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My 75-year-old mother sweats a lot, especially under her hair (her forehead is always dripping). She is post-menopausal. I used to sweat profusely from under my hair; I had to wear a bandana everyday to keep the sweat out of my eyes. My dermatologist prescribed oxybutnin for me and it has been a God-send. Who should my mother see? Is this hormonal or some other issue?

Excessive perspiration, also known as "hyperhidrosis," is a not so uncommon condition that can range from being annoying to being downright debilitating.

Hyperhidrosis causes can range from the following:

  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Menopausal hot flashes
  • Heavy body weight (which is like wearing a heavy coat in very warm weather)
  • Medication side effects
  • Infection
  • Hormonal disruption
  • Autonomic nervous system dysfunction
  • Environmental conditions

Your mother should first see her primary care physician for a history, physical examination, and baseline labs. Depending on the results she may need to see a specialist like a dermatologist who helped you!

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

August 27, 2013 at 11:02am