I am embarrassed by this, but my "head" sweats a lot, usually
when I'm out in public buying groceries, just walking in the mall
window shopping, or cooking dinner. The doctors I've seen say it
is menopause. Ha! It is getting worse every year and last year I
had a complete hysterectomy. My hair stays soaked and the sweat
feels "slimy" with no odor (thank God). Anyone have a remedy? I
just don't want to go out anymore,
Karen from WV
It sounds like you have what I have- facial hyperhydrosis a.k.a.
'the sweating disease.'
I have the exact same symptoms, and have had, for as long as I
can remember, even as far back as elementary school. However, it
got much worse, and became a problem when I gained weight and is
progressively getting worse.
I first brought it up with my gynecologist during my third
pregnancy 15 years ago, I was only 23 years old at that time so
menopause wasn't even a consideration. He told me that is was
pregnancy related. But I was having the same symptoms when I
wasn't pregnant. Later, I went to a family doctor who told me
that some people just sweat more than others because they have
bigger pores (or something to that affect, bla bla bla). I began
to feel like the doctors were dismissing this. I had become very
frustrated and had expressed my feelings to the next doctor I
saw. He told me that it wasn't that they were dismissing it, but
frankly just didn't know what to do about it (there's nothing
available that can be put on the face or scalp that would help).
About 4 years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The
doctors then began to tell me that this is why I sweat so much on
my face. That didn't make sense as I had had many diabetes tests
previously which had shown my blood-sugar in the low-normal
range. So, this problem existed way before I developed diabetes.
I also have a 12 year-old son who is showing symptoms as well.
I remembered seeing a documentary where a lady had a rare
condition called "hyperhydrosis" which caused the palms of her
hands to sweat profusely and she had surgery that corrected the
problem. So a couple of years ago I looked it up on the i-net.
Sure enough, there is actually a name for this horrible thing.
The only permanent treatment back then was spinal surgery in
which they cut the nerves of the spinal cord that lead to the
problem area. This wasn't an option for me though. I printed-up
some of the information and took it to my current physician, and
she's looking in to it. I just checked again, and there seems to
be much more information about this than there was a couple of
years ago. So, just type 'hyperhydrosis' into your search engine
to find more info. That may help.
The symptoms are relieved when I'm sitting down. So,
sometimes, when I'm grocery shopping, I take advantage of the
motorized carts that are provided. When I'm cooking dinner I sit
down as much as possible. Based on what I've read recently, and
my mother's advice, I'm going to go see a endocrinologist. Stress
could be another factor.
Anyway, let me know how it goes with you. And I'll keep you
First off, if possible, I would go to a dermatologist. I think
they would be more knowledgeable about your condition. Second, I
read and heard about people with severely sweaty palms and feet
receiving botox shots in the sweaty area. I wonder if shots in
your forehead or scalp would help? Check to see if insurance will
cover it also. You may need pre-approval, but if it works it
would be worth it. (07/13/2006)
By Cheryl from MO
You guys might try taking zinc supplements. You'll need to take
them for at least a month to see if they will work. Zinc is
wonderful for perspiration, especially if your sweat smells. Or
maybe try using a product on your scalp called "Scalpicin" after
you shampoo. (Not the one with cortisone, but the one with
salicylic acid.) (09/28/2007)
It could be your thyroid or diabetes, go get checked out. I used
to be this way and it proved to be both in my case. (01/27/2008)
Hyperhidrosis isn't rare and I certainly know what it's like too.
However, I sweat excessively everywhere.
I hate it. There is a medicine at pharmacy.ca called Avert that
really helps. It will also dry out your mouth and eyes. The
other name for it is glycopirolate.
I registered so that I could pass along to you what worked for
me. Check each and every medication you take for side effects. I
was on Atacand (candasarten) for hypertension, and Nexium for
severe GERD and Barrett's esophagus.
Both have the side effect of hyperhydrosis!
The minute I stopped taking Nexium the head sweating decreased to
less than half what it was. When I stopped Atacand too, the
excessive head sweating stopped altogether!
Here is a list of meds that have hyperhidrosis as a side
effect: (hope I can post a link)
You'll be amazed how many there are! These side effects are
not gender specific, it has something to do with how certain
drugs affect our sympathetic nervous systems.
My hair used to get so wet, my shirts got drenched around the
neck and down the back. (Doing nothing more than choosing
eyeglass frames, is one time that is etched in my memory. You'd
have thought I'd been working out for hours. Talk about
Hope that helps you. I went for months being told it was
"just" menopause and I should learn to live with it, and to quit
Needless to say I found a new doctor.
Check your meds. They have way more side effects than the docs
ever tell you about.
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