Profuse or excess sweating not related to a hot climate or physical activity is called hyperhidrosis. People with hyperhidrosis sweat so abnormally that their clothes can get drenched. Hands, feet, face, and underarms are the places that sweat the most. Treatment involves identifying the underlying cause and treating it or using other procedures like iontophoresis or Botox injections.
All the answers published in this website are written by verified medical doctors, therapists and health experts. The Content has been moderated by iCliniq medical review team before publication. Post your medical clarifications on iCliniq by choosing the right specialty and get them answered. Your medical queries will be answered 24/7 by top doctors from iCliniq.
What are the causes of hyperhidrosis?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 15 year old boy and I have hyperhidrosis. I sweat so much. My shirt cannot stay on for at least 5 minutes. In some half an hour to one hour my whole shirt and armpit area will drench in sweat. Yes, I take a shower twice a day and put deodorant every day. I have even tried the anti... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating could be due to endocrine or hormone related issues. I have explained the causes below. Hyperthyroidism - A simple, non-fasting blood test called TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) will help in diagnosing this problem. Acromegal... Read Full »
Please suggest treatment for hyperhidrosis.
Query: Hi doctor, I believe that I have extreme hyperhidrosis. My entire body sweats profusely when I experience even the slightest change in temperature, start exercising and even when I am simply resting. My back, armpits, forehead, and buttock sweat the worst and this affects my entire body. It has prev... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and can well understand your concern. For hyperhidrosis, it is important to rule out causes like anxiety and hyperthyroidism. Other causes may also be present. For this you may visit a physician to get adequately examined and tested. The... Read Full »
I have been suffering from hyperhidrosis since my childhood. Is iontophoresis a good treatment for this problem?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from hyperhidrosis since my childhood. But in my teenage years, it increased, especially in my palm and feet, and a lot of sweat formed. As a result, I feel embarrassed whenever I shake hands with someone, which lowers my self-confidence. I heard that iontophoresis i... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. From your query, it seems you have palmoplantar hyperhidrosis. It is essential to rule out causes like anxiety and hyperthyroidism for hyperhidrosis. Other causes may also be present. I suggest you visit a physician to get adequately examine... Read Full »
I have had rashes on my feet that resist multiple treatments. What should I do?
Query: Hello doctor, I have had rashes on my feet for a few years. I have been consulting dermatologists many times, and nothing ever seems to help. Now I have spots on my hands too. It looks like so many different things. I have hyperhidrosis. I often get this rash on my feet because I cannot change my so... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Well, you have eczema or dermatitis right now, and I do understand that, at some times, it becomes difficult to treat. Moreover, dry and cracked skin allows the different chemicals to get absorbed. Please keep your hand... Read Full »
What could be the cause of the generalized excessive sweating that I am facing?
Query: Hi doctor,I have generalized excessive sweating problem. Even in gym no one sweats like me. I sweat every where like my hands, arms, and back. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Your symptoms are suggestive of hyperhidrosis. Please provide information about age, duration of the problem, and medical history. Consult a dermatologist for medications. Read Full »
Which antidepressant is less likely to cause hyperhidrosis?
Query: Hello doctor, Every antidepressant I take causes me a lot of hyperhidrosis. Which one on the market is less likely to cause hyperhidrosis? Is it Fluoxetine? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Though the propensity of an antidepressant medicine to cause hyperhidrosis differs on a patient-to-patient basis. Mirtazapine and Bupropion are less likely to cause it. You can also discuss with the treating psychiatrist regarding adding Cyproheptadine or Benztropi... Read Full »
A white patch has appeared on my daughter's hands and neck. How can I get rid of it?
Query: Hi doctor,My daughter is a bit chubby compared to other children of her age. She sweats a lot when playing, especially in summer. This has resulted in a white patch appearing on her hands and neck. What should I do to get rid of these patches? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It appears to be hyperhidrosis (abnormally excessive sweating). Some children tend to develop a fungal infection due to dampness. Just apply an antifungal cream, especially during the summer. Use Onabet (Sertaconazole) cream and apply it t... Read Full »
I had an MRI with a possible indication of MS. What type of MS could it be?
Query: Hi doctor, I had an MRI with a possible indication of MS. I want to know based on the following symptoms, what type of MS it could be? A few weeks back, I had blurry vision in one eye for 20 to 30 seconds. My bladder wall is thick, and I had frequent urination problem. I consulted a urologist, and... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. Although many of your symptoms can be explained by other factors, the presence of symptoms in collaboration with deep white matter changes points toward the possibility of multiple sclerosis. Among the given symptoms, trans... Read Full »
Does long term use of antiperspirants on face cause wrinkles?
Query: Hi doctor, I have facial hyperhidrosis, and I have been looking into products to combat this. I am currently using Neat 3B Face Saver Gel, a facial antiperspirant. I apply this before my moisturizer and makeup. I do notice a bit of difference. However, I would like it to be far more effective. Is ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hyperhidrosis can be treated in different ways, Over-the-counter or prescription-strength antiperspirants that contain Aluminum. Medications called anticholinergics that affect the nerve signals to sweat glands. You may take them in pill form or apply them on your... Read Full »
Why are fungal infections so hard to get rid of?
Query: Hi doctor, I had sex with a sex worker a few years back. After few days, I tested negative for HIV. I am going through many reputed websites, and they mentioned six months of HIV test needed for confirmation for a particular case. I have a fungal infection (Tinea) for the last seven months, and it ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The fourth-generation test is almost confirmatory after three months. But in case of doubt, you can repeat the fourth generation ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) after six months, and if it comes negative even after six months, then there is no need to worry. Y... Read Full »