Q “I can’t stop sweat­ing. Help!”

Glamour (South Africa) - - Self / Expert Advice -

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.

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