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Anyone with Hyperhidrosis?

26 June 2004
"Almost 3 million Americans suffer from an excessive sweating condition known as hyperhidrosis. It is a medical condition described as sweating beyond what is necessary to cool the body. The most common areas affected by hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, are the hands, feet, and underarms. Other areas affected include facial and scalp sweating as well as facial blushing.

While there are there a number of medical treatments available, most provide only temporary relief from this socially debilitating condition. Fortunately, our surgeons have refined a minimally invasive, outpatient surgical procedure known as endoscopic thoracoscopic sympathectomy that offers patients a solution to their hyperhidrosis. This is a welcome option for people who have been suffering with this condition and the short-lived “fixes” for a lifetime."

I'm only 23 and I sweat crazy, especially on my back and feet, not to mention the fact that it's June. Does anyone else deal with this "pain"? How do you deal with it? I'm not interested in a surgery...
you are not alone....
I knew a girl in college who had to walk around with two handerchiefs...one in each hand. If she didnt hold them her hands would quickly get so sweaty they would drip.

She was a really cute girl but found it VERY difficult to date because she was so self conscious.

I also started sweating a bunch for no reason back when I was about 18. It got bad enough for me to go to the doctor and check it out. He thought it was because of puberty and told me it would pass with age. Its definitely lessened but I still sweat like a crazy cow. I have learned to accept it and deal with it.

The thing that pisses me off most....is I now sweat when I eat hot food. BOTH hot as in temperature hot and hot as in spicy. This sucks because I LOOOOVE spicy food. This started when I was about 20. Before that you could give me a boiling hot bowl of mashed jalapenos and I wouldnt break out in a single drop.

You know whats good....drinking beer and eating those pickled jalapenos...yummy.


good luck man. I think you will reach a point where you just wont care anymore. Unless it affects your personal life then maybe do something about it.

hmmm... Try looking into botox treatments, they are effective (albeit not permanent) for 'sweating'.

There is an elective surgical procedure that is being done in the last 2 years that can cure excessive sweating in the face, and hand. The feet are a whole another issue.

The procedure entails cutting a group of nerves sitting near the spine canal(actually on top of it) that controls sweating. It is done by CardioThoracic surgeons. Unfortunately, most insurances don't pay for it. I will try to find a link to it.
I've tried the botox for my underarms, and it worked for about 3-4mths at a time.

It was costly though. Botox itself was covered under my drug plan, but
I had to pay $200/arm for the treatment itself. $400 every 3-4mths isn't
that bad, but on a yearly basis, it can add up. That and it involves a series
of about 15-20 needles directly into the areas where you sweat the most.

They use starch and iodine, and when you begin sweating, they can identify
which spots to inject with the Botox. When it comes down to it, you're
paying $1,200-$1,600 (assuming Botox is covered under your drug plan;
mine was but I'm in Ontario, Canada) and you receive approximately 45-60
needles per arm. The payoff however is reduced sweating (I'd say about
90% in my case, from experience) for the that yearly period. :eek:

I only did it for about a year, and as I understand it, the more you go, eventually
your body can develop a tolerance for it, and it'd become less effective, but
I don't recall that being the case too often, so for those interested, if you
don't mind needles, and have some cash to spend and try the procedure, I'd
recommend calling around to see who the specialist is in your area.

Now I simply live normally, and I found that the more I thought about it, the
more I would sweat. Now that I have accepted it and live with it, I find I
sweat less and really have no problems with it at all. I guess to me it was
mostly mental, and once I got over that, the physical part followed suit. :tongue:

Good luck and I hope this helps. :smile:
Try Drysol liquid, it works great. You need to apply it every month or so and you need to get the prescription from your Dr.
hlweyl said:
Try Drysol liquid, it works great. You need to apply it every month or so and you need to get the prescription from your Dr.

I found that stuff did next to nothing.
I still have 4 bottles of that stuff sitting around.

Might as well toss it unless anyone wants them?
They're small ones. About the size of a lighter.