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I'm on anti depressants and I suffer from anxiety, I have

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Hello, I'm on anti depressants and I suffer from anxiety, I have always sweat from a young age, now 35 I sweat more I belive all over. The doctor is treating me for depression anxiety but over years of meds no avail to sweating, still just as bad. Is there any other way around this? Is sweating the problem which is making me anxious and depressed? As I now don't go out anywhere as I just sweat. Can there be a treatment for the sweating please? If yes and that stopped I would go everywhere and live my life again.... please help many thanks Richard
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Anil Kumar replied 4 months ago.

Hi,

I understand your concern.

Well as you describe there may be possibility of Hyperhidrosis ( frequent or constant excessive sweating).
And it can be caused due to stress, anxiety, alcohol, caffeine,excessive exercise, thyroid dysfunction spicy food.

Anxiety or stressful conditions can be main contributing factors in your case.
So you should do deep breathing exercises as well.
Also you should consult a dermatologist for prescribed Deodorants containing aluminum chloride (Drysol),anticholinergic medication.
I hope this helps.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
But the sweating is all over so surely prescribed deodrants be no good as I cant be applying this all over my body? So hyperhidrosis cant be treated alone? I have to work out the contributing factor?
Expert:  Dr Anil Kumar replied 4 months ago.

Anticholinergic medication work by blocking the effects of a chemical called acetylcholine, which the nervous system uses to activate the sweat glands.

Anticholinergics are available as tablets.Propantheline bromide is an anticholinergic medicine licensed for treating hyperhidrosis.

Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 4 months ago.

Hello

You need to have your doctor find if there is any underlying problem.

Thyroid disease for example.

We are moving away from anticholinergics which control sweating but have many side effects.

Prescription anti perspirants would always be used before doing that.

Botox injections are very effective, but only in some cases.

And there are other treatments.

See this mayo clinic write up.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hyperhidrosis/basics/treatment/con-20030728

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