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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 keep getting a huge lump in my armpit that gets very painful, keep getting antibiotics that will clear it but not fully. I sweat lots in general which makes me very embarrassed so can barely wear any clothes as within 10 minutes t is extremely obvious, this gets much worse when the lump is there. What is this and how can i stop it?





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Hi I am 42 and have got Hyperhidrosis this has been since I was very young this used to effect me under arms,hands and feet, the doctors supplied quite a lot of things in the years but nothing really helped about 15 years ago I had an cooperation on my sweat glands a few months past and I was a lot worse than before, also having a bad time after the op as had complications.It has become unbearable as carnt wear certain clothes tend to wear dark as takes longer to show,this does not smell but do get people looking.will at least change 2-3 times a day more in summer so take items of clothes about with me. I did take some tablets called pro-Banthine witch was that bad it help habit even with side effects but its no longer available so have been put on another clonidine which doesn't do half as much so its making me suppressed I near help as its destroying my life.





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I have been using an iontophoresis machine for 15 years for sweaty hands. I only have to use it for 20 minutes about once a month now and it's amazing, I wouldn't be without it.





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Hi I have the same problem , I have been referred to a consultant but now on a waiting list , but can't take it anymore it's starting to effect my job , where can I get the machine from I've tried so many things now in desperate , please help x

I've been suffering from excessive sweating for over a year now. I've had numerous tests but never really knew the cause or what it was. I've now discovered its Hyperhidrosos. It started it my groin area and has now spread throughout my wholes body. It gets worse when I'm in bed at night. Body body feels like its sticky and hot all over. The doctor had now referred me too the hospital to see a dermatologist. I think this would help but my appointment isn't till July and my condition seems to be getting worse. Is there anything you could recommend to help my condition? All my symtoms started since my pill was changed and I had a reaction to it. I now have the implant. I'm not sure if this is what could be affecting my condition or if it's just a coincidence. Please help?





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I've been suffering from excessive sweating for over a year now. I've had numerous tests but never really knew the cause or what it was. I've now discovered its Hyperhidrosos. It started it my groin area and has now spread throughout my wholes body. It gets worse when I'm in bed at night. Body body feels like its sticky and hot all over. The doctor had now referred me too the hospital to see a dermatologist. I think this would help but my appointment isn't till July and my condition seems to be getting worse. Is there anything you could recommend to help my condition? All my symtoms started since my pill was changed and I had a reaction to it. I now have the implant. I'm not sure if this is what could be affecting my condition or if it's just a coincidence. Please help?





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Hi, I've been suffering from extremely smelly, sweaty feet for 12+ years now. I don't sweat excessively from anywhere else just my feet and it's becoming very embarrassing! I'm on my feet 10+ hours a day & a fit healthy 29 year old. I've tried foot scrubs, talc's, creams etc. Visited the doctors and was prescribed some antibiotics which did nothing. The only thing that seemed to help was wiping my feet with surgical sprit twice a day to kill any bacteria which produces the odour. This worked for a while but not anymore and now the odour and amount of sweat has got worse. Any ideas to my next step?





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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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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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