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Excessive Sweating

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 08:52 AM

Question: I sweat profusely from my scalp and my hair is always wet. Strangely, I don’t have a problem with my underarms, hands, or feet. I have gone to several specialists and they all say I have “hyperhidrosis.” I am a middle-aged woman. What treatments might work for me?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
The treatments for excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis range from prescription antiperspirants and medications to Botox, surgery, and more. Sometimes conditions like diabetes, heart failure, anxiety, and an overactive thyroid gland can cause this problem, and it can also be a side effect of some medications. See your doctor who will be able to identify the cause and recommend an appropriate treatment.

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