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Excessive head and face sweating

I am 63 and for the last 22 years have suffered with excessive sweating on my head and face, which seems to be getting worse.  This is uncomfortable and embarrassing.  If I do anything even slightly energetic (hoovering, ironing etc.) it is worse, and it takes a long time for me to cool down.  I was referred to a dermatologist who prescribed pills, which just dried up my eyes (red, sore and bloodshot within 30 mins) and mouth (making it impossible to eat or even speak).  She point blank refused to consider any other treatment, even telling me botox does not work for the face, which i know is untrue.  This condition, to other people, seems trivial but it is not.  In the summer I cannot go outside, so I can't even play with my grandchildren.  I certainly couldn't go out shopping or to a social event, the sweat drips off me and my hair is drenched within minutes.  I obviously cannot use make-up, or even have a decent hairstyle, which zaps the confidence.  I do have a thyroid problem but that is well controlled.  I am a little overweight but not much.  I have other non-related medical conditions (arthritis, fibromyalgia).  Has anyone any experience of the new gadget around which includes a mask for the face, plugged into a machine - sorry I can't remember the name of it.  I know they are very expensive but I am desperate.  Any helpful tips would be great.  Thank you. 

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  • tinaj1962 tinaj1962 gill22568

    Gill, did you have Oxybutilin?

    • tinaj1962 tinaj1962 gill22568

      Yes and for me they have been fantastic! They have changed my life - I take 2 When I wake. This last until around mid afternoon. If I'm just at home I often don't bother now as it has slowed up the sweats now. I have been on it for almost a year. I only get a slghtly dry mouth, if I use 2-3 doses a day. then I eat tic tacs or gum and have water on me. I wonder if you were presribed too strong a dose?

    • vicki48285 vicki48285 tinaj1962

      I had the same overheating problems. My head chest face drip ridiculously. I just found this forum and I put a call into my doctor asking what her opinion is on the drug you mentioned. How quickly did you notice changes.? The only medication I am on are water pills for high blood pressure. I am 54 and hormones from menopause could be a problem but I think it's more. What everyone has described is me!

    • pajoneski pajoneski vicki48285

      Hi Vicki.  My docs have said my head sweats is from menopause.  Started in 2002.  I know it is not menopause, but convincing them has been tough. It may be a matter of switching docs.  I was prescribed oxybutilin many years ago by a group of women doctors.  It was wonderful, even though I had no saliva lol.  But now when I take it, I become so tired.  I have always taken it as needed. Plan to try

      something else, just to see....  I will keep you posted.  So happy I found this group!!!!!

    • MrJonas MrJonas pajoneski

      dude, I've also tried oxybutilin but it's like becoming a zombie! I feel drownsiness and I' cannot think 100% lucid and clear!

      when I go out for party or something where no brain is need it's fine... however to work, where I need to focus and be efficient 100% it's not so good... do u take any other med to counter this effect ?

    • barb47892 barb47892 vicki48285

      I have had this overheating problem for quite some time. I live in the Midwest and this summer has been hot and humid which has made this even worse. My Doctor attributed it to menapause and recommended hormone replacement therapy. I am a nurse and opted not to go that route and instead opted for antidepressants which did not help the problem. My continued research found this site and it's been a godsend. I have made an appt with my doctor and hopefully I will finally get some relief. 

    • kim49809 kim49809 tinaj1962

      Hi, I just found this forum, and like everyone else I'm delighted to be a part of a group that has the same problem I'm having. NONE of my friends or family have this problem and I'm tired of explaining why I'm dripping all over everything. The medication you're taking does it make you feel loopy, or like you shouldn't be driving?

    • nutmeggins nutmeggins tinaj1962

      I am another who is so happy to have found this forum. My head and face sweat so profusely I have to carry paper towels in my purse to dry them. It is not only embarrassing, it is very irritating to have the sweat running into my eyes and ears. Does anyone else have this problem? I finally got my hair cut very short and now when I rub my scalp and face dry at least it makes the hairstyle cuter.

      I have extremely bad dry mouth but I am still thinking of trying oxybutrynin. I am very hopeful that it will help with the horrible sweating without making it even harder to swallow and talk. I have not tried the prescription pills yet but I am thinking about trying the OTC patch. Has anyone else tried the OTC patch?

    • kathy52177 kathy52177 nutmeggins

      Hi nutmeggins,

      You sound exactly like me. I carry washcloths with me and if I forget, I am always on the look-out for paper towels. Yes, sweat dripping in your eyes all the time HURTS.  I am stopped at security at airports because apparently someone with sweat dripping down their face appears to be nervous and therefor suspicious. It is only my head and face and my hair looks like I just got out of the shower half of the time.  Everyday I spend time getting ready to go out and wonder how long it will be before all of the preparation was just a waste of time. Does anyone know what this is?  I have Lupus and my doctor has always dismissed this as an autonomic sweating disorder but has never suggested anything I could take. I also am not sure that this is what it is because it is only the head and face. Do you get cold eventually?  Sometimes people think I am sweating because I am hot, but I am actually cold. When I feel my face, it is ice cold. I never do anything without ending up a sweaty mess. What is the OTC patch? Did you try it?  Is it working?

       

    • Racingirl911 Racingirl911 ltanya59218

      Hi there Itanya59218!!

      Okay, the good news is that I found a dermatologist nearby who, according to his nurse, does do Botox for head and face excessive sweating! The bad news is that he is in Lima. I have an appointment with him in the next few weeks, so I'll let you know how it goes! Have you researched Cleveland Clinic yet??

    • bill09319 bill09319 MrJonas

      If you read some of the studies out there, oxy can lead to cognitive decline wheras glycopyrrolate has not shown these effects. From personal experience, i can tell a difference in how i function when i take glycopyrrolate... but i definitely don't feel like a zombie. Glyco seems safer to me in this respect. I am not sure why doctors would prescribe oxy over glyco with this information in mind. It doesn't make sense given the risks.

    • Patsy - Pat Patsy - Pat tinaj1962

      Tina, what is the dosage of Oxybutynin you are taking?  I am currently on this drug for weak bladder problems taking 10mg per day.  That has not helped with the profuse head, face, back and front sweating.  Are you taking more than 10mg a day?  Thanks much. 

      P.S. I have asked my regular doctor, and GYN doctor about this sweating and they say, "I don't know why you would do that?"  It would seem some doctor somewhere would also have this and be able to help those of us who have it as well.

    • drennen 92505 drennen 92505 tinaj1962

      I'm 65 years old. I have excessively sweat from my face and head for 40 years. I've been checked for medical reasons. I'm fine. I can't be in the heat, or do anything that exerts energy. I'll be dripping perspiration. I'm going to ask my Dr about the Oxybutilin. I've been hospitalized 4 times for electilyte imbalance. I take vitamins and drink plenty. Thank you for the information!!

    • Diane051166 Diane051166 Dj14

      I used black cohash and it to begin with it did work. Then bam it didnt. Doctors always try to say its the menapause but ive had this now since i was 42 and im 51 and it has gotten worse. Hence i now have short hair which still looks like ive just had a shower. I hope the herbals work for u

    • pat49338 pat49338 kathy52177

      omg, I JUST FOUND THIS SITE.  I thought I was totally alone with these sweating problem  When I go grocery shoping and get up to the check out I am soaking wet on my head and the sweat is just dripping from my hair.  People stare at me like I'm having a heart attack.  I too carry  paper towels with me. Has any one found a cure for this?

    • angela53887 angela53887 pat49338

      Yeah, I just found it yesterday too. I read through a lot of the comments and there are some t hings that have worked for people and some that haven't. I'm going to check with my dermatologist about some of the suggestions and see what she says. My next appointment is on the 25 of this month. I'll let you know what she says,

    • janelle99012 janelle99012 bill09319

      I have been searching for months to find a forum like this! I am finding the facial sweating to be a real hindrance to me professionally. I take paper towels into every meeting and I sometimes have to remove my glasses because they keep fogging up. I am calling the dermatologist tomorrow. I have MS and wonder sometimes if that has something to do with it, but when I mentioned it to my neurologist she just laughed and said call your regular doctor about menopause. I am 46 so that's possible but I think less likely. SO hoping the derm can help me. 

    • kathleen85123 kathleen85123 drennen 92505

      Hi Drennen - I am also 65, but this didn't start until just about a year ago.  I also have electrolyte problems AND a genetic potassium disorder.  I take Vicodin for degenerative disc disease (my neck), anti anxiety medication and blood pressure medication (a nervous system inhibitor).  I truly think I need to get off of one for awhile to see how that goes, then go from there.  BUT...............................

      ​I before I can really do that I need to figure out how to deal with my pain and my blood pressure, so I guess I'll try stopping the anxiety medication.  I have a very long and intimate relationship with the medical community.  UGH!  Just got diagnosed with something that I've always had (because it's genetic) and have been going to doctors for 20 years.  Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis - it's very rare and there is no cure, no fix; medications are slim to none because it's so rare.  

      I do notice that stress will trigger it and of course heat is the enemy.  I think the electrolytes play a part somehow (a lot of people have mentioned electrolytes in this forum) but I don't know that.  I also have been diagnosed with Fibro, Sjogrens, RA and the DDD.  

       

    • jeanne70329 jeanne70329 janelle99012

      I have heard that and many other things said to me by at least four different doctors.  Not one has ever heard of the condition, one Otolarygynologist even said "there are no  sweat glands on the scalp".  At my request, he submitted a claim to my insurance for Botox injections, but they denied it.  The doctor said it would $800.  I went to a plastic surgeon who said it would be $2,000.  Of course it would depend on how many cc's of Botox was used.  The Plastic Surgeon, who had never heard of a condition like this,  did reasearch was very kind and called me back.  I am thinking of asking him to re-submit the claim to my insurance because I have learned that insurance sometimes does cover underarm hyperhydrosis.  Those of us who suffer this condition know that it isn't just the social stigma of it, but the "hot head" that goes with it.  Usually after I have had an "episode", I am completely drained.  I am 74, and the condition seems to increase with my medical issues that I take nine different prescription for.  It may behove us to look into teaching hospitals or Mayo Clinic.

      Best of luck to you, "persist"...

    • angela53887 angela53887 jeanne70329

      It amazes me when Dr.'s just laugh about stuff and brush it off like it's not important and that we don't know what we're talking about. Grrrr! I had a male Dr. for a while that someone else recommended. He didn't listen to me like I wanted him to. I felt like he was treating my symptoms as trivial. I changed to a female Dr. and told her why I wanted a female Dr., stating that I felt the male Dr. didn't listen to or understand my female issues. She listened to me at first, but eventually she stopped too. I went to her because my hair was falling out drastically. It was everywhere! She wrote it off as stress and just laughed. I felt like she was treating me like a hypochondriac. I changed Dr.'s to another female. She did lab tests and decided that I have an underactive thyroid, which was making my hair fall out. I take thyroid medication now and the hairloss did slow down, but it's still pretty thin.

      It had not ever occurred to me to go to a dermatologist about my hyperhydrosis until I read some comments in this forum. I had already been seeing a dermotologist for some other issues, so I wrote down most of the things people on here that said worked for them and then showed them to her. She stated that the treatment that works the best that she has seen it Glycopyrrolate. Unfortunately I can't use it because I take another medication that causes problems with it. Dang it!

      Some of the people's comments talk about Botox and that it isn't covered by insurance. If that was a long time ago, you might try going again. Insurance does change over time and will sometimes start to cover thins they didn't used to cover. Party because they have found more uses for Botox now rather than just your physical looks.

      I read that only 2-3% of the population have this problem, so I can understand why there isn't much info out there about it, but you would think a Dr. would be willing to do some research on it rather than laugh at us.

      Keep on keeping on!

    • MarshaNV MarshaNV pajoneski

      I’ve been on various numbers (1-3) of Robinul & not had much success.  One & two didn’t do much; one day with three sent me to bed & sleep for most of the day! My problem is I’m on OxyContin (20 mg/day) for major back issues. The combination makes me not function well. Not sure what’s worse—sweats or exhaustion!!!

    • bill09319 bill09319 MarshaNV

      Hi Marsha,

      Did you take the robinul separate from your other meds and on a fully empty stomach? I have found that if i even take an advil along with mine, it won't work. The only way it works for me is if i break the glycopyrrolate up into quarters and give it a full 2 hours alone in my stomach, only drinking water with it.

  • wormwoodbush wormwoodbush gill22568

    Hi gill, I too suffer this, as well as fibromyalgia and arthritis. Mine is genetic, medication related and fibromyalgia related. I have no doubt yours will be partly fibromyalgia related too. You can get a prescription product called glycopyrrolate in topical form that helps with craniofacial hyperhydrosis, which is what we have. I'm yet to try it, but all the reading I've done is positive and side effects are minimal to nil as you're applying the medication rather than ingesting it. I can't take any meds that dry me up, as I'm already on similar ones for other reasons. So I manage my sweating without meds. I wear colorful bandanas everyday, folded up to be about a 2 inch wide strip and I wear them on my upper forehead just on and below the hairline. It's pretty simple, just get a normal square cotton (cotton is best) bandana and fold into a triangle. Bring the top point of the triangle down to meet the middle of the bottom straight section, then roll/fold from the top town in about 2 inch widths till its one long strip, put in place, tie behind your head and you're done. I do find tying it a bit awkward, but I solved this by tying it moderately tight, removing the whole thing, getting the hair uncaught from the knot and then slip it back on. To avoid looking like a hippy, pull it down to your neck, pull all hair through and put it back on so it's under your hair. Looks pretty much like a headband then. It absorbs sweat all day and stops my hair and face from dripping. Sometimes I need to change it in hot weather, but mostly it lasts all day. I keep 2 on the go as it often takes 2 days for one to dry. I wear mine 2-3x each before washing, but that's dictated by smell. Hope this helps. -Ros

    • gill22568 gill22568 wormwoodbush

      Thank you, and I'm so glad you have relief from this dreadful condition.  Sadly, i find that putting anything on my head makes the problem worse, it's confusing, because they say we should wear hats to keep the heat from escaping in cold weather, and with me they do just that, so the heat is trapped and the problem worse.  I did make myself a light towelling bandana once, lasted about 5 seconds!  But thank you for trying to help me.  I just had my hair cut really short, but within minutes of 'over-heating' my hair was drenched.  Cheers, Gill

    • wormwoodbush wormwoodbush gill22568

      Gill, I'm not sure where you live, but I'm Australian and as most people know we have just about the hottest summers of any country on the planet. I sweat all year round, even in the dead of winter, but in summer my life is unbearable. We get many days above 30 degrees Celsius and some over 40! The cotton rolled bandanas last me through a summer day where I'm sedentary, I often need to change if I'm active, but in the really dry heat (which most of the heat thankfully is in southern parts of Australia) the bandana often dries up partly so it lasts all day. Honestly give it a try, I can soak a face flannel by mopping my face all day if I don't wear the bandana, but with it, my hair usually stays dry and the sweat rarely gets past it. Like you I barely sweat from my armpits or hands. But I sweat badly from my shoulders, back, groin and behind the knees. It's so debilitating as you can't go out in public with it. I have to wear a singlet or two shirts in summer so the sweat doesn't soak the top shirt too much, but then I get too hot! I don't think people really understand how debilitating craniofacial hyperhydrosis is! Ask your doc about the glycopyrrolate lotion and wipes, I'm going to get some next time I see my GP as I've had enough and I can't take oxybutynin because of other meds I'm on. The electro face stimulation device is expensive from what I've heard and you must continue treatment at whatever intervals they recommend for you, for life and I believe the sessions take a while to complete. The glycopyrrolate can be obtained on prescription so costs the same as any other meds and you can put it on and miss days and it will still work. It can be worn under make up and takes as long as face cream to apply. Hence I've decided which treatment I want. I think you said you were told they can't botox sweat glands on the head/face, that's crap, I've read studies on that form of treatment. Plus botox in it's traditional use for eliminating face wrinkles. Find another specialist if you want to go the botox method, apart from the expense, I've heard it's very effective. Good luck hun

    • jran jran wormwoodbush

      Hi Gill and wormwood I am from Oz too,have the same sweating problem more pronounced after a warm shower i have tried cold but its too cold then. but i cant even sit at desk without on sweating back of head.Its very embarrassing i play bridge & i have to sit under air con at the coolest table so i dont sweat and thats in air cond room. I take Noten for Blood pressure & thyroxine for thyroid and just started on Lexapro. I get anxious and stressed easily so i hope that helps me. When i walk and run i dont sweat any more than others, actually i sweat worse when not active, its weird you would think i would.I had Botox in Thailand in August, didnt seem to help in any way over there or here. I tried dri clor that burns my skin on face and underarms chaff. I put foundation on and it seems worse after i do that too. Any info and help would be greatly appreciated.

      Cheers

    • jonathan3845 jonathan3845 wormwoodbush

      I am glad this works for you but I can say I know it does not work for everyone. I am 36 years old and when I sit in an air conditioned house I still have a fan pointed at my head. I work and a lot of the time outside so I have to adapt. I do use bandanas but I go through about 15 or more a day and that is only because there is not enough time to swap them out as much as needed. I think they are soaked in about 5 minutes and then it is steaming down my face yet again. this can be in the middle of winter as well. I'm not sure what to do about it but it is all I have for now.

    • Luckysjoy Luckysjoy wormwoodbush

      Thanks so much for a suggestion

      I too suffer from this endlessly in the past couple years. I am 55 years old and I too have RA and Fibromyalgia and neuropathy and I did somewhat attribute this to my fibro.

      But this is far beyond a "flare"

      It is so embarrassing

      I live in a small community complex where there are a lot of elderly here as the housing is for elderly and disabled. Myself being the latter.

      My huge embarrassment was about 8 of us went out for a meal a few months ago in winter.

      At the restaurant is was removing my outer shirt. Hair soaked underneath and sweat pouring down my face eyes lip nose it was so embarrassingBID had to excuse myself to go outside to cool down I need help with this.

      I live in the southwest of England.

    • Dana58 Dana58 gill22568

      Hi all I have the same complaint and having been suffering since 1998. My Doctors first put it down to me being over weight but after a Gastric bypass in 2003 they had no answer as it got worse. Since I have many medical problems related to a work accident to my lower spine in 1994 they have been blaming it on medication. They dont know thats the truth. I have been researching this for years. I have people come to my home and are appalled at the sweat running down my face straight down my nose into my cooking. Its so embarrising. I have tried pills but they add to my Dry Mouth Syndrome thats e as ting away my teeth. I plan to go out but before I get there my makeup had disappeared. One Doctor said to me I dint wear makeup and I said well you are not as old as me. I could have killed her. I am from Australia also and the heat is terrible but using airconitioners in winter??. I have been recomended to having Botox in the sweat glands in the top of your Head some say will work but at $500 gor botox and $500 for the Doctor to inject it. Im so bad now as it has excellerated. I will try anything as it has moved fown to my neck and my tops are soaked. Headbands sounded good but I ring them out consistently. Hey I said to my Neaurologist that has the body have a thermostat. Yes we do. Well it sounds like it is broken. When the muscles in our body start to move it causes heat in our body. The more we move which can just be lifting our arms the heat in our body moves up into the top of the head where it escapes. The issue is moving muscles cause heat!!!. I have been looking through Goigle and there a couple of know problems that relate to this but when you talj to Doctors etc they think you mean people that have excessive sweating on their hands and under arms etc. Why dont they send us to the rite people. Anyway good luck all. I am almost 60yrs now and they dont want to find out what is this problem or care.

      Now a tip to those like me that sometimes you like to go out and look nice. Makeup that stays on longer I found one that is excellent. I cant tell you the brand I dont think but its originally from New Zealand. Ion the Ads show it covering tatoos. I put the concealer on a sponge and find its easy to move over your face with only using a small amount and it drys and stays on almost all night with a small blotting with mens hankerchiefs. (Soft) when needed. Its only about $22 Aus. a tube. Lasts for ages. You could put powder over the top but I like that look.

      Keep in touch incase someone finds out what is causing this. Its definately a Neaurological problem but what? I am so happy to be able to read these post to see I am not the only one who is putting up with this debilitating problem. Love you all Dana x

  • bonnie59245 bonnie59245 gill22568

    Hi gill, I am in the same position you are with the sweating of my face and hair. No one seems to have any answers. This keeps me from doing almost everything I enjoy. I to have fibromyalgia, have had it for 15 years. I can be doing nothing and all of a sudden I start sweating and it gets so bad most of the time that I am dripping. I am really at a loss on how to get help with this. Any info you might have would be greatly appreciated.

    • drennen 92505 drennen 92505 bonnie59245

      I posted an all to familiar story earlier. I have read many of these posts. We all have about the same issues. Extreme sweating from the face and head. There are two common threads with mist if us. Fibromyalgia and arthritis. I'm not sure what would cause the swearing problem with either of these problems unless there's s medication that would be the cause. I've had fibromyalgia for 25 years. I no longer take any meds because of my kidneys. I have had this sweating issue since I was 25 years old. My mother had the same problem. I'm going to speak to my Dr about the two suggestions to help the sweating. I live in So California. We have hot weather almost year round. This summer has been over 100+ ... I sweat even when it's cooler if I do anything.

  • eileen11130 eileen11130 gill22568

    I live in USA and do not always have the same options as you do and vice versa.   I never heard of a face mask.   I sweat, head , face , chest, legs groin, mostly when sleeping.  Hot or cold, I still sweat.   It started when I went thru menopause and just got worse as time went by.    Doctors either don't get it or don't care.   No one has really done anything to help me.  There is a new Hyperdydrosis clinic in our hospital I am going to call and see what they say.   If it's not , armpits, hands or feet it is called Secondary a Hyperhydrosis for which there seems to be no help.   I stay home have lost friends, do nothing because it is a terrible illness and yes, it is an illness.  I am 68 and feel I will be dead and sweating in my grave!!    Good luck....

    • gill22568 gill22568 eileen11130

      Hi Eileen, the face mask is part of a machine which is plugged in and delivers small electric shocks to the affected areas, i wish i could remember what it is called.  I do know they are very expensive.  I asked for botox and was told it didn't work for sweating - well, it does!  They just don't want to give it to me on the NHS because it is so expensive.  I agree with you, sadly this IS an illness with devastating 'side effects', i.e. loss of social life and unable to do anything in the warm weather - and I don't mean hot weather, I mean warm.  I don't sweat at night, mercifully, but i have a lightweight duvet.  My armpits, feet etc. don't sweat at all, nor my hands, which are always very dry.  I wish the health professionals would realise this is not just bothersome, but crippling.  No, there is no pain, but i would not wish this on my worst enemy.  I too suffer from fibromyalgia and RA, and sometimes i think i will stop taking all the meds and see if that helps.  I would seriously prefer pain that the discomfort and embarrassment of this horrible illness.  I hope you find some relief, let me know if you do, and of course i will do the same.  Take care, Gill

    • bill09319 bill09319 eileen11130

      Eileen, go to a dermatologist and try glycopyrrolate. It's amazing! Read my other posts below on it too, regarding my experience. You don't have to lose friends. This can help! Just be prepared to drink a lot of water smile for the dry mouth. Totally worth it

    • MrJonas MrJonas bill09319

      hello!

      what's your dosage for glycopyrolate ? 2mg per day ?

      how to counter dry mouth please ? in my job is very important I'm fluent speaker and when I tried 3mg of glycopyrolate it reduced 60% of my hh but I barely couldn't speak! help please! 

    • bill09319 bill09319 MrJonas

      Sorry to respond so late.. i take between 2 and 3 mg once per day in the morning. I have found that i have to break the pills up into quarters to get them to dissolve faster. I also take with warm water and keep an empty stomach until they kick in.

    • drennen 92505 drennen 92505 MrJonas

      Have you tried the oral Bioten products. There is a spray you can take in your purse. There are mouth swabs and I start my day with the mouth wash. This works very well fir dry mouth. It is available at most drug stores or Walmart,targets. I hope this helps.

  • eileen11130 eileen11130 gill22568

    Hi, this is Eileen 11130 again.   I meant to ask , do you sweat at night?  I sweat all night long.   I change clothes 4-5, times and am constantly soaked.  I wear cotton twirl use like you would after you wash your hair nd change then several times a night also.   I am always tired as I never sleep and entire night.  I also have RA , OA, Fibro, and PMR.   For which I take meds.  Take care......

    • wormwoodbush wormwoodbush eileen11130

      I sweat within minutes of showering, regardless of the weather, I can't dry off because I sweat before I get there. I use corn starch talcum powder (not regular talc only the one made from corn starch as it's more absorbant and safer in the groinal region) all over my body in order to get dressed. I use it heavily in my groin and under my breasts. My armpits don't sweat much, so regular deoderant works there. Australia recently put the prescription strength antiperspirants on the shelves in the supermarkets, I bought one and tried it on my neck and chest area as this is where I sweat most at night and it really did work. So between the clinical strength antiperspirants (that's what they're called), regular antiperspirants, talc and perfume, oh and my folded bandana on my head (see my first comment above) I manage my hyperhydrosis reasonably OK. I can't shower more than twice to three times a week as they tire me out and make me dizzy and it's dangerous as I've almost passed out numerous times all thanks to the fibromyalgia!! But I wash every day and now thanks to the clinical strength antiperspirants, I don't sweat as much at night, making me smell better during the day. I hope something I've said is helpful to one of you.

    • bill09319 bill09319 wormwoodbush

      If you can handle having dry hands and mouth... Might want to try glycopyrrolate. I know I've posted a lot on here today... But it really has changed my life and I would like to help as many people with this condition as possible.

    • alex01227 alex01227 bill09319

      Hi Bill,i have very bad head and nect swesting and i can't take any of the drugs other members talk about.

      I had bybass surgery in 2010 and on meds so the dtugs everyone talks about my Doctor said i can't take because they will afect the meds i'm on and not in agood way

      So i am stuck with this sweating and can't find anything that works i have tryed all deorderants and still sweating?

    • bill09319 bill09319 mary 10261

      Hi Mary,

      I take tablets. I have heard there are oxy transdermal patches though that are sold over the counter. They state they are for urinary incontinence, but the effects should be the same on sweating one would think. Im not sure where this is found otc or what countries it is available in though.. but a quick search online turns up oxy patches that are otc for what it says is bladder control. Im going to speak with my doctor about this next time i go.

    • bill09319 bill09319 vicki48285

      Hi Vicki, im sorry to just now respond... i didn't see your comment.

      I believe the medications are very similar and both have the same effect on the chemicals that trigger a sympathetic nervous system response...

      I have been reading a lot of studies lately that show oxy can lead to early dementia and cognition problems. Studies i have read show that glyco has less potential to cross the brain blood barrier and has much less negative effect on the CNS... if any at all. There are actually medications being created specifically for dementia patients that will be a combination of glyco and other meds, because researchers are fairly confident that glyco will not have a negative effect on cognition and will not exacerbate problems for those already having cognition problems. Sorry to be so wordy... but i am very serious about finding all the info i can. I am 33 and i don't want early dementia.. but hate living with HH. I have done my own risk/ benefit analysis. I encourage anyone considering taking these medications to do some reading online about these studies and talk with your doctors about what will give the best result with least risk.

  • debby82670 debby82670 gill22568

    Hi gill22568, I feel your pain. I am 54 yr with fibro and am going thru menopause. I just want to review some basic living modifications in case you may have missed something. I moved to Hawaii where in summer our humidity can be 85% and up in Aug and sept. I no longer drink regular coffee or tea-switch to decaf and iced. Regular messes with the body's thermostat. Also I was told that India some people only eat sweets in the winter because they warm up the body.

    My Dr told me to avoid anything with a sleeve, even a cap sleeve can push you over the edge. I now wear tennis skorts and athletic tops because the fabrics absorb sweat, never look wet and dry very rapidly. Halo headbands are made of the same material but include a thin band that prevents sweat from getting in your eyes. Carry a battery operated fan (a srrong quiet one)to all events as well as a bottle of ice water. The fan can be set on a table or in your lap discreetly. Sandals are all I wear.

    Errands and chores are done early in the morning including preparing for cooking the evening meal.

    In the house, start up the fan/ac before you get overheated or feel warm. I rest from the heat of the day from 2 pm until supper.

    At night, I use the a/c and a fan in the bedroom and a penguin cool mat that is refrigerated an hour before lights out. Then (or if it's really humid) I switch the a/c to the dehumidifier option and turn off the fan. The dehumidifier is a warmer temp than the a/c but still dries the air. The cool mat is the diameter of a standard pillow but will stay cold for about one hour-great to help fall asleep. I had to figure out that from my thighs down I needed an extra blanket compared to my thighs up to mid back. My shoulders and neck need nothing on them and sometimes my arms also need nothing. I also have a remote controlled fan so I could set it to stay on for so many hours when I need it.

    All these changes have improved my quality of life enough that I don't feel like I have to quit participating in life. The products I've mentioned I found on amazon and I buy my athletic wear from Ross and tjmaxx which saves me hundreds of dollars.

    I hope this helps somewhat.

  • debby82670 debby82670 gill22568

    Forgot to mention I no longer take hot showers but take lukewarm to cool. Use the hairdryer on a lower temp without drying completely and keep hair short or up.

    Makeup: waterproof everything! And carry golfers hand towels for mopping the face.

    Most important of all! A sense of humor ♡

    • salome67527 salome67527 debby82670

      thanks for advice.

      Am in kenya and its extremely hot in most regions. my problem is that i sweat after even a slight physical exercise like waling to my bus stop from work or even commuting while standing. sweat drips allover my face and in the process i end up wiping off all my makeup n feeling embarassed. i cant even perm my hair coz the dampness from my head wears it off. if i put on lace wigs  its hellish as it covers my scalp n the heat is unbearable..av resorted to braiding my hair or shaving it off to reduce the sweat from my scalp...

       

  • 360Pixy 360Pixy gill22568

    Dear gill22568,

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you.

    I have suffered with excessive facial , scalp and head sweats for as long as I can remember and it was taking over my life.

    Doctors and Hospital Consultants put it down to General Anxiety Disorder but I knew it was't.

    After seeing your post I went to the doctor and asked if I could give Oxybutinin a go. He agreed (even though it isn't licenced for CH) and it has changed my life. Thank you so much gill22568, you are an angel x

  • Rsmensen Rsmensen gill22568

    It's great to find a forum, not only of people with hyperhidrosis, but specifically, craniofacial hyperhidrosis. We face (pun intended) a different kind of embarrassment from those with sweaty hands and feet. Not to minimize anyone's issues. But it is different. 

    I'm a 53 year old female and I've had craniofacial hyperhidrosis (severe sweating of the head and face) for most of my adult life. I've been to doctors. I've tried the medications. I've tried just about everything but no relief. I can't wear makeup, I despise getting dressed up when I know my clothes will be soaked in 20 minutes. But most of all, I hate having to try to convince people I'm not some kind of crack-whore  eek.

    The best way I can describe this feeling is claustrophobic. When the temp in your house is 60 degrees and you're laying naked under the ceiling fan set on high and you still can't stop sweating, it feels like you'll never stop and you're trapped. I envy people that are always cold. I'd gladly put on more clothes but I can only get so naked. 

    Last week I went to see a thoracic surgeon. I had to wait in the exam room for 45 minutes but that turned out to be a good thing. Because as I sat there, doing absolutely nothing, I started sweating. And like most of you have described, once it starts, there's no stopping it. The doctor came in and shook my hand and said, "whoa, you got a problem!" He noted that my hands were completely dry but he had never seen anyone sweat so much on their head and face. I told him to step back because sometimes it's projectile sweating redface

    Anyway, he told me he could help me by doing a bilateral sympathectomy. It's a relatively straight-forward procedure where they interrupt the sympathetic nerve chain around the top of the 2nd or 3rd rib. It's minimally invasive but not without risk. Get more info at http://www.sts.org/patient-information/other-types-surgery/hyperhidrosis. I've been reading up on it and have found that it has been miraculous for some who have undergone the procedure while it has destroyed the lives of others.

    I guess it's a personal decision but I think I'm going to do it. I'm tentatively scheduled for 10/6/2015. I'll write back and report on the results. In the meantime, anyone else done the surgery, and if so what were your results?

    • Rsmensen Rsmensen bill09319

      Yes, I had the surgery in Oct of 2015. The surgery itself went well but I had to stay in the hospital for a few days. It's normally done on an outpatient basis, but because I had thoracic surgery just 3 months before, I had to have chest tubes on both sides. It did work for my face but I have some compensatory sweating on my back. Hopefully that will subside. The worst part is the that I have no skin sensation under my arms and on the back of my upper arms. It's not painful, just weird. The backs of my arms itch occasionally but I can't feel it when I scratch. Other than those things, which should resolve over time, it has been a success. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it because it can really go terribly wrong if not done by a master surgeon. I was at my wits-end having tried everything so I was willing to take the chance. But it's not for everyone.

    • diana91800 diana91800 Rsmensen

       hello - I read with sadness to see the same horrible sweating head facial  sweating - if any one has done the surgery called bilateal sympathectomy please email me.  thank you all .  I  tried the glycopyrratate and my mouth got so dry I couldn't speak.  Heaven help us.  We will figure this out - I know we will - all of us. Diana

  • dawn56592 dawn56592 gill22568

    Oh my goodness, reading your story, I felt as if it were my own 1000%, I have the EXACT same condition, feelings about self esteem, going out in the summer & humidity - forget it, that's excruciating. I am a 50 year old woman who has been like this since I was in my mid 30's. I never liked to be hot but did not completely melt & fall apart like I do now. I have even had to say that I had just washed my hair before because people would ask why my hair was soaking wet. Nothing my Dr could do. It feels like it controls my entire life. Like you I can just walk across the room & begin to sweat to where it will be dripping off of my head, neck & face. Please let me know what you have fund out. I felt so desperate today that I searched for this & found your story.

    God Bless You!

    • betsy422 betsy422 dawn56592

      Hi Dawn56592, 

      I have the exact same story also. The only things I have found to help me at all is taking 2mg Glycopyrrolate twice a day and 2mg of Clonidine twice a day. I have also found a great product on Amazon which is a primer I apply before my makeup. They also make a setting spray you can use after applying makeup but I find I don't need that with the primer. My makeup will stay put even if I get a little sweaty. I can just blot the sweat and my makeup is good to go. Don't get me wrong about the prescriptions, I still will sweat more than most people but it is much more controlled than before. Down side of the meds is extreme dry mouth and the Clonidine is a blood pressure med so it tends to make me feel tired.  Not sure if the names of the products are allowed on her but you can email me if they are removed from my post.  Good luck an I hope some of this is helpful. 

      Emis Moderator comment: I have removed the product names and email address as we do not publish these in the forums. If users wish to exchange these details please use the Private Message service.

      http://patient.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/398331-private-messages

    • bill09319 bill09319 dawn56592

      With glycopyrrolate.. If you take on an empty stomach you can actually feel when it begins to work. I get a bit warm but notice I'm not sweating. At that point I know I'm good to eat something.. And no more sweat. I only drink water after taking it too, until it kicks in. My craniofacial starting was horrible and have me really bad anxiety. This has really been a miracle for me.

    • bill09319 bill09319 betsy422

      Are you taking glycopyrrolate on am empty stomach? I know that when I eat something with it it doesn't work at all for me. I have a morning fasting period before and after I take it and it lasts all day for me.

  • bill09319 bill09319 gill22568

    I have been using glycopyrrolate for 2 or 3 years now. Let me tell you... It has changed my life. I take it on an empty stomach and don't eat for 3 hours after. I sweat less than a normal person now. I have found that effectiveness can vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer. My pharmacy recently changed manufacturers and the current product seems a bit weaker. I shopped all over town and can't find the old manufacturer. I went through life embarassed for a period but now I'm back to my old self. I have no fear of running business meetings or going to events. It's really great... And has been a great help for my career as when I was having issues with sweating I tried to never leave my desk. Now I'm a top candidate for a manager level position at a large firm.

  • RileyAngel RileyAngel gill22568

    HI...I was pretty happy to find your Forum. I am a64 yr old woman, been on Disability w/Fibromyalgia & Major Depression. Since 1998. I had 2 total knee replacements last year, separate operations...and did well at a rehab facility for 28 days, each time. When I came home, and tried to live my normal life again I expected some recovery time. P/T came to the house to work with me. I would be in the middle of exercise, or standing doing dishes, or watering my garden when suddenly, it felt like someone put an extremely heavy yoke upon my shoulders. I felt weighted down, my head would sink forward and I would be so fatigued I could barely stand. I would begin sweating profusely from the head, as many of you described, just pouring out of me. My only recourse would be to try and get someplace to lay down and cool off. But many times, the sweating continued for perhaps half an hour. I would be totally dry elsewhere. Let me add..my one love is my garden. I work outside as much as possible, in NM it's hot, the hotter the better for me, I rarely sweat. I had Chemo from Breast Cancer 8 yrs ago..and it just dried me up like shutting off a faucet. I put the sweating down to the recovery in my knees. Major large bones were cut and needed to heal, and perhaps it was my body telling me to rest? It's been a yr, so this should not still be happening. I started taking my blood pressure, and it was always low...this morning it was 82/54. I normally am low..in 115/75 area. It has been as low as 60/42. Once I rest the pressure gets better. Lastly, I was just recently diagnosed with Cervical Spinal Stenosis. I have lost feeling in parts of fingers, thumbs, sometimes a leg goes week, or my right arm. Don't see Neurosurgeon until August 30th. I thought perhaps this was the cause, but the sweating never seems to be in any symptom group for CSS. Any ideas, please?

    • Susanw0819 Susanw0819 RileyAngel

      Hi Rileyangel,

      I read your post and felt compelled to answer. I have had head, face, and neck sweating since 2003 or so. I have been a nurse since age 18 and an orthopedic nurse for much of that time. Total knees were common and I have never encountered any patient having sweating of any kind. My CH didn't appear until age 35. I am now 48 and it is still a huge problem- even worse now!! I have done endless research and have never learned as much as I have at this forum... A great number of people with CH, have RA, and fibromyalgia. I had C spine surgery in 2003 and the sweating began right around the time the stenosis did. There are spinal nerve roots in between the vertebra and the ribs and I believe that one or more was interfered with. I am going to ask about the glycopyrrolate and possibly the ionopheresis treatments. I hope you do well with whatever the Neurosurgeon recommends. As far as the sweating goes, your guess is as good as mine but it is great to talk to people with the same problems as we! God bless and good luck!

    • Racingirl911 Racingirl911 RileyAngel

      Hi RileyAngel!

      Although you posted this about a year ago, I wanted to check in to see how things are with you now? Your comment caught my eye because you mentioned having spinal stenosis. If I may, I'd like to share my story about my spinal stenosis with you.

      About a year and a half ago, at the age of 59, I had to have emergency surgery for cervical spinal stenosis. Apparently, I had been asymptomatic for quite a while, so I had no clue how bad it had become until in a matter of just 7 days I went from what I had thought was "normal", to both of my arms and hands, and my legs and feet going completely numb, and I lost my ability to walk! All in a such short amount of time! Long story, short {🤔Hmm? I wonder if I can even say that after looking back and seeing how much I have already written! LOL!!!}--Ok, where was I? Oh yes! My stenosis. So, anyway, after being sent to the ER by my primary physician, a neurosurgeon ordered a MRI, and he quickly had me admitted to the hospital, and preformed my surgery the very next day! He advised me that my spinal stenosis was SO severe, that my spinal cord was being severely compressed and had started to hemorrhage-and a small part of it had already died. He scared the buh-jeebies out of me when he told me that I was just one accidental bump to my neck away from being a quadriplegic for the rest of my life! He advised me that having surgery wasn't one of those "should have" situations...he told me that it was more like a "have to" type of situation! He went on to say that if I chose not to have surgery, he could guarantee me that within another week or two I would definitely be a quadriplegic. Yeah, THAT got MY attention!😲 So, I did have the surgery and the only permanent side effect I now have is a bit of a problem with my balance. {If I lean down from my waist, I lose my balance and fall forward to the ground}

      Okay, so... if I haven't lost you after all of that, I really would love to hear how you are doing today. 😊

      [••ON A SIDE NOTE••] In reading all of the various comments in this forum, has anyone else noticed that a fairly good number of people with excessive sweating are, or were, taking some sort of pain medication, and in some cases, they're also taking some type of antidepressant(s)? Besides having excessive sweating, I also deal with chronic back pain, due to failed back surgery, and I not only take pain medication, but I take 2 different types of antidepressants for my depression, as well. I wonder if there is any kind of causal connection to those meds and excessive sweating??? Your thoughts??]

  • dave43648 dave43648 gill22568

    Greetings from Ireland. I'd first like to say I'm sorry that all of you are suffering from this, however it is nice to know that I'm not alone. I've been suffering with this for a few years now, but the older I get (Im 40 now) the worse it's getting. Just this morning I was on a bus to work and my head and face were soaked, I felt like a freak sitting there, and also thought everyone was looking at me thinking I was ill, or on drugs... It certainly causes paranoia and self conciousness, which in effect makes the sweatring worse. After reading this thread I'm going to approach my doctor about both Glucoppyrolate and Oxybutinin. I may also try Sweatblock. I dread going out in hot, or even warm weather, particularly humid weather, that's the worst. My social and work life are being affected by this thing, it's also kept me from meeting anyone new since I became single some time back. I realise I'm late to the party on this thread, but I hope some if not all of you have found some kind of control over this debilitating horror. 

    • Kutter-UK Kutter-UK dave43648

      I'm late to this thread too but like you Dave I suffer the exact same way! I DREAD hot weather and find that even light exersise (or work - such as hoovering for gods sake!) makes my face (and whole head) feel like it's been ducked in a bath full of water.

      This last weekend I went to a festival with the wife, I eagerly watched the weather leasding up to the event knowing that hot days would be a disaster! 

      Well guess what, it was 2 of the hottest days on record for the time of year and area so I took some time to really 'study' this hideous affliction! I noticed

      That NO ONE else sweats like me! I was at a festival with thousands of people and I made it my mission to look at as many brows as I could over the course of the 3 days we were there. I saw ONE other person who had as much sweat on his brow/head/hair as much as me, he was severely overweight (which I'm not saying WAS causing his problem but I figure it more than likely) I am not, I'm 6' 2" and weigh about 16.8 Stone, i'm no waif but I'm not overweight either. 

      This is not an exxageration! I saw just the ONE person. 

      Everyone seems to enjoy the sun more than me (presumably because they dont sweat profusely from their head!) and I watched people actually 'choose' to sit in the sun rather than the shade where me and a few others found some respite from the sun. 

      I feel for you and everyone here, I HATE being like this, I want it to change so much! 

       

    • bightonbrian bightonbrian Kutter-UK

      I am 45 had Cranial Hyperhidrosis for past 20+ years. Hot weather, exertion or just being nervous causes a fountain to switched on the top of my head. This condition affects every part of my life including the kinds of job I can do. Tried every cure in the book with no effect what so ever. Until 2 weeks ago I got my Doctor to prescribe Oxybutynin and its just beyond belief. I am normal person again. Walking 6  miles in 30 degrees without any sweat, did an interview for new job and no sweat .....its just totaly changed my life!! I just hope it works for others as well.

    • Kutter-UK Kutter-UK bightonbrian

      Thanks Brian, I had noticed this name pop up several timnes in this thread and after seeing your post this morning I have rung my doctor... 

      I await his return call, and I will ask him straight. 

      Thanks again, I'll let you know how I get on! 

    • Kutter-UK Kutter-UK bightonbrian

      Hi again Brian, 

      As a follow up... I spoke to my doctor and he said that " Cranial Hyperhidrosis" simply means 'Head Sweating', and it brings us no closer to an actual diagnosis as such. He said further to that, that he and other doctors had used that exact term on my notes when I had mentioned it to them before.

      When I mentioned Oxybutynin, he said that he was happy for me to give it a try and 'see' if it helps. 

      I asked him if I could take then 'on and off' as in when I knew (as per my original post) that I might be going somewhere that would potentially be hot and embarrasing and he also said that there would be no trouble in starting and stopping this medication as and when needed. 

      He did say that it might take a few days for the tablets to actually have the desired effect, so I would need to know a few days in advance of going out etc. 

      It seems a good drug to 'trial' folks... 

      I will let you know how I get on when I pick it up later today! 

    • peterc64 peterc64 Kutter-UK

      Hi, I suffer from this sweating too. Pretty much as everyone else has described. It's so upsetting. At the moment I have so many things wrong with me including depression, anxiety, back pain and leg pain which stops me from working, and other less important things. Everytime I see my doctor  he says it must be the anti depressants causing the sweating. So I see my shrink and he says it must be the pain meds I'm on . So I'm getting nowhere. I see my doctor again soon so I'm going to ask about some of the things mention here like oxybutynin , somethings gotta give. I'm only 52 and this has been so hard to deal with. 

    • Hellsbells33 Hellsbells33 peterc64

      Peterc64 - Sorry to hear of your troubles, I suffer from all of the exact same ailments as you do and I too am close to same age (51 1/2).

      I sweat only when it's slightly warm or humid but it is abnormal where it runs down my face and back and soaks my hair.  It happens whether I am on antidepressants or not.  I have narrowed my causes down to 3 possibles:  1.) Severe chronic spine pain- my body is in constant active state of trying to fix the pain source so slight warmth is more than it can handle.  2.)  My opiate pain meds- though I have reduced my daily dose by 90% and sweating has not reduced.  3.) Hashimoto's Thyroid autoimmune disorder- The thyroid is like a thermostat for the body.

      But my thyroid levels seem fine on labs so who knows.

      Try to think back to when your sweating started, might help you pinpoint any meds that might be to blame.  I read on one medical website that excessive sweating can also be sign of a benign lesion somewhere in the body or nervous system but don't anyone freak out cz I only mention this cz they said that it's important to tell your Dr. (I think a neurologist) what your specific sweating pattern is cz that can tell them a lot!  Meaning, is is mainly just your head and face, or palms of hands, etc.

    • Hellsbells33 Hellsbells33 peterc64

      Oh and also I forgot, I have a sleep disorder which I am learning might be from my chronic pain but - you might want to look into having a sleep study cz that can tax the body like crazy.  I guess my sleep disorder is my 4th poss cause of excess sweating.

    • peterc64 peterc64 Hellsbells33

      Yes I have a sleep problem too. I have sleep apnea . When I got tested at the sleep clinic the nurse said most people who have sleep apnea have head sweats too . Now I use a mask and a pump to help me breathe . This has reduced my night sweating a bit but of course has not stopped the sweating during the day. I would be interested to see if anyone else finds the  sleep apnea is causing a bit of their sweating. Funny the we both have such similar problems. Thanks for replying to my comment. 

    • MrsRonnie MrsRonnie peterc64

      Hello,  I have suffered from excessive sweating all over for years, but as I am getting older it seems to be getting worse.  I am a 37 year old female and my face and neck sweating bothers me the most.  It is extremely embarrassing and uncomfortable.  I sweat summer or winter, but of course summer is so bad I limit going out for anything.  I will look into some of the treatments I have seen suggested here and hope something works.  I am so sick of it. I have developed anxiety and drepression because of it.

    • peterc64 peterc64 MrsRonnie

      Hi MrsRonnie, I know it's very embarrassing for all of us. A few weeks ago I went out with some friends , it was cold and wet. So I took off my wet coat and my tshirt was wet from sweat, I was so embarrassed. I already suffer from depression and anxiety but this is just making it worst. I can see how it would be affecting you too. I'm still waiting to see my doctor to ask about some of these treatments, I keep forgetting to make an appointment . Just remember that you are not alone , we are all going through this thing together. Keep in touch as people here seem willing to help, I will if I can. Maybe between the lot of us we can find a treatment that works for you and me . I'm here if you need someone to chat to.

    • vicki48285 vicki48285 Kutter-UK

      After reading these posts I asked my Dr. about oxybutinin . It's at the pharmacy now !!!  Excited to try this. I'm a painting instructor, as I teach I have sweat running down my face and chest like I went through a rain storm. My hair is ringing wet.......everything everyone has said.  I never knew about this forum but I am so happy I found it. No one I know sweats like me.  My body is fine, just the face, chest ,head.... errrrr. I would like to know how the meds work for you. I will be taking mine tmorrow.  Someone said it works best on an empty stomack, or that was the other drug. If anyone has an answer to this pleace let me know....  now off to a boat ride on a hot humid Wi. day. !!!   I should look fresh as a baked apple in no time !!  lol

    • joyce62183 joyce62183 MrsRonnie

      I am so sorry. My head and top body sweating started A few months ago. I have taken myself off all meds to see what happens.  No change. I personally think it's my thyroid. I am having ultrasound done tomorrow. As I am now coughing , difficult to swallow at times and short of breath . My dr doesn't know why the sweating and you are right it's embarrassing.  I am hoping this ultrasound shows something....that's how desperate I am....you are not alone. 

    • joyce62183 joyce62183 vicki48285

      Yes I had blood test. just proved thyroid low....what does that mean?I am now going for ultrasound. The only way I can describe it is that my thermostat is out of kilter.   After sweating. I am wet and cold . That is why finally getting ultrasound tomorrow on my throat etc.   

    • peterc64 peterc64 vicki48285

      I know everybody here is upset about what they are going through. But I would just like to say I feel relived that I'm not the only one suffering. Before I found this site I couldn't find anyone with this condition which made me feel even worse. Now at least there is hope and I don't feel so alone. Good luck everybody and I hope that one of us finds the answer to our problem. Don't forget to give updates about things you try and how they went.

    • vicki48285 vicki48285 joyce62183

      I totally get that.....my body is not able to regulate my temp.  Let me know how that ultrasound turns out. My doc first gave me an anti depressant that is supose to stop sweating, it didnt help at all. Yesterday i called heer on the oxybutinin and I will try it. Some people on here swear by it.  But WHY is this happening I would like that answer from a Dr.

    • MrsRonnie MrsRonnie joyce62183

      I had my doctor run tests and she found nothing to why I'm sweating the way I do. It's like I turn on a faucet in too of my head and it just pours down. I will see about the oxybutinin. It would be so amazing if it works for me. Hope you are successful with it.

    • MrsRonnie MrsRonnie lisa30682

      I just heard about it here, haven't tried it yet. It is a prescription so I will have to go through my primary care to get it. I will update once I'm able to use it and see if it works for me. Some that have tried it said it was really helpful for them, so willing to try.

    • lisa30682 lisa30682 MrsRonnie

      I just read this off of the web has anyone heard of Anhidrosis or Hyperhidrosos or trimethylamime?? Also has anyone having problems with their hands, feet, legs and ankles swelling? I even been on Lasix for that and no one knows why I'm swelling either. You would think with all of the sweating I'm doing I shouldn't be retaining fluid?? Just got this off of the web just thought I would share it bc I'm lost and I'm tired of going to the doctors and they don't know why and wasting my money and always being told if symptoms gets any worse go to the ER? I've gone to the ER and they couldn't find anything either so why would I go back and pay more money for them to tell me I don't know?? That's such BS so I'm gonna continue to research this myself and see what I come up with then I guess I make a Drs appt and tell them what's wrong and let him treat me for it lol lol and tell them I'll send them a bill bc I had to diganosis myself lol. But this is what I got off the web hope it helps someone

      going swimmingly during your summer walk, when suddenly you realize you've stopped sweating and you're starting to get dizzy. Anhidrosis, or the inability to sweat normally, can be dangerous, since it prevents your body from naturally cooling off. If you continue on without rehydrating, you risk heat illnesses like heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Move to a shady or air-conditioned space and have something cool to drink (without caffeine or alcohol). If you don't start to feel better quickly, call for emergency medical attention.

      However, longer-lasting anhidrosis may be due to nerve damage, certain medications, or an inherited condition, which can increase risk for heat illnesses and heart problems, too, says David M. Pariser, MD, former president of the American Academy of Dermatology. It's pretty rare, though, he says; just because you don’t feel moist and clammy, doesn't mean you're truly not sweating. Turns out, most of us produce about an ounce and a half of sweat every day, not counting those puddles you make when you work out. If you notice a real drop in your sweat production, be sure to bring it up with your doc.

      5. Your blood sugar's low

      Normally, your blood sugar should be between 70 and 100 milligrams per deciliter, if measured when fasting. But if it drops below that 70 mark, whether because of diabetes or something like strenuous exercise, you may start to feel the effects. One symptom can be excessive sweating, or cold, clammy skin, particularly at the back of your neck at your hairline. (Watch out for a quickened heartbeat, shakiness, slight nausea, dizziness, and blurred vision, too.) Luckily, in cases of a mild dip, you can bring your blood sugar back up to normal by eating or drinking something. But if your blood sugar continues to drop, you'll likely start to notice other more serious symptoms and could require medical care.

      ( Photograph by Monkey Business Images/Getty Images )

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      6. You're eating the wrong foods

      If you've been cursed with particularly fishy smelling B.O., you may have a rare genetic disorder called trimethylaminuria, which means your body can't break down the chemical compound trimethylamine, produced during digestion of foods like eggs, legumes, and fish. Instead, your body sheds excess trimethylamine via sweat, urine, and breath—often producing a smell not unlike rotting fish, rotting eggs, or garbage, according to the National Institutes of Health. If you think you may have trimethylanminuria, work with your doctor to come up with the best treatment plan, which will likely involve avoiding these foods and possibly popping certain supplements.

      7. You might need more to drink than your workout buddy on your next long run

      Ever had sweat drip into your eyes, only to find yourself in searing, stinging pain? Does dried sweat leave a gritty feeling or white streaks on your cheeks, too? You're probably a salty sweater, common among people who get lots of water during the day and keep sodium pretty low in their diet. You'll probably want to reach for a sports drink or an electrolyte tablet you can dissolve in some H2O sooner than the average exerciser. (Bored with plain water? Try these slimming Sassy Water recipes.)

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      8. You could have hyperhidrosis

      If a doc can't find an explanation for your excessive sweating, you may have a condition called primary focal hyperhidrosis, when excessive sweating is a medical condition in and of itself. And no, spinning enthusiast, you do not have hyperhidrosis if you can produce a lake of sweat under your bike. Primary focal hyperhidrosis is typically marked by sweating so excessive it interferes with your daily activities. "You're supposed to sweat when you’re physically hot, or exercising, or stressed," says Pariser, who’s also secretary and founding member of the International Hyperhidrosis Society. "People with primary hyperhidrosis sweat at times when they shouldn't." Even in a cool room, sitting perfectly still, a person with hyperhidrosis could have sweat dripping from her hands, he says.

      Experts aren't entirely sure why it happens, but they do know that hyperhidrosis runs in families and is the result of too much stimulation from the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. "The switch is stuck in the 'on' position," Pariser says. Depending on the location of the sweating, hyperhidrosis treatment varies, but can include prescription-strength antiperspirant (even on the hands and feet), Botox injections, and surgery.

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      9. You could have lymphoma

      Hyperhidrosis can also be a side effect of a number of health conditions—including gout, hyperthyroidism, and Parkinson's disease—and even some medications. Particularly troubling is that it can be a symptom of lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph cells, which play a role in the immune system. It's not completely understood yet why lymphoma can cause drenching sweat; it could be something about lymphoma itself or how the body responds to it, Pariser says. Perhaps it's a reaction to another symptom—fever—as the body tries to cool itself down. (Both fever and sweating are known as "B" symptoms and linked with more aggressive lymphoma.) Or, it could be caused by hormones and proteins produced by cancer cells themselves, according to the UK Lymphoma Association

    • alex01227 alex01227 Kutter-UK

      Hi Kutter Alex from Ireland,I have head and neck plus back sweating worse in the sun but still sweat even in winter.I love the Sun but for the sweats anyway I was told by my Doctor I can't take Oxyb because I am on melds for my heart as I had bypass surgery 6 years ago and am Diabetic type 2.

      I have be using Oteban spray put it on at night on dry skin let it dry an shower in the morning works for a few hours then the sweats start.

      I have tried all home cures to avail ACV Honey even pure Sage Tea all a waste of time I am glad that Oxy works for u as my Doctor says there is Notting he can do for me would welcome any ideas re my Medes 

      Alex

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