WARNING: The Embarrassing Bodies website contains images of an explicit medical nature and nudity in a medical context.

Embarrassing Bodies: The..., 12:05am Sunday 2nd August 2015 on More 4. Catch up for free on 4oD »

Video

Dr Christian:
We’re getting a lot of questions on the Embarrassing Bodies site about excessive sweating—it seems a lot of you suffer from it, and you want to know what is it, what causes it, and what can you do about it? Well, excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be divided really into two different main causes. The first one is just caused by an overactivity of your nervous system and may well have been present from birth, or at least from puberty, when you start to sweat properly. And the second cause is usually due to other conditions, like high thyroid levels or diabetes. If you treat those conditions, usually the excessive sweating will settle down too.

A lot of you want to know, can anything be done about sweating on the palms, and also can you keep using the medications available? Well, the answer is absolutely, there are lots of things available over the counter, particularly strong antiperspirant deodorant often containing aluminium salts. These can be very effective, but you need to use them regularly—in other words, every day, and if necessary every night as well. And yes, you can keep using them for as long as you need to.

A question a lot of you are asking me is ‘how do you treat the flushing that goes with excessive sweating?’ Well, in this case, I would say if you are getting very red and flushed on your face, I would really advise you in the first instance to go and see a doctor to have it looked at, because facial flushing can be caused by all sorts of other conditions.

Many of you want to know if there are any more permanent solutions available for excessive sweating. Well, Botox is one option. It involves a lot of injections, so it can be quite painful, and it only lasts for around four, six or eight months, so you’d need to keep getting them repeated. But, six months of being sweat-free may be a great option for a lot of you. And really, as a very last resort, there is always the possibility of surgery to remove the sweat gland-containing tissue from under the arms, but this really is a very last resort. If you’re concerned about any of these things, go and have a chat with your GP to find out a bit more.

Read the video transcript

Doctor Responses: Excessive Sweating

Dr Christian answers your most frequently asked questions about excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) such as: What causes it? What can you do about sweating on the palms? Are there any permanent solutions?

With thanks to the Baker Street Medical Centre

Explore Am I Normal? >

Am I Normal?: Sex And Relationships >
Am I Normal?: Mental Health >
Am I Normal?: Drugs And Alcohol >

Did you find this useful? YesYes NoNo

829 of 1021 people said they found this useful

Comments and Questions

You can share your experiences and thoughts with other Embarrassing Bodies site-users below. Comments & Questions are reviewed by moderators, but if you see anything on the site that worries you, please report it and one of our moderators will look at it as soon as possible.
Please note: Unfortunately Channel 4 cannot respond to individual inquiries. If you have any concerns, you can check out NHS Choices, but ultimately it is always best to check with a health professional.

None of the prescriptions helped me . My problem is severe heavy sweating from my face and head so much I cAn wring my hair out the water sweat runs down my face it is so bad I t can go in my eyes and strong .If I comb my hair it distributes it and you would swear I'd just put my head under a running tap don't get much sympathy as it seems odd to others I'm just miserable





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I feel exactly the same and been to the gp many times but not gave me anything to help me I'm constantly washing my hair and don't like going out as makes sweating worse so I can sympathise with you

hi for the past few week av been really tired palputaion sweating an forever thirsty an am not sleeping probley at night





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

hi for the past few week av been really tired palputaion sweating an forever thirsty an am not sleeping probley at night





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Hi, I have also been suffering from excessive sweating for a long time. It happens most to me when I'm in a stressful situation but when it starts it's impossible to turn off. My wedding day was ruined by the amount I sweated at the altar and it's clearly visible in the wedding photos. I know that it embarasses my wife so I really need to find a solution. Because it happens primarily to my head there doesn't appear to be a sensible or cheap solution





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

My son who is ages 24 has started having all over body sweats, he has had 3 episodes in the last 2 weeks, he does not know what has triggered them, what can be the couse? He has not had them before though has always been a warm person Can anyone help please





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

i 22 and am suffering from extremely bad underarm sweating and have done for a few years also have a lump under my arm which is the side i sweat worse!! its getting worse to a point with in minutes of having clothes on the are drowned in sweat... i cant wear anything unless its black or heavly patterned as its so obvious. i have seen my gp who gave the some roll on thing which i had a sever reacton too.. is there anything i can do to help this situation... i cannot deal with the sweating any longer...i have completely lost confidence and cant do anything with out worrying what people might thick





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

For anyone suffering from excessive sweat, I would highly recommend Cornstarch and Baking Soda, I applied it every night before I went to sleep and it really helped me. http://www.curesweat.info/





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Not much use in your hair and face x😊

Hi Donna thanks for your reply.it seems to me that we are two of many according to these posts. I have googled every organ in the body to see if it could be responsible for this disorder but to no avail. I have googled all of the universities but thier answers are so ambiguous that they obviously don't know.it is a shame because it is so debilitating that sometimes I think I am going to pass out with these overwhelming heat that envelops my body.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Donna is very similar to mine sweating only they did blood test they said i was low on vitaminb12 and folic acid since ive had the i jections i can't keep awake sleep all the time i miean getting up out of bed 1.30 or 2 o clock inthe day wen j do get up do wat i haveto do sit down theni keep falling to sleep again wat is wrong with me o also have fibromyalgia help

Hi I posted about excessive sweating. My dr put me on ditropan two per day. I will let you guys know how I go. I also live in aus





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Why can't doctors give some sort of help for people who suffer from profuse, excessive sweating on the entire body. Checked pituitary gland by hormone doctor then he lost interest when everthing was fine he wanted nothing more to do with me. Please help





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I have been to so many different health professional to no avail ,, l found a lady who is suffering from sweats very similar to me,,l too found the doctors just don't want to know me because they don't know enough about my problem and cant fix me,l feel, l'm at my wits end with them.l just feel like giving up on the world.l would like a someone who really cares eough, to keep going till they fix me.l feel like l don'want to go on.l also have many other serious problems that also make me suffer ,pain wise and they are all incurable, doctors recond the sweats have nothing to do with my other conditions ,,l found a write-up by a lady who also suffers from sweats ,,day and night and from what this lady wrote,, you would think it was as if l was writing this post, so l'm not alone,, all we need now is help from any source,,, that way we can have a normal life and go out in public without being embarrassed and people coming up to me and asking me if l'm ok... this is the write-up someone put on the net about her sweats,, gee its like me,, I have a huge problem with regulating my body temperature. One minute I can be fine then the next I'm feeling red hot and sweating profusely everywhere, so much so my clothes soak through. When I try to cool down I end up shivering because my skins so wet. The next minute I could be freezing. This happens numerous times every day and has done for years. People around me put the heating on and extra layers of clothes when I'm desperately trying to strip off and open doors and windows because I'm sweating so much. I also go very red in the face and chest when its at its worst. At night I sleep with my body on top of bed as I'm so hot yet my skin is freezing to touch. I have had various tests over the years for hormones, thyroid etc with everything coming back as normal. Its so embarrassing I can't wear nice bright clothes for fear of ending up with massive wet patches everywhere, please help, I'm at my wits end.

Yes Elizabeth I am asking the same question. I keep reading and researching and the doctor tells me the endocrinologist said sometimes they can not find the answer. THE KEY HERE IS THE ENTIRE BODY. There are solutions for generalized but not ENTIRE BODY HYDROSIS. I do not think the doctors know how depressing and debilitating this is. Elizabeth please keep in touch there has to be a treatment for us someone somewhere must have an answer. I would be happy to share my email Good luck to you. I am in tears with this problem begging for help thanks for listening.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.



Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

It looks like no one else has asked this question, so please fill in the rest of your details below.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.



Please don't swear or be rude in your questions, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting questions. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines


More Information

  1. Hyperhidrosis

    In Conditions - Excessive sweating in the face, hands, feet and armpits, or over th…

  2. Quick Health Advice: Excessive Sweating

    In Videos - Dr Pixie discusses the causes of excessive sweating and the treatme…

  3. Diabetes

    In Conditions - Diabetes affects over 2 million people in the UK alone and many mor…

  4. Premenstrual Syndrome

    In Conditions - Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the catch-all term given to a range…

  5. Sunburn

    In Conditions - Sunburn is caused by ultraviolet (UV) light overheating and blister…

  6. Episode 7 - Back to the Clinic

    In Episodes - This week the doctors are inviting some of their most serious cases…

  7. Tinnitus

    In Conditions - Sufferers of tinnitus can hear noise within their ear or head that…

  8. Am I Normal Body Odour

    In Videos - Dr Dawn Harper discusses what is and isn't normal when it comes to…

  9. Episode 2

    In Episodes - Conditions being seen by the doctors in Episode 2 included Psoriasi…

  10. Body Check: Sweat

    In Videos - Dr Christian explains the importance of knowing your sweat levels a…

  11. Hidradenitis Suppurativa

    In Conditions - A chronic and stubborn disease centred on inflammation of the large…

  12. Body Check: Moles

    In Videos - Dr Christian talks about how to check your moles for potentially da…

  13. Dr Dawn Harper

    Doctor Info - Find out more about Dr Dawn.

  14. Dr Christian Jessen

    Doctor Info - Find out more about Dr Christian

  15. Dr Pixie McKenna

    Doctor Info - Find out more about Dr Pixie.


Am I Normal?

Share, explore, vote, watch… Am I Normal? is a bold new Channel 4 project that will redefine what you think of as ‘normal’.

Visit Am I Normal? >

Important Notice

The information provided on this website (including any NHS Choices medical information) is for use as information or for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. We do not warrant that any information included within this site will meet your health or medical requirements. This Embarrassing Bodies site does not provide any medical or diagnostic services so you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.


If you want to embed our videos in your site, read our embedding T&Cs here