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  1. Ativan is a benzo, and I took 0.5 mg which I understood to be the smallest dose supplied. I took one dose yesterday, and now today the sweat is dripping down my sides even though I do not feel especially anxious.
  2. Has anyone noticed an HH rebound effect from anti-anxiety meds? My doctor gave me some Ativan that I tried, and it seemed to reduce my HH a bit in holiday social situations. I did not take any since New Year's eve, and today back at work I don't feel especially anxious yet the sweating is at its worst. My armpits have soaked through both a blouse and sweater, my feet are damp and cold, and my hands slick. If this is a rebound, I'll have to rethink how I take the stuff.
  3. janet

    HH Survey

    Current Age: 32 Gender: F Age when your HH began and where, if you have it in multiple areas list at what age HH appeared in each area: 14-underarms, 16-hands, 22-feet, 31-groin List everything you have tried to treat your HH, specifically what it was and which area of the body you used it on. underarms: antiperspirants-standard, Mitchum, Certain-Dri; meds: inderal; barriers: dress shields, comfywear, others; hands: nothing; feet: powder; groin: air circulation Out of the following which best classifies the amount you sweat and from where: underarms-excessive (pit stains routinely dinner-plate sized, sometimes drips down sides), hands-very light, feet-mild, groin-light
  4. yes, celebrities sweat just like normal people ;-) http://swpits.blogspot.com/
  5. At work I'm usually sweaty, at home I'm usually not. It's totally a stress thing for me. Between anticipating the day and the commute, my clothing is usually damp under my arms by the time I arrive at the office. If there's something more stressful than usual coming that day, I'll start thinking about it before I leave home and begin sweating before I even get dressed. There have been many times I've been blow drying my hair and the sweat was literally dripping down my sides. I think there should be separate medical categories for those who HH all the time and those who HH primarily in response to anxiety. I'm thinking the optimal treatment might vary depending on which HH you experience.
  6. This is a very interesting find. It's basically a low carb diet. Carbs influence blood sugar levels, and abnormal blood sugar levels are one of the HH triggers, at least according to http://www.nyp.org/health/hyperhidrosis.html Thanks for sharing the information.
  7. I tried propranolol briefly but enough that it messed up my thyroid hormones. I seemed to recover from it after several weeks. Propranolol is known to counteract thyroid hormone. If you took it long enough, your body might have begun to generate more hormone to compensate. Then stopping the propranolol would leave you with excess thyroid hormone until your body has time to adjust again, which normally might take 2 months. Maybe your thyroid has not adjusted back down properly? Excess thyroid can make you sweat. I'm not a doctor so all this is just speculation, but maybe you should have your thyroid levels checked via a blood test.
  8. Wow, I had no idea there was a product like SummerSeat! Very interesting, that may work great. Right now the small space heater helps keep my feet dry too, but that's not going to be usable when the warm weather returns. I'll gladly deal with damp feet if an alternative like SummerSeat can keep the other area dry and free of the yeastie beasties. Thanks much for the suggestion!
  9. If it helps you feel more comfortable, holding a cold beverage can be a technique. However, someone with sweaty hands would not bother me in the least, and I know many women who feel the same way. If someone rejects me just because my hands/pits/forehead/whatever are damp, it says more about them than it does me. Such a lack of understanding makes them less appealing.
  10. Thanks, some excellent ideas there. I have not tried the yogurt tampon thing but that might be next. Stress has been high for me for several months, and I know it increases my sweating, and even without the extra dampness, stress probably taxes the immune system enough to let the yeast grow more, so that makes stress a double whammy. :-( I was ready to apply antiP to the area but now I've read not to do it because it's too irritating. I saw a report that even talc is not recommended (some sort of cervical cancer risk). Recently I've been able to get things tolerable, but its only by what I'd call extreme measures. I watch my diet and take probiotics. I use a topical antifungal creme. For air circulation I opt for skirts rather than pants. I need to wear hose for the job, and have switched from pantyhose to stockings. I was bringing two changes of cotton undies to work and swapping to fresh (dry) ones in the morning and again in the afternoon. Finally, I got tired of this and (I guess I can reveal this here) when practical I now go without. I bought a small space heater with a fan and operate it under my desk to circulate warm, dry air. The combination of all these things has gotten the situation mostly under control, at least for now. But, there are times undies are needed, of course, and when warmer weather returns soon I won't be able to use the space heater. My underarm sweating has ramped up too. I bought some special, new giant-sized dress shields that are about 8 inches across. I tried them this week, and managed to sweat around them creating bizarre perspiration marks that were dry at the center, and wet in a circle around. The unusual stress situation I'm dealing with should let up within a few months, which will be none too soon.
  11. The antibacterial soap didn't make the yeast worse? I've been worried it might. My doctor gave me a topical antifungal creme and that helps a bunch but it doesn't resolve the problem and it flares back up when I stop using the creme. I've searched this board about the topic and there's very little, which tells me HH is not a common problem in this area, or that people are shy writing about it.
  12. Between stress and change in thyroid hormones (see my other message), HH has become a problem in, umm, my crotch area. Being damp down there much of the day has led to yeast. I've tried many things and while I think I've found a solution it's not practical. Anyone found a good way to deal with this? I'm thinking of applying some antiP and was wondering if anyone had tried that.
  13. There's something to this. I take thyroid hormone supplements and when the doctor adjusts my dose my HH pattern changes too. Most of the time my problem HH area is armpits. When my thyroid dose is adjusted downward, my HH increases some at my armpits and a lot from my feet and crotch (the latter two are not normally problem areas for me). Eventually, as in months, the HH gradually reverts to my more normal pattern.
  14. It's a stress vs relaxed thing for me. At home with my hubby relaxing in front of the TV, completely dry. At work, deadline approaching, or have to give a presentation, my armpits will be soaked. I certainly sweat more than the average person, but I don't know whether it's because I overreact to stress, or whether my stress level is the same as the average person and it's simply my glands overreacting.
  15. I've been watching this more closely and today for the first time in awhile I'm getting a stain ring. This is a blouse I've worn before since it was last laundered. Since I rarely get much odor with my HH, and hate to do laundry, I typically wear tops multiple times. Maybe what happens is the first time I wear something, I sweat and it does not leave a stain but does leave behind a thin layer of salt. The next time I wear it, the new wetness pushes the old salt outward to make a ring. I'll have to see if this happens again.
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