Ask the doctor: What can I do about excessive sweating?
Ask the doctor
What can I do about excessive sweating?
Q. I seem to sweat a great deal from my hands and underarms, more than my friends do. Sometimes I can't write or shake hands because my palms are dripping with sweat. Is there anything I can do about this embarrassing problem?
A. Sweating that exceeds the needs of the body—medically termed hyperhidrosis—is actually fairly common, affecting 1%–3% of the population. Hyperhidrosis may be generalized but most often it involves the palms, underarms, feet, and groin. As you've discovered, it can take a social toll, making handshaking unpleasant and some handwork impossible. Underarm sweating may require you to change your blouse two or three times a day.