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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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Hi, Im 30 and i have a HUGE problem with under arm sweating. It started from the age of about 14/15yrs and i still sweat to this day, no matter how much i wash or wear deodorant. My wardrobe consists of black clothes and baggy cardys. I would love to wear bright, colourful items in summer but i just cant. I change my tops at least twice a day, more in summer. Im so embarressed to go to the dr, is there an affective way to try to help as i really feel i could cry at the moment.





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I sweat by my rectum when sitting down; this happens if it is hot or cold. As i'm still in education it is really embarrassing. Is thus just because my body temperature to winter as ut started late 2013. Any ideas?





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I suffered from hyperhydrosis under my armpits for about 8 years. so bad that i would even sweat through HOODIES. Even if i was just sitting down, hot or cold, it didnt matter, i would sweat. It was so embarrassing. I then found a product called driclor. This changed my life, no joke!! it is a role on you apply at night every night for a week, then once a week and you gradually wean yourself off it. i noticed a change immediatly!! now i only apply it once every few months if i feel myself getting a little damp. from the first day i have never sweat through my clothes and can wear anything i want. I bought it over the counter in boots, found it in the deoderant isle. I cannot reccommend it enough and i cant understand why the doctors are suggested botox. Small word of caution, it will burn until you fall asleep, badly, for the first few applications, but persevere it will work and it is so worth it.





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Hi I'm 36 years old and have been suffering with persistent excessive sweating whilst I am asleep for a number of years and in the past few years it has gotten worse. Its usually anywhere between 4-8am. I have always informed my doctor but as of yet got no prevention or diagnoses, although I have had numerous blood tests an checks. Im currently finding this hard to live and deal with It is affecting my mood and my health because I wake up soaking from head to toe any clothes are drenched an if I wear nothing its worse, my quilt and matress are also wet. My whole body is then sticky and smelly and I feel dirty my mood becomes low and I cant get out the bed for a while as I am also too cold. Im then angry and anxious because I do not know why this happens. I have to use towels as covers to soak up the sweat and it comes from all over my body such as my chest, my head, back, and my thighs. Thats all before having to deal with waking up next to my boyfriend as you can imagine. Can anyone help me?





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I am male & I only sweat in my groin, all over my penis and scrotum. It is so sticky and sweaty, wet, damp, I could go on. It has ruined my life. I don't need to hear all the 'obvious' advice again for example wearing breathable clothing etc. etc. etc. and I have tried Oxybutynin, this does not help and it causes impotence. I am so desperate I dont know what to do I want to know about surgery options.





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Anhydrol forte can only be used on feet and under arms. It works but has aluminium which has consequences for alzheimers in later life.I had underarm op 30 years ago before laser suegery appeared. It didnt work and I was left with ugly scars for life. Mary





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I've been suffering for the past 3 years, I just sweat all day face neck and back, I feel like I have hot blood in my veins, I have had all kinds of test and all came back clear the doctor has put me on medication called clonodine this has helped but hasn't stopped the sweats I don't know how longer I can stand this I'm 40 this year and thought it could be pre menopause but doctor has ruled this out, this is so embarrassing especially at work as I have a physical job I desperately need advice or help on what to do next





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Iv been suffering from sweaty feet,armpits and hands for as long as I can remember I'm 40 years old my feet are the worst because not only is it the sweating but the smell has just got worse over the years,it's so embarrassing I can't take my shoes off in the presence of other people that's how bad the smell from my feet is, iv tried all the over the counter products but nothing works. Can someone please help, I have to sleep in a separate room from my own wife,no matter how much I shower and put deodorants on etc by the morning the room stinks of bad bad odour,I can't afford Botox etc is there anything to treat my condition on the nhs. Everytime iv been to my local gp he's been no help at all and I'm to embarrassed to keep asking.





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Iv been suffering from sweaty feet,armpits and hands for as long as I can remember I'm 40 years old my feet are the worst because not only is it the sweating but the smell has just got worse over the years,it's so embarrassing I can't take my shoes off in the presence of other people that's how bad the smell from my feet is, iv tried all the over the counter products but nothing works. Can someone please help, I have to sleep in a separate room from my own wife,no matter how much I shower and put deodorants on etc by the morning the room stinks of bad bad odour,I can't afford Botox etc is there anything to treat my condition on the nhs. Everytime iv been to my local gp he's been no help at all and I'm to embarrassed to keep asking.





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i suffer from severe palmar, plantar and axillary hyperhidrosi. i was ment to see a specialist but they postponed my appointment. when i finally see the dermatologist, i would also mention my skin getting red or sometimes purple as if my blood stops flowing to my fists. i think this is called raynauds and its only my hands. instead of iontophoresis, i will go straight into ets surgery and im aware of site affects so if i cant take it, im suicidal as it is so ive planned my future. im 14 and i was born like this.





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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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