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Don't Sweat It: Sweat Solutions and Dryness Tips That Work

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In doctor-speak, excessive sweating is known as hyperhidrosis and is defined as sweating six times more than the average person. If your perspiration interferes with your life (say, you wear panty liners under your arms to soak up sweat), your MD will likely diagnose you with the condition.

After first trying a prescription-strength antiperspirant, the next level of treatment is Botox injections. While not pain-free, experts say most patients report that the result -- no sweat stains for about seven months or more -- is worth it.

If you suffer from excessive hand or foot sweat, your dermatologist may suggest iontophoresis, a treatment in which you put your hands or feet in a device filled with water while mild electrical currents are sent through your skin's surface to block the flow of sweat. Doctors describe the currents as startling but not painful. If done consistently once or twice a week (you can do the procedure at home), the less-sweat effect can last indefinitely.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2007.


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wendyebecker wrote:

Regarding suggestions to reduce sweat, I might be mistaken, but I aluminum chloride was dangerous to your health. I would rather sweat than use something that might cause breast cancer.

7/6/2010 08:22:27 PM Report Abuse
marketing wrote:

You might want to take a look at Breeze Comfort sports bras. The bras are made with patented bra pad technology. The bra pads have perforations throughout to facilitate air circulation to the breast area. This helps release heat and helps prevent sponge effect (sweat collecting in the traditional bra pads). Letting toxins out of your body more efficiently through breathable clothing is very important to general breast health.

3/15/2010 03:31:43 AM Report Abuse

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