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A 26-year-old member asked:

I sweat uncontrollably and it's embarrassing, is there something that causes this and what can i do?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Hyperhidrosis: When excessive sweating occurs unpredictably without triggers such as high temperatures, vigorous exercise or nervous situations, it is called hyperhidrosis. It’s due to overactive sweat glands. It may be hereditary, but sometimes due to other problems like hyperthyroidism, menopause or anxiety. Please see a doctor to determine what's appropriate for you (drysol, anticholinergic meds, botox, etc).
Dr. Laura Skellchock
Dermatology 36 years experience
There's hope!: First of all we'd need to make sure there is not a systemic cause of your problem (like excess thyroid action). If this is primarily in your armpits, the newest and best treatment is called miradry. We'll have it available in our office by the end of january 2012.
Dr. Michelle Pennie
Dermatology 17 years experience
Hyperhidrosis: I agree with checking for underlying causes for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). I often start patients on aluminum chloride solution at night to block the sweat ducts. If this does not work, Botox is very effective and sometimes covered by insurance.
Last updated Dec 8, 2015
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