For Crystal Barry, excessive sweating wasn't just a nuisance. It shaped her daily activities, even her personality.
Barry, 24, a student from St. Louis, avoided team sports and crowded events. She never wore tank tops or sheer fabrics and often had to bring extra shirts to school after her first shirt was soaked through with sweat. She shied away from social situations, especially ones involving the opposite sex. "I don't like to be around people if I stink," she tells WebMD. "I get real quiet."
A number of different doctors treat hyperhidrosis. You can start by seeing your primary care doctor or call for an appointment with an internist or dermatologist.
What to Tell Your Doctor About Your Heavy Sweating
When you go in for your first doctor's visit, it helps to know a little bit about your sweating patterns and what seems to trigger heavy sweating. In the days or weeks before your appointment, keep a diary of the following information:
How many times a day do you have to change your clothes?
How many times a day do you bathe or shower, and what type of soap do you use?
What methods have you tried (such as antiperspirants or absorbent foot pads) to control excessive sweating?
How has heavy sweating affected your life -- for example, have you had to change social plans, lost friends, or been affected at work because of hyperhidrosis?
Do you experience any skin irritation at the site of the heavy sweating?
How does heavy sweating affect you emotionally? Do you ever get sad or angry because of it?