Posted by: Julie | 2004/10/19

Consistently sweaty hands/palms and armpits

I have recently found that my hands sweat continiously through the day (usually during working hours) as well as a massive increase in the 'sweatiness' of my armpits. This is very embarrasing as I meet several people in the day and always have to shake their hands. Also, I have now resorted to using a men's anti-perspirant deod, which isn't always effective. It's not that there is b.o., but rather that all of my shirts/tops always have big sweat marks on them. Please could you help / advise me. I have been told that this could be an anxiety related disorder and that it could be due to an over-active gland. But, this doesn't help me solve my problem. Any Ideas would be most welcome.

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This can be related to stress, but also arises whether or not we are stressed, in some people. It gets called Hyperhidrosis, which is simply a posh word for being extra sweaty. A Dermatologist ( skin specialist ) is usually the appropriate expert here. There are special deodorants which are stronger in effect ; sometimes in very severe cases a simple op can reduce the sweating, and I hear that they're even using Botox with benefits, in this condition.
Seeing a counsellor or shrink to review whether any aspects in your life have changed at around the time you noticed the increased sweatiness , may help clarify the situation. Yoyu mention the sweatiness lasting all day, rather than only in some situations ( like meeting new people or running into particular problems at work ) which sounds, thus, less like a purely psychological cause.

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Posted by: Paul | 2004/10/19

I get that too.

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