay on. Our dress code is strict, with scrubs that are not breathable, having no individuality, certain headbands only are allowed, etc. My teacher even had an issue with my bangs but we settled that. I'm at a loss here. I tried using clinical strength antiperspirant under my breasts to help with that and I got a rash and was still profusely sweaty, so I don't think that's an option. Does anyone have any ideas of what I can do or some advice?

Specializes in Public Health, TB.

I would think that your nursing school would be required to make reasonable accommodations for a health condition.

Do you have a guidance counselor or a faculty advisor that can help? I think a scrub cap might work, but of course, you'll need to get your program's approval.

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Specializes in sweat management.

SweatHawg Headwear makes a "Cap Insert" that can be held in place across your forehead by your scrub cap. Goes temple to temple, NOT a headband, If this meets the regulations, it would really help. Stops dripping sweat. Also, their Shorty Skullcaps might work. All highly absorbent and highly wicking.

The sweat  band seems like a simple solution. Have you discussed this with your doctor? 

John Rahm said:

SweatHawg Headwear makes a "Cap Insert" that can be held in place across your forehead by your scrub cap. Goes temple to temple, NOT a headband, If this meets the regulations, it would really help. Stops dripping sweat. Also, their Shorty Skullcaps might work. All highly absorbent and highly wicking.

I really don't think this would be allowed and again, anything covering or going behind my ears would affect my hearing aids.

Specializes in Med-Surg, Geriatrics, Wound Care.

If you talk to your doctor, you may be able to get a medical diagnosis or pharmacological treatment.  Hyperhidrosis is a term for excessive sweating and there are some oral (prescription) medications that can be used to treat that. You may also be exhibiting an anxiety side-effect without realizing it. Nursing school can be very stressful to basically anyone. I did notice that when I was trying a new job, I was beginning to perspire a LOT, and did not realize right away that it was probably anxiety (I left the job, and my sweating problem resolved, but perhaps there were other ways to dela with it). With menopause, I think I was getting a bit sweaty, too and I found a cool "cooling" thing (fans and a cooling pad) that I could put behind my neck. Maybe not while in rooms, but perhaps you could find a way to use something like that to "pre-cool" (such as in a charting room). 
https://sweathelpnj.com/oral-medications/
https://www.healthline.com/health/diagnosing-hyperhidrosis/depression-and-anxiety
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=neck+cooling+fan

This is the one I think I bought and used for a while: https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Wearable-Neck-Air-Conditioner-360°-Around-Cooling-Conditioner(Blue)/dp/B0C38LQL7Z

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Specializes in Community/Public Health.

I think you'd need to see your doctor and request medical accommodation. Check with your Support Services office at your school to see what you'd need to provide. 

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