My doctor says I’m healthy and don’t need anti-perspirant. But for the last few years, even before I got sick, my underarms were always drenched in sweat. Is there another way to prevent excessive sweating?
Answer: Excessive sweating is a symptom of one or more medical conditions that can be controlled by medication. The treatment depends on which disease you have and what medications your physician prescribes. However, it’s easy enough to take steps at home to avoid perspiring too much – such as using deodorant lotion – and also to decrease body temperature if necessary (for instance after vigorous exercise). Sweating helps keep us cool; however, excessive sweating may not be normal or appropriate for some people with certain medical problems such as hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland), diabetes mellitus (high blood sugar) or hypothyroidism (low thyroid function). Some medications are known to cause increased perspiration including antidepressants, antipsychotics and beta blockers – but these drugs are often used for other purposes so this excess sweating isn’t necessarily abnormal! So feel good about feeling better!