Q “I can’t stop sweating. Help!”
While all of us sweat, 2% of people are prone to hyperhidrosis (excessive perspiration). “I had a serious sweat issue and never wore clothes that touched my armpits,” says Cara, 48, a literary agent. “It affected my confidence so much, I was sure I’d be single forever. I never had the courage to speak to a doctor until I read an article last year and realised there could be a solution. Now, I take anticholinergic medication – to block the chemical that activates the sweat glands – and it’s reduced my sweating by about 40%.” Treatment depends on the affected area, and other options include Botox, iontophoresis (a patch that sends mild electrical currents through the skin) and surgery.