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Severe excess sweating.

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  • Posted By: foxxy82
  • November 11, 2006
  • 07:08 PM

I am a female of 82 years. For the past 7 or 8 years I have been plagued with excess sweating. This is not underarm, or hands, or feet sweating. It starts with dripping at the top of my head and continues to my waist, and below. I have been completely changing my wet clothing...skin out...3 to 4 times a day. My hair is often completely soaked. I am practically housebound....just walking thru a grocery store...or getting dressed up to dine out.....I am sweated wet!
I have had every test imaginable. I am now seeing a 4th doctor to try to get help.
I've been taking blood pressure meds. for 10 years(lisinopril & toprol). This last doctor has decided to 'wean' me from lisinopril for 3 weeks.....then try another BP medicine. I have pleaded to get him to do this, to see if the BP meds. could be the culprit.
I know I am old.....but, I would like to be able to enjoy the rest of my years...a bit dryer.
Please....can anyone help?

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  • I sure can relate. I am on a low dose of steroids for lung fibrosis and they make me sweat like I have a hose on top of my head. Not under my arms, but from my "hair line" almost!!! It just runs down my face, cheeks and side of my face like a facuet. It is SO imbarrassing!! I hope the change in your meds does the trick. You have my respect for being active and on line at 82. My Mother is like that, she's still on line at 87. You have the right to a full life and I think its amazing that you are grabbing all the zest you can get. I wish you the best and many more years of dining out, activity, what ever your heart desires.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2006
    • 08:24 AM
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  • I am a 46 year old female and suffer the same severe sweating. I can just be standing and start sweating at the top of my head, down the sides of my face, drip off my forehead, neck, back, arms. My hair, face, neck, throat, back, chest, and legs are so wet from sweat I look like I just stepped out of the shower. When this started I was not on BP meds, but I am now. I am so embarrassed I hate to go anywhere because I sweat like this every day, several times a day. And when I actually am working out in the yard or cleaning house, I literally drip with sweat like a water hose is running over me. What can we do about this? What is causing this? Someone, please help!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 27, 2008
    • 09:34 PM
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  • I also suffer from this, ever since I was young. But as I've gotten older it has gotten worse. Imagine the middle of winter, I take a few steps and there I go, the faucet turns on. I'm a male, 58 years old.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2009
    • 05:52 AM
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  • In warm weather, especially when it's humid, I sweat more than most people. I know that sweating is an important body function; it helps cool the body temperature. However, when I begin to sweat, it will continue until my clothes are drenched. I have no solution, but in the warmer weather I try to find air conditioning, try to do less exertive activities in the heat of the day, carry a change of clothes, and if I'm working around the farm on a hot day, I just plan on getting drenched with sweat and then taking a cool shower after the work is done. It's very annoying and can be embarrassing. I wish there were an answer that didn't have severre side affects.
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