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14 December 2004

Help! I'm drowning in perspiration

If you feel that you're drowning in perspiration and that you're an embarrassment to yourself, this article is for you.

Assuming that you’re not overweight, don’t suffer from a thyroid problem and that you’re in good general health, you might be suffering from hyperhidrosis. This is basically excessive perspiration due to overactivity of the sweat glands.

For localised hyperhidrosis, a 20 to 25% solution of aluminium chloride hexahydrate in absolute ethyl alcohol applied at night to the dried axillae, palms, or soles and covered tightly with a thin polyethylene film is usually effective. In the morning, the polyethylene film is removed and the area is washed free of salt. Two applications usually protect the area for 1 wk. If the aluminum chloride under occlusion is irritating, it should be tried without occlusion. This solution should not be applied to inflamed, broken, wet, or recently shaved skin.

 
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