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Dear Sugar
I have this totally embarrassing problem...I don't perspire, I sweat. I am not overweight by any means, I eat well, drink water and exercise. I've tried every deodorant out there to no avail. Is there anything you can suggest? Wet Anette

Dear Wet Anette
It sounds like you have the disorder known as Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) which surprisingly affects more than 1% of the population.

Hyperhidrosis can occur in the hands (palmar hyperhidrosis), in the armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis), or in the feet (plantar hyperhidrosis). And although no one seems to really understand the root of this disorder, it is known that sweating is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system.

There are treatments out there for hyperhidrosis. You can try topical treatments like Drioff Gel to stop your underarm sweating - and Maxim can be used on the hands, face and feet.

Surgery is also an option. Portions of the main sympathetic nerve can be located and destroyed. Another type of surgery is thoracoscopic sympathectomy - also known as (ETS) endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy.

Here, specific ganglions (seen through an inserted scope) are removed. This surgery is a little bit riskier since you will have to endure general anesthesia and your lung must be collapsed throughout the procedure.

I would first try the topical treatments and if they don't work, go and see a dermatologist about controlling your perspiration. Together, you can decide if surgery is a good option for you. Good luck - I can only imagine how uncomfortable you must feel both emotionally and physically.

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