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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 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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I sweat and sweat and sweat,i cant stand it anymore, I have done as far as I can remember, im 34, when I was younger I used to do drugs quite a bit and always thought that was the reason for it. then my daughter came along and the drugs are a thing of the past but im still sweaty as ever, I then linked it to drinking and stopped that, no joy then two years ago I stopped smoking and joined a gym to which ive been going to regularly, im now fitter and healthier than ever but am still a walking waterfall, although im lucky to have my health this problem is really embarrassing and really restricts me, literally any part of me will start sweating at any time weird thing is though I don't smell,even sat here typing this im dripping with sweat, please helllppppp...





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Im a 13 year old girl and ive had excessive sweating on my hands and feet since I was born.it can be very embarrassing sometimes because my hands literely drip so I was hoping you might have a solution or something that could help please .





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I have always sweated around my anus a little when I needed to poo. I thought this was normal but in my mid twenties I discovered that this did not happen to others. Bowers this was never really excessive so I lived with it. I'm 44 now and during the last two years the sweating has got worse. It now also occurs when I really need to pee but don't go straight away and the the sweat has increased and is now at times visable on my trousers. I think the stress of needing to go is the main contributor but I notice that it now also occurs sometimes when I don't. It's getting embarrising but doctors don't seem to have heard of it nor do they know that to do about it. I've seen reference to Swamp ass on line and seen extreme examples on line. Fortunately my issue is not as bad as those but it's bad enough and I'd like to get it sorted if at sll possible.





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I'm A 32 ear Old Male, who sweats a lot even after a shower and putting antiperspirant on. I even sweat really badly at night, and have to change the whole bedding, my G.P Gave me Driclor but could not use it after A few days as it irritated my skin really badly. Is there anything else I could try





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Does the use of surgical spirit help reduce excessive sweating and or body odour?





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hi, im 18 years old and I have this problem with my hair falling out a lot. its been happening for a few years now and I am not able to stop or do anything about it. I have changed the type of shampoo I use, applied oil and conditioned my hair regularly too. but these seem not to work. also my hairline on my forehead seem to be going backwards and makes it look as if I have a big forehead. is there any solutions to this ? it will be really helpful.





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Use Folicure shampoo sale at Sally and take Echinacea for your immune support it work for me!!

What else can I do to stop sweating so much. I sweat in all the usual places - armpits, hands, head, but also my knee and legs - but the worst place is my back, and its my whole back. The GP I have seen is poor and only mentions things I find on the internet - this has effected me my whole life - to the point I can only buy and wear white or mainly Black clothing - that doesn't show when im sweating - which is all the time. I did see a lad who used a type of electrical impulse machine - on the show but I have not been able to find out what it was or where I could get access to it. If I have to wear a suit - then I run the risk of sweating all day and then having sores or spots rise up, particularly on my back. Which leads to a heap of other problems. I have improved my diet, exercise and all the standard actions - but none help = would love to advice or help.





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I am a 16 year old girl and have suffered from excessive sweating under my armpits since i was around 12. I have tried powders, antiperspirants and have even had treatment with an iontophoresis machine. I also had botox injections but nothing worked for me. i recently found an operation which involves scraping away the sweat glands, it is known as Retrodermal Curettage and i was wondering if anyone has had this operation and if it was successful, or if there are any other treatments i could try.





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I suffer very bad from excess sweating all over my body, especially my tummy, my back and under my arms. I went to my doctor but nothing was done about it. I'm at my wits end now. Its really getting me down. Is there anything that can be done. Maybe some kind of medication that I can take.





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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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