14 year old daugther has problem sweatin

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Registered: 03-28-2003
14 year old daugther has problem sweatin
Sun, 06-22-2003 - 6:38pm
Does anyone know of a deodorant/anti-perspirant that will help my daughter quit sweating so much. This is so embarrasing to her because her shirt is always wet under the arms. We have tried all different kinds and have tried different types (spray, stick, gel). The deodorant seems to work but the wetness is still there. Any advise anyone? Thanks!
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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 06-23-2003 - 12:02am
Has your daughter seen her doctor about this problem? It could be hormonal so maybe she will outgrow it pretty soon. Also there is a medical condition called hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) that does have medical treatments available. A doctor would need to tell you which treatments, if any, would be appropriate at her age.

It sounds like you have tried all of the over-the-counter brands. I think I have seen ads for a prescription antiperspirant.

this must be really difficult for your dd because teens are so self-conscious at that age. Good luck, I hope you can find a remedy soon.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 06-23-2003 - 8:16am
Maybe some of those 5-day pads, but I've never been able to get them to stay in place more than a few hours.

Seriously, I don't know. I'd guess it was hormonal (why not, everything else seems to be).

Have you spoken to your pediatrician about it?


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Registered: 04-02-2003
Mon, 06-23-2003 - 10:03am
she shouldn't be using anti perspirant, its considered not so healthy because it can clog the glands. you should definately speak to her dr, she may need to be seen by an endocrinologist who will be able to check the hormonal issue.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 06-23-2003 - 12:14pm
My niece has (had?) hyperhidrosis. It was maddening, embarrassing, and uncontrolable. After several years of trying EVERYthing on the market (prescription, over-the-counter), they finally elected to have surgery to correct it. Her hyperhidrosis was concentrated under her arms and in her hands. Hers was bad enough that she struggled in college because tests would become wet before she could finish them. She struggled finding any kind of work. She couldn't work at a computer for fear of ruining the keyboard, and couldn't work in sales because of not being able to shake hands with anyone or handle clothes, etc. It was horrible. For her, the surgery has been a Godsend.

I am NOT saying that what your dd has is hyperhidrosis, ONLY that you check with her pediatritian to see. If it is, then there are some things (besides surgery) that can be tried that may work really well for her. And if it ISN'T hyperhidrosis, then her doc may be able to help you find something that will work for her.

I don't know that my niece's story helps in anyway, except that your dd is not alone with this problem, and there is help out there. Good luck.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 06-23-2003 - 8:08pm
Has your daughter had this assessed by your family physician? As one of the posters above mention, there is a physical condition called hyperhidrosis that can cause excessive sweating - in the palms, feet and axillary (armpits). I pulled a piece of information off the internet that list non-surgical interventions usually tried at first & have copied it below, and included the link so that proper credit for this information is given here. The website information is the Society of Thoracic Surgeons: http://www.sts.org/doc/4097

Apparently, most times people suffering from excessive sweating can be first assessed by the general practitioner and/or an internist. If initial conservative measures fail, then they will reassess and refer a patient on to a specialist. I hope you can find something to help your daughter!

"Treatment (from the website as listed above)

The initial treatment for hyperhidrosis is usually medical and does not involve surgery. There are ointments and salves available (i.e., Drysol) that are astringents that tend to dry up the sweat glands. Another treatment is iontopheresis. This consists of a treatment of electrical stimulation, usually in the hands. Patients place their hands in a bath through which an electrical current is passed. This treatment tends to "stun" the sweat glands and can decrease the secretion of sweat for periods of 6 hours to one week. One of the most recent treatments proposed is the injection of botulinum toxin (Botox) into the area of excessive sweating. This is a toxin that affects nerve endings and decreases the transmission of the nerve impulses to the sweat glands thus resulting in decreased sweating. It generally requires several injections in the palms or underarms and it remains effective from one to six months. Repeated injections are nearly always required to maintain an adequate level of dryness.

In addition to the above treatments, many medicines have been utilized with varying success. These include both sedatives (in those patients with stress-induced hyperhidrosis) and medications that affect the nervous system. A family practitioner or internist often begins the initial treatment for hyperhidrosis. Cases not responding to simple treatment regimens are often then referred to a specialist such as a dermatologist or neurologist. In general, surgery is contemplated only when the less invasive medical treatments have failed to provide adequate treatment."