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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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serena serena 10 years
All I can say is DO NOT get that surgery!! Sweden has banned it because it left so many people disabled - and there have been quite a few deaths from it as well. Taiwan is in the process of banning ETS surgery/Sympathectomy as well. You can google about it. I know this post is old but I felt compelled to put my two very important cents in.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 11 years
Have you tried Mitchum? That stuff is genius. The closest thing to a prescription, but it sounds like you just need to see a dermatologist to get that under control.
louisefowle louisefowle 11 years
I've had this problem for years. I couldn't wear any t-shirts with sleeves and my wardrobe consisted only of black and white. I am very slim, eat healthily so it wasn't a weight issue but I was sweating under my arms so much - even during winter when the temperature was minus degrees! I can across the website and it has been my lifesaver! Odaban is a deodrant that will literally stop you sweating! It costs £6 (you can pay in other currencies)you order online and it takes 2 weeks for the product to arrive. You spray it onto cottonwool and wipe under your arms once. You don't have to re-apply for up to 3 weeks. No other deodrant is needed! I was sceptical at first but I promise it works. The bottle will last me a year and I have finally been able to go out and buy BRIGHT coloured tops.
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