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It may not be lady-like, or gentlemanly, but we all sweat. In fact our bodies lose approximately one litre of sweat per day. It’s our bodies’ way of controlling our temperature. Now if you find your sweating, whether it’s hot or cold, or simply while you’re sitting still you may be suffering from excessive sweating which is a condition known as hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis sufferers produce four to five times the normal amount of sweat per day. It’s divided into two types. Primary hyperhidrosis, where the sweating occurs on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, under the arms and on the face. Secondary hyperhidrosis is where sweating occurs all over the body. It is understandably embarrassing but worrying about it makes it worse.

There are treatments that can help your symptoms. Antiperspirants, which contain aluminium chloride, actually block the sweat glands and are really useful for excessive sweating under your armpits or on your hands and feet. Botox has also been used to treat armpit sweating and this works by actually paralysing the muscle to the sweat gland. Of course, this isn’t a permanent treatment. If you’re really having trouble, make an appointment to see your GP and they can discuss all of the options available to you.

In the meantime, choose an antiperspirant instead of a deodorant as it suppresses the release of sweat, choose loose fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton, and wear dark clothing in the areas that you sweat most. If you notice spicy food, tea, coffee, or stress actually trigger your sweating, then do your best and avoid them.

Remember, it’s not actually the sweating that smells but it’s the dried-in sweat into your clothes that gives that nasty BO pong.

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Quick Health Advice: Excessive Sweating

Our bodies lose one litre of sweat every day. However, sufferers of hyperhidrosis (or excessive sweating) can lose 4-5 times this amount. In this exclusive guide, Dr McKenna advises on various self-help methods to tackle this condition and explains the treatment options available for sufferers. And remember, it’s not the sweat that smells – it’s the dried sweat in your clothes!

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help!!! for about15 years i ave been suffering from excessive sweating and it makes my life missrable. im 59 now and even doing light housework like hoovering stars the sweating off. i love dancing but after afew dances i look like someone as thrown a bucket of water over me. it seems to start on my head and upper body drips down my back and my face goes bright red colour. can anyone reccommend anything asap??? thanks patricia





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I saw on embarrassing bodies a woman with head and facial excessive sweating. She told Dr.Christian that after a night out she can wring her hair out it gets so bad. Dr. said it can be cured by a pill but gave no further information. Can I get the name of this pill and do you know if it is available in Rep. of Ireland?





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Did you get an answer to this? I'm the same. My head is drenched with sweat just standing in a shop. Would love something to help for when I'm going somewhere nice. Thanks

Hi the only pill for excessive sweating is called Propantheline Bromide. Your Gp can prescription it, although I don't know if it's available over the counter. You need to take one pill upto three times a day. I could not go out, I was constantly drenched in sweat. MY head and hair were as if I had a shower and not dried. Odaban did help but it used to sting violently. However this pill has changed my life. No more sweat, can spend all day out in the sun. It is amazing. Only Please be aware it dries your mouth so you need plenty of water and chewing gum. Hope this helps.

I sweat everyday all-day.it's ruined my life I don't like to be around people.it drenches' my clothing.I'm constantly sweating at times it don't stop.its irritating and very uncomfortable.it keeps me depressed 🙎.I don't know what to do so I just stay in the house all day unless I have to go out.its not jus physical anymore its mental.IV tried drysol but its not working.its taking over my life. K





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hi i am girma i have execessive sweating over my head,face and armpit for the last 5 years ago upto now .it makes me anxiety.so what shall i do for this problem?





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I too have this, I have had to leave my work due to this, I am indoors 24 hours of every day, it's taken over my life completely, I have other joint problems and this is the last thing I need, anyone got any advice, Pro Banthine 2x 4 daily haven't worked,used Odaban for 30+years underarms with complete success! but now it's my upper torso! my face and scalp! it runs down my scalp in rivulets! soaks my hair and drips constantly, in the past I've had to get off the bus! as everyone was staring at me! not sure what has just all of a sudden out of the blue this started! spoke to my GP but she just shrugged it off saying oh well you could have Botox, but that would be a last resort for myself xxxxxxxxxx





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I 'know' I have hyperhidrosis in my hands, I also know Zinc will alleviate the problem. My question is this - Is it possible to have this condition throughout your whole body?. I can sit around in temps of about 15degree Celsius and I'll find myself dripping from every orifice on me and it is now that I am getting fed up with it, it's uncomfortable and annoying esp when you have to keep changing clothes because you drench them.





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my age 32 year, Sir my problem face & head sweat very much, during speak, eat meal, worked very much. My body heat up suddenly & heat going up to head, my ear red & heat up during body heat up & sweat coming very much





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I am suffering terrable with the swaeats ,my hole body it affects .. It is getting me so down i'm crying as i can't get sleep ,when i'm sweating i get up even in the day wipe myself down ,Next it's happening all again with in few mins ,i try and sleep at night ,but as i wipe myself and cool myself of ,im shivering i can't sleep as so so cold ,then sweats again ... any help please





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I am 26 and have found that about 2 months ago i started sweating during sleep. It got worse and now affects me during the day as well. All over sweatibg despite feeling cold or comfortable. Its currently 13 degrees outside and I'm wearing shorts and sweating behind my knees, bottom of my feet, palms, and crook of the elbows. My fingertips are cold though. I never sweated like this before and I'm tired of my jeans sticking to my thighs everyday. I can't even go out to dinner without running to the bathroom every hour like clockwork. I even wonder if this sweating is what caused my toenail infection and vaginal infection. I've had flagyl twice and still suffer so much its like ice lost control of my bladder. Not the case unless pee can become milky white. I have no health insurance and am a stay at home mom. Any suggestions would help. Thanx





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I have been having head sweats for about 8 years I am 64 and was diagnosed at 40 with early menopause (mother and sisters same )my gp just keeps saying it menopause 25 years later and tries different types of HRT





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