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Hi, I'll start with a brief explanation of who I am. My name is Eric, I'm 25 and have dealt with this issue for my whole life. I remember when I played soccer when I was 7-14, I would always end the game *completely* soaked in sweat, as if I'd walked out of a pool.

I sweat from head to toe, at all times of the day, no matter what activity I am doing (including sitting) as long as the temperature is above 20 degrees celcius (about 70 degrees Fahrenheit). This became a bigger issue when I hit puberty, because the sweating started to result in zits... hundreds of zits. I've dealt with these zits since I was fourteen, and they've plagued my life, mentally and socially.

I guess I don't need to go through what this has done to me, but to give you a small window, I'm 25 and have never been in a relationship with a girl. Ever.

Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone knows of other people with similar situations, or any kind of a solution to it. I went to a dermatologist a few months ago and she told me, nearly instantly, that there wasn't anything I could do about it, and I would deal with it for the rest of my life. We spoke for less than three minutes... I will be speaking to another dermatologist, as she left me with no confidence in her.

Anyway, thanks in advance,

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Sweating is a normal reaction to many stimuli - including stress, heat, physical activity, etc. Some people in general just sweat more than others. Because you say that it happens quite often when you're not being physically active and any degree equaling or above 70 degrees, I'm curious as to why the dermatologist wouldn't at least check you out more, rather than just talking to you for a few minutes and sending you on your way.

I would suggest seeking a second opinion just to be sure about the diagnosis of the first. You may want to ask them about hyperhidrosis (it's a condition that causes excess sweating that usually arises in children or during puberty. The sweating can be either localized or generalized areas.) If this is the case there are some treatment options they can discuss with you - and if this isn't the case they would be able to know better whether or not it's a typical reaction for your body after an examination.

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hi - there are a variety of over the counter deodorants/antiperspirants that you can get at any local drugstore. the one i've found that works the best is "certain-dri" put it on every night before bed, and during the day you use a normal deodorant. good luck [Smile]
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yeah certain-dri works really well. I started sweating under my arms all the time when I hit purberty so I used that. helped right away.

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