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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?

With thanks to the Baker Street Medical Centre

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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.





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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





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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





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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.

Hello my aunt has a problem she sweats a lot is there anyone that can really help her please





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hi i am 33 years old i sweat alot its getting me down i have been to the doctors for blood test they still can,t find out why i keep sweating i walk to the shop which is 5 mins from our houses has soon has i get home i sweat and wen i am on the bus i sweat it only starts wen the warm weather is here please help i am so stress out about it. thanks Netty

Hi. I'm 33 year old male living in Australia. I Am fed up with face and head sweats. It's ruining my life as I work as a sales representative and it's embarrassing to be continually sweating when trying to perform my job. I have tried over the counter medicine and seen my doctor- who put he on catapres to fix the issue ( this didnt work either) I would love to know a way to stop this issue... Can you help?





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This excessive sweating on my face hair neck etc is driving me crazy. I am so embarrassed please give me a dr who can help me. I have been to several Drs with no answers. Please please help me. I say on the Drs there was a lady that had the same problem but I didn't get enough information thank you for any help





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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.





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Hi Elizabeth l have just read your comment about your sweats,, your not alone,,you would think you would be writing about me,, l have had terrible sweats all over my body ,it been going on for about 8 years,, now things are changing for the worse because over the pass 12 months ,these sweats are happening to me about every 30-60 minutes every day and night ,,sometimes my clothes are just too wet to keep on so l have to change ,, funny thing l can be still be sweating and l then come from feeling unbearable hot to a shivering freezing cold, so much so that l have to put a jacket on to warm up and it doesn't matter weather the temperature hot or cold also l get on my face, arms and back of hands get very red with little bumps ,when l'm having a bad sweat, you can feel the heat coming from my body by just putting your hand close to me.l am now getting another symptom ,,my heart is starting to race and feels like its going to coming out of my chest ,l also get breathless,, but still the doctors dont know how to fix me,,, l am just so sick of myself ,,,please can someone help me

I sweat excessively in the groin area...meaning shorts, bikini bottoms are out as it is so embarrassing..looks like I have wet myself





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I am a 26 year old man and when I work I sweat a lot more than the person doing the same job I am outside mostly from my face and head and my head throbs. It seems to be a family trait, do you have any suggestions





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I have been sweating a lot can it be a part of my anxiety disorders cause of that.





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