FAQ - Hyperhidrosis
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I am 19 years old and I suffer from hyperhidrosis. For those who do not know it, its excessive sweating from certain areas of the body. In my case, I sweat excessively from my scalp. When I walk to class I'm practically sweating. Does anyone else have this condition and how do you deal with it? I'm lucky enough to have some cute girls fan me while I wait outside. I'm guessing they like me or feel bad haha. But I don't sweat like I just ran, it's just enough to bother the crap out of me, out of the norm. Anyone have a way to ease it that has the same problem?

i suffer from hyperhidrosis as well, but in the armpits. it had caused many embarrassing days, until i found CertainDri (if i remember correctly, the active ingredient is aluminum chloride). it is an over the counter product that you can buy for about $6. granted it is in a roll on form, i figure i might as well share what i have found to be a life saver. there are also pads soaked in the stuff that you can use to wipe on, but i havent tried those. just check to make sure that it contains the same active ingredient, and they might be easier to apply yo your head...good luck! :)  (+ info)


i have hyperhidrosis and i need a cure. im thinking of surgery but i don't know how much it cost can you tell me please.

Excessive sweating?? A deficiency in vitamin B12 will produce symptoms such as heart palpitations and chest pains,excessive sweating, excessive urination and dry mouth, nausea and vomiting, headaches and migraines, fatigue and exhaustion, dizzy spells, fainting and loss of balance, depression, tingling and prickling and numbing sensations in the outer extremities, insomnia and constipation, irritability and moodiness and an inability to think clearly ....Quite scary actually if you don't realise the vitamin factor.

Eat more foods rich in this vitamin ie: organ meats such as lambs fry and kidneys, skimmed milks and cheeses, fish and eggs.

If you are lactose intolerant or vegetarian then it is really important that you supplement your diet with a multi B complex tablet on a daily basis.

Things that could be robbing you of your precious B complex of vitamins are :- eating too much protein, alcohol, eating too much tinned food, antiobiotics, antidepressants, penicillin, prednisone and aspirin.

Also, try to cut back on drinks such as caffeine, tea, sodas and soft drinks as they are all B complex thieves........ as well as being great at dehydrating you.

Take a multi B complex tablet including all the B's ie: B1, B2 B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they work best synergistically (together).

The B complex of vitamins is essential for healthy neural, digestive and immune system functioning.

The B complex of vitamins is a water soluble complex and as such our bodies can neither store or produce them. Therefore we need to ingest them on a daily basis or suffer the consequences as you unfortunately are......... a good point to make here is that if you are deficient in vitamin B12 you would therefore also be deficient in iron as iron also needs vitamin B12 to be properly assimilated by the body and hence you would be displaying iron deficiency anemia symptoms ie; fatigue and exhaustion, dizzy spells and fainting.

When you take your daily supplement ensure that you take it with some type of calcium rich food ie: low fat cheese or milk or a calcium supplement as B12 needs calcium to be properly assimilated by the body........... ensure you also get enough sunshine (vitamin D) or eat cold water fishes such as tuna, salmon, sardines and whiting as calcium needs enough vitamin D to be effectively absorbed!! These cold water fishes are also a rich source of magnesium (known as the antistress mineral) which is probably another thing you need to focus on as well ~ your stress levels. Quite a handfull of information here ........ sorry it's a bit long winded but you need to know all this.

When our bodies are placed under added stress such as sickness, relationship dramas, new job, school studies or just daily life really, the B complex of vitamins are usually the first group to get used up and we therefore need to adjust our intake accordingly.

When you are getting any stress related symptoms or any of the above mentioned symptoms simply take another B tablet. As they are water soluble our bodies will simply excrete any excess in our urine.

Drink loads of fresh filtered water too as the happiest and healthiest body will always be the most hydrated one.

I sincerely wish you the best of health & vitality buddy♥

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What are some remedies for hyperhidrosis?

I've been excessively sweating for a long time now and I didn't realize that there was a name for it until just recently. So, I was wondering if there are any recommended treatments for it. I've been trying a prescription deodorant, but it doesn't seem to be working that well. So are there any other remedies for hyperhidrosis? I'm fine with any suggestions as long as it isn't surgery, botox, or iontophoresis. And if not remedies, are there any recommendations for things to do? I had heard that drinking more water was good but is there anything else?

I use to have that for a long time and it was reallllly bad until I finally tried an over the counter product called "certain dry" at night..it was a roll on...i used it several months, it helped a lot...then i stopped using it and now i don't need it. i could never use regular deodorant but now i can use any cheap product and i barely sweat. try it! good luck!  (+ info)

What kind of doctor do you go to for axillary hyperhidrosis?

I'm sweating excessively so I'm pretty sure I have axillary hyperhidrosis. I've already had my thyroids checked and the results were normal.

you should visit a dermatologist.  (+ info)

What are the side effects of a sympathectomy to cure hyperhidrosis?

I have hyperhidrosis of the hands and have been searching for a 'cure'. anxiety medications and top grade antiperspirants have proved fruitless. I am worried, first surgery and all.

Sympathectomy has side effects that should be discussed with the surgeon before proceeding. The first one is compensatory sweating also known as reflex sweating or compensatory hydrosis. The patient will develop sweat on other parts of the body such as the lower legs, thighs, abdomen, or the back. The upper body from the chest and up will be dry. All patients will develop some degree of compensatory sweating. The majority on a level that will be tolerated. In most cases 93% to 94% the patients prefer the compensatory sweating to the original sweating. About 5% to 6% of the patients will develop severe compensatory sweating that will render those patients to be unhappy.

Naturally, surgery should be the last resort. You mentioned trying antianxiety and antiperspirant agents. In the event you are unaware of other possibilities, I'm showing some excerpts from the first link below.

Topical Treatments:
Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections

These treatments are not permanent and must be applied continually or reapplied when the effect wears off. Surgery is the only permanent treatment.

Oral medications:

NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
Calcium channel blockers

Researchers have discovered that Botox injections effectively treat hyperhidrosis by blocking the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. It may take several injections to achieve the desired results, the treatments can be costly and painful, and the results only last from four months to a year.

Mayo Clinic Success Rates with Surgical Treatment:

More than 30 procedures have been performed in the past two years with excellent results. All patients have had complete relief of palmar (hands) hyperhidrosis, and, for most, additional relief of plantar (feet) hyperhidrosis.
There is a 95-98 percent success rate with palmar hyperhidrosis. Approximately 75-80 percent of axillary hyperhidrosis cases can be permanently cured.  (+ info)

How effective is botox for palmar hyperhidrosis?

I got botox injected to treat my hyperhidrosis two weeks ago. It has decreased the sweating a bit, but I still sweat a lot from my hands. Is this treatment not that effective, or does it take longer for the full effect to start working?

Contact the doctor that did it and ask about expectations. They may have treated cautiously to avoid weakness of the thumb as a side effect. You may need touch up of some areas. It is generally effective and by 2 weeks probably should be doing it.  (+ info)

What are some ways to cure Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably. People with hyperhidrosis can sweat even when the temperature is cool, and when they are at rest. Are they're anyways to cure it or control it?

Idiopathic hyperhidrosis can lead to significant social and employment distress. While many effective therapies exist, they are often associated with difficult side effects.

Most commercially available over-the-counter antiperspirants contain a low-dose metal salt (usually aluminum) that physically obstructs the opening of sweat gland ducts. These over-the-counter products are only successful in treating patients with very mild symptoms.

In patients who do not respond to over-the-counter antiperspirants, prescription strength antiperspirants such as 20 percent aluminum chloride in ethanol (Drysol) or 6.25 percent aluminum tetrachloride (Xerac) may provide adequate therapy for patients with mild to moderate axillary, palmar, or plantar hyperhidrosis.

Prescription strength antiperspirants should be applied nightly until improvement is noted; significant improvement may be noted within one week. The interval between applications can then be gradually lengthened, with once weekly applications typically needed for maintenance therapy.

Unfortunately, treatment with strong antiperspirants is often limited by skin irritation (especially in the axillary region). To reduce the risk of irritation, these products should be applied to dry skin between episodes of sweating. Ideally, it should be applied at bedtime when idiopathic hyperhidrosis is at a minimum and washed off in the morning.

Others have recommended using a hair dryer to quickly dry the application, or to use baking soda powder in the morning to neutralize any remaining aluminum chloride.

Low potency corticosteroid creams (such as 2.5 percent hydrocortisone cream) can help alleviate the axillary irritation that frequently occurs.

Other, more drastic modes of therapy are available.

If you want more information, you should go see your physician.

Best of luck.

-random physician  (+ info)

Can drinking more water help reduce excess sweating known as Hyperhidrosis?

I am 14 and suffer from palmer (hand) and planter (foot) Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). i was wondering, can drinking more water help reduce excess sweating by cooling the body down, or just make more water available for sweating? Thanks!

No, but it can avoid dehydration when this occurs. It does not help to restrict water either. Treatments such as aluminum chloride antiperspirants , medications such as oxybutynin or glycopyrrolate have been helpful to stop sweat production and botox injections have been very helpful although somewhat costly and they have to be repeated periodically. A more permanent treatment called endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy is a surgical procedure that can also help. I recommend you see a dermatologist for help with this condition if you haven't already.  (+ info)

I have palmar hyperhidrosis but my hands are not cold instead they are hot?

A lot of people that have palmar hyperhidrosis have their hands cold. I dont instead my hands are so clammy and hot. So is there anyone else that has hot hands too.

The only reason people think they get cold is when its cool out or AC is on and the sweat just cools on your skin. Your hands with HH will generally always be hot, clammy and wet.

Other than that, they might just have a cold sweat and not HH.  (+ info)

Why don't they make sandals or shoes for people with hyperhidrosis?

Most sandals or shoes that are meant to be worn without socks have insoles that don't absorb moisture - not to mention, these materials aren't very comfortable. I can't wear most of the sandals or thongs I see due to hyperhidrosis. I've seen very few open-toed shoes that have cloth or fabric insoles. Can anyone recommend a line of shoes (or specific pairs) that have absorbent/fabric/cloth/suede insoles?

Shoes for conditions like these are not available because there is not enough of a market.  (+ info)

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