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Sweating With Stitches
It's the bacteria: The offensive odor associated with sweating is caused by residual bacteria left on the skin. Your best strategies are showering at least once daily with antibacterial soap, toweling off thoroughly (bacteria have harder time multiplying on dry skin) with a clean towel, and using a strong antiperspirant containing aluminum hydroxide. Only wear clean clothes including socks; maybe fewer onions/garlic ...Read more
Hyperhidrosis: Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating of the underarms, palms, or soles of the feet or breasts. Treatment may involve over-the-counter antiperspirants, prescription antiperspirants, iontophoresis, medications, surgery, and botox. I prescribe 3% topical glycoyrrolate to be used as needed. ...Read more
When excessive sweating affects the hands, feet, and armpits, it's called primary or focal hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis affects 2 - 3% of the population, yet less than 40% of patients with this condition seek medical advice. In the majority of primary hyperhidrosis cases, no cause can be found. It seems to run in families.
It can also occur from medical condition. See your doctor for a dx. ...Read more
Not from sweating: You will temporarily lose weight with sweating but as soon as you drink your body will replace that fluid. This is not real weight loss since it represents only a temporary shift. Weight loss only comes from burning calories not sweating. If exercise causes you to sweat then weight loss that is real will be from the exercise not the sweat. ...Read more
Hyperhydrosis: Botox injections in the underarm area has been employed to reduce sweating. Sweaty palms have been treated by cutting the sympathetic nerves in the thoracic area of the spine. Both treatments have variable success. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Fever!: Take a temperature now! High fever in children is an emergency so get the child checked right away. Mild fevers are normal with viral infections and this might be most likely but call your doctor for instructions for any fever over 102 and have children's liquid Acetaminophen available. ...Read more
Many options: There is a condition called hyperhidrosis which is excessive persperation. This can happen in the armpits, hands or feet. There are different options for treatment from prescription deodorants to surgery. In my practice, I use Botox which can reduce sweating in the armpits. This is a temporary treatment that needs to be repeated. ...Read more
Possibly: If you are in a high temperture, stressed environment, sometimes you run out of fluid to make sweat or you develop what is termed "heat exhaustion" and death can result. This is obviously uncommon but can occur in dry hot climates and much work is done for athletes in summer training to add water and salt to their intake to prevent these problems. ...Read more
There are many causes of excessive sweating and until your doctor figures out why you have excessive sweating you will feel unwell.
Are you overweight? Are you underweight?
Are you exercising too much? Not enough?
Are you on medications?
The list goes on. See your doctor for advice and care. ...Read more
Aluminum chloride: Aluminum chloride can stop sweating in the underarms. There are pills like glyccopyrolate that stop sweating. Iontophoresis involves reversing the calcium channels and can stop sweating. There is a surgical procedure called a sympathectomy that can also stop sweating. ...Read more
Hyperhidrosis: Certin-dri and xerac are over-the-counter products at low concentrations. Work best if applied to a dry area and covered with plastic overnight. Should be washed off in the morning. Effect should be noted within 1 mo. Prescription medication like drysol is also effective. ...Read more