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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.

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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?

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I'm 33 years old but only recently start experiencing excessive sweating from my forehead, round my neck, chest and back. Please what could be the cause and possible cure. Thank you.





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Same with but im 20 years old

I am 35 years old and have severe facial sweating this can happen anytime in the day,example washing up vacuuming or any other household jobs.My GP has prescribed different medication and also taken blood tests also urine samples,all came back clear and the medication has not worked.Can anybody recommend any other treatments please.





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my friend who doing vomiting many times after eating food becoz she want to loose weight but now she doing vomiting sometime and her weight was gain her weight was 56kg 19 yrs i think her height was something 5.2. what are the effects she face in future





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I too have suffered from excessive sweating of my face, neck, chest and groin for the past 10 years. After five years of being told it was my age I was prescribed Oxybutynin which for about four years was miraculous. I then began to have frequent urine infections, a foul taste in my mouth, a fungal tongue and, worst of all the sweats came back. I am now back where I started and feel so depressed and isolated by the whole thing as I hate going out as these wretched sweats come at any time, in any temperature, cold weather makes no difference, and my self esteem is at rock bottom. I am 67 years old and due surgery in my neck in 2003 have to wear morphine patches for pain relief. Life is pretty hard going at the moment. HELP PLEASE





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My daughter has been looking for a non invasive cure for her Hyperhidrosis for a while she has tried everything with limited success. Recently she came across a product called Sweat Block which has changed her life. I think she got it on amazon. It has totally stopped the sweating. Its like baby wipes that work for 7 days at a time. Hope this helps

Thanks Peter I have ordered the product from Amazon and hope for the best.

I feel so self conscious, my confidence is on the floor, I had an accident and ever since I excess swear I really need it to stop. Please any advice will help





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For over 2 years I have suffered from secondary hyperhidrosis. Every morning, just as I leave REM sleep, I break out in a drenching sweat over my entire body. I awaken in soaked pjs and bed linens and freezing. When I find the strength to get up I am dripping from all areas of my body. There have been times when I couldn't get up, only to fall asleep and repeat the same process. I am a 70 year-old female and have seen many doctors with different specialties, but no one seems to want to help. This is very debilitating because I am exhausted before I even get up! Please suggest something!!!





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Have you tried Ditropan (Oxybutynin Hydrochloride) from your GP. This worked miracles for me for about 5 years and has only in the last 3 months stopped being effective. I do sympathise it is a most debilitating problem to have and one gets very little support. Do hope this might help if you haven't tried it. Good Luck

high, I went through menopause around ten years ago and now seem to perhaps have one of the symptom recur after all this time. I never perspired much at all, all through my life but approx. one year ago started to get red blotches on my face and perspire for absolutely no reason at all progressively worse now I awake in the night with my whole body and sheets drenched. I can just be in bed reading or trying to go to sleep and suddenly I start perspiring so badly particularly my face and hair become drenched in minuets. I have been to doctor three times now and she just says she does not know why checks my medication and says its not them???? what do I do PLEASE HELP ME I have stopped going out of the house as it is so embarrassing. I am desperate sincerely yours Rosy





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I am 70yr old woman & have the problem with head sweating for nearly 20 yrs. It comes on for the smallest reason such as a being little anxious (little, I mean trying to think of a crossword answer), then it starts on my scalp & face and runs down my back and soaks my clothes, with a scarlet red face! I also have watery runny nose all the time (not mucus). I have visited my docs many times but they always say its my age (infuriating) until I heard of another lady with same condition and was prescribed Oxybutynin Hydrochloride. This really works and has stopped the sweating but has left me with another problem of a severe dry mouth and this is causing more problems as the sweating. I cant sleep as I need a drinks which is followed by toilet visits. I'm still looking for the permanent answer such as the lady who appeared on the show 14 March 2013 where she was sent for electrode treatment to her head/skull (my local hospital doesnt provide this). As I would travel the length of the UK, I'm trying to find out which hospital provides this treatment. Please can you help???





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I too used Oxybutinin for over 5 years but have had to stop taking it as I was getting fungal problems on my tongue due to the excessive dry mouth, everything tasted dreadful and worst of all the sweats came back. My GP put me on Detrusitol - Tolterodine tartrate about 3 weeks ago but it hasn't had the miraculous effect that the Oxybutinin used to have. Thanks for mentioning electrode treatment to the head I will follow that up in my area. My sweats sound a lot like yours starting in the head and then dripping all down my face, chest, neck and back. They can last from a few minutes but usually go on for hours, but are always at their worse in the mornings. Very hard to ignore and hide!

Hi Im Jenifer & Im 14 years old & I've been suffering from underarm sweating . I've tried every deodorant for excessive underarm sweating , & none of theM work , Can YOU PLEASEEE TELL ME SOMETHING THAT WILL REALLY WORK , :(





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Driclor works, get from pharmacy boots normally have it. It stings when you put it on at night a lot to start off with but it works. Use it for a 3-5 days to start with then see how it goes. it can cause sensitive skin which hurts then you have to stop until it goes. I don't sweet under my arms much at all any more but it has made my feet sweet more :( I tried that injection thing the dr mentioned but it was expensive and didnt work for me. I'm not medically trained but I went through it at your age

There is a new treatment called Miradry which has just been introduced to the UK. It gives excellent results that last forever. There is one clinic in Cardiff and 2 in London offering the treatment. It isn't cheap but I have had one treatment (2 are required) and I haven't used deodorant since!!! Look it up through google. Definitely worth investigating.

I used to sweat under my pits so i used persiprex and the only time they're wet is in the shower. I use normal deodrant on my back and front part of my body





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