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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,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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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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i suffer from sweating excessively under my arms. it has gotton to the point that i have to change my clothes/top at least once a day but mostly 2-3 times. it is really starting to affect me socially and i my job is working closely on clients and feel embarrassed so i have to just make an excuse to go wash and change my top. therefor i am wearing black mostly so that marks cannot be seen, the stains are not ruining my tops and that when change clothes it isn't that noticeable to friends or clients i am doing treatments for. I have tried over the counter antiperspirant and 2 aluminium ones from the GP, but store bought ones do not work and the aluminium ones caused my arm pits to swell and were red raw and after a few days i started weeping from the red area! so it seems botox would be my next step! only i am happy to go through this, however i cannot afford it. why it is not given on nhs seeing that it is a medical condition after all its given to those with migrane. and people manage to still be able to have boob enhancement/reduction via nhs. even if they could charge a smaller amount so i could afford it. but $450 every 4 months is a bit steep. is there any other option or help out there?





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£450 i meant to say not $ -that would not be so bad!

I so understand where you're coming from!! Botox seems so expensive for how long it lasts! especially to have to keep doing it every 6 months! Have you researched into miradry? i've recently found out its available in the UK, so i'm currently saving up for my treatment! so excited to make it stop forever!

Hello Botox for your under arms is available on the NHS. I suffer from very bad hyperhidrosis in my hands and I'm fighting the battle to find someone to do it. Where do you live? It is definitely funded by the NHS, the only reason I can't get it on my hands is because its a more complicated procedure. I have had this all my life, my hands drip. It ruins my career, I can't drive. You need to fight to get it. Hope you get sorted. Thanks

Just a follow up comment for those reading my above post- I have had some luck in being referred! I was first told electro therapy (hands in water and electrical current passed through of some sort) only dermatologist didn't tealise this treatment is only affective for feet and hands! NOT under arms! So they are now going to give me Botox on the NHS under the arm! Tho I am sure it is going to be painful! I'm hoping this will be the solution as I don't want surgery! Fingers crossed! Thanks for replies btw 😊👍

I am a 37 year old male and have suffered from excessive under arm sweating for the past 15 years ive tried everything from doctors advice to every type of deodorant on the market.now 37 its effected what i wear how i feel and limited were i can go and my confidence for to long this is my last hope plz can some one help me on what i can do to stop this thanks





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Google Mira Dry; its not cheap but will solve your problem also botox injections helps





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