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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 need help with sweating under the armpits, no sooner I get out of the bath applie deodorant my tee shirt is soaked, can't take it much more , it's do embarrassing I need to get this sorted.





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Hi I am 15 years old and I have an issue with sweating on my face, A LOT. I will be doing my make-up and I will start sweating so I try and pat it rather than rub, and I will get a fan in my face and it still does nothing. Even when i'm outside or in, I still sweat constantly and it very embarrassing, please could you give me some advice? I will be very greatful!





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Im told botox injections in the forehead work but are expensive.

hi im 22 years old and I sweat all over my body all the time, when getting ready doing my make up is a task to walking down the street, I cant wear any nice clothes because of this and I go on holiday soon, please can someone help with ideas or treatments.. thanks





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One doctor told me take anti histermenes that ppl take for hay fever. Ive yet to try it

Hi I don't think I have Hyperhidrosis as my sweating excessive sweating it's coming only in the night time or any time I have sleep. It is very excessive and it is on all my body it continuously wake me up during the night time I sleep with towel around my neck so it absorbs the sweat at least a bit so in the last 3-4 years I dint have propel sleep it makes me feel tired and cold in the morning and by accident I have released that my body temperature in the morning its quite low 36.0 is that normal.





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Driclor for underarms really works. I use it so does my Mom. You can but it from boots. Approx £6. But worth it. Does sting and itch once applied but suppose it means it working. Stopped my under arm patches.





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I am suffering from very ecesssive sweating from my underarms. I have tried pescription deoderant, I have been checked by my GP for Diabeaties and Hypothorid. I ahve been pescribed BETA blockers to reduce the sweat but nothing is working i am now at a loss. I can sit down in a cool room and the sweat is dripping down my arms. It tends to subside around 7pm at night but starts as soon as i get up no matter what time of the day.





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Hie I just wanted to ask about face and head swear... what are the option for that?





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Hi I'm female and I sweat a lot I swear it's not normal my hands sweat so much my underarms and my face I have used loads of different underarm sprays or roll ons but nothing cures it is there anythink that can help thanks





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I'm 71 yr old and sweat like crazy from my head that runs down my face and neck. If I get hot at all, my face/head is the first thing that is effected. I've asked my doctors and they can't find anything. It's so bothersome and embarrassing and I don't where to turn next....Any suggestions?





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Hi i'm a 64 yr old woman and I have a sweating problem for years now and it is very emabarrasing. Youd think i'd just washed my hair it gets that wet.. It happens both in winter and in summer for no apparent reason.. Its affecting my way of life . I was helping out doing charity work but finished as I was so emarrassed while serving people in the shop cos hy hair face and neck was wet through.. Ive just started helping out at the local pub and of coarse the sweating is as bad as ever and 1 of the customers looked the symptoms up on google and says looks like its Focal Hyperhidrosis I have read about it and seems she could be right.. Ive been to doctors numerous times and they always say its anxiety and have never done any tests.. I was wondering if you could please advice me what else I can do as i'm at my wits end as it cant be normal.. Thanks in advance





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This is exactly the situation I am in. My hair is soaking, the sweat dripping down my back and running off my face. Unfortunately I can't find the advice that is offered in this situation. I am desperate for an answer.I am 69 years of age.





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