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Dealing With Overactive Sweat Glands

by The Stir Bloggers on April 2, 2009 at 7:00 AM

I have a tendency to sweat easily. Though I haven't gone as far as asking my doctor about it, it's definitely more than the average girl...or guy for that matter.

 

Good news is, I'm one of those lucky people who don't smell when they sweat unless I'm doing some major hardcore workout, so the whole smelly-factor isn't an issue. But, still...I can't wear shirts that are really tight around the arms, black is one of my favorite colors to wear (shows less perspiration), and I love summer not for the warm weather but because I can wear tank tops (let my armpits breathe!!). I've tried practically every antiperspirant on the shelf but have yet to find one that works 100%. I sweat even when I'm cold and heaven forbid I get super stressed.

A medical condition called hyperhidrosis, commonly called overactive sweat glands, may be to blame. For me personally, I'm not dripping with sweat, but it is an annoyance to have some wetness under my arm even when it's 30-degrees outside!

I know you may be thinking "eww" and it's probably not nearly as bad as I'm making it out to be. But like I said...it's an annoyance.

So, for any of you other super-sweaters out there, here are some options:

  • Watch your vices-Carrying extra weight, smoking, and drinking alcohol or caffeine can all increase sweat.
  • Use dress shields-Place a stick-on dress shield in the underarm of a dress or blouse to avoid the telltale dark circles.
  • Prescription antiperspirants-This could help with mild cases of hyperhidrosis...I think I may bring this up at my next doctor's visit.
  • Prescription meds-Taken orally, though with side effects such as blurred vision, dry mouth, and constipation, I think I'd rather take the sweaty pits.
  • Botox injections-Temporary solution and most insurance companies do not pay for it, which means I'll not be doing this one.
  • Iontophoresis-A weekly procedure done at the hospital where electrical currents pass across the area to temporarily stop production of sweat. This is more for severe cases.

Please tell me there are others out there like me! Do you sweat a lot? How do you handle it?

Filed Under: illness, stress

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    gobucks07

    April 2, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    I sweat! And reading your buzz, I felt like "oh my god, this is me!" even down to the wearing black all the time :) I saw a dermatologist about it, and he prescribed a prescription deodorant and I applied it that night, and the next morning--NO SWEAT!  At first, you apply to clean underarms at night. For the first 2 weeks, I would apply every other night. And now I only do one application a week! Its great! Its called "hypercare." My life is so much easier now, and I can wear whatever I want!


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    MomToBeISaMom

    April 2, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    I tried the prescription meds once, but I don't recommend them.  They aren't to be used if you work out a lot because it could cause dehydration.  Well, I like to run, so that option was out.  They aren't very good for your teeth because they cause dry mouth and will prevent the natural cleaning process of salivation.  My problem isn't just the pits, so a prescription anti-perspirant isn't enough.  My hands sweat to the point that I have to carry a small hankie, especially if I'm stressed.  I've heard that you can put the anti-perspirant on your hands, but who wants that?   The weird thing is that ever since I had my first baby, the sweating has lessened (not cured, but much better).  I don't know if it was a hormonal thing or something, but I'm loving it!


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    mmmommy0207

    April 2, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    All the women in my family tend to sweat like truckdrivers. My sister and I blame my mom. I can wear what I want with the new "clinical strength" deos they have now.


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    sweatymess

    June 2, 2009 at 3:36 PM
    I sweat all over, simple tasks like getting dressed in the morning, I'm drenched in sweat; my sweat literally drips off of my body from head to toe. Its very embarrassing. I have scheduled an appointment to seek help for this problem, your comment/blogs has given me hope.
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    sunset1023

    January 15, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    Its the same for me..i sweat a lot whil dressing up in the morning..it really distrubs me..even when i am stressed or just sitting with some friend or when i do something silly..i start sweating..really embarassing..


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