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Conditions

Hyperhidrosis

Excessive sweating in the armpit

Sweating is necessary to control your body temperature in warm or hot weather, or when exercising. In fact, on average, we lose over a litre of sweat a day and have an average of 2.6 million sweat glands in our skin to aid that process. However, around 1% of the population sweats excessively at times when they are neither hot nor exercising, which commonly affects the armpits, face, palms and soles of the feet. Known as hyperhidrosis, sufferers of this condition wish that they could just turn the tap off. It might not be as easy as that, but there are treatments available, one of which is a course of Botulinum toxin injections into the affected area. The fact that you’ve been botoxed probably won’t make the pages of Heat magazine, but it should block the nerves that supply the eccrine (sweat) glands, subsequently preventing them from producing sweat.

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I currently have a condition called Charcot Marie Tooth Disease which I have had from the age of 13 and I'm now a 50yr old female. Over the past 2 years I have been suffering with extreme sweating from my head and face, there are times when I'm just sitting still and sweat pores from my head and my hair is saturated with sweat. Getting dressed is traumatic, it may take up to 3 hours, broken down into stages, taking breaks, changing clothes because they're saoked, and by the time I leave my room Im pouring buckets again. I can not walk any distance because I sweat in seconds, to go shopping with my daughter is impossible and I constantly feel embarrassed and ashamed at the amount of sweat. There is no point wearing make-up and feeling good about myself. I spoke to a specialist concerning the condition I have and why I suddenly started sweating so heavily, he suggested it could be because one of the medication I am taking is Morphine, which has been reduced to almost nothing, but nonetheless Im sweating more profusely. Although I know one of my nervous systems have been affected, a nerve isn't sending the right signal to tell my body 'Im hot'... But there must be some type of help. I cant be the only person with this disease AND going through this madness. Im at my wits end, don't want to leave my house. What can I do? HELP!





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I suffer w excessive sweating everywhere on my body!!! I feel gross n wet n soggy constantly n have to carry towels w me to wipe it off. My sweating is so bad that I now have lost some toenails and fingernails. It dosent matter if I'm in cold or hot tempitures it just pours off me sometimes to the point i feel dehydrated and I have to drink more water. I'm a female n use to b very pretty but now I can't even wear makeup. It's so embarrassing to walk up to pay for something and I'm sweating so much that my face n body is dripping w sweat n I'm carrying my towel wiping it off in front of everyone. I'm so sick of being moist n wearing wet clothing I could scream!!! It's embarrassing and I no longer want to go out to do things anymore. My doctors do not acknowledge what I'm going thru without saying "oh it's cause of were u liv e ... Arizona" or continue to try to treat me w menopause medicine to no avail!!! HELP!!! How do I get my doctors to recognize that this is a severe problem? I'm so depressed n saddened to think that our doctors just want to swish me under the bus instead of addressing the real problem. Does anyone else have this problem n what is your approach to managing this issue? I already sleep w a waterproof mattress pad n waterproof pillow case w several towels to change in the night! Sad and lonely in Az.





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Hi am the same as you the sweating that bad I don't go out at all I stay in my pj witch I have to change 5 times a day it's not bad under my armpits . It all over my head legs back belly I have to dry my hair about four times a day life isn't worth living with this sweating .plz can anyone plz help me .

Hi am the same as you the sweating that bad I don't go out at all I stay in my pj witch I have to change 5 times a day it's not bad under my armpits . It all over my head legs back belly I have to dry my hair about four times a day life isn't worth living with this sweating .plz can anyone plz help me .

hi im a 18 year old male and since i was about 16 i noticed that my hairline has receded quite tremendously. it really affects my confidence and i have to grow my hair really long so that i can cover the bald area. it is really hard for me to cope with this issue and i don't even go to the barbour anymore, because im forced to cut my own hair. all i want is to once again have short hair with a normal hairline, is there anyone who can help me





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Since puberty, I have suffered severe sweating of head, face, neck, in fact all over except on my feet and hands. The probantyne drugs cause severe thirst. I am 55 now and I can't live with this any longer. I live in ireland and had the operation to cut glands when I was 23 to no avail. I was left with ugly scars for life. Help.





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Hi i have extreme under arm sweating that causes blocked glands and tender armpits and boobs , i sweat mostly when anxious but i also sweat when I'm not anxious i even sweat on freezing cold days which is really starting to get to me as i feel so conscious about it, i worry if il smell or if people will notice the wet patches. I also feel dirty when out dressed my clothes feel wet and horrible so i hate going out. I used a treatment that does work but it severally irritates my skin to the fact i cant sleep or concentrate while its on. I just wish it would stop.





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My son seems to be having problems like above.hes only 7 but has something that covers his left foot heel.its really gross and its full of what look like holes.he's been given cream from the doctors last week and weve been applying it 3 times a day.it doesnt seem to bad through the night but after a short while after getting up this thing ghat covers his heel seems to 'open' full of what look like holes and goes white around it.he doesnt find it itchy or sore but its not a nice thing to have.has anyone else got a child that has got or had this??does it go in time??thanx





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my head sweats really bad I hate it not good for a woman I wish there was something I could have to stop it





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I have just the head sweats too, and yes, it is not a good look for a woman, I totally hate havin them, but, like you have not found a cure for this, l looking here too, to see if there was anyone suffering from "Head sweats" and/or if there were any remedies to control this?

I'm 20 and have got really bad hyperhydrosis :( I have had this ever since I can remember only in my hands and feet!!! I am desperate for a cure It's that bad that my hands are dripping most days even when I'm cold! Any thing or anyone with some advice? My doctors havnt given me any help at all and it's really affecting me now I have got my daughter :( thanks.





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i am 32 years of age and suffered excessive sweating all over my body since i can remember and it is getting me down it is limiting my job as i am embarresed by it and limites what i wear and cant even shake anyone hands i also shake alot i dont know if that is also caused by the nervousness of excessive sweating please help me.





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Hi EB Over the past three years I have noticed an increase in bodily sweating. The most socially awkward aea is the top of my head which is bald. A warm day can set this into floods even without excessive exercise. I havent noticed if this is diet related. I would say that I am a little over weight (A stone or two). I also notice that the top of my head acn feel quite hot often and I also get some symptoms of facial flushing. Sweating can be excessive two on my back and armpits and all over to a degree. Social situations can be a trigger but the symptons can even happen when I am on my own. I am 49 and around 14 stone 5"9 I have mentioned it to my GP a couple of years ago. He tells me this can vary from person to person and that not a lot can be done about it. Excerise can lower stress and reduce symtons. Any advice would be appreciated. thank you





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Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating. While hyperhidrosis does not pose a serious threat to health, it can cause significant emotional and psychological distress, embarrassment and can have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life. Read More »

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