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I don't sweat but get severely overheated

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  • Posted By: Darlene M
  • July 1, 2008
  • 03:14 PM

I am 57 years old, female and in pretty good health. Really only issues I have are seborrheic dermatitis and some IBS sx. However, I have never really sweated...if it is really hot and humid, I sweat slightly on the back of my scalp. I use an antiperspirant, but only to prevent itching in my armpits. Even during menopause, I did not get nightsweats or typical hot flashes with sweating. Instead, I just got horribly overheated without the relief and cooling down brought about by sweating.

This problem primarily affects me when I exercise or do anything physically strenuous. If the temperature is not below 70 degrees, I overheat terribly. I myself cannot usually tell if I am overheating because the normal things one goes by or missing...usually profuse sweating. By the time I am overheating, my face and chest are bright red, I feel weak and sometimes just pass out. I have to be careful in the summer time to only walk at night or when it is cooler. I drink lots of water but have to simulate sweating by putting cold water all over my body surfaces. It has been very limiting when I have lived in very hot climates, something I want to do more of. I am wondering both if there is anything I can do to help me sweat more and also want to be sure there is not something more that I should be concerned about...such as more serious medical conditions that the hypohidrosis is part of.

My 78 year old mother also does not sweat and has never even used an antiperspirant. She has some serious medical conditions (CADASIL...cerebral auto somal dominant arteriopathy and sub-cortical infarcts with leukoencephalopathy) that half my family members also have, but I do not.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

Darlene M :o

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  • Yes, hypohydrosis *is* associated with a number of genetic conditions. One is Fabry disease. I think you should see a geneticist who can help you nail down what is going on.
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