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Hyperhidrosis

Excessive sweating in the armpit

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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 sweat from my bottom and leave sweat marks on chairs in school. What is it? Should I see my gp?





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Hello, ive got a really annoying condition occurring more and more frequently. For what ever reason, i just can't stop waking up in the morning (and sometimes the middle of the night) without the bed being drenched in sweat. Its mainly from my back and chest /abdomen, along with the head and arms on some occasions. when i was younger i used to wake up in a sweat but this would only happen rarely, like once in the year and it'll only occur for a few nights. But then I'd change the bedding and everything, to get rid of the odour that was there sometimes and i would be fine. I'm 25 and male, and ive been waking up to being all sweaty nearly every single night for well over a year and a half now! I don't know what's wrong with me. And now it's just constant, not a night goes by where i don't sweat. Its ruined the bed with stains and it's embarrassing waking up next to my partner being all sweaty, drying myself off and having to lay a towel down on the bed while i go back to sleep (otherwise i think the odure makes me sweat more?). I try to hide it sometimes and other times i lay back on it, not by choice, but through embarrassment of my partner seeing it again. She can't come close to me of a night as I'm a really warm person, but I've always been really warm, And it hadn't affected me to this extent before. This is getting too much for me now, I'm starting to get paranoid about sleeping elsewhere like a friends, a hotel etc. That i might sweat there too. Please help.





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Hi,I haven't actually been diagnosed with hh but I reckon I've definitely got it. I can be sat watching TV and the sweat is literally running from my armpit down my side, I can only say that I've noticed it more in the last few years but it's getting to the point where I'm avoiding social situations. I am constantly damp in my underarm,groin and feet. It's took me till now to realise this isn't normal. I live a very stressful life and I might get to sit down for a hand full of hours per week through kids/work etc....my question is this, will caprylic acid help me.? I've read quite a lot about it there seems to be a lot of positivity surrounding it on chat forums etc... So much so that I've actually bought a jar of tablets from the chemist...I just want to know if I'm wasting my time or I'm going to do myself more damage??? Any information will be appreciated. Many thanks.





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Hi I'm a 40 year old woman & due to nerve damage I suffer terrible from cranial hyperhidrosis. This problem is taking over my life , I've been insulted & have had people laugh at me while out in public. I try and ovoid social situations which has resulted in me loosing friends. I've lost all pride in my appearance as my hair & face are continuously wet. I've gained at least 2 stone which I'm sure isn't helping the situation. Can someone please give me some advice on what my options are from here.





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Hi , I'm a woman of the same age as you and I suffer from excessive sweating from my scalp, neck, arms and torso. It lessens in winter but comes back with a vengeance in the warmer weather ( even if I'm not exerting myself) If I have a bath , I'm soaking wet again by the time I have dried myself .I'm too embarrassed to go outside myself as everyone can see the sweat trickling down my head. I've booked myself a doctors appointment to tackle this and would encourage you do the same. Sorry I've not been able to provide you with any answers but I just wanted you to know that you are not alone xxx p.s. I'll let you know how I get on and any course of action my Doc recommends

My partner has excessive hyperhydrosis on his feet aswell as high arches, fungal infections, and calluses that sit an inch out on all of his pressure points, he is constantly finding it a daily struggle to walk, he is on his feet all day at work and could do with some handy hints, he has had inasoles made and has visited his GP who said they can't do anything, please help!! 😔





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I sweat excessively armpits and feet, and no moment stop sweating although it is getting too cold my armpits and my feet are always wet with sweat. I have tried many deodorants but have not worked me out of the shower and start my armpits sweat..





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My friends soon suffers from a condition for many years, she asked me if I could look up on this website if someone can diagnose it correctly or at least ease the suffering. The patients ear is producing large quantities of fluid ( litre or so a day) sometimes it is foul smelling. He is in a lot of pain for nearly 40 years. Many treatments were attempted, but none of them worked (antibiotics, steroids etc). He is from one of the EU countries, He would ravel to the UK if you could look at his condition. This man is beyond desperate to get some help. The condition has not effected his brain, he has normal brain capacity.





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hello, i'm 21, female, and have tried the under arm aluminium based medications, but that hasn't helped, just made it very painful. I'm not very willing to try botox because i cannot afford it and mine is armpits, hands, feet and rest of my body feels 'clammy' i have been suffering with this for 10 years now and it is getting worse to the point where i get a lot running down me and finding it difficult to go outside now. I have heard of trying things like acupuncture if its linked to my anxiety but it happens from the moment i wake up, any suggestions please?





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Hi Nicola. I suffer from very severe hyperhidrosis and it took me several years to get it resolved, but if you do some online research on oxybutynin hydrochloride medication, it's changed my life, without exaggerating. I had to see a consultant before I was prescribed it, but I'm unsure as to whether a GP could prescribe it, I mean you can ask them and say that you've heard of this drug. I was on the same antiperspirants and yes they stopped the sweating but I had extreme allergic reactions to it... But definitely try that medication if you can, and it won't cost anything. I gradually increased from 10mg per day to 30mg a day and started seeing results when I was up to 20mg a day. Can't recommend it enough.

I suffer from severe sweating of hands,feet,armpits and all over body I have been prescribed porpanolol by my doctor as he believes its related to anxiety but however it doesn't work at all. I dont know what else to try I am getting depressed by it now

I am a very sweaty person. I am probably two stone over weight, so yes I sweat with my physical job. I also sweat when meeting new people or when nervous in front of somebody or people. I can all of a sudden burst into a sweat when in a meeting, this is very embarrassing. I sweat profusely when I fall asleep. This has been like this for ten years, but got worse and worse over the years. What is wrong with me?





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I am a very sweaty person. I am probably two stone over weight, so yes I sweat with my physical job. I also sweat when meeting new people or when nervous in front of somebody or people. I can all of a sudden burst into a sweat when in a meeting, this is very embarrassing. I sweat profusely when I fall asleep. This has been like this for ten years, but got worse and worse over the years. What is wrong with me?





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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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