Don’t Live Life as a Puddle

Sweating’s natural, but over-sweating—aka, hyperhidrosis—can be problematic, bordering on intolerable.’s Dr. Richard Oliver has some advice.

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Over-Sweating Is a Common Problem
“Some people sweat more than is required to keep their body temperature controlled. When that reaches a certain level, that’s known as hyperhidrosis. We estimate at least 1 percent of people in the U.K. suffer with it—these people don’t have more or bigger sweat glands, theirs are simply more active.”

Avoiding Unsightly Sweat Marks
“Loose fitting clothing will reduce skin-to-clothing contact, and white or black clothing doesn’t show sweat marks as much. For important meetings, presentations, weddings, interviews, etc., there are also protectors that can be placed inside the armpit to absorb sweat and prevent it appearing as a mark.”

Dealing with Clammy, Wet Palms
“Antiperspirants are the best first-line product to try, usually the strongest strengths can be applied to the hands (and the feet). The next best is iontophoresis, which involves using a machine and immersing the hands or feet into water baths through which an electric current is passed, transferring the ions from the tap water toward the skin.”

If All Else Fails…
“If sweating is beginning to affect your quality of life, see your GP, who may refer you to a dermatologist. Botulinum toxin (Botox®)—which blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles—is licensed for sweating of the underarms: It’s not widely available on the NHS, but many private clinics offer it. Doctors can also prescribe tablets to reduce sweating—known as anticholinergics (or antimuscarinics)—which are effective, but do have significant side effects, such as a dry mouth and urinary retention.”

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